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 Magnetic Lure Modules in Pokemon GO

Published: 26/Jan/2021 4:49 Updated: 26/Jan/2021 6:13

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Pokemon Go players can use all kinds of different items to help find and catch Pokemon, including Magnetic Lure Modules, which are in demand right now. Here’s how to get them.

Lure Models are one of the best items in Pokemon Go. They attract specific types of Pokemon to Pokestops for 30 minutes. There are three in total; Glacial Lure Modules, Magnetic Lure Modules, and Mossy Lure Modules.

Glacial Lure Modules attract Water and Ice Pokemon, which makes sense given the name. Similarly, Magnetic Lure Modules attract Electric, Steel, Rock Pokemon, and Mossy Lure Modules attract Bug, Grass, and Poison Pokemon.

However, Magnetic Lure Modules are hot property right now. Players have been catching Nosepass as a part of the Hoenn Collection Challenge. They need one to evolve it into Probopass.

If you want to know how to get them, we’ve got you covered.

Pokemon Go Magnetic Lure Module
The Pokemon Company / Niantic
Lure Modules are handy items in Pokemon Go.

How to get Magnetic Lure Modules in Pokemon GO

Magnetic Lure Modules can be bought from the in-game store for 200 coins each. Naturally, the easiest way to acquire coins is to buy them with real money. However, you can also earn coins for free by controlling gyms.

To do that, you’ll need to defeat another trainer who controls a gym and claim it for yourself. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to place one of your own Pokemon there to defend it.

Controlling a gym for around eight hours will generate 50 coins.

Unfortunately, that means you’ll need to repeat the process four times to earn enough coins for one Magnetic Lure Module. However, the good news is that it doesn’t take much effort and is worth the wait.

Pokemon Olivia's Probopass
The Pokemon Company
After using a Magnetic Lure and 50 Nosepass candy, players will be rewarded with an evolved Probopass.

So, what are you waiting for? Start looking around for gyms to control and make them your own.

You’ll be raking in the coins, and before you know it, you’ll have enough to buy a Magnetic Lure Module.

Then again, if you don’t mind spending a bit of real money to make the process easier, it’s not too expensive.