Pokemon GO guide: How to track and catch nearby Pokemons using footprints

The Silph Road's statistical breakdown video clearly reveals how your location and climate determine the type of Pokemon you catch.

Avid Pokemon fans can now venture into the world of Augmented Reality (AR) capturing Pokemons at will, using our simple guide to track nearby Pokemon's footprint with ease. Veteran Pokemon users may already be aware of the 'Nearby' option in the bottom-right-hand corner of the screen showing various images of the Pokemons with their associated footprints.

Here is a quick guide explaining how to track a nearby Pokemon using its footprints while also locating a certain Pokemon:

  • Take a quick look at the Nearby Box on your smartphone screen, which reveals what types of Pokemons are spawning in your vicinity. For instance, you will find a Water-type Pokemon if you are on the beach, a grassland Pokemon when you are on the grasslands and so on.
  • Tip #1: Pokemon with no footprint means that it is ready to spawn at your location (wait for at least 5 seconds for it to appear on your map).
  • Tip #2: Pokemon with one footprint suggests it is really close, two footprints means it is a little further away and three indicates they are quite far away.
  • Tip #3: If you spot a coloured Pokemon, it means you already have him in your Pokedex while those yet to be captured will appear as greyed out.
  • Whenever you are walking and the game's Nearby feature shows that the number of footprints for the specific Pokemon are reducing then you are moving in the right direction. So, you can easily pinpoint in which direction your elusive Pokemon is travelling at the moment and capture it with ease.

According to imore, there are three groups of Pokemons in the game depending on your natural habitat and the typical climate of the location:

  • Fire and Rock types like Geodude, Sandshrew, Evans, and Mankey are far more likely to appear in arid climates like California
  • Grass and Bug types like Caterpie, Weedle, Oddish, and Spearow will pop up in grassland areas
  • Psychic and Water-type Pokémon like Psyduck, Poliwag, Staryu, and Magikarp favor coastal land

Check out the Silph Road's statistical breakdown video on how your location and climate affect the Pokemon you catch: