Pokemon Go players planning a trip for the coming holidays now have a resource to find gyms in the smartphone game before they even arrive at their destination. PokeScout, an interactive map website, allows users to track the location and the status of gyms in the location-based game, according to VentureBeat.
Gyms at your fingertips
PokeScout includes every single gym that’s in the augmented reality-based game. Using this tool, Pokemon trainers can see whether one of the two opposing squads or their team owns these control points before even traveling to them. For example, if players want to battle, they do not have to waste time walking across town to see if their fellow Mystic players have successfully defended the gym or if Valor runs that key gym, says VentureBeat. This is surely important information for players attempting to boost the returns they receive from putting time into the augmented reality-based game.
On top of this granular data, PokeScout also provides new information for most of the big cities in the U.S. For instance, in Denver, Mystic owns 48% of the gyms in the city and Valor owns 40% gyms, while Instinct owns only 12%, notes VentureBeat (at the time of this writing).
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PokeScout has this information for major cities like Boston, Las Vegas, and Dallas. Check this list to see who is winning in your city in the U.S.
Pokemon Go finally comes to the Apple Watch
Pokemon Go players who have an Apple Watch will also be glad to hear that after three long months of waiting and hope, the game has arrived on the smartwatch. Now players can finally stop staring at their smartphones whenever they are out walking on the road and playing.
However, the game on the Apple Watch is not the complete version of the augmented reality-based game. Players will still need their smartphone to actually catch the Pokemon, notes CNET. The Apple Watch version is more like a companion app that tracks players’ steps, sends notifications to their wrist when there is a monster near them, and helps them stock up on Pokemon-catching items.
“You can log your play sessions through the Apple Watch app as a Workout that will count toward your personal Activity rings, while also counting distance toward hatching Pokémon Eggs,” the Pokemon Go team said in a blog post.
Many people won’t like to pull out their phones whenever they want to catch Pokemon. To avoid doing that, you will need to find the $35 Pokemon Go Plus wearable.