Pokémon fans have been terrorized for months by trading hackers

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It has been a bad year for anyone who wants to trade Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultramoon. Since this spring, a hacker has rendered these 3DS games’ Global trading system almost useless, as hacked pokémon, the uploaded ones, cause players’ hardware to freeze when they try to access GTS.

At the time of this release, Nintendo has not yet regained control of its trading system from the junk hacker and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It’s not the first time Ultra Sun / Ultramoon players have struggled with hackers. A hacker, known as AdventrSnivy, would continuously offer hacked trades it would fail halfway, resulting in the expulsion of the unsuspecting player. Another going by Japan.Kebuju is causing the current crisis in Ultra Sun / Ultramoon, as their hacked pokémon will freeze game consoles if you scroll past in the GTS UI. Players encountering this error are forced to restart their hardware. Over the past six months, Japan.Kebuju has generated so many hacked lists that players on Reddit has called the GTS “useless.”

Why is GTS important? Completing Alolan Pokédex is the only way for players to achieve the shiny charm, which is an item that increases the encounter rate for rare shiny pokémon. As always, Ultra Sun and Ultramoon also includes version-exclusive, so trading is the only way to get certain pokémon from both games. So far, the only completely safe option seems to be act personally, which is quite inconvenient for many players, especially since Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultramoon is older games released in 2017.

Wonder Trade, a 3DS era system where players can swap pokémon at random with each other has also become compromised of Japan.Kebuju. Despite both being compromised, steams have said that the WT system is more secure than the GTS, then Ultra Sun / Ultramoon players have the unenviable choice between risking the GTS freezing or living only on random Pokémon from WT.

Players are understandably bored of the hacker, but so are they complained that the developers have done nothing to ban Japan.Kebuju to trade with GTS. Their cynicism is not unfounded. Nintendo is notoriously bad on supports older games, which is a huge problem when a game has an online component … like Nintendo is not all good at either. Even the GTS has had many previous attacks with hackers, with little official decision.

Hopefully no one is telling the hackers about it Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and shiny pearl.

(h / t Farley)


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