Want to take your Pokemon Go game to the next level? There are maps, apps and websites that can help. While some may consider using these extras cheating, they can help you find Pokemon faster, uncover the best PokeStops and more to help you become the PokeMaster you long to be without all the guesswork.
Sites for finding Pokemon, maps and gyms
Walking around looking for Pokemon can take a lot of time. You'll also need supplies and a little exercise for your Pokemon, so stops and gyms are essential. No need to wander, though. Other players have probably already mapped your town and shared where to find it all.
Pokecrew finds Pokemon in your area and displays them in a list form. You can also add your own real-life sightings to the list so locals can share the latest information. The best thing about Pokecrew is that it offers information about each Pokemon in your area, such as its Pokedex number and type.
Pokefind is another list, and it has some extra features. You can sort Pokemon by type, for instance. There is also an evolution calculator you can use to determine how much CP (combat power) your Pokemon will have after it's evolved.
Pokemapper is a crowdsourced Pokemon-finding map created by OpenRide, a ridesharing service like Uber. The map has been populated by people all over the world.
Mapokemon is a crowdsourced map that has the location of gyms and stops all over the world. Each reported pin on the map can be rated as real or fake by others, making it more accurate. Each pin in the map is also tagged with the poster's IP address to prevent spamming.
The great thing about a crowdsourced map is that it doesn't have the tendency to crash or stall. The downside is that if you live in a small town, chances are there won't be many Pokemon on the map.
Apps for Pokemon Go
There are many apps that can help you with your searches and bring you together with other players without keeping tabs open in your browser.
Some apps that help you find Pokemon, gyms and PokeStops through user-generated reports are Pokemon Go Maps for iOS and Map for Pokemon Go: PokemonMap for Android. Poke Radar and Poke Map are also user-generated apps, but they're just for finding Pokemon.
One of the best apps for finding Pokemon is Pokefind. It shows the locations of Pokemon in real time. This means that you aren't looking at information added by users a week ago. The app will also show you how long the Pokemon will remain in the same spot with a little countdown clock under each Pokemon icon on the map.
GO Helper for Pokémon Go is for making your gym battles more successful. The app helps you learn about the Pokemon you are about to battle and what Pokemon use against it to get effective hits.
PokeType - Dex is a little more in-depth and basically teaches you everything you need to know about Pokemon before you battle. You can look up Pokemon and find out their types, strengths, resistances and attacks. You can also build teams and upload your teams to the cloud.
PSA: The makers of Pokemon Go are cracking down on third-party sites and many of them are being taken down. This article has been edited to reflect the changes.