A Pokemon GO player discovers an ingenious method to hatch eggs without walking. Hatching eggs is one of the main gameplay features of Pokemon GO and this trick just makes it that little bit easier.
[Update – It should be noted that there is no guarantee that this method works as Pokemon GO generally measures distance using GPS rather than steps taken. Game Rant has been unable to independently verify the egg hatching trick.]
The player, named Rusty Cage, says that players can bypass the walking requirements of the game and hatch Pokemon GO eggs without leaving their homes. All that is required is a little bit of patiences and a record player. All PoGO players have to do is place their mobile device on top of the record player and let it spin around, thus increasing their ‘distance walked’ without walking anywhere at all, and hatching the egg quicker than if they were to actually walk around with it.
Of course, the record player egg hatch trick doesn’t completely remove the need to go outside with the game as players will still need to get out of the house and visit PokeStops to get those eggs in the first place. But with Gen 2 Pokemon now available in eggs, this could certainly be a clever way to quickly collect all of the new Pokemon with the bare minimum of effort required. It will also be interesting to see what other spinning household objects players use to trick the game into thinking they’re walking miles (when they really aren’t).
Another big question, though, is whether Pokemon GO developer Niantic will crack down on this sort of thing. While it is a devilishly smart way of getting around walking requirements, and is especially useful for housebound or injured Pokemon GO players, this obviously isn’t how the developer intended the game to be played. Many will be asking how long it is until the developer intervenes and their quick time hatching methods will be a thing of the past.
As such, many will also be hoping that Niantic deems the record player trick not to be a ‘pressing’ matter and the the developer will look at other misuses first. For example, Pokemon GO spoofing (in which players mislead the game about their true location) remains a huge problem with the mobile game and players have been complaining for months that there’s a total power imbalance. Niantic updates the game fairly regularly so either way, it’s only a matter of time before more fixes and changes roll out.
Source: Birmingham Mail
Pokemon GO is available on iOS and Android.