So, Pokémon Go recently rolled out a new update for the app and majority of players are saying it's a no-go. I had to check it out for myself and the first thing I notice is this new pop-up reading "Do not enter dangerous areas while playing Pokemon Go"--probably to address all the safety issues they've faced sinced the game launched. In any case, here are two top reasons that's getting Pokémon master's panties in a twist about the latest update (that you'll have noticed too if you're an avid player):
1. Battery Saving Mode: It's gone! I have no clue why they decided to not just keep that feature but in my experience, it was a little buggy as in, when I lift my phone back up to pull it out of battery mode, the game would freeze. This happened one too many times. Maybe they're in the process of fixing it?
2. Disabled Tracking App: You know how PokéVision is like a godsent thing because the game's 'nearby' radar is totally not accurate (I have lost a-many rare Pokémons to this mystery)? Well, Niantic's latest update disabled all tracking apps which utilizes the game's API in order to tell you where and for how long Pokémon near you spawns. HOWEVER, according to search results from Google + this handy reddit thread titled "Let's discuss alternatives to PokéVision etc here", there is still light at the end of the tunnel yet. Not to mention, Niantic also wiped away the 3-step tracking on their own app (the 1, 2 or 3 step on the nearby radar that tells you how close you are to a certain Pokémon). Here are some tracking apps that still works:
skiplagged - also known as a low fare flights and hotels booking site, skiplagged has a 'Pokémon' menu at the top of their page. Just punch in your current location to see which and where nearby Pokémon are. If you click on the Pokémon, a small information box will pop up letting you know much longer you have before the Pokémon disappear.
Compass for Pokémon (Beta) - still in Beta mode but this Android utility app will help you track down specific Pokémons near you. Just follow the arrow. iOS app in the works.
Pokémon Go Desktop Map - you'll have to access this and set it up from your desktop (a bit of tech savviness required). Supposedly works like PokeVision but with extra features. Below is a step by step from reddit user DireJew:
Python Script Thing - many reported that this Python script ran on desktop and once installed properly, it still works. Tech savviness level 95 must be unlocked to use this method (in my opinion). The creator does warn that using this script with your Pokémon Go account may result in a banned status so consider reading through the entire instructions before attempting. Otherwise, try other tools on this list.
Bonus Mention: Best Cities to Catch the Rarest Pokémon - just throwing this in for you guys, Wanderu made a Google map tracking rare Pokémons, it's not perfect but if it helps you, awesome! You can also check out bonus charts and information that'll help you learn more about the world of Pokémons.
However, yesterday, Pokémon Go made an official announcement to address the reasons for some of the updates on their Facebook page and you can read it below:
As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.
- We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.
- We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an... interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).
We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.
Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.
The Pokémon GO team
Some other complaints includes increased difficulty catching Pokémons and not to mention the unfair advantage of better Pokémons for those living in big cities and populous areas. As the game is still making improvements upon existing features, it has yet to roll out new sought-after features like trading or unlocking other features for higher level players (also an issue because high level players are finding it harder and harder to level up). Some are suggesting that Niantic just partner with a third-party developer to get their affairs in order.
But despite all the difficulties (as it would be for any mobile app), this game has definitely broke some records and if you enjoy it as much as we do, let's see what Niantic has in store for future updates on Pokémon Go.
'till the next update,
Well, we’re just kidding about the Elite Four battles (obviously) but perhaps in the future, there may be a designated Elite Four area in each town/city for trainers to test their ultimate skills. There are still tons of exciting opportunities and features that has yet to launch on Pokémon Go and with news of sponsored PokéStops, trading and legendary Pokémons in the wind, who knows what will take place in the game’s near future.
However (because I refuse to give up on this idea), if there’s an Elite Four, then there’s an Indigo Plateau. This could be a central location in each town or city for all Pokémon Go players to come together, connect, trade, battle and be officiated as a Pokémon Master. And then comes the next level, new Pokémons, new battles, new legends and tales to be told, you see where I’m going with this?
