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Valorant “buyback” glitch stealing players’ Creds is finally getting fixed

Published: 13/Jan/2021 3:51 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 0:02

by Andrew Amos


One of Valorant’s most notorious glitches is finally getting fixed. After months of community campaigning, Riot have revealed the shopkeeper will no longer steal your Valorant Creds when allies sell weapons you bought for them in an upcoming patch.

One of Valorant’s most useful mechanics is the ability to request and buy weapons in-game for other players. No longer having to juggle weapons in spawn, everyone can get to their positions and set up in time for the round start thanks to the feature.

However, it hasn’t worked flawlessly. In fact, the shopkeeper has had a nasty habit of stealing players’ Creds through this system.

shooting in Valorant.
Riot Games
Accidentally sold a Vandal your teammate bought for you? Well, soon they’ll properly get the 2,900 Creds back.

If a player bought a gun their ally requested, and then they sold it, sometimes players wouldn’t be handed back the cash. While this may be a small problem if it’s only a pistol, you can be out of pocket 5,000 Creds for a non-existent Operator, completely ruining your team’s economy.

The issue has been around for months, and the community has been pushing for changes from Day 1. Now, Riot is finally taking action, having nailed down the issue and promising a fix in the coming weeks.

“We are aware of this issue, and while it may not land in the current patch, we’re trying our best to get it fixed in an upcoming one,” developer Brandon ‘mochimisu’ Wang told players on Reddit on January 12.

“Truth be told, we had this on our radar for a while as well, and weren’t able to make time to investigate it until recently.”


Exactly what the problem is, or if more changes to the system are on the way is not known. Just fixing this little glitch though is sure to please a lot of players.

In the meantime, Riot aren’t going to implement a band-aid fix. Simply disabling the mechanic will drastically impact gameplay — something they’re not willing to do.

“We don’t want to introduce a lot of issues into a potential change in the game that we aren’t able to test more thoroughly. We’re trying to make our releases more stable, so we’re afraid a change like that may have some other consequences. That applies to both disabling this and fixing in a hotfix now,” Wang added.

The change isn’t expected to land on patch 2.00 ⁠— which launched with Episode 2’s release on January 12 ⁠— but players won’t have to wait much longer to get their hard-earned Creds back for lost guns.


Pokemon trainer gets Lv100 Shiny Blastoise in surprise trade, but there’s a catch

Published: 19/Jan/2021 12:03

by David Purcell


Shiny Pokemon appearing in surprise trades are moments some players will never forget, and for this trainer on Pokemon Sword and Shield, a reaction of jubilation was only natural after receiving a Blastoise. However, the story wasn’t all rosy. 

As regular players will know by now, Shinies are not just spawning all over the place in the Galar Region – nor are they in any other part of the fictional world. In fact, it takes serious persistence to get ahold of one legitimately, and there are a few tactics you can utilize to get better at finding them.

If you’re a seriously lucky person, though, trading can be a great way to grab one as well. Some really generous members of the community have been known to send Shiny Pokemon through this method, leaving the other trainer delighted.

Now, the reaction was of delight and excitement this time, but there was an ugly underbelly to what appeared to be a great moment.

gigantamax blastoise
Pokemon Company
Gigantamax Blastoise, and its Shiny variant, can be found in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

Pokemon Sword and Shield surprise trade

As seen below, Reddit user Vegaworldpeace was extremely grateful for the gift. A Shiny Blastoise is a difficult Pokemon to get in normal circumstances, so to have one handed to you is a big deal.

They said: “Someone sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade!”

That being said, quite quickly a number of other users in the subreddit realized this one might be too good to be true.

Some one sent me a LV 100 shiny Blastosie in a surprise trade from PokemonSwordAndShield


“Definitely hacked man. Sorry to say,” one posted, which led to a group of players hinting at the same possibility. After checking the Pokemon IVs and the trainer ID for the Pokemon, it was certain that the mon was definitely hacked – which led, they say, to the player releasing it into the wild.

“It looks like the original trainer was a shorten URL. I try to mess with no hacks so I’ll release it. Thanks for the info everyone, definitely wasn’t try to break any rules within this community.”

A few people had suspected that the post was advertising hacked Pokemon, which is something that’s been seen before in the subreddit. However, it appears to have been a genuine mistake.

How do you know if your Pokemon is hacked?

Screenshot of Shiny Charizard in Pokemon Sword & Shield.
Shiny Pokemon are not always what they seem.

There are a few indicators that your Pokemon may be hacked. It’s always handy to check after trading as well, especially if you want your team to be squeaky clean.

First of all, you can check the IVs of the Pokemon. If they are all perfect, chances are that your latest recruit has been hacked, but that’s not the only indicator. The Trainer ID connected to the Pokemon may also be blank, named after a website selling hacks, or a shortened URL.

These are the main flags to suggest it actually originated through hacks, not caught in a traditional way.

As always, we would encourage players to stay away from hacked Pokemon at all costs. If you ever have a problem, or suspicion, that one of yours may be hacked – tweet us @PokemonSwordNS at any time and we’ll check it out!