>> Pokémon GO - TO SPOOF OR NOT TO SPOOF (part 5)
Just when you think you are done with a blog series; a new update comes
out with new Pokémon.
Niantic just released a
to Pokémon GO (0.59.1 for Android and 1.29.1 for iOS)
with a short list of changes, but a data mine over at
reveals a lot more under the hood, namely the "shiny" pokedex buttons. In
conjunction with the
launched just recently - a special type of Pokémon are being made
available to trainers, reports are coming in everywhere.
The new addition are indeed 'Shiny' Pokémon - regular Pokémon
but with different colors/skins.
A full list of the Generation I and II Pokémon has been published
- but only two are known to have been turned on at this point, Magikarp and
Gyarados which can only be caught in the wild. There are a few nice little
tweaks that Niantic did however which is relevant to spoofing, kinda.
First of all, unlike existing Pokémon spawns - shiny Pokémon are
that two users catching the same Pokémon can result in one being
shiny and the other normal - yet the CP and IV's remain the same. It has been
argued that this is Niantics way to battle GPS spoofing, making it harder for
trainers to "catch them all" - now luck comes into play.
Interestingly; in previous Pokémon games - IV's had a lot to do in
regards to determining shiny.
In Generation II, Shininess is determined by the IVs of a Pokémon. If a
Pokémon's Speed, Defense, and Special IVs are all 10, and its Attack IV
is 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 or 15, it will be Shiny.
This information is available
- if this was how it is implemented, it would mean you would need to find
Pokémon with 15 defense IV and the attack and stamina IV's matching
one of the other numbers listed. Based on confirmed reports of shiny Magikarp
being posted - they didn't use this determination, instead there is a one in
8192 chance of catching a shiny Pokémon.
I was so looking forward to searching for 78% (15/10/10) IV Magikarps.
On a more technical note; someone has
looked into the code
and found elements specific to shiny mechanics - I would expect more deeper
digging would be required to find out exactly how it is determined. I am
sure it will be figured out and posted online in the near future.
I do however feel bad for all those users who encountered a shiny Magikarp
only to have it turn into a
One user on discord was so upset he put his phone away for a few hours. It
seems a few people came across this and are furious - they may never see another
shiny Magikarp for a while.
Time to start farming all those 100 IV Magikarps - I surely wouldn't want
a crappy shiny Magikarp.