‘Pokemon X’ and ‘Y’ PC Program Lets Players Cheat Online

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Pokemon X and Y Cheat Online Battles

Although there is a robust single player campaign for Pokémon X and Y players to enjoy, many might want to also expand their experience through the games’ multiplayer offering. But those choose to do so should beware: there’s a fairly nasty exploit making the rounds.

Apparently, this exploit uses a PC tool called a “Battle Analyzer” to scan a player’s “hand,” and see which Pokémon they typically use in online battles. It’s not a guaranteed instant-win, but it does provide users with a significant advantage.

Essentially, the Battle Analyzer software functions like a wireless hotspot, intercepting an opponent’s data before it is directed to the user’s home 3DS. It’s a fairly smart piece of software, aside from the less-than-honorable usefulness of course.

If, for example, a player tends to build their Pokémon X or Y teams around fire type, then their opponent can swap in a water type team. On its face, it might seem like bad luck that a player runs into their biggest weakness in an opposing team, but it’s actually just plain old cheating.

Additionally, with the Battle Analyzer, users cannot only see an opponent’s online Pokémon team, they can also see which types of attacks each Pokémon typically uses. That feature isn’t as useful, but still works towards providing an additional advantage to the user.

Pokemon X Y Battle Analyzer

Granted, not everyone uses Battle Analyzer, in fact we reason only a small selection of gamers are even aware of the exploit, but its existence is still something Game Freak will need to respond to. We wouldn’t be surprise if, like the Lumiose City save bug, the developer was quick to react with a game patch.

The one piece of good news is that, although the Battle Analyzer has been proven effective, it isn’t 100% accurate. Some users have not been able to see an opponents’ complete Pokémon line-up, although they can still see most of their Pocket Monsters.

If Pokémon X and Y were structured completely around the online experience, this Battle Analyzer exploit might be a more pressing matter. As it stands, though, it’s still a sore spot on one of the 3DS’ fastest selling game‘s resume. We’ll keep you posted if and when Game Freak addresses the exploit.

Have you encountered any online opponents who seemed like they were using the Battle Analyzer? Have you yourself used the Battle Analyzer?

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Source: NeoGAF

TAGS: 3DS, Game Freak, Nintendo, Pokemon, Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, The Pokemon Company

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  1. Does anyone ever worry about the media bringing attention to these kinds of things and then causing a problem as a result? ” in fact we reason only a small selection of gamers are even aware of the exploit” Not anymore. Not everyone who reads online articles is a good person who would ignore this exploit.

    wouldnt it be better to just tell gamefreak about it and once its fixed report on the subject? because im sure what wasnt a problem yesterday will be today when people see this on other webpages

    • The purpose of a gaming news site is to publish news, not tip off gaming companies.

  2. I think the example is a little off, If a player builds his entire team around a single type, then he simply asking to get creamed if he doesn’t make any sort of consideration to the type’s weaknesses.

    • Agreed. I’ve never seen a team with straight duplicate typing. The mon is always included for it’s second type or a role like cleric, wall, etc.

  3. Arguably, posting movesets is more dangerous. I think we can safely assume we will be seeing a lot of M-Gengars and Scizors, but an unexpected move spread–particularly when I throw a curveball and go against Smogon’s all-powerful list–can make the difference. There are only one case in which I think hacking is justified: recovering from crashed games… Other than that, it just takes the fun out of competitive battling, especially when EV training is soooo much easier.

    • God, I’ve heard quote on quote “hacking ruins the fun of competitive battling” so much, that it aggravates me whenever I see it, because in no way is it correct. Hacking, or for better terms, adjusting the game’s flaws, actually allows for a viable metagame. Without hacking, the game ends up becoming a patience and boredom test to see who can endure doing the same thing over and over again until the level gap is so high, that no skill or “competition” is required to win any game. Levels and senseless grinding are what ruin competitive battling, because they are barriers to an otherwise competent metagame.

      When “hacking” is implemented, the only devices a player is left to is their own skill when creating a team. They can’t grind to victory due to their lack of skill anymore, and are required to put in the effort to study and understand the game in order to create an effective team. The idea of “working” (a price to pay) to simply participate in the metagame is the real faulty logic that most people have with the series. Why, in every other metagame except Pokemon, is there no price to pay? Because other metagames understand that paying prices doesn’t enrich the experience, and only serves as a blockade. Nintendo only supports this faulty logic because it makes them money through events, Pokebank, past games, and Dream World.

    • P.S. Natural Hacking, which means that a generated Pokemon must fall within the boundaries. If you generate a Pokemon whose attributes cannot be obtained in the game whatsoever, then you’re messing with the metagame and therefore cheating.

  4. Back in the day, Pokemon games are harder and we had no easy access on cheating them and yet today Pokemon X & Y are easier to play but hacking them is easy.

    For gamers who want to play the games “clean”, I suggest using this guide: http://www.cheatmasters.com/blog/2013/10/19/pokemon-x-y-walkthrough-guide/

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