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Pokémon Go is an Augmented Reality Android Game developed by Niantic in 2016. Based on the wildly popular Pokémon series by Game Freak, it aims to give an authentic Pokémon experience in the real world through the use of Augmented Reality. This is done through the use of the smartphone’s GPS to track your phone’s location and mapping technology to simulate a world where Pokémon walk around us. Players can then catch their favorite Pokémon and battle it out in gyms.
With how many people are going out and attempting to catch Pokémon out there in the real world, some scientists say that playing it can help in mitigating mental health issues like anxiety and stress. Couple that with actually getting exercise from walking around catching Pokémon, finding Pokéstops to get more Pokéballs and other essentials, meeting new people along the way that are playing the same game as you, keeping your mind sharp on the particulars on the game, also helps you in this regard.
Part of the appeal of this game to most people is the fact that you can catch your favorite Pokémon while traveling. Moreover, the game uses real-world locations as a reference in mapping locations and places where you can catch Pokémon. This is because Niantic used Ingress, their previous game, as a base on where they would put most of the content in the game. A canny player can use this information to their advantage if they know-how. So without further ado, this article will show how to use the currently available Pokémon Go hacks and cheats and how these cheats can benefit your Pokémon Go experience.
Location, Location, Location
As stated earlier, Pokémon Go uses your location to generate the type of Pokémon there is in your vicinity. This is especially prevalent in more urban areas, where more people congregate, thus more people playing. For those in the rural and countryside, this is a disadvantage since the app uses known locations to generate their Pokémon. Well-known locales and haunts are flocked upon because that’s where the rarer Pokémon and sometimes Legendary Pokémon can appear. Weather can also be a factor. Some water-type Pokémon appears in rainy weather and completely disappears when the weather is sunny.
Sounds unfair? It is. But Niantic, unfortunately, cannot accommodate places with little to no internet connection, nor can it support places with a low count in population density.
So how does someone who is living in these areas mitigate these disadvantages?
Location Spoofing And You
In theory, location spoofing is where your phone says that you’re in one location when in reality you’re in another. Sounds simple? Well, it can be. There are multiple ways to manipulate where your phone says you are, even though you aren’t there. One of these methods can be found surprisingly, on the Google Play Store, which is convenient in spoofing Pokémon Go.
Now, I should probably mention first that this method will not work on IOS Phones because of incompatibility issues (Sorry, iPhone users). But Android users are okay, even unrooted phones.
You can do this through location spoofing apps that are downloadable on the internet. You can use some of them without jailbreaking or rooting your phone. It is a good thing since Pokémon Go spazzes out if it detects that the phone is rooted or jailbroken. Like I said above, do these methods at your own risk. They CAN get you banned if you do, but it’s your call if you want to do this. Here’s the link on how to do location spoofing.
How? How Are You Walking Even Though You’re Standing Still?!
This is a bit of a doozy. The “Walking Hack” in Pokémon Go is a surprisingly simple method to do and doesn’t require any fancy-schmancy apps to download. All you need to do is to turn off your GPS. That’s it. What it does is it sends your character in the game a little frenzy, and it just walks around aimlessly. It is perfect when you’re hatching an egg and don’t want to get up from your couch. This method only works for so long though, so use it when you feel like it’s worth using.
Another way is on hacking the game to put a joystick that controls your character. This allows you to direct your character in the game without moving from where you are. Please note that this will also trigger the game sometimes and it CAN lead to a ban. So use it wisely, or not at all.
Bots: You Hate ‘Em, You Love To Hate ‘Em
Bots are an incredibly prevalent issue on Pokémon Go back in its conception. A lot of people were said to make dummy accounts AKA: Pokémon Go bots to catch more Pokémon and setting those accounts upon the gyms. They were also said to make a tidy profit out of selling those accounts to other people. Niantic has since cracked down on the worst offenders with bans, but there are still some rumblings on people who make bot accounts all over the internet.
This kind of thing is not something that I recommend at all. Niantic takes attempts at botting VERY seriously and will ban you permanently if caught. And though there might be ways at making these bot accounts here on the internet, I don’t know them, or they’re probably in someplace very deep indeed.
You Light The Skies, Up Above Me!
Stardust is another currency in Pokémon Go. It’s used to raise a Pokémon’s power so you can’t have enough of it. But what if you do? What if you do have more Stardust than you can conceivably use?
Well, there’s no way to hack Pokémon Go to give you more stardust. There is, however, a guide on how to get stardust efficiently. Most of those guides are on Youtube, so they’re easily accessible to everyone. Guess you’re gonna get that sweet, sweet dust now, huh?
Exploits And Nifty Easter Eggs
Now there are a few exploits and Easter Eggs here and there that people find every once in a while. You can find the list of available exploits and Easter Eggs here. One of these Easter Eggs is related to the Generation 1 series of Pokémon Games. When you begin and pick your starter Pokémon, you get to choose between the 3 Kanto starters Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. However, there’s another way. Go along the game without picking one of the three, and you’ll meet Pikachu, the adorable lightning mouse that most people adore. This Easter egg was found pretty quickly in the start of the game, a little nod on the OG Pokémon games that started it all.
Here’s a little something that fans of the original anime discovered and it is related to the adorable Eevee.
If you give your Eevee a specific name and it evolves, it will evolve into a specific type of Eevolution. Rainer for example, evolves it into a Vaporeon, while Sparky turns it into Jolteon. There are other names for the Gen 1 Eevolutions that can be used to evolve your Eevee to your desire.
As stated in the first part of the article, Niantic used data from their previous game Ingress to decide where to put Pokéstops, spawn locations, and more. This is a pretty simple exploit that anyone with an account on Ingress can use.
The locations on Ingress and Pokémon Go are the same between games. A landmark will always have either a Pokéstop or a gym there. However, you can easily find Pokémon spawn locations on Ingress due to a visual cue on the game. The visual cue is crucial as it gives way to our second hack. Once you find out about where those white dots (the visual cue I’m talking about) congregate, you can then use incense (the game’s way to increase Pokémon spawn rate) to randomly spawn Pokémon that aren’t ‘native’ on your particular area. Even in some weather, specific Pokémon has a chance to appear. Most players usually do this when they’re on a cruise liner or something similar. This is pretty clever since you can’t find a Pokéstop on the account that you’re in, which is the middle of the ocean.
Saving Yourself Some Time? Count Me In!
A little known time saver is when you’re hatching an egg. Pinching the screen instead of simply tapping will immediately skip the egg hatching animation and put the little Pokémon into your inventory. Do note that there’s no way to skip the evolution animation, so don’t try pinching the screen there as well.
Looking To Automate Your Pokémon Go Experience?
We understand that the primary aim of the game is to “catch em all” and it can get repetitive. Thankfully, there is a perfect product just for you. The Pocket Egg is able to help you automatically catch Pokémon and spin Pokéstops. And get this — you don’t even need to open the app! All you need to do is to sync the Pocket Egg with your Pokémon Go account and you’re good to go. Pocket Egg utilizes Bluetooth technology, so do ensure that your mobile device and Egg are within 20m apart. The Pocket Egg is available on Amazon for $65.80. Shipping is free.
And there you have it! These are all the hacks and cheats you need to become a Pokémon Go master. If you are craving for more Pokémon Go related content, don’t miss our feature on everything to know about Community Day.