Things are happening in Pokemon GO! If you're one of the many who got bored of the game, it may be time to pick it back up again. Reports have flooded in today of players catching the elusive shape-shifting Pokemon Ditto, plus the new tracking system seems to have been enabled in parts of Australia.
One of the first Dittos seems to have been reported around 10:30am this morning on the Silph Road subreddit, and other reports have corroborated the fact that this isn't a hoax or a glitch as in other cases of rare Pokemon appearing.
DITTO HAS BEEN CAPTURED IN-GAME.
— The Silph Road (@TheSilphRoad) November 22, 2016
— Emi Lia (@Miyuki9119) November 22, 2016
— Steven Grimble (@smgomg) November 22, 2016
— Jason Elmquist (@jelmquistSW) November 22, 2016
— Jose cruz (@Jlcruz85) November 22, 2016
So how do you catch a Ditto? Apparently it will appear as a common Pokemon such as a Rattata, Pidgey or Magikarp. Once you catch it, you will get a short cutscene revealing the Pokemon's true form.
Making catching a little easier is the continued rollout of the new 'Nearby' tracking system. As of this morning, it should be available to all Australian users. Now, if you click on the nearby Pokemon bar in the bottom right, you'll get a list of Pokemon and the pictures of the Pokestops they're near.
If you tap on the image, it'll bring up a set of footprints denoting distance to you, and if you tap on the footprints it'll then bring up the Pokemon's general location on the map, marking it as a sort of waypoint. If you 'target' a Pokemon like this, you'll also be notified if it flees.
And remember: Niantic is giving double XP and stardust through the rest of November. Good luck!