Written by Leonie Herson
As games become more advanced due to developments in technology, so too has the ability to hack into them. This can have serious side-effects for players of the Pokemon game franchise.
Devices such as Action Replay are able to trigger events, create areas and high level or rare Pokemon not usually accessible by normal gaming means. Why this has become such a difficult issue is due to people trading and selling illegitimate Pokemon. For an unsuspecting gamer, suddenly finding the means to obtain rare Pokemon would seem like a dream come true. As many would probably say, this way of receiving Pokemon should not be trusted. Receiving a hacked Pokemon may cause implications not only during Wifi battles, but to the whole game itself.
Unfortunately it does not stop there: due to the introduction of the Global Trade Station or GPS for the fourth generation, gamers are not able to check whether a Pokemon they are about to receive is legitimate or not. However, not much can be done to combat this issue, except to prevent the continuous spread of illegitimate Pokemon.
If a gamer suspects one of their Pokemon was hacked, always check the information detailing where the Pokemon was caught, the level it was found, what ball it’s in and the ID number. For example, to find a starter Pokemon such as charmander on route 20 is not plausible. Furthermore if the charmander was caught at level 65 and resides in a master ball, it is definitely fake. The same principles apply for legendary Pokemon which have a set location. If a rayquaza was said to be found in an area or route other than the Sky Pillar or Embedded Tower, you have a fake. The level it was caught would also have to be 70 or 50, respectively.
Special event Pokemon such as Celebi is only obtainable via promotions; hence having a Celebi which was found anywhere other than a Nintendo event is counterfeit. These promotional Pokemon also have special ID numbers when you receive them. The best way to know if they are fake or not are to check via well known websites which detail each Pokemon’s respective ID number. If yours does not match, then the Pokemon is illegitimate.
One of the more common ways of knowing whether your Pokemon is fake is to use it in a Wifi battle either on the DS or on Pokemon battle Revolution. If the game is not able to start the battle due to the types of Pokemon used, chances are one or more of the Pokemon on your team are hacked. You can narrow down which one is illegitimate by replacing each team member out at a time and checking until you are able to battle. By following this strategy gamers should become more aware about the Pokemon they are receiving through trade or by other means.
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