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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.


Pokemon GO to celebrate series’ 25th anniversary with special Kanto event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:13

by Brent Koepp


According to reports, Pokemon GO is gearing up to celebrate the series’ upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to the Kanto region. The special event will be centered around the 1996 Japanese Game Boy games Red & Green.

Pokemon initially made its debut in 1996, and quickly became a worldwide phenomena. Decades later, the beloved Nintendo property has grown into an absolute juggernaut and has even become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time.

According to reports, the hit mobile title GO will honor the series upcoming 25th anniversary by going back to very first region, Kanto. The special event will have players choose between the groundbreaking Japanese RPGs Red & Green.

Photograph of Pokemon Red & Green's Game Boy box art from 1996.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon GO will celebrate the series’ 25th anniversary with a special themed event based on the 1996 RPGs.

Pokemon GO’s 25th anniversary celebration

While most of the world first played Pokemon in 1998, the series originally launched in Japan two years prior with the Game Boy titles Red and Green (instead of Blue). In 2021, the the franchise will officially reach its 25th anniversary.

So far, Nintendo has been tight-lipped about how it will celebrate the epic milestone, however reports have surfaced about how GO will honor its legacy. According to popular outlet Serebii, the mobile game will be launching a special themed event based around the Kanto region.

While there aren’t a lot of details known yet, the Pokemon site further revealed it will feature an interesting in-game mechanic. “In a single day, players pick either Pokemon Red or Green and get unique spawns  and Special Research based on on what they have picked and can interact to get all Pokemon,” they wrote.

Perhaps the most interesting part is that Trainers will reportedly be able to work with friends to catch all 151 original Pokemon in a single day – which sounds absolutely wild. According to Serebii’s Joe Merrick, there is currently no date for the Gen I celebration. “This event is likely the one Niantic teased for release in February. We don’t have the date for this one yet,” he tweeted.

Serebii's Joe Merrick tweets about Pokemon GO Kanto event.

At the time of writing, there has been no official confirmation as to when Trainers can expect the event to go live. However, since it’s tied to the 25th anniversary, February 2021 is probably a safe bet.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, players still can’t get enough of Pokemon’s addicting “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” design – proof that the franchise has never been more popular.