Finding Pokémon that appear on your radar has been quite complicated since the footprints that marked your distance to the Pokémon have stopped working in the latest update of Pokémon GO. As if that were not enough, the update has also led indirectly ahead of the Pokévision maps.
From the first days of Pokémon GO's existence, many opted for Pokevision-style tools to be able to find in a simpler way the Pokémon that appeared on the radar. Seeing an Arcanine and not knowing where to go was very hard. But now we have to say goodbye - at least temporarily - to Pokévision, and there is nothing left but to look for alternatives. Luckily, there are a few.
In addition, Pokémon Go landed on our phones a little over a month ago and has already broken all records, but it has also tested the patience of many trainers. Finding a Pokémon that is not a Zubat, Pidgey, or Rattata is not a simple task, and as a result of this difficulty, there were countless apps and web maps that promised to help in the search.
Of all, Pokévision was the most reliable and also the most popular among users. This tool used the Pokémon Go API to tell us at what point and for how long a Pokémon appeared on the map, which was, at times, too pretty to be true. Since Pokévision stopped working at the express request of Niantic, expand, my Pokédex has been complicated even more, although other tools promise to do my search. I've tried some alternatives to Pokévision, and this is what I found.
Alternatives available in official stores
Type 'Poke' in Google Play or the App Store and endless results of all kinds will appear. However, the effectiveness of many of them shines by their absence, and it is difficult to find any that is helpful in the search for Pokémon. I have selected some of the most popular and tested them to see if they are effective.
NOTE: Some of these alternatives are not available on the web due to maintenance and other technical reason from the administrators of the websites. However, they're available as application online or on Google play store.
It is one of the best-known tools in the world of Pokélocation, and the truth is that it has improved a lot since the first version, but only in terms of design, its operation is still based on the user community, a method that Niantic sees with good eyes, but that doesn't help much.
When a user sees a Pokémon, they can add it to the PokéRadar map so that others can go to the same place in search of new creatures to add to their collection. According to its creators, PokéRadar has a prediction algorithm that calculates the times when new Pokémon will appear. There is also a voting system so that other users can indicate if the track has been helpful.
The reality is that PokéRadar is not nearly as accurate as Pokévision was. I could check with a Dragonite that should be a few streets away, but when I reached the point that PokéRadar marked me, not even a Pidgey was found. The good thing about PokéRadar is that it has a fairly large community and is constantly updated, so if there is a nearby sighting, it can give you time to hunt it. PokéRadar is available on the App Store.
This is one of the best Pokevision alternatives, and its approach is quite close to Pokévision. It also shows the cities on the map to know where to find them, and I have checked that it works to have an easy catch.
With Pokévision, we found a fairly crowded map of Pokémon, and there were usually several within reach. With PokeHunter, you also have an amazing experience with the map that appears almost in major cities.
Go Radar has more or less the same problem, which is the Pokémon shortage. I say more or less because here the map does appear fuller, but most Pokémon are concentrated in specific areas, and it is usual to touch a lot of walking, so we risk that when it arrives, it has already disappeared, which is just what It happened to me several times.
In addition, it must be recognized that as an application, it is probably the best. The interface is very careful and offers functions such as the route to the Pokémon that we have selected. It also has several filters to choose what we see on the map, including pokeparadas and gyms. Besides, Go Radar is only found in the App Store.
The application currently under development and with a release planned for iOS rather than Android. It works like PokeVisión worked and without always having to have it active. You will receive notifications of the Pokémon that interest you so that you already open Pokémon GO and try to capture it. So, you can sign up for a list to be notified when the application is on iOS or Android.
This is a real-time notification and map to search for Pokémon. A well-known application in the Google Play store, although a bit eclipsed by the benefits of PokéVision. This application shows you the position of the Pokémon on the radar. However, its strong point is in the notifications; when one of the Pokémon you marked is close, you get notified. So you can go for it and not miss the opportunity to evolve to that Growlithe to have a beautiful Arcanine.
PokeAlert works in the background, and you won't need to have it open, so you don't get lost with any Pokémon that interests you and is nearby.
This is a notification when a Pokémon is near. PokeNotify is a very fantastic tool and one of the best Pokevision alternatives. It is very useful when interesting Pokémon comes out in one area. You open it, mark the Pokémon that interests you, and uncheck the ones that don't, lock the phone, and return it to your pocket. You won't have to worry about missing out when something comes out; it will notify you to open Pokémon GO and capture it.
The developer community has quickly got to work to complement the Niantic game. Very interesting notifications to nearby Pokémon, but compasses and maps make you lose the charm.
One of the advantages of Android is that it allows us to install apps that are not in the official store simply by installing an APK file, but you have to be careful with these types of practices. Even though the application of PokeMapper has been on Google Play, it may have been altered as it happened with one of the first APK of the game.
To this we must also add the risk of being banned by Niantic permanently, so think twice before installing applications of this type on your smartphone - especially if they ask you to log in with your Pokémon Go account.
In Niantic, they are taking very seriously the situation whereby Pokémon Go trainers play fair and are chasing those apps that are similar to Pokévision; these apps tell us exactly where and when that missing Pokémon will appear in our collection.
Many are the tools that have vanished from the official stores, especially in Google Play, where it seems that they are tougher with these types of apps. This is the case of proposals such as PokiiMap and Poké LIVE, two apps that also indicate the presence of nearby Pokémon and that have been removed from Google Play.
During the development of this guide, I was able to verify the short life of some of these apps with PokéMapper - Live Map. I downloaded the application from Google Play to test it, and in just a few hours, it had already been removed. The application shows us the nearby Pokémon on the map with a timer, just like Pokévision, but its operation leaves much to be desired; Very few Pokémon appear on the map, loading times are endless and often gets blocked.
It is worthy to note that the search for a real alternative to Pokévision has not yielded the expected results, and to this day, we have not yet found a service that will shade it. The most effective tools are being removed from the main stores, and the few we have found do not work as well as the popular web service did.
If they want to end the traps, instead of banning and removing apps, in Niantic, they should improve the application and offer a good Pokémon location system as soon as possible. There are already some images of what they are preparing, and it looks good, now it only remains to reach all users and, above all, to work.
However, with some of the alternatives mentioned above, you should be able to navigate around these alternatives as they also provide some of the amazing features you can find in Pokevision.