Back when Pokémon GO launched back in 2016 a plethora of 'companion' apps and tools which tapped into the game's API quickly followed to help you track certain Pokémon and find out where the monsters were spawning outside your immediate vicinity. However, Niantic caught on to this booming market of third-party apps and aids and shut them down. Unfortunately, nowadays the options for canny PokéTrainers who want to save some shoe leather are few and far between.
Niantic has reworked the game's User Interface since launch, with new features arriving periodicaly. The 'Nearby' Pokémon tab on the bottom right of the screen now gives you an idea of what Pokémon are hiding in your neighbourhood, as well as what Raids are taking place. It shows the exact PokéStop and allows you to drop a marker with a simple tap if you want to head there. Pokémon which are not in your Pokédex will appear as a silhouette, so you have an idea if the trip is worth your while.
It's still an inexact science, though. The Pokémon may have gone by the time you arrive, and it often won't be waiting in the immediate vicinity of the PokéStop. What we really want is a super accurate Pokémon tracker that gives us the exact location in real time!
Well, unfortunately the trackers of yesteryear are no longer functioning and whenever one does return, Niantic simply changes its software with an update which renders them useless. The various online Pokémon GO maps that remain rely primarily on users to report and confirm sightings. Big sites such as The Silph Road still have an active community, though, and they'll show the location of Pokémon nests with verified and unverified status. These sites currently offer the best way to track down particular Pokémon in populated areas.
Obviously, as with Pokémon GO in general, these websites work well in big cities with a large community, but outside metropolitan areas, you're largely on your own. It's disappointing, but until Niantic changes its policy or introduces its own, more comprehensive in-game tracker system, there's no reliable option for tracking or mapping catchable 'mons in Pokémon GO.
This article is part of our Pokémon GO walkthrough and guide series. We have articles that take you through the basics, covering How To Catch Pokémon: Throwing Tips, Poké Balls, & Capture Rates, How To Redeem Pokémon GO Promo Codes, How To Check A Pokémon's IVs Using An IV Calculator, How Trading Works, How To Track Pokémon Using Maps And Trackers, What Star Pieces And Stardust Do And How To Get Them, How Player Vs. Player Trainer Battles Work, and How To Complete Field Research And Research Breakthroughs And All Rewards.
We cover regular weekly and monthly Pokémon GO events, such as Spotlight Hour Times And Bonus Hour Times, and Community Days. We also have charts, including a Type Chart With Effectiveness And Weakness For All Types, an Egg Chart Explaining 2km, 5km, 7km, & 10km Eggs, and a Buddy Chart Explaining How To Earn Candy.
Elsewhere we cover Friend Code And Sharing Them For Easy XP and Which Pokémon GO 'Auto Catch' Companion Device Is The Best, plus more advanced tactics and info such as All Fast Moves And Charge Moves, How To Get TMs, And How It All Works, Shiny Pokémon And How To Catch Them, Glacial Lures, Magnetic Lures, Mossy Lures in Pokémon GO (And Their Exclusive Evolutions), How To Get Lots Of Candy Fast, How Lucky Pokémon Work & How To Catch Them, How To Catch All 27 Regional Pokémon, the Best Attackers And Best Defenders, All Raid Bosses And Best Counters Listed By Tier, What EX Raids Are And How To Get EX Raid Passes, What A Super Incubators Does And How To Get One, and How Get Mega Energy.
Pocket Monster-wise, we have specific guides for How To Get Pangoro, Sylveon, Glaceon, Aromatisse, Slurpuff, Sirfetch’d, Galarian Cofagrigus And More, How To Get Sylveon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon, Vaporeon, Jolteon And Flareon, How To Evolve Wurmple Into Silcoon Or Cascoon, How To Get Tyrogue, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan And Hitmontop, How To Use The Weather To Get Each Castform Form, How To Catch And Evolve Into Galarian Slowbro, How To Catch Smeargle, How To Find And Evolve Burmy, How To Catch Spinda, Where To Find Unown, How To Catch Ditto, and The Rarest Pokémon Including Wild, Shiny, Mythical And Regional Catches.
We also cover timed research and special events, including Mew's 'A Mythical Discovery', Jirachi's 'A Thousand-Year Slumber', Celebi's 'A Ripple In Time', and Regigigas' 'A Colossal Discovery'. Other (past) event guides include Twitch Codes List - Pokémon World Championship 2022, How To Battle A Challenger (World Championships 2022), How To Battle Fashion Challengers, 'A Spooky Message' Spiritomb Quest, Kanto Event FAQ, and the Summer Tour 2018 Chicago GO Fest And Dortmund And Yokosuka Safari Zones.