It’s been about a week since the infamous three steps glitch started terrorizing players around the world, and in that week we’ve heard absolutely nothing from Niantic about the situation. Not even a tweet letting us know that they know about the issue. Nice.
But you know what? We don’t need the in-game Pokémon tracker anymore, because some smart cookie has created an interactive map that will tell you, with pinpoint precision, exactly where a Pokémon is.
The website is called PokéVision, and for players wanting to find Pokémon, it’s a lifesaver. When you reach the website, you’ll see a map that looks a lot like Google Maps but with pictures of Pokémon everywhere instead of, well, whatever’s normally there.
The location is set to Santa Monica by default, so you’re going to have to put in your current location before you can see the Pokémon in your area. After you’ve typed in your suburb, city, or state, you can drag the cursor to your exact location and refresh the map to see all of the Pokémon that are near you.
As well as a picture of the Pokémon, a number will appear underneath that tells you exactly how long you have until the Pokémon disappears, or as the website calls it, “despawns”. This is helpful because it gives you a shockingly accurate time limit to quickly get to where the Pokémon is and catch it. Click here to take a look at it yourself.
Despite the inherent usefulness of the website, some players have taken to Facebook and Reddit complaining, calling the map a form of “cheating” since it gives the player more information than is normally available in-game, and because it makes the game much, much easier.
In fact, it has caused such a divide between some Pokémon GO groups on Facebook that even mentioning the interactive map can be grounds for having your post deleted, and your access to the group terminated.
Personally, I can see both sides to the argument. To the hardcore player, this certainly would seem like a “cheat” since it gives people an unfair advantage. That being said, the in-game tracker is currently broken, so what else can we do until it’s fixed!?
What do you guys think? Do you think this map is a form of cheating? Or do you think it’s perfectly acceptable to use it until Niantic fix the damn game? Let me know in the comments below.