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Pokémon X & Y Update Mandatory for Online Play, Reportedly Blocks Data Cheats

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Rating Battles reactivated

Not too long ago we reported on an issue with online play in Pokémon X & Y, which saw cheats using software to intercept and view an opponent's team and data before a battle, providing a notable advantage. It seems that Game Freak was aware of the issue, with reports that a new update for the game shuts out exploits allowing these data intercepts.

As reported by well-known Pokémon-centric site Serebii, the update to version 1.2 is mandatory for online play and tackles these data access issues; it's 236 blocks in size. Serebii also reports that Rating Battles have been reactivated in the Battle Spot areas, likely a sign of renewed confidence in the stability and security of the online matches.

As always you can access the update through the 3DS eShop. Does the arrival of this patch renew your confidence in playing these titles online?


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rixard said:

Been thinking of getting X or Y (which one?) but online play will be my only option; so the cheats some people are using is off-putting. Hopefully this pans out well.



Kirby_Z said:

Im glad this issue got corrected, now the Shiny exploit will be stopped.



rixard said:

@KevTastic84 Sadly no friends of my mine own a 3DS. I'll get it digitally so the cover won't make a difference for me either. Have a few other games on my want-list that I wanna get first.



RupeeClock said:

Well, looks like Instacheck has also be blocked now, making it impossible to discover trainer and pokémon "shiny values" and also a pokémon's exact IVs for the time being.

No biggie, it was good whilst it lasted. I hatched a fair few nice eggs for peeps.



Porky said:

Gamefreak stop with these updates I did not sign up for downloading them that add up my blocks.



Porky said:

@Hyperstar96 I was referring to the previous update we had to avoid the save corruption in one town or something XD. Also, the next update that's bound to happen down the road.



SmoochyTea said:

Anyway..., I think it's good that they are capable of putting out these updates on the 3DS system. I remember that people had to submit their GBA games to Nintendo to fix the problem where berries were not growing anymore. I am also happy about the fact that Gamefreak pays attention to cheating and everything, I think it ruins the Pokémon experience for others. I really hope they encrypt the crap out of Pokémon data entries.



rjejr said:

So do I need to run the previous update - Miiverse etc. - before running this one? My 11 yr. old is going to his first Super Smash Bros Brawl tournament tonight and I'm guessing there will be a lot of tweens there w/ their 3DS and Pokemon. I'm also letting my 8 yr old tag along, he's alot better at SSBB than his older bros but I dont think they'll let him in.

Anyway was going to update both their 3DS this weekend while watcing the snow come down but I guess I'll be doing it today.



Kaze_Memaryu said:

@rjejr Yes. Without the update, you can't access the eShop, and in addition, content cannot be downloaded without a Nintendo Network ID.



Pokefanmum82 said:

It doesn't matter to me. I don't do the online battles anyways. I just trade Pokes. Although I will still have update the game.



DarkNinja9 said:

while im glad the whole team viewing during battle was fixed the other part was kinda harmless so dont see why they blocked that instead of the whole clonning thing that seems to be ruining everything.... just trading ppl expect shinies every where and 6iv ones or clones of them -_____-



Gioku said:

One word: Nice.
I'm glad to see they're on top of things with this generation of Pokémon.
Some people need to realize you don't need to cheat in order to play Pokémon.



Arcamenel said:

They already give you a higher chance of a shiny with 2 guaranteed max IV's in Pokemon Safari. If you use PokeRadar and get up to a chain of 40 every Pokemon after is guaranteed to have at least 3 perfect IV's and the shiny chance is increased. They made it easier to breed IV's into offspring with the destiny knot. It's a little effort but it's definitely not as time consuming as it once was. I don't know why people keep trying to find shortcuts.



Fillytase said:

@Kirby_Z There was nothing wrong with the shiny exploit. Shinies have been nothing more than an alternate color scheme since 4th Generation (google "DPPt RNG").

A little disappointed that Instacheck has been rendered unusable, but since it works fundamentally the same as Battle Analyzer, it's an unsurprising consequence of stopping cheaters. I hear that people are working on a new version of Instacheck, and if that ends up working, it means the a-holes who came up with Battle Analyzer will be able to circumvent the patch as well.

If Instacheck cannot make it around the patch, then, well, there's always Spinda patterns for determining SVs.



WiiLovePeace said:

@Kaze_Memaryu @rjejr after the update you can connect to the eShop, but free content cannot be downloaded, without tying a NNID to the 3DS. You can still access the eShop & buy paid games etc. without a NNID tied to your 3DS.



ColdingLight said:

Well about time they fixed this. They should have forseen that cheaters would find a way to break the online play. 'Sigh' Well, atleast they fixed it.

