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Alternative to 3rd Party Maps

I was tracking Pokemon using the sighting list for a month plus before sgpokemap. It is pretty straight forward and Trainer Tips has an excellent guide on this if you are not sure how to do it.

Please note the Pokemon on the sighting list is no longer ranked according to its proximity to you. The sighting list is merely showing you all the Pokemon within 200m radius from you. Hence, do not be confused when a Pokemon down at the bottom of the list appear before your target. Also, your target Pokemon position may  also move up and down the list as you walk towards it, thus as long as you see the target Pokemon on the list, keep walking down your path.

In summary, the steps from Trainer Tips video are as below:

  1. Walk any direction. If the Pokemon disappear, mark your location.
  2. Turn 180 back, and continue walking. Again if the Pokemon disappear, stop, and mark your location.
  3. Retrace your steps towards the middle of the above 2 points.
  4. When you are at the mid point, turn 90 degree to either your left or right, it does not matter. Walk straight.
  5. If the Pokemon disappear again, turn 180 degree and walk, you should be able to locate it now unless it has de-spawned.

The above method works best in an open clear area without any huge obstructions. It might not be feasible in a tight housing estate, and I will talk more about another useful tip that I learned from Trainer Tips– noting the spawn position and time around your neighborhood.  This method has helped me zoom in to an Arcanine in my neighborhood without any tracking at all.

Third Party Tracker Down

Many Singaporean Pokemon Trainers awoke to a rude shock this morning– the all time favourite sgpokemap.com no longer works. The fear has been brewing for the last couple of days when Niantic started activating Google’s reCaptcha service on their servers in an attempt to battle the bots.

I resisted using 3rd party maps for a while until a few weeks ago while at Yishun Park with my sister, she spotted Snorlax appearing nearby on her map. The mad dash to the spawning point was exhilarating, and I wasn’t sure whether it was the excitement of finally seeing Snorlax in person or the breathlessness from the run, my fingers trembled uncontrollably when trying to throw the Pokeball.

The obvious benefit of using such map is we are able to chase down rare Pokemon with much ease, and filling up our Pokedex fast. I remember seeing our first Snorlax on sighting but eventually miss it due to chasing down the wrong direction.

On the other hand, ever since such maps become popular, we began to see the retirement of Vaporeons, Gyarados, and other Pokemon as gym defenders, giving up the place to the dynamite trio, Dragonite, Snorlax, and Lapras. Trainers have also become picky as well, the Snorlax has to be high IV, high CP, and with ideal move set before spending any star dust in powering it up.  Whereas before any 3rd party maps, we saw a lot more variety of Pokemon; and trainers, with limited Pokemon would train up their best to fight, and also forced to make the hard decision whether to power up a Snorlax with only decent IV and decent move set. Rare Pokemon, near perfect IVs, and ideal move set have become cheap.

Like many players who are used to having a map pin pointing the exact Pokemon location, we were lost this morning at MacRitchie reservoir, but decided to just enjoy the walk and catch whatever that appears, and for the first time in a month or so, we walk without our eyes being glued to the map. Yeah, we will learn to play the game as it is again, enjoy the walk and surrounding a little more without a map, and be surprised by what pops up next to us.

By the way, MacRitchie reservoir is definitely a Cubone nest as of now. Most of them spawn around the walking path from the car park to the restaurant.

East Coast Park Singapore

East Coast Park (ECP) has become even more interesting after the recent nests change. There are at least 3 Pokemon nests along the 10KM long park. I was there with my family on last Saturday evening with an ambitious plan of catching enough Kabuto and Charmander candies to add another 2 Pokemon to our Pokedex.

Kabuto Nest

Kabuto Nest

We started from the Kabuto nest, which is located at the old tennis center (Long Beach Seafood), and sure enough we caught a number of Kabuto while having our dinner. The evening looks very promising without even trying hard.

