Pokémon Go Map: 4 Facts You Need to Know
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Pokémon Go Map
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Pokémon Go continues to be the hottest mobile game in the world, if not the hottest video game period, and people continue to randomly wander their cities and neighborhoods looking for that one elusive Pokémon that the app is telling them is close but they just can’t find. What if we were to tell you now only how to read the Pokémon Go map, but about a Pokémon Go map hack that will make finding specific Pokémon easier? Here’s some info that will make things easier for new and veteran trainers alike.

The Map

The Pokémon Go map uses your mobile device’s GSP, so it will be a reproduction of where you really are. Aside from your various menus being accessible from this screen, there are three types of Pokémon Go map locations that you can interact with: Poké Stops, Poké Gyms, and the Pokémon themselves. For new players, Poké Stops are major landmarks that supply items while Poké Gyms are where you can “fight” other trainers and earn some coins to buy items (the only other way to acquire coins is real-world currency).

Finding Pokémon

If you’re working hard to be an avid Pokémon Go finder, there are three ways to make the creatures appear on the Pokémon Go map. One is to find them on the preset Pokémon Go map locations based on the list of nearby Pokémon provided; it’s been suggested that standing in the spots with blowing leaves increasing the chance of finding one, but this has yet to be proven. There are also two ways to attract Pokémon at a time of your choosing. One way is by using the incense item, which calls Pokémon to your location for 30 minutes, and the ones that show up aren’t limited to those nearby. The other way is by someone using lure at a Poké Stop, which makes Pokémon appearing at that location more likely. A Poké Stop under the effect of a lure is indicated by the Poké Stop being surrounded by what appear to be sakura (cherry blossom) petals.

Nearby Pokémon

By clicking on the bottom-right of the Pokémon Go map, you are shown up to nine nearby Pokémon on a 3×3 grid. The top-left Pokémon is the one closest to your location, while the bottom-right is the farthest. By clicking on a Pokémon in this list, they will appear on the bottom of the map beside a series of footprints. These footprints indicate proximity: three footprints means you’re walking in the wrong direction, while zero means you’re right on top of it.

Or at least, this is how it’s supposed to work. Unfortunately, the footprints-based feature has a glitch, with many players always seeing three footprints regardless of how close or far they are from the  Pokémon they’re searching for. A fix doesn’t appear to be in the cards just yet, but some have said that closing and reopening the app helps to adjust the number of footprints that should be appearing.

Pokémon Go Map Hack

Given the above problem tracking nearby Pokémon, it was only a matter of time before someone created a different means of tracking the digital creatures. And lo and behold, a Pokémon Go map hack has recently appeared in the form of PokéVision, a Pokémon Go map web site that lets users type in their address and be shown precise locations of nearby Pokémon. It uses Google Maps, though it’s a separate site, independent of the app itself, so it works as a Pokémon Go map for Android and iOS devices alike. As of this writing, the Pokémon Go map web site is currently down for maintenance, but it’ll be back better than ever; besides, you should probably be paying attention to your job or schoolwork right now anyway.

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