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Pokémon Go Battle League temporarily offline in response to exploit

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The Pokémon Go Battle League will be down until further notice.

What you need to know

  • After the most recent server maintenance, numerous players report exploit in the Pokémon Go Battle League.
  • Niantic has disabled the Pokémon Go Battle League until further notice.
  • Niantic did not specify what the exploit in question was used to accomplish.

After numerous reports from Trainers about a potential exploit in the Pokémon Go Battle League following the most recent server maintenance, Niantic has addressed the community and disabled all Pokémon Go Battle League battles until further notices. Although Niantic did not specify what specific exploit it was addressing, YouTuber JRskatr shared a video yesterday showing an exploit he found in which Melmetal is able to use its charged move, Rock Slide far more often, often with only one or two quick attacks instead of the usual five, giving players using Melmetal an extremely unfair advantage. Other players on Twitch have shared videos battling with the same user from JRskatr's video, suggesting that the bug said player was exploiting, allowed his Melmetal to continue using fast attacks while the charged attack was happening. The user in question rose very quickly over the last two days to the top spot on the leaderboard.

In addressing the exploit, Niantic explained its process for handling cheating of any kind within Pokémon Go. Although Niantic has a zero tolerance policy for cheating of any kind, it also has a policy of never commenting on the details of an investigation into specific accounts, and so did not confirm if the Melmetal exploit was a widespread issue, or only a single user. What Niantic could reveal was that its team has been hard at work behind the scenes analyzing how this exploit works, how severe its impact is to gameplay, and how to prevent similar issues in the furture.

Have you come across this particular exploit in the Pokémon Go Battle League? Let us know in the comments below, and in the meantime, be sure to check out our Complete Pokédex, as well as our many other Pokémon Go guides so you can be the very best - without cheating!

Casian Holly has been writing about gaming at iMore since 2019, but their real passion is Pokémon. From the games to the anime, cards and toys, they eat, sleep, and breathe all things Pokémon. You can check out their many Pokémon Go and Pokémon Sword and Shield guides and coverage here on iMore.

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  • Please note, it is not an issue caused by Melmetal. It was noted by this player wearing Meltan clothing and using Melmetal. There is proof of the bug occuring from other pokemon such as Leafeon as well. The player that was noted and caused the shutdown just figured out how to exploit it consistently. The issue itself is a player being able to use fast attacks when they shouldn't be able to.