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Pokemon trainer stunned as hacked Gigantamax Charizard appears in battle

Published: 19/May/2020 12:26

by David Purcell


Game Freak have insisted that cheaters will be caught in Pokemon Sword and Shield, although some trainers are still seeing some really powerful hacked Pokemon make their way into online battles. 

The Galar Region is home to a whole host of new and old entrants to the Pokedex, some of which are strong enough already to take down many trainers in battle. However, some are always going to try to get an upper-hand, by accessing cheats and hacked ‘mons where they can.

This time, though, you have to give the cheater some credit. They haven’t even tried to hide the fact – jumping right into a battle with another player using a hacked Shiny Gigantamax Charizard.

Pokemon Sword Shield Battle
Pokemon / Nintendo
Some Pokemon trainers have been using hacked ‘mons in battle.

Those who have ever been on the grind of Shiny hunting will know how hard it can be to find one, never mind one like this that’s so unlikely to appear.

It wasn’t the fact that it’s one of the rarest Pokemon to find in the latest titles that had alarm bells ringing, though, but rather something very specific. The dead giveaway this time, showing that it was a hacked Charizard, was its name. As seen in the Reddit post below, from user Assassinknife, shows that their opponent has been called “PkmLab.com.”

As many will know already, they have been known to send out hacked Pokemon as part of surprise trades in the past and the names of those generated cannot be changed.

I fighting a person online who is useing a hacked Pokémon in battle from PokemonSwordAndShield

This might not seem like a huge issue for Pokemon Sword and Shield, as the amount of hacked species being used are likely to be very few online, but it does highlight the need for players to monitor those that they are coming up against.

After all, you wouldn’t want to be at a disadvantage.

How to block Pokemon Sword & Shield players

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Here’s the screen you will need to access to block trainers in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

One way of ensuring that you don’t come up against a particular trainer again is to block them. Below is a step-by-step guide on how to do just that.

  1. Get to the end screen first in your battle.
  2. Press the plus or minus button on your Nintendo Switch controller.
  3. You will see a notification appear. It says: “Who would you like to add to your block list?”
  4. Select the player you wish to block and that’s that! Done.

It was only in February that members of the game’s community were in uproar about the amount of hacked monsters appearing in-game, and nobody wants to see a repeat of that.

That said, if trainers were to attempt to use these in competitive matches, they would get banned before you can say Wobbuffet.


Trainwrecks’ generosity backfires after Ludwig scores $10k Pokemon card

Published: 24/Nov/2020 1:42

by Brent Koepp


Smash Melee star Ludwig Ahgren sent a Pokemon card Twitch stream into a meltdown when he pulled a 1st Edition Dragonite worth up to $10k. The gaming pro scored the rare collectible after streamer Trainwreckstv gave him the pack.

Pokemon cards have taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch as viewers flock to see their favorite personalities chase after the rarest Nintendo collectibles.

A live Trading Card Game box opening hosted by streamer Mizkif and his org One True King went off the rails on November 22 when Smash pro Ludwig scored a rare Dragonite that could have been Trainwrecks’.

Twitch streamers react to Dragonite card during Pokemon broadcast.
Twitch: Mizkif
A rare Dragonite was pulled during the One True King Pokemon card stream.

Ludwig scores rare Pokemon card from 1999

The Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded for nothing on school playgrounds decades ago can now sell for as much as a house. The hobby has also become a major hit on sites like Twitch, with streamers buying sealed booster boxes from the 90s to open live for viewers.

On November 22, Twitch star Mizkif broke open 1st Edition sealed packs from the 1999 Fossil set. Those attending the event lost their minds when pro gamer Ludwig scored a 1st Edition Dragonite after streamer Trainwreckstv gave his pack to him.

The moment went viral due to the Twitch personality’s generosity backfiring. “Dude I swear to God if I said no to this pack to be fair and nice and its a good pack I want it back. Ludgwig, if this is good it’s my pack. If it’s bad, it’s your pack,” he exclaimed moments before the card was pulled. Unfortunately, the booster he passed on contained the exact rare holographic he was chasing after.

After the excitement settled, the group felt bad for Train’s incredibly bad luck. Although the popular Twitch star wasn’t too bitter about it, laughing it off on Twitter. If nothing else, he should be applauded for his generosity.

According to recent sales of the item, a 1st Edition Dragonite can sell anywhere from $8k to 9.7k depending on the grading. Luckily for Ludwig, the item looked incredibly pristine, giving him a good chance at a PSA 10 grading.