The Charmander nest is located at the far end of ECP, near the National Sailing Center. You could take a slow walk from the Kabuto nest and get some distance for eggs hatching at the same time, but we started late thus decided to drive instead. One note of caution if you plan to hunt here at night– this is the less visited part of ECP, so do be careful, and have company.

At the end of our East Coast Park trip, we did gather sufficient candies to evolve our Kabuto, but still quite some candies short for a Charizard. Reason being Charmander spawn locations are quite spread out, and we did not have time to walk around to catch them all. We will be back again before the next nest migration, and make sure we get enough candies for our Charizard.

Overall, ECP is a great place for candy farming due to it being a nest for a few species. Please do take note of the followings if you are planning a trip:

  1. Load up Poke balls if you are the “catch them all” type of person. The spawns can be crazy and Poke stops here are quite spread out.
  2. The best mode of transportation is cycling. Car chasing is difficult due to narrow road and it converges to one way traffic towards to end. Furthermore, spawn points may be far from the road, couple with the problem of finding a good location to stop your car without obstructing traffic, it could turn out to be a frustrating experience.
  3. Be there early and hunt during day time. Tripping hazards such as protruding tree roots are not easy to spot if you are off the walking path at night.

Good hunting!

Evolving a perfect IV Dragonair

Caught a perfect IV Dratini from Yishun Park about a month ago and evolved it into a Dragonair with best move set. After long walks with the Dragonair since the introduction of buddy system, I finally have enough Dratini candies for the final evolution.

I was very nervous and contemplating whether I should continue to collect another 25 candies to evolve another 97% IV Dratini first– at least if that gets Steel Wing, I will have another shot with this Dragonair. I have terrible luck with 90+ IV evolutions– except two 93% Vaporeons,  the rest were really bad, and I am still very much haunted by my 95% Twister Gyarados experience.

In the end I gave in to my boy’s pleading, and let him perform the evolution. Our eyes glued to the screen, praying real hard to RNG god, and we got this!

Dragonite

At least it is not steel wing!

Not perfect, but I am relieved, at least it is not the freaking Steel Wing!

 

 

Pokemon hunting in Tuas South

Arkanine

Thanks to Tuas South, I am now powered to the max!

The family decided to go to Tuas South last Saturday to hunt for Pokemon. Reason for going there? As observed on sgpokemap.com, there are some very interesting spawns in Tuas, and since we do need more Dratinis and Growlithes, it will be a good hunting ground for us, and hopefully we can come across a few rare Pokemon while we are there.

Few things to note for Pokemon trainers who are planning to brave the western frontier– Tuas:

  1. Tuas is a huge industrial district and it will be a futile effort to chase over the entire area. Pick a part where you want to cover. For us, we decided to focus mainly on Tuas South because the traffic is a lot less here, furthermore, the road design is of a big grid system where it is easier to navigate.
  2. Load up your Poke balls. There are not many Poke stops here, when you are out of balls, you are out of luck. The nearest cluster of Poke stops is at Raffles Marina.
  3. Bring bottles of drinking water with you unless you are familiar with the area and know where are the drinking stops. You should take note of the coffee shops locations around the area even if you bring enough water, because who knows when you might need toilet breaks. Saturdays are not so bad, most of the shops are opened, but if you are planning to go on a Sunday, it will be a lot tougher to find an eatery which is opened for business. If all else fails, head to Raffles Marina.
  4. Visit this area only on weekends or weekdays night when there are less heavy vehicles especially the older area.
  5. Do note many places in Tuas are off limit to visitors, thus while from the map it looks like there are many Pokemon being spawned here, in reality, a good chunk of them are inaccessible.

Let’s get back to the hunt. We were there for almost 3 hours, and didn’t come across any rares unless you consider Jynx as rare, but we do get quite a few Growlithes. These are some of our catch: Omanyte, Machoke, Jynx, Growlithe, Dratini, Pikachu, Exeggutor (Zen Headbutt + Solar Beam, but bad IV), and other common Pokemon.

