Update 1.1.0 for Pokémon GO removed the in-game tracker, and Niantic shut down third-party trackers around the same time. The replacement tracker is better than nothing, but not by much. So here are some tips on how you can catch Pokémon in Pokémon GO without a tracker.
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Search for Pokémon in areas specific to their types
Pokémon GO won't bar you from finding and catching certain Pokémon types based on your location (outside of a few Pokémon that are specific to certain continents). However, some Pokémon are definitely more comfortable in their native environment, so you're likelier to find them there.
- Look for Normal-type Pokémon (Meowth, Tauros, Eevee, etc) in residential areas, as well as college and university campuses.
- Look for Water-type Pokémon (Squirtle, Shellder, Psyduck, etc) near natural bodies of water, like rivers, streams, and lakes. They also spawn in parks with fountains and ponds.
- Look for Electric-type Pokémon (Pikachu, Voltorb, Electabuzz, etc) in cities or other areas of highly-concentrated population. They also seem to be common in coastal towns and cities.
- Look for Grass-type Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Bellsprout, Tangela, etc) in parks, forests, fields, and other grassy areas.
- Look for Fire-type Pokémon (Charmander, Vulpix, Ponyta, etc) in cities, though there is reportedly a high spawn rate in big, open areas located in arid regions of the world.
- Look for Psychic-type Pokémon (Drowzee, Jynx, Slowpoke, etc) at night, in residential areas.
- Look for Bug-type Pokémon (Butterfree, Paras, Kakuna, etc) in grassy areas surrounded by nature, like parks and forests.
- Look for Ground-type Pokémon (Cubone, Diglett, Sandshrew, etc) in large, open areas like farmland or golf courses.
- Look for Dragon-type Pokémon (Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite, etc) near bodies of water, where they are a rare spawn.
-Look for Dragon-type Pokémon (Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite, etc) near famous landmarks.
- Look for Fighting-type Pokémon (Machop, Mankey, Poliwrath, etc) near stadiums and fitness clubs, bro.
- Look for Ghost-type Pokémon (Ghastly, Haunter, Gengar, etc) in residential areas. They almost always spawn at night.
- Look for Ice-type Pokémon (Lapras, Dewgong, Cloyster, etc) near bodies of water. You may also find them in large fields.
Pokémon Global updates every so often with new information about area-specific Pokémon spawns, so make sure to visit once in a while.
ABH – Always Be Hatchin' (Eggs)
- If you have some extra PokéCoins, invest in an egg incubator or two. You're given one by default, but however many you have, always make sure there's an egg inside. When it hatches after you walk a certain number of kilometers, you may wind up with a very rare Pokémon that's typically difficult to catch in the wild.
This is also a great way to "catch" Pokémon that are specific to certain areas of the world, like Tauros (North America), Kangaskhan (Australia and New Zealand), and Mr Mime (Europe).
Don't hesitate to use Razzberries and Great Balls on rare Pokémon with high combat power (CP)
- Finally, if that Dragonite does show itself, don't fool around. Use Ultra Balls to solidify your chance at a capture. Tossing a Razzberry, which you’ll find at PokéStops, is also a good idea, but remember to use another one if the Pokémon breaks free and sticks around. It makes the Pokémon you're trying to capture less likely to run away.
Look on Facebook and Discord for local groups
- Many towns and cities will have dedicated groups of Pokemon GO players on Facebook and Discord, where they can share catches, suggest hunting locations and offer help. One interesting thing about these groups is that people often share news on rare spawns, so be sure to find one (or start one!) to maximise your chances of finding a big catch.