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Pokemon YouTubers and Twitch streamers banned permanently for hacked ‘mon

Published: 25/Jan/2021 22:40

by Brent Koepp


Following Game Freak’s wave of Pokemon Sword & Shield player bans in January, now YouTubers and Twitch streamers are being targeted. In some cases, the punishment is permanent. 

In early 2021, Game Freak revealed that they were finally going after hacked Pokemon that promoted the websites that sold them. This resulted in accounts being banned from the Home service app, although in many cases it was temporary.

However, on January 25th a new wave of bans was issued out, this time targeting YouTubers and Twitch streamers. Content creators showing off hacked Legendaries are now having their consoles hard-blocked from Sword & Shield.

Screenshot of Nintendo Switch ban Pokemon Sword & Shield.
YouTube: BLAINEs
Pokemon content creators have been getting banned for having hacked Legendaries.

New Pokemon Sword & Shield ban targets content creators

While the first bans in January stopped players from accessing the Home app, the latest wave actually hard-blocks Nintendo Switch consoles from accessing Sword & Shield’s online functionalities altogether. What has triggered it? Reports so far have stated that the Japanese company is going after Shiny Legendaries.

More specifically, Mythical or Legendary Pokemon that are Shiny locked and impossible to get without being hacked. Hackers creating Shiny ‘mon such as Zacian or Marshadow – when they don’t actually exist in the game – are being targeted for these harsher bans. This also can apply to players who have shown off the illegal ‘mon during YouTube videos or streams.

According to popular Poke YouTuber BLAINES, the ban seems to be specific to content creators. “This ban applies to YouTubers or content creators only. The other ban [earlier in the month] was for many players who who just happened to have hacked Pokemon. And not all of those bans were permanent,” the fan explained after talking to several Nintendo reps on the phone.

At the time of writing, it’s not entirely clear if these new console bans are all permanent, so far only a few have been told its indefinite. BLAINES went on to clarify that while he is banned from both Sword & Shield and the Home app, he isn’t sure if the ban will be for a few hours or a week.

Shiny-locked Pokemon that will get you banned

  • Articuno (Galarian)
  • Zapdos (Galarian)
  • Moltres (Galarian)
  • Victini
  • Keldeo
  • Meloetta
  • Vivillon (Fancy Pattern)
  • Vivillon (Pokeball Pattern)
  • Hoopa
  • Volcanion
  • Cosmog
  • Cosmoem
  • Magearna
  • Magearna (Original color)
  • Marshadow
  • Zacian
  • Zamazenta
  • Eternatus
  • Kubufu
  • Urshifu
  • Zarude
  • Zarude (Dada)
  • Glastrier
  • Spectrier
  • Calyrex

Serebii’s Joe Merrick tweeted out about the bans as well, and explained to followers: “If you got Pokemon from Wonder Box / Surprise Trades with URLS in their names, they will be blocked from usage. If you have entirely illegal Pokemon such as shinies you may be banned.”

The veteran Pokemon fan went on to address hackers making illegal Shiny ‘mon. “If you are known as a distributor, especially if you make fake claims that they’re fine, then you will 100% rightfully be banned.”

While only a few Korean streamers have been known to be permanently suspended, it appears that many YouTubers and Twitch personalities who showed off the hacked Shiny Legendaries are having their consoles banned. As for how long, it’s anyone’s guess.

It’s also not entirely clear if this is targeted specifically at content creators as some have claimed. However, if you have a Shiny Legendary that can’t exist, you should immediately release it into the wild as Game Freak seem to be aggressively targeting these illegal ‘mon.

League of Legends

TFT b-patch 11.4 notes: Olaf nerfs, Nasus & Nidalee buffs

Published: 25/Feb/2021 2:28

by Andrew Amos


A small update for Teamfight Tactics is here with TFT b-patch 11.4. Riot is finetuning some adjustments after their big changes, with the February 24 patch including nerfs to Olaf, as well as buffs to Nasus and Nidalee.

TFT patch 11.4 drastically shook up the game’s meta. Reroll comps were nerfed into the ground, leading to the rise of Slayers and Vanguard-Mystic Neeko.

However, the changes went a bit too far. With Olaf becoming the number one comp instantly, Riot are keen to draw back his power in a big way. On the other hand, Nasus and Nidalee were hit a bit too hard for the devs’ liking.

TFT b-patch 11.4 includes changes for all of these units, and more.

Olaf AD increased, but Runaan’s change is huge nerf

Olaf has quickly risen to the number one carry in TFT with the big nerfs to all his rivals in TFT patch 11.4. Paired with Runaan’s Hurricane, he could cleave through entire teams 1v9. Now, that interaction is changing.

“Hurricane has proved to be too synergistic with Olaf, making him too powerful with the item, but too weak without it. We’re removing the Hurricane interaction, but will be giving him some AD to compensate and open up other build paths,” TFT dev Rodger ‘Minionsrpeople2’ Caudill said in the amended patch notes.

The loss of the Runaan’s proc on his ultimate makes his damage output significantly weaker. While an increase in AD will help balance out the nerf, Olaf forcers will certainly feel the change.

Nidalee in TFT Fates
Riot Games
Nidalee was hit the hardest in TFT patch 11.4, so Riot are giving her a bit of love.

Nasus & Nidalee get compensation buff after early nerfs

On the other side of the equation, after getting nuked in the last update, reroll carries Nasus and Nidalee are getting some assistance. Nasus’ mana is getting decreased so he can cast more readily, while Nidalee’s damage at two and three-star is also up.

The changes may not make either comp S-Tier in the meta, but it’s a handy buff. Talon is also getting a huge bugfix that keeps his mana bar full if a target dies midway through his ability animation.

Quicksilver and Runaan’s bugs have also been squashed in the b-patch. You can find the full TFT b-patch 11.4 notes below, courtesy of Riot.

TFT b-patch 11.4 notes


Tier 1


  • Mana: 0/80 ⇒ 0/70


  • Nidalee Javelin Toss Damage: 100/150/250 ⇒ 100/175/300

Tier 4


  • Ragnarok Cleave effect no longer triggers on Runaan’s Hurricane bolts
  • Attack Damage: 80 ⇒ 90


  • Fixed a bug where Talon would lose his Mana if his target died as he reached full Mana



  • Fixed a bug where Quicksilver was preventing damage from Nasus’s Wither and blocking some non-CC debuffs (e.g. Grievous Wounds, mana reave)

Runaan’s Hurricane

  • Fixed a bug where Runaan’s Hurricane’s bolt was benefiting from damage amp (e.g. Slayer, Giantslayer, Hand of Justice)