I don't remember if it was 30 seconds but did they increase the time limit on Rating battles?



rjejr said:

Did the updates and all seems to be ok except I cant link my kids 3DS w/ our Club Nintendo account b/c I linked my wifes the other day. I know their 3DS were linked to our Club Nintendo account b/c whatever they buy always show sup in our History. I emailed Nintendo support for a solution.

As for the "data" amount I do see where it can be an annoyance. Both my kids 3DS barely had enough room for the update. And you need to do the update twice if you have both versions of the game. I was going to DL both to each system but 1 of them didn't have enough room. So yes, it is an annoyance and the size - at 238 blocks or whatever it was - is not insignificant if you dont have enough room for it.



LztheQuack said:

The update should be on the SD card. Have you tried going to Data Management and removing some unused apps or data?



WindWakerLink said:

Aww man..."now i have ti update my 3ds systems to get this update... I've been avoiding getting the NNID update because I'm trying to come up with good ID without copying my wii u one..."

" it was a hacked thing...I had a couple of wifi battles & found it strange I could see my opponents pokemon before battle. Reminded me of Pokemon Stadium 1 & 2...." This is good I guess.



Gridatttack said:

I wonder why they encrypted the trading communications. Maybe its the same for the battle thing, but really. There was this useful program which could check IVs, not the unreliable thing the dude in kiloude city is.

Also it helped prevent scamming :/



AlbertoC said:

"Does the arrival of this patch renew your confidence in playing these titles online?"

Hmm... Somewhat. How polluted with people wanting downright unfair and impossible trades the GTS is? (Genuine question, i don't yet own either game)



Royalblues said:

Thank goodness that issue has been resolved. I have yet to play anyone in a serious online battle, as I have been busy with school,however, as soon as I get a formidable team ready for online, I would certainly hate to find myself disadvantaged by the cheaters.




@Fillytase Justifying Instacheck to cheat your way to what should be a rare and valuable pokemon is just as scumbag as justifying the battle analyzer (ironic since one lead to the other, huh?). The value of shiny pokemon decreases drastically when you can just guarantee yourself that you can get one. People need to stop giving cheaters, of ANY kind, leeway to cheat. It's not fair for those who grind multiple days of egg hatching to make their competitive Trick Room teams, or those who spend days trying to chain for 3 IV pokes and shinies.



Fillytase said:

@NINTENCHIP rofl. You're comparing getting a Pokemon hatched as a different color to having a blatantly unfair advantage over someone in a multiplayer setting.

There is nothing inherently wrong with diminishing the rarity of shiny Pokemon. It doesn't ruin the game for anyone. You like having to spend hours just to get your Pokemon in a slightly different color, with shitty IVs, natures, and abilities, aka completely useless against decent battlers? Cool, then use the Masuda Method, Poke Radar, and chain fishing until the cows come home. The existence of Instacheck doesn't stop you from doing that, and there are plenty of "purists" like you out there to allow a trade economy based around those methods to continue. Take one glance at the shiny Pokemon trading community on tumblr and you'll see what I mean. Some of them used Instacheck, but countless people still got their shinies the "old fashioned" way. As for IVs--you do realize that Destiny Knot makes IV breeding laughably easy for everyone now... not just people with Instacheck? If it's taking you days to get a tri-31 Pokemon when you have the Friend Safari and Destiny Knot available to you, then you're doing it wrong.

Contrast that with taking the vast majority of the competitive aspect out of Pokemon multiplayer by revealing entire teams' movesets and the moves opponents select each turn. No prediction required--know with 100% certainty what your opponent is going to do every turn and have a decently composed team, and you will always win, barring excessive hax.

Ride into the sunset on your high horse, please, and take your false equivalencies with you.



Pichubby said:

@Ezekiel I know!!! And now, I want to kill someone! Espicially a stupid grammar-caring jerk. With a machette. And feed his remains to yoshi.



Obito_Sigma said:

For those complaining about their SD Card, then go upgrade to a 32 GB Sandisk. I never have to worry about blocks until the next generation of handhelds. I'm glad that they have these updates. This means that they could more Pokemon, new mega evolution, and new items!!



kolz said:

@Ezekiel LOL poor nub what are you running to have a cry about a small download of 200+ blocks? Update your trash memory card instead of crying and you won't have issues. Poor people like you honestly should be in to gaming, just saying.



kitsunetails8 said:

still running into cheaters... they take so long to choose their Pokemon as if they were finding out what moves my Pokemon could use.



Porky said:

@kols you are friggin dumb and can't take a hint. If you couldn't tell I was joking I said it shortly after my first post.



deadman187 said:

i have team of no hacked pokemon with perfect ivs and nature (after lots of breeding) but everytime i go into rated battle it wont let me use them

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