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Pokemon HOME app to get anticheat measures following rampant hacking

Published: 24/Aug/2020 19:45 Updated: 26/Aug/2020 8:06

by Brent Koepp

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Hackers have been breaking the Pokemon HOME service after depositing monsters with altered attributes. On August 24, the developer announced that anti-cheat measures would be implemented to address the problem.  

The eighth generation Pokemon title Sword & Shield was initially met with backlash leading up to its launch in 2019 when developer Game Freak announced they were scrapping to the National Pokedex.

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To remedy this, the Nintendo RPG got the HOME service in February which allowed players to transfer their monsters from previous games into one place. In August however, the app has faced problems with hacking.

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The cloud-based service lets you store all your Pokemon in one place.

Pokemon HOME is getting anticheat measures

The HOME app made its debut in February on iOS, Android, and the Nintendo Switch. The paid service costs $3 a month, and allows Trainers to transfer old monsters into Sword & Shield.

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However on August 24, users were met with an “important news” update when booting up the app that explained that anticheating measures were being implemented, following recurring hacking problems.

“It has come to our attention that some users have deposited Pokemon with altered attributes to Pokemon HOME, causing the app to function in ways that were not intended. In response, we will be addressing the presence of these altered Pokemon in Pokemon HOME,” it read.

The announcement also clarified that the specific monsters they were talking about could not be “obtained through any of HOME’s trading systems or through normal gameplay in any game” in the series.

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Over on the Pokemon subreddit, players praised the move, such as user ‘johntheplaya‘ who exclaimed, “Thank god hopefully there actually getting on top of the hacking problem.” Though, some Trainers wondered what these “anticheat measures” could entail.

Thankfully, it appears hacked ‘mons sent via the Surprise Trade function in Sword & Shield don’t seem to be affected. At the time of writing, it’s not immediately clear whether there will be any punishment to the accounts that have illegal monsters.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

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So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.