I'll be going for a hike in the mountains this weekend. I won't get cellular or data, but I will get GPS.

Will Pokemon still appear nearby or do I need to have data access to see them?


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They will not unfortunately, you need an active internet connection for both the spawning and the catching of pokemons.

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    Well that sucks, that would've been a neat photo. Oh well :)
    – Daniel B.
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 19:18
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    @DanielB. it's unlikely there would be a pokemon in the mountains anyway since they are spawned based on cellphone signal density, i.e. more phones around, more pokemon about Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 19:22
  • Interesting tidbit. No wonder the campus is covered with them :) I haven't seen any in my residential area, but lots around parks or public areas, are there restricted areas too?
    – Daniel B.
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 19:40
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    @RenaissanceProgrammer Which is basically opposite to how Pokemon should be. Of course it's not viable for the app but you'd think Pokemon would be away from people not near them ;)
    – Insane
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 23:43

From my experience as soon as I lost data signal the game would popup saying it couldn't connect anymore and I was unable to continue playing. So unfortunately it looks like a constant data and GPS signal is required.

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