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Pokemon Go: GO Battle League exploit explained, could it return?

Published: 30/Jun/2020 12:47

by Paul Cot

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A massive glitch recently hit Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League which caused it to be made unavailable for more than 10 days. More details about the exploit have now been revealed.

Trainers can seemingly rest assured that the issue is in the past following an update to GO Battle League. “Please know the team worked fast over the past week to properly resolve the issue and thoroughly test our fix,” Niantic shared on the official Pokemon Go Blog to reassure trainers.

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What was the glitch?

Much has been made of how the exploit worked as it obviously gained a lot of attention within the Pokemon Go community. Now it is fixed we don’t need to worry about sharing details which may encourage some mischievous players to try it. Besides it’s very difficult to do anyway.

Many believed only a few Pokemon could implement with Melmetal being the most prominent of them. However, that appears false, as reportedly any Pokemon was capable of it. Melmetal was the species that the most viewed cheater used.

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Anyone who tried to replicate it would have failed, too. The exploit required a rooted phone (basically allows you additional control of the device files) and an unknown third party app.

In short, the rooted phone and third party app would allow you to speed up in-game animations. This meant when you use a Charge Move for the first time, the animation behind it would finish on your device before your opponent’s. While your adversary was still waiting for theirs to finish you could get a couple of extra Fast Moves, which is why they would build up so quickly.

Interestingly even with knowing what app was used, it is still very difficult to replicate. This suggests that the exploit was perhaps less used than first thought.

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Regardless though, Niantic of course had to take action. Especially when you consider one of the cheaters made it to number one in the leaderboards.

Players still cheating?

There have been numerous reports of trainers claiming that the exploit is still active. There is currently no video evidence suggesting as such, though.

A more likely explanation is those who think they are being cheated are miscounting Fast Moves or simply misjudging them. A Pokemon with access to a low energy Charge Move such as Dragon Claw can easily save them up to the point they can use four or five with just two or three Fast Moves. Frustrating yes, cheating no.

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Another reason for what looks like cheating could be lag. You may not see the moves taking place but that would be because your Pokemon Go app temporarily disconnects.

Could the exploit return?

That’s a question that can’t really be answered. After Niantic spent such a long period of time resolving the issue you’d hope not – at least not this particular exploit.

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However, cheaters are always trying to game the system so maybe they can get this one to work again. There could be a similar glitch or another entirely different one that gives trainers an unfair advantage too.

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Pokemon Go: Legendary Pokemon are getting even rarer

Published: 13/Oct/2020 15:36 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 15:37

by Paul Cot

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In recent times Legendary Pokemon have been made what they should have been all along in Pokemon Go – rare.

There was a time in Pokemon Go when getting those legendary ‘mons became all too common and easy. This resulted in it becoming a mundane task – something which getting one should never be.

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Research Breakthrough rewards were introduced to the mobile game in April 2018. You can obtain these rewards by earning seven Field Research stamps.

Only one can be earned per day and you get one for completing any Field Research task. As anyone who has completed these before can attest to, they are often very easy to do.

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From April 2018 until December 2019, the majority of these months had a Legendary Pokemon waiting for you when you earned those seven stamps. This meant you could earn an encounter with the likes of Moltres, Latios, Groudon – and any other of the litany of legends that featured – for completing seven simple tasks.

If you routinely played, this meant a new Legendary Pokemon every seven days. It was no wonder Legendary Pokemon lost their allure.

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Easy to obtain Legendary Pokemon are a thing of the past in Pokemon Go…

Make Legendary Pokemon rare again

From January 2020 though, legendary species no longer featured as the Research Breakthrough encounter reward. Niantic likely realized they were too easy to get and wanted to make getting them mean something again.

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Generally, this made them only obtainable in Raid Battles. This made sense because with rare ‘mons so easy to get hold of previously, fewer trainers would spend the time to get them in the more difficult route of Raid Battles. This is in addition to them costing real money/PokeCoins if you did more than one a day.

It hasn’t stopped there, however. It looks like Niantic want to make them even rarer. Many trainers will have noticed five-star Raids are appearing far less frequently.

This hasn’t been confirmed in any official capacity but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from the Pokemon Go community. “[I] was in an area with over 25 gyms but could only find 2 Giratina during 5 [a] hour period this afternoon,” MarinaBlu shared. They did note a lot more Mega Raids were appearing during that time.

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Encouraging Mega Raids?

There could be multiple reasons for this. Firstly, it will make trainers jump on Raid Battles that feature Legendary Pokemon, stopping the often empty lobbies which single trainers have to avoid.

Then there could be an element of wanting to make Legendary Pokemon even more desirable. This is understandable but certainly puts newer players at a disadvantage. After all, experienced trainers will have a lot stocked up. They would argue this is deserved, however, due to the time they have put into the game.

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Finally, it could be Niantic are trying to encourage trainers to play more Mega Raids. The concept of Mega Evolution in Pokemon Go hasn’t been received as well as the developers would have hoped, though.

We don’t know if the reduced five-star Raid Battles will carry on, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.