Pokemon Go Launches New Anti-Cheat Measures

Since Pokémon Go launched last summer, players have been wondering how and when Niantic are going to introduce legendary Pokémon to the game, if ever. We also don't yet know what the slash looks like, or how, exactly, monsters may misbehave.

The company said that anyone detected using third-party services to cheat - like those which fake your Global Positioning System location - will find the Pokémon caught in this way 'may not behave as expected.' While Niantic didn't get any more specific than that, Redditors didn't waste any time in coming up with their own suggestions.

With the announcement of Raid Battles and the new battle features, we are staying true on our commitment to ensuring that Pokémon GO continues to be a fun and fair experience for all Trainers.

We reached out to Niantic to ask further details, but while Niantic confirmed to Kotaku that the Reddit post is official, they don't have more details to share about how it works yet. It's not clear whether the image is legitimate, though, and it could just be a mockup based on what Niantic had previously announced.

Other cheaters of Pokemon GO use mapping services to search for rare monsters, while some use bots. The screenshots posted above suggest the former, as the Pokemon that are crossed off do not have a blue glow around them, indicating they were not caught recently.

Cheating has been an issue in Pokemon Go from the outset.

"We've tried to make it so when we battle that it doesn't get harder when we battle with more people we want to make it feel good that if you take a friend along that everyone who joins in really enhanced the experience", global product marketing Lead Archit Bhargava and senior product manager Tatsuo Nomura told Express.

  • Arturo Norris