In the world of Pokemon Go maps, there are two sources: crowdsourced information, and information that comes directly from Niantic’s servers.
Guess which one is more accurate?
Well, thanks to several new Pokemon Go maps, finding Pokemon in your area has never been easier. Some of the best Pokemon maps available today grab data from the Niantic servers, interlay that data over Google Maps, then present it in a user-friendly way.
One of the top maps for this so far is Pokevision. Pokevision gives you a real-time cheatsheet that not only tells you where Pokemon are right now, but it also tells you when those Pokemon are going to disappear from the map.
The way Pokemon Go works is that Pokemon randomly spawn around the world for set periods of time. They’re available for 30 to 60 minutes and then disappear.
Pokevision takes this into account. Each Pokemon on the map comes with a timer. When that timer expires, the Pokemon disappears from the map.
In any case, Pokevision promises to “Find all Pokemon near you (or a selected target location) in real time for Pokemon Go. Pokemon nearby will be marked along with their appearance timer on the map.”
Just like with most Pokemon maps, it works better when you’re in a populated urban area. By default, Pokevision shows you the pier in Santa Monica (one of many high-traffic locations that it scans automatically). If you’re outside one of these areas, then you may have to wait a while for the map to load (although it’s worth the wait if you’re a true Pokemon master).
How to Use Pokevision
Step 1) Go to Pokevision.com
Step 2) Scroll around the map until you find your location. Zoom in and tap the nap. You may have to wait 1 or 2 minutes for the map to load. It took me a long time.
Step 3) Once the map loads and your marker is in the right place, click the big red button underneath the map stating “Click to Find Pokemon Near Marker”.
That’s it! A selection of Pokemon will appear on your map. By default, Pokevision shows the location of all 151 Pokemon (although obviously, there are some Pokemon that have never been sighted). You can sort through the list to only find Pokemon you want to capture.
In any case, the site is horrendously slow right now. Pokevision.com claims it’s Niantic’s servers and not their own causing the problem.
Check out Pokevision online here: www.pokevision.com