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Pokémon Go developer Niantic caught a lot of heat last month when it released an update that had only minor text fixes as users battled more bugs in the code than bug-type Pokémon. The most recent update is much more substantial — it’s the biggest update to the game yet, in fact. However, most of the changes aren’t positive. Niantic seems to have given up on fixing the nearby Pokémon tracker, power-saving mode is gone, and that’s not all.

When it launched, Pokémon Go had a neat nearby tracking feature. The Pokémon in your nearby panel were organized by how close they were to you, and a series of 1-3 footprints told you how far away they were. It was like a game of hotter or colder to track them down. This feature stopped working a little over a week after launch, at which time the tracker just showed three footprints for all Pokémon.

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This “three-step bug” irked the community and really made the game less fun to play, but it looks like the tracker isn’t coming back. In the new update, Niantic just removed the footprints altogether. The tracker is still broken, but it doesn’t look broken. To add insult to injury, Niantic is also going after apps and websites that have been using the Pokémon Go API to map nearby Pokémon. Yes, that’s kind of cheating, but it’s really the only alternative to the non-functional tracker.

Also in this update, iOS gamers were saddened to see that the battery saving mode was removed from the game. This feature would dim your phone’s display when the device was at your side, allowing you to wander around to hatch eggs or look for Pokémon spawns without having the screen on full blast. Now you’ll have to manage the brightness manually.

The last big change will really only be a bummer for people who relied on the massively overpowered Vaporeon water-type Pokémon. This Pokémon (and others that had similarly overpowered attacks) have been nerfed by lowering the damage dealt by regular attacks, balancing the overall game. There are also refined animations, avatar customizations, and some new warnings about not trespassing or driving while playing. Maybe people wouldn’t be trespassing or driving around aimlessly if they knew where the Pokémon were?

Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comGuarantee 1000+ CP For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP. Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comHTML Code Works for Pokemon Names If you want to add a little flair to your Pokemon’s name, you can use HTML markup to change the style of the text. Wrap the Pokemon’s name in tags and watch the italicizing begin. Photo Credit: @larspett on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comEasy XP Trick You might be tired of seeing Pidgeys by now, but you should be catching every single one you come across for some easy XP. Evolving a Pokemon grants 500 XP, but you can double that to 1000 XP with a lucky egg. With an abundance of Pidgeys, Caterpies, or Weedles, you can go on an evolution spree and power yourself to absurd levels. Photo Credit: @PapersOfBarca on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comCatch Pikachu as Your Starter This first trick for Pokemon Go can be found right at the start of the game, while picking your starter Pokemon. If you continuously ignore and run away from Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, Pikachu will eventually appear, ripe for the catching. Photo Credit: @JenScrivs on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comPaw Prints Are Used for Tracking After you’ve caught your starter, you can click the window in the lower right hand corner to see nearby Pokemon. What the game doesn’t tell you is that the paw prints under each creature is actually their distance from you. One print means they’re pretty close, whereas three prints means you’re up for an adventure. Photo Credit: @radish_84 on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comThe Box Directs You If you open the bottom-right window you can focus on tracking a specific Pokemon by clicking it from the menu. The box will then pulsate green if you’re moving in the right direction. Photo Credit: @GameSpot on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.com10.0 KM Eggs Hatch the Best Pokemon There are three different types of eggs you can find based on the distance they need to be hatched: 2.0 KM eggs hatch commons, 5.0 KM eggs hatch uncommons, and 10.0 KM eggs hatch the rarest Pokemon available, like Magmar, Lapras, or Dratini. Photo Credit: @DKwill on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comYou Can Manipulate Eevee’s Evolution Eevee has been a source of anguish for trainers hoping to get their favorite of the eeveelutions, but by renaming it to Pyro, Rainer, or Sparky (a throwback to the original show), you can manipulate the outcome and increase your chance to get Flareon, Vaporeon, or Jolteon, respectively. Photo Credit: @NintenDome on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comThe Ring Above a Pokemon Represents Potential If you’re wondering which Pokemon to evolve and they’re both around the same CP, take a look at the ring above their heads. This represents their “potential,” or how their CP will increase through evolution and powering-up. Photo Credit: @Wollan on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comWait for the Ring to Shrink You may notice the ring continuously shrink before you throw a Pokeball. The smaller you wait for the ring to get, the better chance you’ll have to catch it. Additionally, take note of the ring’s color, as a red ring means the Pokemon is more difficult to catch. Photo Credit: @dotfuz on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comUse a Razz Berry on Harder Pokemon If you see a high CP Pokemon or notice a red ring, use a Razz berry to make it more docile, increasing the chance to catch it. You unlock Razz berries and will start getting them from Pokestops at level 8. Photo Credit: @TheRazoredEdge on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comSpin the Pokeball for a Curveball Bonus Hold the Pokeball before throwing and make circular motions with your finger to give it a slight curve through the air. It may take a bit of practice, but you can get bonus XP for catching Pokemon hit with a curveball. Photo Credit: @Flea on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.com??? CP Pokemon Occasionally, you’ll come across a Pokemon with a indeterminable CP. These Pokemon are much stronger, but still relative to your level. At trainer level 1 a CP ??? Pokemon may turn out to have a CP of 50, whereas at level 10, it may have a CP of 600. Photo Credit: @CalimanNolan on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comPokestops Refresh Every 5 Minutes You can return to a Pokestop once every five minutes to claim its rewards. Depending on your trainer level, you may retrieve different items, including stronger Pokeballs. You unlock Great Balls at level 12 and Ultra Balls at level 20. Photo Credit: @visionarysky on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comAll Pokemon Can Be Found Every single Pokemon in the original 151, excluding legendaries and mythics, can be found, including evolved forms. This means second and even third forms of Pokemon are running wild, just waiting to be caught. Photo Credit: @jastheace1 on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comYour Team Binds You to a Legendary Bird When you examine a Gym at level 5, you’ll be prompted to pledge yourself to a team. This selection is much more than just your favorite color, however, as each team’s insignia is actually a legendary bird, Articuno, Zapdos, or Moltres, potentially tying into the Nintendo’s first legendary event. Photo Credit: @JenScrivs on Twitter. Pokemon Go update kills tracking feature and battery-saving | Apple | Geek.comMew Has Been Found in Pokemon Go’s Coding Yes, this image is photoshopped, but a group of Redditor’s have legitimately found Mew in Pokemon Go’s code, albeit locked away for now. For those wondering if we’re only playing with the original 150 or the real 151, now you know. Photo Credit: @TheRazoredEdge on Twitter.

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