PokéVision Shows You In Real Time Where Pokémon Are In Pokémon Go
In a quest to catch them all in Pokémon Go, we've managed to confirm the website PokéVision features an accuate, up-to-date map of Pokémon around the user's location. It makes the whole process of walking around looking for the little monsters a little easier, albeit a little less mysterious.
This article was also worked on by interns Haley MacLean and AJ Moser.
In order to do this, PokéVision pings Niantic's application program interface (API) to locate Pokémon around a user's chosen location, displaying them in real time. The website also shows a timer under each Pokémon, counting down how long it will be in the area. However, Pokémon spotted using a lure or incense will not appear on the PokéVision website as they are unique to whoever placed them.
To confirm the accuracy of PokéVision, we targeted the area near our office and went to see if we could find the Pokémon the site claimed were near us. We went after two different Pokémon, a Seel and Squirtle, and we are able to confirm they both showed up exactly where the website said with fairly close accuracy.
It is worth pointing out that PokéVision is not licensed by either the Pokémon Company or developer Niantic. Whether or not the site will be allowed to operate in the future is yet to be seen. We've reached out to Niantic about this and will update the story should we hear back.