A Reply To Yang’s Open Letter
Mathios Meridius

Pokevision is cheating. You have 100% round the clock access to exactly what Pokemon will be in a specific location and how long you have. That is cheating, no matter how you look at it. That feature renders the fundamental fun-factor of Pokemon moot.

The DexNav (Japanese: ずかんナビ Dex Navi) is an application on the PokéNav Plus in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It tells the player information about the wild Pokémon in the player’s current location and allows the player to search for specific Pokémon. It can also tell the player about Pokémon that the player sees in the overworld, including hidden Pokémon.

If the player taps an owned Pokémon’s menu sprite on the catching progress map, the DexNav will display the Found Pokémon screen. This screen fills the entire touch screen, preventing the player from switching PokéNav Plus apps.

On this screen, the Pokémon’s name, image, and Search Level are displayed, as well as its type if the Pokémon has been owned. The screen also includes “Pokédex” and “Search” buttons, the former of which brings up the Pokémon’s Pokédex entry, and the latter of which activates the DexNav’s search function. The background on this screen is shaded from gray to orange depending on the number of times the player has seen the Pokémon.

It shows you where to find the Pokemon, it’s level, Move, and even it’s ability.

Pokémon encountered as hidden Pokémon can have certain special qualities that Pokémon encountered in other ways do not.

  • Hidden Pokémon can have their normal first move replaced with a special move, randomly selected from the Egg Moves of the first Pokémon in its evolutionary family. If a Pokémon has a special move, the DexNav will display an exclamation mark next to the First Move heading. A special move known this way can be taught at the Move Reminder if forgotten.
  • For example, Marill’s special moves are only selected from Azurill’s Egg Moves, not its own.
  • Hidden Pokémon can have their Hidden Ability. If a Pokémon does, the DexNav will display an exclamation mark next to the Ability heading.
  • Hidden Pokémon can be 10 levels higher than the level otherwise possible in that area. If a Pokémon is at a higher level due to this, an exclamation mark will appear next to its level. Whenever this occurs, the Pokémon will also have an Egg Move as its first move.
  • By chaining hidden Pokémon, a separate bonus of up to 20 levels can also be reached (making the total possible bonus +30 levels).
  • Hidden Pokémon can have some number of perfect IVs (that is, IVs set to 31), indicated by the number of stars highlighted under the Potential heading. The number of stars only indicates the minimum number of perfect IVs the Pokémon may have, however; a Pokémon with a two-star potential may have three perfect IVs, and a Pokémon with three stars may have more than three perfect IVs. If a Pokémon’s potential is three stars, the DexNav will display an exclamation mark next to the stars.
  • As the player builds a chain of hidden Pokémon, the Pokémon found will be more likely to have these traits.


Pokevision allowed you to scan an area for Pokemon much like the DexNav and any true Pokemon fan would know the game DOES give you the exact location of Pokemon through the DexNav if you are shiny hunting. I’ve used it plenty to find Shiny Pokemon or even just Pokemon with Hidden Abilities that I wanted.

The hidden Pokemon silhouette doesn’t mean you didn’t know what you were searching for, this happens even for Pokemon you have. It is just how the DexNav works, this Pokemon was selected by the person who took the screenshot to be hunted.

Get educated.

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