Is Tuas a worthwhile trip? Yes, especially if you have not been there before: go out and explore, and be amazed by the man made wonder– huge tract of reclaimed land. Isn’t this part of the goal of Pokemon Go? Tuas South is definitely a good place to hunt Growlithe, I wouldn’t call it a nest, but Growlithe does spawn consistently here. Otherwise, it all depends on luck, which we lacked on that day.  I will cover another ‘ulu’ place in Singapore, Sembawang, on another day.

Note: This was before the recent nest changes, not sure whether Growlithe spawn is affected.

Pokemon Go

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I haven’t been actively gaming recently until the release of Pokemon Go in Singapore. I was skeptical of the game at first, but curiosity took over and the rest is history.

Pokemon hunting has become the family’s weekend activity, and we have gone to many places in Singapore to hunt for the elusive Pokemon. I will share my experience of the hunt in coming posts soon. Stay tuned, and by the way, join Team Instinct if you have not selected any team yet.

Cease Fire

I have left War of Nations game for more than 3 years, yet I am receiving constant stream of comments and questions, thanks a lot. I would like to help to answer the questions but I am seriously outdated in the game development thus I am just posting your questions in the comments section and hopefully someone who is familiar with current game mechanics will be able to help.

By the way, is the game still on?

War of Nations on Android

Just realized that War of Nations is on Android now. The money stream from IOS devices has dried up?

Out of curiosity, I installed the game on an Android tablet, and fiddle around for awhile. Apparently, the Android game has its own servers, and the worlds are entirely different, example, World 1 in Android is not the same as World 1 in IOS. I made this judgement based on my memory of the top alliances of the different worlds, or the worlds have changed so drastically that the top alliances were all knocked off the chart?

I tapped on the “Add Gold” button, and saw the bundles available for new players. If you are a new player and intend to spend some money, the USD19.99 bundle is quite a good deal– you get 4500 gold instead of the usual 2400 gold, and you get 3 Elite Recruit packs plus a lot of other goodies such as outpost teleports and so on. Wow.

It brought back a lot of memories to me, my ex-comrades, the joy of capturing my first level 34 Renegade OP, the intense wars between the top ranked alliances, and so on. Was tempted to play a bit, but finally decided against it, why go through the frustration all over again?

By the way, thanks to all the comments, I could have missed quite a fair bit by deleting them accidentally in my fight against spams on the site (it is crazy, thousands of spam comments in a day) Anyway, glad that some of you have found my WON guides useful, and hope you have better experience in the game than me.

Castle Clash

Castle Clash is another game started by my son and I got interested after watching him play. It is another online war game very much similar to War of Nations, and because I am playing both at the same time, I will make a lot of comparisons between the two.

Castle Clash is an online war game (strategy game?) set in a fantasy world where you will build different type of buildings, upgrade them, and as they are being upgraded, they will be able to produce more resources, and train more units.

Players will be able to raid other players for resources, very similar to War of Nations, but it has a limit or cap on who you can raid, that is, you cannot raid a player that is far below your “Might” level. Might level is calculated by adding the building levels, heroes level, units levels, and etc. This is a good thing as it can prevent high level players from constantly raiding you, and if you fail to defend your castle, you will get immunity for a short period of time where no one else can attack you. The duration granted depends how how badly you are damaged, example, if you are totally destroyed (100% buildings destroyed), you will get 12 hours of immunity.

Another good implementation of the raiding system is it gives the defender an advantage, that is, units and buildings destroyed by the invading force will be replenished immediately (not sure resources will be consumed), while attackers will need time to train the lost units again. This protects a player from resource and units depletion from multiple raids, and be left defenseless. This is what War of Nations need to learn from this game. In War of Nations, aggression is encouraged, you lose less by attacking– 40% rebuild for attackers against 20% for defenders.

