The 8 Best Pokémon Companion Apps: Gotta Catch 'Em All!

        You may already know about the Official Pokémon mobile games like Pokémon GO, but did you know that the Pokémon universe also has several mobile apps that you can use to enhance your Pokémon experience?























        These apps take Pokémon GO, the Trading Card Game (TCG), core series games, and the social element of Pokémon to the next level. But which are the best Pokémon companion apps? Here's a few to help you catch 'em all.


















                1. Pokémon HOME
















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        The newest official Pokémon app allows you to collect, trade, and organize your Pokémon from multiple games. It combines the features of Pokémon Bank and the Wonder Trade feature that premiered in Pokémon X and Y in a convenient, cloud-based service.





















        You can import Pokémon from Pokémon GO, Pokémon Sword and Shield, or Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee! If you purchase a subscription, you can also add from Pokémon Bank on the 3DS, giving you access to Pokémon from X and Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire.





















        This massive integration makes it simple to assemble an overall Pokédex and trade across multiple game versions. You can even organize your Pokémon by specific data such as Nature or Original Trainer (OT) number. You can also add your friends to trade Pokémon and gifts privately, and look up specific details on the Pokémon you've caught.






















        Download: Pokémon HOME for Android | iOS (Free, subscriptions available)


















                2. Route Chart—Nuzlocke Tracker
















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        If you prefer to play Pokémon "on hard mode" via Pokémon Challenges such as the Nuzlocke challenge, which you can learn more about at Nuzlocke University, you will benefit from a tracker app like Route Chart. This app lets you add Pokémon as you catch them, and it will keep track of all the relevant parts of a Nuzlocke challenge.



















































        The interface is simple and effective. It limits your entries to one Pokémon per route. The Overview tab provides a quick view of your collected badges, plus how many Pokémon you have caught, boxed, have fainted, or you have missed so far. The free version has information up to Gen VII, but you'll need the pro version if you want to do the newest games.





















        As you go through your Nuzlocke challenge, it feels satisfying to have a visual record of your progress. Even better, the overview screen layout means can fit your entire Pokémon journey on one page. Use it to show off your accomplishment after you beat the game!






















        Download: Route Chart—Nuzlocke Tracker—Free for Android (Free) | Route Chart—Nuzlocke Tracker—No Ads for Android ($1.88)


















                3. Poke Genie—IV, PvP & Raid Guide
















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        This app displays on top of Pokémon GO to give you extra information about the statistics of Pokémon you catch. It will even generate Pokémon nicknames for you that include the Pokémon's most important stats. This makes them much quicker to reference in your collection.





















        Poke Genie includes a Pokédex and tools for checking move sets, IVs, and calculating CP requirements. It also helps you prepare for battle with a matchup guide, team builder, and battle simulator!





















        Pokémon GO differs from core Pokémon games in terms of how you train Pokémon, what makes them powerful, and how to assemble a strong team. This tool is great for helping players who are used to the core series adjust to the changes.






















        Download: Poke Genie—IV, PvP, & Raid Guide for Android |iOS (Free, premium version available)


















                4. Smogon Dex
















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        Smogon University is an invaluable resource for competitive Pokémon players. In the app version, Smogon Dex, you can view the various competitive tiers, recommended moves and strategies, and more in the palm of your hand.





















        The app layout is just like the website, so there's no learning curve. If you're just getting started in the competitive scene, Smogon Dex also includes overviews of all the different formats and play tiers. It will also help you denews24nation a strong, competitive team, offering advice on how well Pokémon do against certain opponents.





















        It's more convenient than the website because, on load, the app prompts you to select which game you're playing. It will then default any page you view to show you the info that's relevant for your game version.






















        Download: Smogon Dex for Android (Free)


















                5. Pokétch: Shiny Hunt Counter
















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        Shiny Pokémon are an unusual color—for instance, the yellow Caterpie above is usually green—and have a cool sparkle effect when they're sent out. They are valuable because they're so rare.





















