If you can’t win, cheat. Hell, cheat anyway. That’s how the saying goes. Whether you choose to apply that saying to Pokémon Go is up to you. If you prefer to earn your rewards honestly, through hard work and determination, then stop here and go check out my Pokémon Go tips and tricks instead. Otherwise, if all you want to do is win at all costs, here’s how people are hacking and cheating their way to the top!
Warning: Stuff that can and should get your account banned
There are some cheats and hacks that are expressly against the Pokémon Go terms of service (ToS). People do them, and they seem to work, which is frustrating, so more people start doing them, and it creates a vicious cycle. They can also get you banned. Bans sometimes come in waves every month or so, but now they’ve also been joined by “slashing”, which puts a line across illegitimately gained Pokémon and makes them useless in Gym and Raid Battles.
Before investing any time in this kind of cheating, consider you might end up losing that time completely..
1.Spoofing: Some people fake their GPS location so that can go to where a 100% Dragonite or Tyranitar is and scoop it up immediately, drop onto any Gym and take it down and build it back up at any time, and otherwise travel the world at a whim. Pokémon Go is cracking down on this by randomizing stats on the server side for any player under level 25, so it’s currently very hard to detect the IV of a Pokémon. On the Android side, spoofing is also being detected and locked out of the game. It’s obviously something Pokémon Go cares about deeply and wants to prevent.
Most recently, Pokémon Go has begun locking out teleporting, soft-banning people who previously jumped to engage but returned to catch Pokémon, and slashing out illegitimately obtained Pokémon, so they’re useless in battle anyway.
2.Botting: Botting is like spoofing but automated. With an army of fake characters and a bunch of scripts, botters travel the PokéScape collecting as many high-level Pokémon as possible. It’s financed by online maps with ads and donation buttons, and by people who buy accounts online. Again, recent changes might make this harder and less useful than it was in the past. That includes shadowbans, which are preventing bot accounts (including those used for maps) from seeing anything other than common Pokémon, and slashing out illegitimately obtained Pokémon, so they’re useless in battle anyway.
3.Multi-accounting: Some people who don’t bot or spoof still cheat by using multiple accounts. When they take down a Gym, they quickly fill it up with the accounts of their friends, families, and teammates — sometimes even if those people have long since stopped playing. Though “bubblestrat” — a way to quickly power a Gym up — is no longer useful since the big Gym update, filling up all the slots in a Gym still locks other legitimate players out.
4.Shaving/cycling: Those who can’t or simply don’t want to take over new Gyms will sometimes switch to a second account for another team, knock a teammate’s Pokémon off a Gym owned by their own team, and then replace it with their own Pokémon from that team. It’s cannibalistic and doesn’t help grow their own team and creates significant resentment as well.
5.Auto-IV checkers: Pokémon Go isn’t just shadow-banning bots that abuse the API, they’re banning accounts that have granted access to third-party apps like IV-checkers that absuse the API as well. Changing your Google password and revoking account access to these apps can help avoid and reverse the ban.
Most online forums are filled up with people complaining about all of these practices and more, and it’s best to avoid them because the next time the banhammer comes, it could come down on anyone engaging in them.
Jump in time to fast-track A Ripple in Time
Some of the Special Research Tasks for the Celebi “A Ripple In Time” quest come off as blatant delaying tactics: Catch Pokémon for 3 days and spin Poké Stops for 7 days. To get around it, some players have been changing the time zone on their device to literally jump ahead a day and complete tasks early.
It’s generally a bad idea to change time zones or the time in general on a modern smartphone because so many of the built-in functions rely on it being automatically adjusted to the correct time, all the time, and if you forget to reset it, it can cause yo specific problems with Gyms and Raids in Pokémon Go.
But, if you know what you’re doing, you can virtually visit the international date line and get your Celebi a little early.
Skip the Raid start animation
Going from the lobby to the Boss battle in Pokémon Go Raids can take a few seconds, especially if there’s any network slowdown, and that can cost you precious time for solo and specialty Raids.
Luckily, there’s a way to skip right from the lobby to the raid, no GO between.
- Create an empty team
- Join a Raid.
- Pick your empty team.
- Wait for Raid to start.
- Pick your real team.
What happens is that, with an empty team, you get kicked back immediately to the rejoin screen, and when you do, rebounded back into the Raid with no animation screen.
It only saves you a few seconds but sometimes that’s all you need.
Kick any Pokémon out of a Gym
If you have three players with you and you need to kick a Pokémon out of a Gym, even a fully powered Blissey, you can do it. And not even Golden Razz can stop you.
As detailed on The Silph Road:
Start a Gym battle with 3 players.
Players 1 and 2 drop out immediately while Player 3 keeps battling.
Players 1 and 2 join a new battle.
Player 1 drops out immediately while Player 2 keeps battling.
Player 1 joins a new battle and keeps battling.
Player 1, 2, and 3 all finish the battle at the same time.
Because Pokémon Go treats all the battles staged this way as separate encounters, it calculates all three sets of damage separately, knocking the Pokémon out immediately. No chance to Golden Razz…..Read More>>>>