Ditto will appear as another Pokemon (Rattata, Pidgey, etc) until it is captured, including in the Sightings feature.

But if there is also a real Pidgey nearby, will the Sightings show multiple instances of Pidgey? That is, if two Pidgeys were to appear in the Sightings, we could reasonably infer that a Ditto masquerading as a Pidgey was nearby.

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    Sightings will show multiples of any Pokemon. I've seen 3 Eevees on it, for instance. So... I guess your answer is "yes, you'll see multiple Pidgeys"? But not because of Ditto. – Ellesedil Nov 25 '16 at 6:59
  • This can be regio-related, because there are currently different sighting-strategies in different countries. Europe has still the old scheme, while large parts of the US has the new system. I believe on the new system can show the same species twice. I have never seen the same Pokemon in the sightings twice (I live in Europe) – Mathias711 Nov 25 '16 at 7:03
  • Ah, I thought the new system was completely rolled out. So I guess the answer is more complicated than yes/no. – Ellesedil Nov 25 '16 at 7:04
  • We don't have the new Nearby feature in Japan either. I didn't know it could show multiples... I wonder if the multiples only show up if there are multiple Pokestops with the same Pokemon? In that case, this might still work, if there was only one Pokestop in the area. But, that's probably the topic for another question. – Kent Nov 25 '16 at 7:11
  • On Nearby, I have seen one Pokestop appear multiple times with the same Pokemon, indicating multiple spawns of that Pokemon. However, I cannot confirm if that indicates a Ditto in disguise or simply multiples of the Pokemon. – Jerry Nov 25 '16 at 10:30

The answer is NO.

Some additional background follows. Currently, there are two versions of the "tracker" feature, the new one (where you see Pokémon at Pokéstops) and the old one (where you see Pokémon regardless to whether they are at Pokéstops or not). The new one was first rolled in San Francisco, recently it's been expanded to more US states, parts of Canada and Australia. The new one lists multiple instances of Pokémon in default (e.g. multiple Pidgeys), while the old one does not. Therefore, I assumed you were referring to the old tracker which is also what I am running right now (being situated in Europe).

An hour ago or so, I ran into a group of 3 Pidgeys and one of them was Ditto. Before I caught it, I checked Sightings and I am sure there was only one instance of Pidgey shown. It would strike my eye otherwise, because there was only Pidgey and Eevee in Sightings, so I would notice Pidgey being there twice.


Will only show one Pidgey if the old one, or multiple pidgeys if using the new one, unfortunely, no dittos will be seen.

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