October 30th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks
If you saw a pokemon in the wild, but the creature legged it, it will be displayed in your Pokédex as a shadow.
However PokemonGo players see many more shadows than they remember spotting in the wild. What is going on? Is it a bug, or are we heading into the levels of addiction where we no longer remember which pokemon we saw?
The answer to this question lies in one of the recent updates. Since October 2016, your Pokedex shows not only the shadows of the pokemon you saw in the wild, but also shadows of the pokemon you saw in the gyms, even if you haven’t battled these pokemon!