Dark Secrets Of Competitive Pokémon Revealed: 50% Of Pro Players Cheat, Survey Says

Zinger Key Points
  • Survey: Half of pro Pokémon players cheat, using hacked Pokémon & tools.
  • Controversy over ethics and accessibility.

A recent survey of the competitive Pokémon community, focusing on Nintendo ADR's NTDOY Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games, highlighted a significant prevalence of cheating among professional players.

As per Kotaku, the survey indicated approximately 50% of the teams used by pros do not adhere to the game's current rules and are considered illegal.

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Cheating often involves using hacked Pokémon and tools such as PKHeX, an unauthorized Pokémon save editor, which are commonly employed to create these Pokémon.

The data from the survey indicates that around 17% of World Championship teams contained hacked Pokémon.

Kurt, the creator of PKHeX, acknowledged the use of his tool in competitive play isn't without controversy, as it saves time that could otherwise be spent on strategic planning and understanding the game's meta.

"This year’s analysis didn’t change my mind about anything, but it makes it more clear the entitlement that some players have. They don’t understand that the future will likely not be as accessible as the cheat-enabled present," the creator behind PKHeX told Kotaku.

Kurt also speculated future Nintendo consoles might have improved security measures to curb rampant hacking.

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Photo: Michael Rivera on Unsplash

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