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Forget bans, Niantic have gone nuclear on Pokemon Go hackers

Published: 17/Jun/2019 9:24 Updated: 17/Jun/2019 9:57

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go players have long wanted hackers to be banned from the game but it looks like Niantic are going one step further than that…

Bans? Niantic suing Pokemon Go hackers

The creators of Pokemon Go, Ingress Prime and the soon to be released Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite are suing the creators of some of the most prominent hacks for Pokemon’s most famous mobile game.


Niantic describe Global++, software that provides players with tools to find rare Pokemon and spoof their GPS, as an association of hackers. In contrast, the Global++ website describes themselves as offering “tweaks”.

Case 3:19-cv-03425Niantic highlight the differences between Pokemon Go and PokeGo++ with this screenshot…

One of the apps they provide, called PokeGo++, has been highlighted by Niantic saying it is “creating derivative works”. They also allege that the software infringes their copyright. Additionally, the lawsuit also claims the software enables cheating and accesses Niantic’s network, computers and servers.


Since the news of the lawsuit made headlines, Global++ have taken down their website, alongside their Twitter and Facebook pages. This is hardly a surprising move considering that due to the success of Pokemon Go, Niantic are worth around $4 billion. Nobody wants a 4$ billion company in a legal battle with them, after all.

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Is spoofing cheating?

It has long been debated whether spoofing or any other form of manipulating Pokemon Go should be considered cheating. Some believe any change to how Niantic intended the software to run is gaining an unfair advantage while simultaneously breaking Niantic’s terms and conditions – others believe they can play the game how they want.

Hacks in one form or another have been prevalent ever since Pokemon Go was introduced in the summer of 2016. Bans have been commonplace but relatively infrequent compared to the scale they are used on.

NianticWill Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite be as big as Pokemon Go?

Harry Potter mobile game

The news comes ahead of Harry Potter: Wizard’s Unite releasing in the United States, a game which has been in beta testing in Australia and New Zealand. Interestingly, the lawsuit also alleges that a similar concept to PokeGo++, Potter++, has already been developed to provide the same ‘cheats’ to this game.


It is clear Niantic want to avoid the same mistake they made with Pokemon Go and make their new Harry Potter game as hack free as possible.

Could this be the first step in the long battle between Niantic and hackers to finally make Pokemon Go a spoof free place?


How to get Shadow Mewtwo in Pokemon Go

Published: 14/Oct/2020 2:42 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 2:44

by Paul Cot


Shadow Mewtwo has come to Pokemon Go for the second time and this time all trainers can get hold of it.

Team Rocket have returned to Pokemon Go, again, and this time they brought some strange eggs with them. Unsurprisingly Professor Willow has asked for your help investigating them – he always does.


You’ll notice his image flashing in the bottom right-hand corner of your Pokemon Go app. Click it and the new “An Inter-egg-sting Development” Special Research will open up.

Complete all these tasks and it will culminate in a Shadow Mewtwo encounter. This is far from easy Special Research though, and may take a while to complete.


An Inter-egg-sting Development – All tasks and rewards

All tasks and rewards for the An Inter-egg-sting Development Special Research are as follows:

Stage 1/6

  • Spin 5 PokeStops – 500 Stardust
  • Defeat 3 Team GO Rocket Grunts – 500 Stardust
  • Catch 1 Shadow Pokemon – Meowth encounter
  • Rewards: 500 Stardust, 10 Pokeballs, 10 Razz Berries

Stage 2/6

  • Catch 5 Shadow Pokemon – 750 XP
  • Make 3 Nice Curveball Throws in a row – 750 XP
  • Purify 5 Shadow Pokemon – 750 XP
  • Rewards: 1,500 Stardust, 10 Great Balls, Larvitar encounter

Stage 3/6

  • Defeat a Team GO Rocket 3 times – 1,000 XP
  • Hatch 3 Eggs – 1,000 XP
  • Earn 5 Candies walking with your Buddy – 1,000 XP
  • Rewards: 1,500 Stardust, 3 Golden Razz Berries, Toxicroak encounter

Stage 4/6

  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Arlo – 1,250 XP
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Cliff – 1,250 XP
  • Defeat Team GO Rocket Leader Sierra – 1,250 XP
  • Rewards: 5 Hyper Potions, Super Rocket Radar, 3 Revives

Stage 5/6

  • Find the Team GO Rocket Boss – 2,500 Stardust
  • Battle the Team GO Rocket Boss – 1,500 XP
  • Defeat the Team GO Rocket Boss – 3 Silver Pinap Berries (Rescue Shadow Mewtwo)
  • Rewards: 3,000 Stardust, 1 Fast TM, 1 Charged TM

Stage 6/6

  • Claim Reward – 2,000 XP (x3)
  • Rewards: 3 Revives, 20 Great Balls, 1 Elite Charged TM

To purify or keep as a Shadow Pokemon?

As Shadow Mewtwo is a standard Shadow encounter it won’t have IV floors of 10. You can increase each of its stats by +2 by purifying but this is a decision you should take with extreme caution.


We discuss whether you should Shadow Mewtwo and why to help you make that decision – after all, there is no reversing it. In short, there won’t be many opportunities to capture Shadow Mewtwo, if anymore at all, so it may be your only chance at keeping it.

In addition to this Shadow Mewtwo is an incredible attacking Pokemon whereas it purified form while powerful, isn’t as noteworthy when it comes to the Pokemon Go meta.

There is also an Elite Charged TM to claim in the final stage of An Inter-egg-sting Development. These Elite TMs are super rare so use it wisely!

This particular Special Research is certainly time consuming but with Shadow Mewtwo awaiting at the end, and that Elite TM, it’s definitely worth completing.