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.

War of Nations Re-visited

I happened to find the game on my nephew’s iPad about a month ago, and out of curiosity, I went into the few worlds that I used to play and checked out the status.

Wow, was there a mass exodus? The world was so empty– when I checked the top 50 alliances, only the top 10 had full members, the rest were just struggling with like 30+ members in each alliance. I guess many players were just sicked and tired of the game, and left. As I told a fellow alliance member, “The saddest thing that could happen to the biggest bully clan in the game is when players started to leave the world, they can spend thousands of dollars, but with no one to fight, in the end they will leave too with a big hole in the pocket.”

For the players who are still playing the game, take a look outside your window, you have missed a lot in your life. My only regret in leaving the game is I should have done it a lot earlier.

Are Level 60 Epics really worth the deal? (War of Nations)

Gree role out training (or raiding) missions every week to entice players to spend money on getting one of these uber commanders. I have heard players commenting that what is so great about these Level 30/60 commanders? They can be merged to a maximum level of 90 which is the same as level 50 epics.

Let’s explore a little deeper into this topic.

1. Ease of attainment

Level 60 Epics might look difficult to attain at the first glance. The training missions are impossible towards the end even with 20 to 30 factories pumping out units; whereas you can get Level 50 Epics from either Elite Recruit packs or one of the Special Recruit packs (Platinum/Gold/Silver/Bronze/Copper) by getting  top 5 spots in events.

If you are just comparing the cost and ease of getting just one of the commanders, then Level 50 epics is the way to go, but to many players, one is not enough, they want multiple of the same commander so that they can merge all of them into a super level 90 commander. In this case, the Level 60 Epics seems like an easier option because you will always end up getting the same commander after you completed the missions.

2. The Perfectly Merged Commander

A perfectly merged commander is created by merging 2 of the same commanders at the same maximum level. You might want to read more on the commanders merger guide here. Only level 50 and level 60 Epic commanders can reach the maximum level of 90 in the game.

In order to create a perfect level 90 commander, you need 8 of the same level 60 Epic commanders, whereas you need a total of 16 of the same level 50 commander to create a perfect level 90 commander. If you are buying the Elite recruit packs, what are the odds of getting a level 50 Epic commander from the pack? What are the odds of getting 16 of the same commanders?

In conclusion, if you are looking to create a perfect level 90 commander, Level 60 Epics is the way to go. Do take note that Gree dish out only 8 of such commanders every cycle, thus you cannot miss/fail any of the weekly missions, and be prepared to spend thousands.