        The odds of meeting a shiny Pokémon are about 1 in 4096 in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and that's a lot more lenient than the older games. Pokétch is an app that can track your shiny hunting journey and let you show off your accomplishment when you catch one!





















        This app lets you enter your target Pokémon, your chosen method, and the game you're playing. Once you've done that, the timer starts, and you can record your progress by just tapping your phone for each encounter.





















        When you finally catch your shiny, you'll have a record of how many minutes, steps, encounters, and Poké Balls you went through to get there! For the completionists, you can also organize the record of shinies caught, arranging them by name, order caught, or Pokédex number.






















        It also integrates with the website Shiny Hunt, so you can easily engage with other shiny hunters while you grind encounters.





















        Download: Pokétch: Shiny Hunt Counter for Android | iOS (Free)


















                6. Pokécardex
















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        Fans of the Pokémon TCG—or any TCG for that matter—know the struggle of organizing a large card collection. Thankfully, the days of over-stuffed binders and physically moving cards between decks are over.





















        Nintendo does offer an official Pokémon TCG Card Dex, but you'll be limited to cards released since Pokémon Sun and Moon, and you won't be able to organize your collection into decks. We recommend using Pokécardex instead.





















        Pokécardex makes it much simpler to find cards, regardless of edition, and assemble decks. You don't have to scan a physical card to add it, just search within the app. Pokécardex also offers a Fast Mode that lets you add multiple cards more quickly.






















        You can organize your decks by series, limit to only view collections you're interested in, and it will even show you a progress bar for collecting the entire set. You can get your collection uploaded in no time.





















        Download: Pokécardex for Android (Free)





















        Download: Pokemon TCG Card Dex for Android | iOS (Free)


















                7. dataDex—Pokédex for Pokémon
















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        Every trainer needs a Pokédex. dataDex helps you get to the information you want quickly, and arranges it in a stylish, easy-to-navigate format.





















        The first step is to select the game you're playing. dataDex will then filter out results that aren't relevant to your game version, and you can quickly find type matches, moves, items, and more. You can choose to view the movedex, itemdex, or Pokédex, and add useful pages to your favorites for quick reference.





















        You can also track your Pokémon collection from the main page, where the style mimics in-game Pokédexes. If you opt for the pro version, you can also arrange your collection using the Team Builder.






















        Download: dataDex—Pokedéx for Pokémon for Android (Free, premium version available)


















                8. GO Field Guide (Events, Raid Counters, Checklists)
















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        If you're a trainer who just wants to catch 'em all and have fun with your friends, you should grab the GO Field Guide. This app shows you what events and raids are coming up, and includes an attractive collection checklist for the completionists out there, too.





















        Focused on the social element of Pokémon, the Field Guide also includes a Trainer Code Exchange system where users can broadcast their Trainer Codes to send or receive gifts, meet new allies, or advertise a Pokéstop or Gym location.





















        An index of tutorials and handy tools and tips for playing Pokémon GO like the Level Up calculator help core game fans adjust to the GO style of play. The social functions make sure you never have to learn by yourself.






















        Download: GO Field Guide for Android | iOS (Free, subscription available)


















                A Million Ways to Play Pokémon
















        The great thing about Pokémon is that there's no single way to play. You can play it on a wide range of devices, from game consoles to smartphones. The Pokémon world really is your Cloyster when it comes to exploring the game universe.





















        You may play the core games, the TCG, Pokémon GO, or a different spinoff, whether you like collecting every Pokémon, assembling the perfect battle team, or just playing with your friends, there's a companion app that can help you get what you want out of your Pokémon journey.
















































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        Natalie Stewart
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            Natalie Stewart is a writer for MakeUseOf. She first became interested in technology in college and developed a passion for media writing in university. Natalie's focus is on tech that is accessible and easy to use, and she loves apps and devices that make life simpler for everyday people.


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