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What are the floating dots that look like fireflies? Several of them are pictured in the screenshot below.

There are observations that the fireflies change their flight pattern when Pokémon are selected to be tracked. Is there something to it or are they merely cosmetic?

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    The observations are from one removed redditaccount. Plus the entire thing is from way back when you still track Pokémon. Which was removed from the game weeks ago.
    – Arperum
    Sep 4, 2016 at 8:48
  • In Niantic's other game, Ingress, these "fireflies" have a specific meaning. But unless the firefly density changes from location to location, it's probably only cosmetic in Pokemon Go
    – Abulafia
    Sep 22, 2016 at 13:19

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Having looked at the observation, made by one person on a reddit thread, it seems that the "fireflies" have no use, and are almost certainly only cosmetic.

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