Occasionally, you can see little tufts of leaves blowing in spots on the map

Leaves blowing

More leaves

Do these mean anything?

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Yes, the rustling leaves usually indicate that there are pokemon near that area. Going and walking around near that area gives you a higher chance to encounter Pokémon.

Keep an eye out for rustling leaves, hinting at where critters may be lurking and simply hang out in a suspected region for the increased chance of an encounter. - Source

Edit:

I've been running and testing the leaves thing for a bit, and even though there have been reports that it increases the odds of finding Pokémon, I personally find using the step indicator to be far more reliable. An additional benefit is that you can actually use the steps to select a Pokémon you want to catch, and specifically go after that one. Here's how:

Step 1: Open up the nearby list and decide which pokemon you want to find.

Step 2: Keep walking in a direction until you see that pokemon move a spot in the list. If it moves closer to the upper left corner, you're walking towards that pokemon, so continue walking that way. If it moves down the list, backtrack and choose another direction to walk in.

Step 3: Continue to triangulate until you find your pokemon (also pay attention to the 'footsteps' underneath the pokemon, these should go down from 3>2>1>none).

Step 4: Benefit.

Source

I believe these mechanics (steps + leaves) could possibly be meant to be used together to track down Pokémon the most efficient way. Use the steps to get a general bearing of the target location, then look around for leaves to home in.

I've had a Wartortle spawn inside the leaves before, and I believe the leaves are an indicator of a possible Pokémon spawn point. This does not mean that Pokémon are currently at that location, just that Pokémon spawn (and despawn) there - based on my findings and players I've spoken to.

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    Is there a source for this? – Nelson Jul 8 '16 at 8:21
  • @Nelson added sources and additional info. – Codestrife Jul 8 '16 at 8:55
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    That last source on the nearby bar blinking is doubtful - several other users have said it does nothing, so it's hearsay at this point. – jackwise Jul 8 '16 at 17:13
  • @jackwise Correct, updated. – Codestrife Jul 9 '16 at 9:20
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    -1 I'm fairly sure the leaves signify nothing (and neither of the sources given are official or even convincing imo), and the edited in bit about the footsteps is an answer to a different question, not this one. – Set Big O Jul 20 '16 at 18:02

A flurry of leaves (although I don't think you see them anymore) signifies a CERTAIN spawn point, or in other words, a nest. Unfortunately, I haven't seen one recently, meaning I cannot test it out for you.

  • Thanks for your answer. As a matter of fact, this feature was actually removed a long time ago, in the early versions of the game. If there is a new version of this, you should state it, as it would be very helpful to regular players! – Ben Apr 1 '17 at 16:40
  • I am so sorry @Ben . I didn't notice that it had been removed. I liked the graphics – VortexYT Apr 1 '17 at 21:18
  • It's all good :) so there is no new version of this? – Ben Apr 1 '17 at 23:18
  • Don't think so, you could use third party software/sites , such as Silph Road – VortexYT Apr 2 '17 at 9:04

I've seen no significant difference when im around leaves. Ive stood on top of them for 20 minutes with an incense and nothing happened.

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    If no pokemon spawned with incense, your server connection probably failed. – gre_gor Jul 8 '16 at 15:52

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