Anyways, on to what you came here for, new Pokémon Go tools. You probably recognize a few of these but as of late, cool folks out there has launched new tools to help you locate Pokémons, calculate your evolves and more. We’re scoping them out and here’s what we found:
So this was discovered by accident from a Reddit user and as of this moment, only work for iPhone users (sorry Android gang). We tested it out ourselves and it totally works. However, according to an The Silph Road user, you can download an app called "Set Orientation" which should enable Android users to set the game in landscape mode (we haven't tried but if you're an Android user, give it a whirl). Follow these simple steps below:
Source: Reddit (using Set Orientation app to set Pokemon Go in landscape mode on Android)
Open Pokémon Go app and tilt your phone sideways.
Tap the PokéBall icon and in the menu, go to the Settings icon at the top corner of the screen.
Scroll down on the Settings menu, locate “Report High-Priority Issue”, tap it and then hit on ‘Yes’ which will open up the Pokémon Go Safari help page.
Hit the Home button on your iPhone and reopen Pokémon Go and voila! You’re now playing Pokémon Go in landscape mode.
This makes it a lot easier to see what other PokéStops are nearby but it’ll be a little more difficult to put the phone in battery mode. You’ll have to flip it around and find out for yourself.
So this one’s pretty cool. Currently only available for Android but if you have any Android smartwatch, you can download the PokéDetector and it’ll give you instant notification for any Pokémon that are within reach (like, in the catching range and unlike that broken Pokémon Go radar). Will work on your smartphone or Android smartwatch.
Source: The Next Web
You’ve probably seen this one. You can’t have missed it but if you did, PokéVision is the latest Pokémon Go map that’ll tell you what Pokémons are nearby. Except… for one huge difference.
PokéVision is a tracker tool that utilize Niantic API to discover Pokémons near you in real-time while displaying that on the map using your location. Which means, it will catch every Pokémon that spawns near you and with a countdown time displayed as Pokémons normally only spawn for at most, 15 minutes. We tested, it works. Just be patient as it takes the map some time to load and they’re sometimes on maintenance due to heavy traffic on the app.
Poké Prism (similar to Poke Vision; available for iPhone users only)
Gotta Catch em All (only available in East coast so far)
Source: Pokemon Go Toolkit
Ever wonder how much CP your Pokémon will gain once you evolve it? This Evolution Calculator will tell you. Just select the Pokémon you want to evolve and it’s current CP. Wow, time to evolve my Dragonair (just kidding I’m nowhere near a Dragonair that strong nor do I have enough Dratini candies).
So you caught about a thousand candies and evolves worth of common Pokémons from your adventure and you’re ready to bust open the Lucky Egg and and evolve them all at once for that double EXP boost. A little preparation will help you stay within the Lucky Egg’s half hour limit for EXP boost.
Once you punch in the current amount of a (let’s say) Pidgey + amount of Pidgey candies you have, the evolve calculator will help you determine:
Whether or not you need to transfer before activating Lucky Egg
Whether or not to use your Lucky Egg
How much EXP you’ll gain
How long it will take on average based on the amount you are planning to evolve using Lucky Egg
How much Pidgeys and candies left over post-evolve spree
Recommendations for when best to use Lucky Egg
Pretty neat tool.
Not exactly a tool but The Silph Road is the largest grassroot network for Pokémon Go made up of a couple of blackhat developers. Originally created to form a large community for Pokémon Go trading but since Niantic has yet to release that feature, Silph Road has dedicated itself to global Pokémon Go research. That means you get access to information like location, Pokémon moves that are the most effective in battle, Pokémon ranking etc. According to Gizmodo, their latest research movement is to have Pokémon Go players record Pokémon sightings or nests.
The Silph Road has tons of information and data gathered on Pokémon so head over and get your learn on (requires Reddit account). You can also check out their tools and references chart with no login required.
That sums up the newest Pokémon Go tools that are currently out but we’ll keep this post updated if there any new ones to come (which there surely will).
As a last note, you can also make like these crafty fellows (otherwise known as Team Rocket), attach your phone to a drone and discover more Pokémon at larger range (and hatch eggs) without walking you lazy monster you.