You can hire heroes in Castle Wars too, and they are like your special troops where you can level them up and they will not die. If they are destroyed in a raid, they can be revived after a certain period of time. Heroes play a very important part in this game besides sending them to raids, they can be used to challenge other players in Arena. The Arena is a very important area where every players should participate because it will give “Honor Badges” every hour, and the quantity per hour is determined by a player’s Arena ranking. Honor Badges are used to hire heroes, and also to progress them to the next stage.

Now to the commercial part of this game. As in every “free” mobile device game, you will have the option to purchase gems in this game. Gems is like the gold in War of Nations. The main differences between the 2 games are you can gain a lot of free gems by achieving certain milestones in Castle Clash, and even by simple actions like logging in. Gems can be used in various way: recruiting heroes, filling up your money and mana vault, speed up construction, hire workers, and etc. In War of Nations, you get 500 gold the first time you log in, and that is it, no more free gold.

The gems is cheap as compared to War of Nations gold– you get more things done by the amount of real money spent. In fact, you do not need to spend a lot in this game if you adopt a relax pace. Gems will speed up certain things for you, but it will not give you an unfair advantage like in War of Nations.

If you do not like raiding other players like me, raiding NPC is interesting as well, and you can keep raiding them to level up your heroes. Raiding NPCs will also yield an important resource, the Shards, which cannot be gained from anywhere else, not even by gems. Shards can be used to hire heroes as with honor badges, and gems, but the major difference is you can CHOOSE which hero you want to hire, unlike using honor badges and gems where you get random heroes.

There is also a chat room in Castle Clash, but it is quite badly implemented because every player plays in the same world and thus the conversation scrolls too fast for any meaningful chatting. The only thing that I miss from War of Nations is the alliance, where players can form a clan to play together, in Castle Wars, it is basically a “single” player game where you do not have to interact with others if you do not wish to.

I would say I like this game better than War of Nations despite it being more cartoonish, and will probably play this more than War of Nations. The main reasons are I can play at my own pace, and though Gems will help to speed up the game, yield some advantages, but it is not game breaking and unfair as in War of Nations, where money will prevail over everything else.

Inotia 3 Children of Carnia

I have installed this game for a year on my Android phone, but didn’t really play much of it because playing games on the phone would drain the battery like a running faucet.

While browsing the Apple App Store recently, I saw a new release – Inotia 4 Assassin of Berkel, so I decided to install Inotia 3 on my iPad and complete it before playing the newer release. The game is free on Android, but cost $0.99 on IOS.

I have since completed the first segment of the game, and here’s what I think of the game: It is not bad for  passing time; but if you are looking for a Baldur’s Gate or Dragon Age, you will be utterly disappointed. Be warned.

Basically it is a hack and slash game with a confusing story, and the battles & quests get old very quickly– Need some information from NPC? Please help him/her kill 10 of Beast X. After completing the task, some of them might go again, “Thanks, but I need another 20 of Beast Z”. You get the idea. Sometimes I got so frustrated that wish there was an option to shout: “Look at my blades!”.

The nice part of the game is the monster drop, sometimes you can be surprised by a nice piece of armor from just a random monster, and along the way you can pick up recipe and composition material to craft your own potions and etc. However, the inventory is so small that even after purchasing the Adventurer’s Pack with real money for 3 additional 16-slot bags, it is still not enough to hold the stuff as there are at least 15 different types composition material alone.

The final battle is extremely tough, I managed to defeat the final boss only by spamming resurrection scroll that can resurrect the entire team with full health and mana. Did I mention I bought the Adventurer’s Pack? It comes with 10 resurrection scroll as well… If you are not willing to part with real money, do not waste the 2 free scrolls that were given at the beginning of the game or be prepared to grind till a higher level before fighting the boss.

I am currently on the “after game” mode, where there is a new adventure for the party, but it is the same old help me kill 10 of this and 10 of that kind of quest. Not sure whether I will have the patience to complete it.