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This article was published on May 24, 2017


Pokémon GO update trolls cheaters with common monsters

Pokémon GO update trolls cheaters with common monsters
Rachel Kaser
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Rachel Kaser

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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

Pokémon GO developer Niantic has discovered an insidious new way to ruin a cheater’s day: give them stuff they don’t want.

First spotted by the Pokémon GO subreddit The Silph Road, the changes rolled out last weekend. This new approach flags a cheater’s account, “shadowbanning” them so that they can still play — they’ll just only be able to see common Pokémon.

Scanners show Pokémon GO players where rare monsters are, to save some the trouble of long searches on foot. Using third-party software is against Niantic’s terms of service, and in the past it has just banned cheaters’ accountsen masse.

The Silph Road’s users say no one is sure what causes the flag, but they are sure it’s only a matter of time before a workaround is devised.