Just like Ash battling Team Rocket, Niantic is constantly fighting those trying to cheat in Pokémon GO. Alongside simply banning players, Niantic have invented a new way to punish anyone found bending the rules in their app. According to the developer, any Pokemon caught using illegal methods will be marked with a slash in the player’s inventory and “may not behave as expected”. While they didn’t expand on what they meant by this, images of the crossed out Pokemon have already emerged. To read Niantic’s full explanation, see their Reddit post here.
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. Starting today, Pokémon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected. We are humbled by the excitement for all the new features we announced yesterday.This is one small part of our continued commitment to maintaining the integrity of our community and delivering an amazing Pokémon GO experience.