Pokemon Go 1.1 Update fixes some things, but not quite what was hoped

Nearby Pokemon no longer have footprints and some damage has been adjusted.


Niantic Labs has been promising an update for Pokemon Go to fix some bugs and perhaps even introduce trading and individual battles. Well we got the bug fix update, but not quite with everything that we had hoped for.

In a 1.1 update that landed this late last night, Niantic removed the footprints for nearby Pokemon so players only see the Pokemon, with no reference to distance. Called the three-step bug, it was originally intended to give players an idea of how close specific Pokemon were to their location using paw prints. It worked when the game launched, but an early patch borked it, showing all Pokemon as three steps away.

Another change is that before you can play each session, you get a random of safety message, such as "Do not trespass while playing Pokemon Go." You need to acknowledge it by clicking OK each time.

Here is the complete list of updates from the iOS version of the game:

  • Trainer avatars can now be re-customized from the profile screen
  • Adjusted some Pokemon battle move damage values
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokemon
  • Adjusted battle damage calculations
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokemon encounters
  • Updated Pokemon details UI
  • Updated achievement medals art
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes

One item that is missing from the update is that battery saver mode has also been removed.

If you haven't opened the game since the patch hit, you will be prompted to log out and log back in.

Niantic is working on other changes as well, such as removing PokeStops for places like the National Holocaust Museum or adding retail outlets in exchange for ad dollars, although no timetable has been given for when these would be released. Trading should be added soon, while radar apps may stop working at some point. If the latter happens, Ninatic hopefully will have fixed and added the footsteps back for nearby Pokemon.

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    July 31, 2016 8:53 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Pokemon Go 1.1 Update fixes some things, but not quite what was hoped

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      July 31, 2016 9:34 AM

      What the shit.

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      July 31, 2016 9:35 AM

      Got a refund on my last in app purchase and submitted a bug report indicating so. I'm all for blocking 3rd party tracking but only if the game has a useable alternative.

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      July 31, 2016 9:37 AM

      To be clear, the radar sites have all been shut down too.

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      July 31, 2016 9:58 AM

      Is it safe to say we have already hit peak pokemon?

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        July 31, 2016 10:02 AM

        Depends where they go with it. If it stays as is any hardcore people will likely be out but in will still make bank from casuals who don't care.

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          July 31, 2016 4:45 PM

          In the long run they'll definitely have to add stuff from other generations just to diversify it a bit.

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        July 31, 2016 4:36 PM

        There is a Motherfucking Detective Pikachu coming. So no.

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      July 31, 2016 3:45 PM

      Am I the only one who can't trade in Pokemons for candy anymore? The button is entirely gone from the Pokemon detail screen and the map does not show up.

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      July 31, 2016 4:23 PM


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      July 31, 2016 4:48 PM

      So they removed their in game tracker and shut down the external trackers.

      Great job everyone

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        July 31, 2016 5:01 PM

        Seriously one of the core functionality of the game - hunting pokeymans - is basically removed at the moment. Fucking stupid that it is not a top priority

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        July 31, 2016 5:39 PM

        What do you mean trackers

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          July 31, 2016 5:43 PM

          people had basically figured out how to query the game servers for Pokemon spawn locations and built maps to show where you can find pokemon.

          Niantic blocked it as it was technically against the TOS.. However they still haven't fixed the in-game tracker thing.

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      July 31, 2016 5:37 PM


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        July 31, 2016 11:16 PM

        Those are the elder, wise versions of a Mr. Meeseeks.

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      July 31, 2016 6:22 PM

      They also removed battery saver mode. It always froze the app when I used it. Seems like they gave up on making it work properly.

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      July 31, 2016 6:24 PM

      lol all the pissed off people in reddit is hilarious - https://www.reddit.com/r/pokemongo

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      August 1, 2016 1:50 AM

      Seems like they kind of accidentally stumbled backwards into global super-popularity

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