Niantic has disabled access for all real-time Pokemon tracker and mapping services. Also all bots stopped working as the Pokemon Go API uses a new encryption method.
The Captcha did not stop 3rd party apps from accessing the Pokemon Go servers. Niantic's introduction of Google's reCaptcha just created a nuisance for trainers that run their own Pokemon finder apps. The problem of Captchas is bigger for large scale Pokemon Go maps like FastPokeMap, but manageable. Now Niantic doubled down with a new security update that effectively blocks all 3rd party apps including the controversial Pokemon Go bots.
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Pokemon maps including PokeMesh, PokeAlert, PokeWhere, PokeDector, PokeOnMap, ScanGo, OpenPokeMap and FastPokeMap are not working anymore.
The new encryption has been already rolled out with the release of Pokemon Go 0.37.0/1.7.0. Niantic has now disabled access for version 0.35.0 apps, breaking all 3rd party apps as affect.
Update: Find out the latest on the Pokemon Go API Development to make 3rd party apps work again.
The creator of FastPokeMap is confident to be able to break the new encryption as the first time around, when the community solved unknown6. The developer, active on reddit under whitelist_ip, was part of the team that broke unknown6 back in early August. It is not clear how long the process of reverse engineering will take this time around. In August it took about 5 days until 3rd party Pokemon Go apps and services were able to gain access again to the Pokemon Go servers.
This time around it might take much longer as the hype around Pokemon Go has slowed and many developers lost interest. The creator of FastPokeMap tweeted on Sunday that there is a lack of interest in reverse engineering efforts for the new encryption. "The lack of interest from the reversing community is troubling. Oh well. Basically there's no one trying to reverse the 0.39 api, everyone gave up. Niantic's constant lock down just tired everyone, " he said.
The FPM developer estimates that it will take at least two weeks for FastPokeMap to work again as he only can work weekends on hacking the new security Niantic released.
In the meantime you can either play Pokemon Go without any 3rd party tools, or you can utilize alternative Pokemon Go maps and tracker. There not many Pokemon maps that still work, but there are some interesting options.
The blocking of real-time Pokemon finder makes Poke Radar an attractive choice again. Poke Radar gathers Pokemon spawn locations from input of its users. This works reasonably well for cities and for areas with many Poke Radar users. Poke Radar is available as web site and as iOS app.
Another community based Pokemon Go map is Go Radar. The service tracks according to their app description 140,000 spawn points. The Go radar web service is down right now as they reached the 100,000 google maps request limit. The Go Radar iPhone app is though still working. Go Radar is certainly seeing a search in traffic over the past hours because of the ban of real-time Pokemon tracker.
iPhone app Pokemon Go Map Radar is also working based on crowd-soured Pokemon Go data. It is working for some large cities that haave enough users of the app.
Another great resource to find Pokemon is the SilphRoad Nest Atlas. This Pokemon map shows predictable and historical nests near you. The SilphRoad community updates Pokemon nests after each migration. The fourth nest migration took place last week and many spawn points have changed, making it difficult to use archived spawn data.
Omlet Arcade for Pokemon Go is a live chat overlay app that has enhanced features for Pokemon Go. Users report lures and catches to nearby trainers. The chat app only is beneficial to Pokemon Go trainers if there are enough Omlet users in their area.
Some trainers try to locate Pokemon with triangulation based on Sightings. There are tools that help you to triangulate Pokemon locations. It appears though to be a time consuming process. Pokemon triagulation tooks include Pokegovenn.
Pokemon Go Maps that still work
Pokemon Go Map Radar (ios)
Omlet Arcade for Pokemong Go (iOS, Android)
If you know a Pokemon Go map or finder that still works please email us.
Social media channels light up with angry comments about Niantic's block of real-time Pokemon scanners. A lot of trainers have relied on Pokemon trackers to fill their Pokedex. The fact that Niantic is not offering any sort of tracking in the app makes matters worse. The majority of trainers would only use the in-app tracker if it would be available. So far Niantic is taking their time testing the feature in San Francisco, after initially killing it because of scalability issues.
Apparently Niantic is very concerned about rolling out the in-app tracker taking down the servers again. Pokemon Go servers has been working rather solid after Niantic and Google Cloud team have worked through the issues caused by the sudden and unexpected popularity of Pokemon Go.