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Why Pokemon Go GO Battle League is down and when it will return

Published: 13/Jun/2020 16:33 Updated: 23/Jun/2020 21:11

by Paul Cot


On June 12, Niantic announced that they were disabling Pokemon Go’s GO Battle League until further notice due to an in-game exploit.

Update: GO Battle League has been finally re-enabled and you can play right now! Niantic have given an update here.

“We’ll bring it back online once this exploit has been addressed,” Niantic revealed on their Twitter page. “We apologize for any inconvenience this might’ve caused.”

For Niantic to so suddenly disable it and for it to be down nearly 24 hours later shows the gravity of the exploit. In a blog post they even described it as cheating.

While the game has only been taken down recently, it seems the glitch itself has been pertinent for at least a few days. It isn’t clear what caused it.

What is the exploit?

We’re certainly not going to tell you how to do it but will explain what it is. Hopefully it will be removed in its entirety when GO Battle League is re-enabled, anyway.

The issue surrounds Melmetal, the steel Pokemon that was added to the franchise in the build up to Pokemon Let’s Go. Reportedly it affects other species too – Cresselia, Giratina, Leafeon, Scizor and Swampert – but we were able to find no evidence of this.

The exploit allows trainers to use Charge Moves far more frequently than they should be able to. In the video below from JRskatr, we can see his opponent’s Melmetal using a Rock Slide for every 2 or 3 Fast Move attacks – it should be 5.

Obviously this give trainers a hugely unfair advantage, allowing them to almost certainly win the battle. This will not only give innocent trainers unfair losses but propel the cheater to the top of the GO Battle leaderboards.

In a follow up video JRskatr explains that it appears that the trainer using this exploit was able to continue energy generation during JRskatr’s Charge Moves. This would explain why the Rock Slides were so incessant.

When will GO Battle return?

This exploit is getting a lot of attention among the Pokemon Go community, so it’s no surprise Niantic have acted so swiftly. The trainer in question has reportedly been banned.

With that part complete, it looks Niantic just need to resolve the exploit. That seems to be proving harder than it sounds however, as it has now been a lot more than a week since the mode was taken offline.


Complete First-Edition PSA10 Pokemon card set could sell for over $700K

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:19 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 17:52

by Michael Gwilliam


An incredible, complete set of 1999 first-edition Pokemon cards is available for auction – and it’s looking like it could sell for more than half a million dollars when it’s all said and done.

The complete set is made up entirely of PSA 10s, the best possible grade one can give to a card, meaning these are in tip-top condition.

According to Goldin Auctions, who is hosting the bid, the collection includes four extremely sought-after Charizard cards. For many, Charizard is considered the holy grail of Pokemon cards.

So far, five people have put in the funds necessary to bid on the collection in two weeks. If you want to join in, you’re going to need some deep pockets – the minimum bid starts at $125,000.

Screenshot of Charizard Pokemon Trading Card Game 1999.
Charizard is one of the rarest Pokemon cards.

The fact that there are four Charizards alone in the collection is nothing to scoff at, and could very well be the cherry on top of the pristine PSA 10 collection.

Just back in October of 2020, rapper Logic purchased the 1st Edition card for just over $226,000. But that was then, and this is now.

Goldin Auctions states they “just sold an SGC Gold Label Pristine 10 ‘1 of 1’ example of the Charizard for nearly $400,000 in their December Holiday Auction.”

Pokemon booster box
Heritate Auctions
Booster boxes can sell for hundreds of thousands.

While the card alone can sell for a ridiculous amount, booster box prices have also seen their value rise.

As the TGC community has continued to grow, plenty of YouTubers and Twitch stars have started spending a lot of money on booster boxes from the 90s. The end result is that costs have skyrocketed.

Earlier in December, a booster box from Heritage Auctions sold for a whopping $408,000.

Given the insanity of the current lot and just how many perfect condition cards are included, we could be seeing a brand new Pokemon record once the bidding wraps up. The only question is: Will it ever reach the million-dollar mark? We’ll have to see what 2021 has in store.