If you are playing Pokémon GO, drop everything and get this map working on your PC at home.
Developer Ahmed Almutawa has managed to extract the raw data from the hugely-popular mobile game, and published the files on Github and there’s a full install process on Reddit. But be warned – you will need some serious programming knowledge to get it working.
What the map does is show you exactly what Pokémon are available for capture at any given time. It’s not an instant process, rather it scans in small blocks and updates over time, but it does show you where Pokémon are located near to the point you specify, and how long you have until they disappear.
Needless to say it does come with risks. It violates the T&Cs of the game, which could result in you being banned from the game altogether.
After tinkering with the files a bit, we managed to get it working in the office, and from the screenshot below, you can see which Pokémon were around the Highlands North/Norwood area.
If you take a good look at the map, you’ll see that there was (probably still is) a rare Sandslash in 7th Avenue. It seems that Zubats are by far the most common Pokémon in the area.“The very first time [the map] was working properly it was like 10PM. I opened the map and there was a Dratini that was three blocks down the road. I was like, ‘Nah, there’s no way it’s down the road from here.’ But I go out, and I walk there and there’s a Dratini here. I caught the Dratini my first try, so I was very proud of myself for that one,” Almutawa explained to The Verge.
If you have the technical know-how, you could really help out your fellow Pokémon GO players.
But then again, isn’t it more fun to just wander around your neighbourhood scouting for Pokémon? Wouldn’t using this defeat the whole point of the game?
We’re expecting that there’ll be some patches that block these kinds of tools introduced soon.