Niantic made a critical update to Pokemon GO to put an end to certain types of cheating

Niantic made a critical update to Pokemon GO to put an end to certain types of cheating

Niantic made a critical update to Pokemon GO that all trainers need to be aware of. The stats of wild Pokemon are now randomized based on player levels, which has upset so-called spoofers, snipers, and other types of cheaters.

Before the update, they implemented bots to search the game world for Pokemon and generate reports for their stats. They include metrics like movesets, height, and weight. The beasts would always appear with the same stats, making hunting the right Pokemon too easy and systematic.

The game becomes more random, with the sizes and unique abilities of Pokemon getting harder to predict. And following the changes, cheating tools will only report the types of Pokemon found. There are still some rules to govern Pokemon spawns, though. SlashGear has the list:

• Level 1 trainers: Pokemon finds same as Level 1 (IV, Moveset, Height, Weight)
• Level 10 trainers: Pokemon finds same as level 10
• Level 25+ trainers: Pokemon finds same as Level 25+
• Levels below 25: Pokemon finds random unless player levels match

Level 30+ was the cutoff point for Pokemon before – meaning they couldn't spawn with any better stats than they would in the presence of a level 30+ player. This might remain partially true, but the randomness of various stats stays the same only after level 25+ now.

These measures will discourage attempts at hacking or circumventing the game rules. Maybe Pokemon GO will indeed become a fairer game world now. Though very little can be done to make cheaters give up trying.

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4 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

So..... it still doesn't do anything about spoofing? It just makes the game more random for everyone else.

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Except the stats have always been random, the only stat that spoofers care about, and the only one that stays consistent is the IV of the pokemon. I've tested this with my friends and brothers phones, we all caught the same pokemon, different sizes and different CP(level), yet our IV's are all the same As for spoofing, the only company who seems to be taking any action is Google with the latest 7.1 Update which blocks any apps that fake location. However considering only 5% of devices even support Nougat, and the millions of iPhone users, it doesn't solve the issue

3. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

My entire city is dominated by spoofers. If I happen to get on a gym they tear the whole thing down and build it back to level 10 in minutes.

4. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Have you tried reporting it? Not sure how much manpower they got for Pokemon GO, but we got spoofers banned in Ingress before.

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