Pokemon GO White Clouds on Map Explained

If you need the white clouds on the Pokemon GO map explained, I don’t blame you at all. These things have just appeared out of nowhere, without any word from Niantic. They appear and disappear without any rhyme or reason. What is the point of these, if indeed there is any? Let’s find out.

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pokemon go white clouds on map explained
Pokemon GO White Clouds on Map Explained

What Are White Clouds on Pokemon GO Map?

Those aren’t white clouds that you’re seeing on your Pokemon GO map; it’s supposed to be snow on the ground. Yes, I’m serious. It looks awful, quite frankly. It doesn’t even look like it’s on the floor, which is why so many people think it’s clouds. That’s certainly what I thought before coming closer, and even then, the visuals were still horribly janky. The snow mounds flit in and out of existence, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out what makes them appear and disappear. It’s really, really bad. I hope Niantic put out a hotfix that’ll make it look like actual snow on the actual ground, because it’s such an eyesore at the moment.

So, yeah, that’s what the white “clouds” on the Pokemon GO map are. On the bright side, as far as I can tell, the snow purely cosmetic. Let me know in the comments if there’s any actual point to it. As far as I could tell, it does absolutely nothing whatsoever. It will probably be around for the remainder of the winter; definitely until the end of the Winter Holiday event. Will it serve a purpose in the future? I honestly doubt it. For my money, the weird, floating snow mounds are just the equivalent of brown leaves on the ground in the fall. By the way, the Winter Holiday Timed Research has two different paths you can follow. If you want to know what happens in each branch, check out our Choose a Path Winter Wishes guide.

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