Pokemon Go Dev Reiterates Warnings for Use of Third-Party Cheat

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Players who have stuck long enough with Pokemon Go and its trickle of new features were pleasantly surprised when the developer finally announced a couple of new and meatier additions.

Now, fans can indulge in a different kind of Battle at the Gym and win higher and more substantial rewards in the process. However, with this comes the inevitable temptation to make use of unauthorized third-party apps that would allow them to cheat and get ahead of the pack.


The developer is quick to point it out over at Reddit, and one verified Niantic employee posted a fair warning for those who may be planning to use or have already used said apps to cheat:

"With the announcement of Raid Battles and the new battle features, we are staying true on our commitment to ensuring that Pokemon Go continues to be a fun and fair experience for all Trainers. Starting today, Pokemon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected."

The developer did not provide any more details about the "odd" behaviors that the ‘mons will suffer from. But this is a very clear warning for those who still plan on not playing fair and by the rules.

If done right, this would be a great way to combat players who continue to abuse the system. Pokemon Go is already plagued with the hard grind, which makes players (myself guiltily included) quit for a while before restarting their progress. Hopefully, we'll get to know what these odd behaviors are—and, even better, see them in action ourselves.

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