Professional athletes have been known to do all sorts of illegal things to get a leg up on the competition. Steroids, human growth hormones, deflating footballs, you name it. In the competitive scene of Pokémon, things are no different. The Pokémon Company just announced that 7,651 additional people have been banned from online play for having profiles with illegal, altered save data. As far as we know, this new data doesn’t include the 5,954 Trainers that were banned back in January.

If you get to the top by cheating, does that really make you the very best? I don’t think so. Let’s all play fair!


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  1. John Doe says:

    Pokemon is ridiculous. Its so dumb to try to breed for 31 ivs and catch legendary pokemon with good ivs and nature. Who cares if people alter some stats. As long as the stats are obtainable and legal let them be used. To force people to spend hours upon hours for a pokemon is dumb. Its time for nintendo to embrace the fact pokemon can have stats changed and make it easier for everyone to do it. So dumb that someone has to raise a pokemon from nothing and later have to redo it all if they decide they want a different nature. It also takes the joy out of catching the lengendary of you have to reset afterwards cuz the nature isnt right or it has the wrong ivs. Lets not even talk about how hidden power works. Bottle caps is an ok start. But it should be even easier than that.

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  2. Steven okay says:

    Good job keep up the good work it can be done without any help just more work

    Rating: 5
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  3. Shadow says:

    Hi! I knew it!!! I knew ppl were cheating online!!!!! Now us fair ppl actually have a damn chance! Thank fucking God!

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  4. Wait ik u TRIGGERED...from your boi lilillitboiudontknowmefam Out duce. says:

    Pokemon sucks. My 3 top reasons why pokemon is not for kids, 1st pokemon is catching wild animals which teaches kids to go hunt and throw balls at animals which is curel, 2nd why you all lying we all know who’s better yokai they have a white eyes blue dragon and pokemon has a fish that flops named “MagiKarp. (It does not have blue eyes)ripoff. 3rd all kids should play Minecraft and roblox tbh better games and adults need to go outside more (Thankgod for pokemon go) so Agree with me and support my movement #Pokemonwheresblueeyemagikarp* oh and Pokémon moon is a ripoff/same of/as pokemon sun(pokemon gotta step up there game. instead of gotta catch them all! Gotta buy them all! From your boi lillitboiudontknowmefam out duce… PS pokemon go is gonna end the world Remeber Lilli thou don’t know exam warned u*

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  5. Wait ik u TRIGGERED...from your boi lilillitboiudontknowmefam Out duce. says:

    PS I forget to say Kodak they don’t like to see u wining* oh and duce from your lillitboiudontknowmefam #Pokenonwheresblueyewhitemagikarp

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  6. Wait ik u TRIGGERED...from your boi lilillitboiudontknowmefam Out duce. says:

    Thy do work the work all da smh…

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  7. SinceGenONE says:

    Damn…. I have been battling people using gen Pokémon since Black and White when I could only breed 3 to 4 I.V Pokémon and I was fine then. X and Y was a godsend but when still battled against gen Pokémon its not that big of a deal unless your battling some ass that have stats on the Pokémon that their not suppose to have. However that’s rare…real rare. My only concern a.t.m is that even though I breed Pokémon (and I do it cause I like it and it may sound odd but it makes me appreciate my Mons better and reason why I have Pokémon Bank) my concern is that I know like half and maybe even more that half the player base uses gen Mons and as much as I’m fine with breeding I also do it cause I like to battle. So whats the purpose of me breeding if I can’t battle? Most the people who do these things are usually good players to fight against and the other thing is that it might be harder to find matches online now the more and more players get band. I know personally that I will never get band because I’m legit but Nintendo has to be careful not to destroy their player base. The last thing I want to do online is battle kids and people that don’t know what their doing cause me personally I don’t have many people around me that play Pokémon so I have to rely on online battles to have fun.

    Rating: 4
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  8. Reginald Laine says:

    I’m so beyond glad that this happens, especially in games such as Pokémon. Just because “everyone does it”, doesn’t mean that it’s cool do to so. People deserve to be cut off; it sucks the fun out of the game for everyone who gives a damn.

    Rating: 5
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  9. Soulzune says:

    Does it also include people that use the mod that disables cell shading in Pokemon Sun and Moon

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  10. Michael says:

    I would never cheat or hack in Pokémon like put named Pokémon in my games in my games I play until I finish the whole Pokémon game I’m already done with Pokémon Sun I just have to start my other Pokémon games for the 3ds.

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  11. Graeme says:

    Sorry, but no breeding is easy, and IVs are a good part of the game. Now you can change the IVs when a Pokemon reaches level 100. Even less reason to cheat. Cheating defeats the purpose of playing the game.

    Rating: 4
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  12. Mystery me says:

    For one, the whole point of raising Pokemon is to start from the bottom. It’s how you train them that makes them strong for you or not. Cheating your way through is what takes the fun out of it. All Pokemon have different stats and different nature’s, and changing them from what they are originally caught as is dumb. Catching legendary Pokemon is only fun when caught properly, and not by hacking into the Nintendo system. That is when the fun is taken out. @ John doesn’t, if you think it is dumb, then you don’t have to play it. But keep your dumb un necessary unfriendly comments to yourself. If you can’t say anything nice, then keep that pie hole shut. No one makes anyone play a game for hours. It is by a person’s choice to play for as long or as little as they want. For some people, playing and catching is a hobby, while for others a stress relief technique. Maybe you should just shut up about things you know nothing about. Or maybe you are just throwing a hissy fit because you are one of the banned people and you got caught. If you are, then good, one less person to ruin it for those that enjoy the game for the way it was made to be enjoyed.

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  13. Yusuri says:

    Ban them good and let them regret buying the game!
    Is it fun cheating? Where’s the fun in that for gaming?

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  14. ****Stupifide**** says:

    Really Pokemon!!!

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  15. Jack Callahan says:

    what this article leaves out is that it’s VERY easy to unban yourself after being banned. Takes about 10 minutes. Those smart enough to cheat in the first place (it’s not that hard) are all very capable of unbanning themselves.

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  16. Kitty says:

    I didnt hack,Why banned,I not the real hacker and i not cloner,I use tyranitar to stop because i dont trade them

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  17. Kitty says:

    I didnt hack,Why banned,I not the real hacker and i not cloner,I use tyranitar to stop because i dont trade them,Nitendo banned me for no reason,Kitty(me),I hate being banned for 3 days or more

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  18. Kitty says:

    I not really a hacker or cloner,I my tyranitar to stop tyranitar from trading out because i dont like the pokemon he trade me,Lighning was the one who hack shiny meloetta and shiny celebi and shiny victini was frlm the other two,The shiny is from a youtuber, Im kitty in pokemon moon,singaporean,Unbanned or i will be very sad trust me

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  19. Shelby says:

    Fuck you there will always be cheaters >:D

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