Ever since Pokémon Go stormed to prominence, Poké trainers have been trying to find ways to maximise their Pokémon catching, using ever more innovative ways. The latest of these are Pokémon nest sites. Here’s what they are and how they work.
Previously, players enlisted browser-based maps, such as Pokévision and Trackemon, to help them locate Pokémon. But Niantic did away with these fairly swiftly and users have had to go elsewhere to source the rarest animals.
This is where Pokémon nests come in. These are the spawn sites of the animals in the game, and users have started mapping their whereabouts, making it easier to catch the rarer Pokémon as well as avoid the peskiest of the common creatures: Pidgeys and Rattatas.
There's been a lot of chatter online about nests, particularly when Niantic did a little housekeeping and swapped these sites around. Trainers were complaining that their local Dratini nest had been replaced by more mundane Pokémon and Reddit users quickly moved to try and map the new beasts and see if there was a method behind this madness.
So far we’ve only used the nest maps for London, and unlike the previous Pokémon tracker maps they are a more organic affair – relying on the Go community to submit sites for consideration before they are added as nests.
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These lists are then overlaid onto Google maps, such as this map created by users within London which has racked up over 85,000 views.
If you really want to find the nest sites with creatures that have thus far eluded your Pokédex, the best place to check might be Reddit. Ardent Pokémon fans are constantly updating and creating lists of where all the best beasts are.
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Are you using these nest sites? If so, what's the rarest nest you've found. Let us know in the comments below.