Pokémon Go is the latest sensation that’s sweeping the nation with more of us hunting down Pokémon than using Twitter these days.
But as Ash Ketchum will tell you, it’s not easy to become a Pokémon master and putting together the perfect team can take a fair amount of time and effort, especially hunting rare species.
Thankfully, a couple of goodhearted techies have made the quest to catch ’em all that little bit easier, designing online maps that show wandering trainers where the best pocket monsters are, Yahoo reports.
Pokécrew is a cool map that isolates your current location and shows you all the Pokémon in the area, even tracking how far away the pocket sized monsters are.
All of the Pokemon are also assigned a ‘chance of sighting’ rating, which is basically what it says on the tin, and allows you to see what time of the day species are likely to appear.
Unfortunately, Pokécrew is still fairly basic as it relies on crowd sourcing to fill it out and a brief look around the map will reveal massive areas without data, which is a bit rubbish but hopefully it’ll be updated soon.
Maybe we should tell them about the Gengar haunting our office staircase right now…
Gotta Catch ‘Em All
By far the best and most detailed map currently available, Gotta Catch ‘Em All sorts the Pokémon into Common, Uncommon, Rares, Ultra Rares and Epics.
You can also choose to sort through the various species, and the map updates to suit your preferences, with the tiny figures of the Pokémon you’re after.
The only downside? Well, Gotta Catch ‘Em All is currently only available in the Boston area. Sorry about that.
While not quite in the same league as Gotta Catch ‘Em All, Pokémapper still offers some neat features and decent tracking.
Unfortunately, it’s quite limited, despite being a world map, but hopefully more users will broaden its tracking soon.
As I’m sure you’ve come to expect with anything Pokémon Go related, there’s a lot of people trying to access the map so the servers are often down. Oh the irony…
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.