Trainers are cheating in GO Battle League with this exploit

Published: 5/May/2020 17:00

by Paul Cot


Using an exploit, trainers are choosing favorable match ups in Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League, but not in the way you’d think.

Instead of trying to get easier matches, players are actually trying to get higher rated opponents. This is because, while it would be harder to beat them, doing so has a much greater benefit to their rating.

If you are a high-rated player of between 2,800 and 2,900, facing a 3,000+ trainer (as opposed to less than 2,800), this allows you to increase your rating a lot more. On the other hand, a loss to a trainer with a rating less than you can hit your rating hard.

GO Battle PvP
GO Battle League is Pokemon Go’s PvP mode where the most competitive trainers meet to battle…

This is annoying those who are trying to reach a 3,000 rating, as this will give you the coveted Rank 10. Some trainers picked up on the latest exploit when several of their matches with 3,000+ rated Pokemon Go players were being canceled.

“I have also been noticing that most people above 3,000 rating will quit the match before it can begin,” Telebar shared on Reddit. “This happens in about 50-60% of the cases.”

This is only an anecdotal account, but these thoughts are shared by other trainers, too. Even if the actual number is far less than this – around 20% – then this is obviously still significant.

Is it cheating?

Trainers will have differing opinions on whether this constitutes cheating or not. At the very least though, it is a grey area that Niantic do need to address in some form.

What can’t be denied, however, is that those who know the ‘trick’ do gain an unfair advantage. So, by this logic, cheating would seem a fair way to describe it.

SvanGe also highlighted the issue and made it public for two reasons:

  1. “Make this technique known to other trainers and let them decide if they want to use it.”

  2. “Make Niantic aware of this so they can patch this. Because I think it is an unfair advantage.”

They even suggested a way to fix it: “I suggest that when you are matched with an opponent, as soon as you can see their name and rating, quitting the app should result in a loss.” This is a good idea, but it would undoubtedly infuriate those who still think the exploit works — maybe that would be a good way to balance out the advantage, though.

How to cancel GBL match

We won’t share it here directly but if you click on the above links you can figure out how to do it pretty quickly.

Trainers had been previously losing Pokemon Go matches on purpose but this is the latest way to gain an advantage. Interestingly, Niantic delayed the start of GO Battle League Season 2 and maybe this was one of the reasons why.


How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
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Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
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The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
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Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.