Ever since Niantic removed the original three step tracker, trainers have had to resort to alternate means to find their Pokemon. And for a while there, several of the Pokemon Go trackers and maps served their purpose. Trainers could finally find Pokemon they were after without having to deal with the buggy in game tracker.
That didn’t last however, because shortly after Niantic removed the in game tracker, they blocked third-party apps from accessing their API. Rolling out a new update including a previously unknown value called U6, Niantic effectively blocked third-party applications cold. Not only that but they also lowered the ban hammer, blocking trainers that violated the ToS.
If you are looking for the best Pokemon Go trackers available, this guide can help. We break down all the possible features, and show you which are better than others. Not only that but we’ll also tell you whether or not a ban is likely, which helps you stay safe while you track Pokemon.
Best Pokemon Go trackers
These are the best Pokemon Go tracking websites or apps currently available. Although they all have their different pros and cons, all third-party apps have some level of risk. Despite this however, trainers are still on the lookout for the best Pokemon Go trackers.
With the latest shift and updates to Pokemon nests, and the new in-game tracker not yet active, trainers need help more than ever. Read below to see which apps made our cut as the best Pokemon Go trackers available.
Honorable Mention – Pokemesh is a popular choice among trainers as one of the most effective Pokemon Go trackers out there. Unfortunately it’s already been confirmed by many users that Niantic will perma-ban you for use of this app. You can choose to use a dummy PTC or Google account to use Pokemesh, but do you really want to risk it?
This web based service is one of the better Pokemon Go trackers available. The recent update and changes to Pokemon Go’s anti-cheat system make this website unstable at times. Your mileage with Skiplagged may vary, but when it’s working it’s effective, easy to use and doesn’t use your phone or your login account.
You can check it out at skiplagged.com/catch-that to find and catch Pokemon are you specifically after.
Risk of Skiplagged ban – Unlikely because there’s no way that Niantic can know you are using it, unless you are really obvious. Checking the website using a device that’s not your phone is probably a good idea. You can also pick up a cheap smartphone to play Pokemon Go with in case you want to be extra safe.
Available for iOS users, Go Radar is tracking app that lets trainers find the location of nearby Pokemon, or see what’s nearby. Go Radar also gives you the ability to filter out all those pesky Pidgey or Rattata Pokemon. Not only that but the app can also notify you of rare Pokemon that appear in your area.
Why it works – Go Radar is more than just another one of the many Pokemon Go trackers. You can set Pokestop timers, spawn parameters and much more.
Risk of Go Radar ban – The developer of Go Radar claims that the app does not use the Pokemon Go API, which means it won’t access Niantic servers. Having said all that however, it’s still a clear violation of Niantic’s ToS.
This app is installed directly onto your phone, which makes it easier to track than other methods. In other words, there is more than a slight risk when you use any app that’s on your phone. Trainer beware.
Much like Pokevision before it, this is one of the best Pokemon Go trackers out there. FastPokeMap gives you real time access to which Pokemon are in your area, and how long until they disappear. Much like many of the popular third party apps out there, FastPokeMap uses the Pokemon Go API to read server data real time.
Risk of FastPokeMap ban – Although it’s not connected to your user account, this tracker does access Niantic servers. Not only that but the continued use of these third part apps puts a serious load on servers, affecting gameplay for everyone. In other words it may be safer than some other choices, but it’s still incredibly risky. Use at your own risk.
Using the Pokemon Go API, this is one of the more interesting Pokemon Go trackers available. Currently closing up the beta testing period, this tracker gives you the flexibility to use your cell phone or other mobile device.
Risk of Poketrail ban – Highly likely unless you are really being clever about it. Although this app does have its risks, it’s far safer than many of the overseas or international Pokemon Go trackers out there. It’s accurate, fast and simple to use. Just don’t come complaining if you are hit with the ban hammer.
Global Nest Atlas
Pokemon Go trainers have quickly learned that crowdsourced Pokemon maps were the best means to find and locate Pokemon. Because they are built by word of mouth, and have nothing to do with Niantic servers or the Pokemon Go API, there’s little risk of a Pokemon Go ban.
However in order for these crowdsourced Pokemon Go trackers to work, you need data and lots of it. Enter in what could be the best choice in Pokemon Go trackers, the Global Nest Atlas. Built by the folks over at The Silph Road, it’s a safe, accurate and confirmed list of Pokemon spawn locations, sightings and changes to Pokemon Go nests.
Risk of Global Nest Atlas ban – Slim to none. It’s no different than if your friend were to call you and tell you he’s seen Snorlax here, or knows there a nest of Charmander at a certain location.
Now having said what we have about Pokemon Go bans, understand that Niantic is very clear about their stance on third party apps. They consider any and all of them to be cheating, so use at your own discretion.
In case you were wondering, here’s the specific part of their Terms of Service that you need to understand;
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using the Services and Content, you will not: attempt to access or search the Services or Content, or download Content from the Services through the use of any technology or means other than those provided by Niantic or other generally available third-party web browsers (including, without limitation, automation software, bots, spiders, crawlers, data-mining tools, or hacks, tools, agents, engines, or devices of any kind).
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