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Pokemon Company threaten Pokemon Sword and Shield cheaters

Published: 12/Apr/2020 19:40

by Paul Cot

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Trainers have been exploiting a bug in Pokemon Sword and Shield to prevent them from getting legitimate losses in Ranked Battles. Now though, the Pokemon Company seems to have had enough, threatening to ban players who do it.

The exploit occurs at the end of a battle that you lost. Without divulging too many specifics in an effort to not amplify the problem, you can turn off your Nintendo Switch at a certain point to prevent the loss.

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This may prevent losses for the player in question but more worryingly it actually stops the other player from getting the win. This means the exploit will in effect mean the battle never happened.

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Trainers have been cheating to prevent losses in Pokemon Sword and Shield battles…

The issue has become so prevalent that the Pokemon Company decided to address it directly. This isn’t really typical as other exploits aren’t addressed in the same manner.

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“It has been confirmed that some players in [trainer] battles and [online] competitions have been deliberately interrupting their internet communications, resulting in improper manipulation of their match results,” the post read after being translated from Japanese.

They went on to threaten players that partake in the cheat: “If it is confirmed that such illegal operations and annoying acts have been performed repeatedly, [the cheater] will be excluded from [participating in] ranked battles and Internet competitions, and the right to participate in live competitions etc.”

Removing a trainer’s use of all internet related activities while playing Pokemon Sword and Shield was also threatened. They also promised to continually monitor any other “malicious operations” so players can enjoy the game as it was intended.

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It’s disappointing some trainers decided to do this which is certainly not keeping with the spirit of Pokemon. Unfortunately with so many players traveling through the Galar region, there will always be some that are willing to do something like this.

Hopefully, those cheaters will decide to heed the Pokemon Company’s warning and learn to accept a loss.

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Pokemon Go Autumn event – Start time, new Gen 5 Pokemon, bonuses, more

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:57 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:59

by Paul Cot

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To celebrate the change of season, Niantic is hosting an autumn-themed Pokemon Go event. A new Gen 5 Pokemon will be introduced as well as other bonuses.

The 2020 Pokemon Go autumn event starts on Friday, October 9, 8 am PDT and finishes on Monday, October 12, 1 pm PDT. That’s an 11 am EDT start for those on the east coast of the US and 4 pm BST for those residing in the UK.

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To the surprise of nobody, the event will feature various fall-themed Pokemon. These ‘mons can be found in the wild and in eggs when you hatch them.

Double effective Berries

Elsewhere, autumn is the time harvest and that seemingly applies to Pokemon Go, too. As a result, Berries can be found more often when spinning PokeStops. There will also be berry-themed Field and Timed Research.

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During the event, all Berries will be twice as effective when giving them to your Buddy Pokemon as treats. Perhaps more excitingly, however, is that Pinap Berries will also become doubly as effective.

This means that instead of just double Candy when capturing a Pokemon, you’ll actually get four times the amount! Other Berries such as the Razz variety won’t be doubly as effective, though.

Autumn-themed Pokemon

Meanwhile, the following Pokemon will be appearing more frequently in the wild:

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  • Oddish
  • Vulpix
  • Bayleef
  • Hoothoot
  • Sudowoodo
  • Yanma
  • Pineco
  • Zigzagoon
  • Seedot
  • Shroomish
  • Plant Cloak Burmy
  • Foongus

Others will be appearing in 5km eggs but those Pokemon weren’t released in the Pokemon Go blog post.

Additionally, Shiny Vulpix will be spawning more often. The ever-popular Fox Pokemon has already had its Shiny form released previously but few trainers will want to miss out on the chance to get another or even their first!

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Deerling changes color depending on what seasonal form it is…

Deerling

As is very apt for the change of season, Deerling will be introduced to the world of Pokemon Go for the first time. The Season Pokemon has four forms – Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter – so expect to come across its autumn variant.

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It evolves into Sawsbuck, which has the same four forms, also. Deerling needs 50 Candy to evolve, so if you want to get Sawsbuck during the event you’ll need to catch as many Deerling as possible. When using a Pinap Berry though, you’ll only need to catch five of them!

There’s plenty to look forward to in Pokemon Go during October. Charmander is coming to a Community Day a second time with the exclusive move Dragon Breath and there is even a surprise Raid Boss to look forward to at the end of the month.

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