When I updated Pokemon Go to the latest version, Version 0.41.2, I noticed my Pokedex contained additional entries that were not there before. Yesterday I had an 89/90 ratio, but this morning was displayed an 89/91 and Dragonite appeared grayed-out. I have never encountered a Dragonite in the wild, so there should not be an entry; even grayed-out.

Is this a bug or was there something else that I am missing?

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    Is it possible that you met one in a gym? Does that count?
    – Mage Xy
    Oct 12, 2016 at 17:00
  • @MageXy Yup, that appears to be a new feature Oct 12, 2016 at 17:04

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Although there was never an update to the app on the client side, it appears that there was a server side update that aded this feature. Seeing a Pokemon in a gym will mark it as seen in your Pokedex. See here. According to that post:

There has been a background push update that adds the silhouette to your Pokédex for Pokemon seen in Gyms going forward.

An edit to this post added the part that I think pertains to your situation:

this feature triggers even when you are merely passing by the gym

You most likely drove or walked by a gym that had a Dragonite in it. Even though you never clicked on the gym and viewed the Dragonite yourself, it was added to your Pokedex and marked as Seen.

Also, it is important to note that this will only happen once:

it only contributes a phantom "Seen: 1" until the Pokemon is caught, and the number does not increase based on gym views

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    This appears to be the case, just verified by viewing a gym with a new Pokemon. Thank you, yet again, for your swift responses! Oct 12, 2016 at 17:10

If there is one even within seeing distance but you are not in range, I believe that will cause it to be shown as, "encountered".

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    This is inaccurate. I've seen multiple Scythers, Kadaras, and Growlithes as "nearby", but they do not make an entry in the Pokedex Oct 12, 2016 at 17:05
  • @Wondercricket It might take a while to register in the pokedex, and it happened to me every time Oct 12, 2016 at 17:06

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