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Insta-PokéGo, a new bot that enables you to cheat at Pokémon Go, launched Wednesday. The bot comes from a group of current and former Dropbox engineers, according to co-creator Steven Bartel. But this little piece of tech faces an uncertain future as the makers of the monster-catching sensation crack down on those who don’t follow its rules.
“Niantic hasn’t taken action yet, but they probably will soon, as they’ve just now started to take a stronger stance against botting, ” Bartel told VentureBeat in an email. He said that more than 4, 000 Pokémon Go players have used the bot since its launch, he said.
Last week, Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs updated its terms of service to outlaw the use of bots that help people catch Pokémon. Violators may receive a lifetime ban.
“Most apps that help you cheat at Pokémon Go might show you where Pokémon are, or help you spoof your GPS location, ” Bartel said. “Insta-PokéGo automates the entire game, catching rare Pokémon for you. It plays Pokémon Go straight from your browser, simplifying it down to one click. ”
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Insta-PokéGo is not a bot that talks to you like a chatbot, but rather a program that performs simple repetitive tasks. An “army of scouting bots” help users catch Pokémon not in their Pokédex at pokéstops in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Other bots in the space include PokémonGo bot, Ozlo’s Pokémon Go bot, and Dronémon, which incorporates the use of a drone to find Pokémon. The Pokémon finder Pokévision shut down earlier this month to respect Nintendo and Niantic’s visions, the company said. Necrobot has also shut down, according to TechCrunch.
VentureBeat reached out to Niantic Labs to ask if use of Insta-PokéGo would result in an immediate permanent ban but haven’t received a response. We’ll update here, if we do.
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Five Years Later, ‘Pokémon Go’ Is Still a Sensation (No, Really) – The Ringer
You can always tell when someone’s going to say it. Maybe they catch a glimpse of a red-and-white ball on your phone screen. Maybe they hear you slip up and count kilometers instead of miles. Maybe they witness a run-in with a stranger known to you only as PokeDad082798279833, who cryptically mentions something about becoming “ultra friends” as you turn scarlet.
Then they furrow their eyebrows. “Wait, ” they say. “You’re still playing Pokémon Go? ”
As it happens, five years after the app’s blockbuster release, a whole lot of people are doing just that. Perhaps you count yourself among the 500 million who downloaded the game back in the summer of 2016 and spent whole giddy days chasing Electabuzzes and Charmeleons before hanging up your trainer cap for good.
But Pokémon Go did not go away when the roving hordes of Pidgey chasers did. On the contrary: While the days of honest-to-Willow stampedes in Central Park at the sight of a Vaporeon might have come and gone, the game remains a sensation. Parent company Niantic, which does not make player statistics or revenue figures public, says that the game has now been downloaded more than 1 billion times. Not even the pandemic could shake the game’s status. In spite of being explicitly designed for venturing outside and meeting up with other players (two activities that are decidedly not shutdown-friendly), a handful of tweaks, like enabling players to pick up items and battle monsters from greater distances, fueled a Pokémon Go resurgence: Monthly active users grew 15 percent through the first five months of this year, while spending spiked 49 percent, according to app analyst Sensor Tower; the firm also says that 2020 was the game’s most profitable year yet.
Yes, dear reader, I’m still playing, too—still cursing when Pikachus break out of excellent throws; still slipping and sliding on icy mornings as I shuffle off to catch a rare snowflake. My Raichus now sport no fewer than 11 different silly hats. I got the weird sheep thing, and paid actual money—money that I earned at my job, and with which I might have invested in the future or bought a doughnut or something—for a special add-on that makes my avatar stand in a funny mime pose. Once, I met a stranger on the street to trade for a rare turtle, and if anyone has any leads on small Rattatas or giant Magikarps, I’m interested.
This is the way that I live my life now, which means that I get asked that same old question somewhat more than rarely. (I can confirm that PokeDad is lovely, and that his PokeChildren are orders of magnitude less interested in the game than he and his PokeWife. ) To those who wonder about the dozens (of dozens of dozens! ) of us who’ve stuck around, I can at least say that Pokémon Go is a much better game in 2021 than it was in 2016. Players can now battle one another live, fight Team Rocket, join together to take down high-level Pokémon that appear in local gyms, and send gifts to far-flung Pokéfriends. The game grew out of its early glitches; real-world weather and seasons now affect gameplay, and dreamy scenery is gradually replacing the flat blue-green map of old. In terms of popularity, it isn’t quite what it once was, but, well, who among us is?
When Michael Steranka first joined Niantic, Pokémon Go had been out in the wild for about nine months. He was one of the first group of new hires brought in after the initial hurricane of interest had subsided. That first burst, he says, was the result of “a perfect storm”: a potent mix of nostalgia for the Pokémon franchise, the novelty of the game’s augmented reality features, and a level of simplicity that made it accessible to users who might not otherwise have identified as gamers.
Steranka, who now serves as Pokémon Go’s director of product marketing, was among those tasked with figuring out what came next. “Our challenge was making sure the players that stuck around didn’t feel like this was something that was going to be going away, ” he says.
If there is a goal to Pokémon Go—or, indeed, to any Pokémon game—it is the catchphrase laid out in the opening credits of the anime: “Gotta catch ’em all. ” More than 20 years after the first Game Boy game debuted, “all” has become a moving target as subsequent games have introduced new generations of Pokémon. 2019’s Sword and Shield introduced the latest batch of critters, Generation VIII, which brings the grand total of extant Pokémon to a whopping 898.
Within Niantic, these later generations pose something of a riddle: If a player actually managed to catch ’em all, it might amount to beating the game and end their time playing. To counter this, Niantic has staggered the rollout of Pokémon within Pokémon Go, slowly releasing partial generations and holding back some of the rarer and more coveted finds. The first members of Generation II debuted five months after the game first launched; Mew, the final member of Generation I, didn’t make it into Pokémon Go until March 2018. At present, approximately 700 Pokémon exist in Pokémon Go, though many can be caught only in select international locales: An icy squirrel called Pachirisu appears only in parts of northern Canada, Russia, and Alaska, making it a highly sought-after trading chip despite its relative uselessness within the game.
“The lowest common denominator is folks who are looking to just complete their Pokédex, and that’s their ultimate goal in the game, ” Steranka concedes. But this, he says, is where all those new features come in. In the summer of 2016, Pokémon Go’s gameplay offerings—find and catch new Pokémon, pick up items at Pokéstops, and button-mash your Pokémon into vaunted places atop local Pokémon gyms—encouraged little beyond collection. More recent innovations offer a bevy of alternative goals: to level up Pokémon, to catch stronger versions (or rare, “shiny” colors) of already caught Pokémon, and to win the most battles with fellow players. The game’s elite players often create contests of their own: Steranka tells me proudly that he recently hit no. 4 worldwide in Pokémon Go’s battle rankings, a feat he confesses took “an embarrassing amount of time. ” Beyond the confines of the game, such accomplishments offer no reward greater than bragging rights.
In the Netherlands, a popular trainer named Gio (he asked not to have his last name published) streams his conquests under the nickname Reversal and recently documented his setting of what he says is the record for most Pokémon ever caught in a single month: 91, 337, battling weather and blisters along the way. His videos of the record pursuit featured him strolling placidly through the small city of Arnhem where he lives and dodging non-players: “All these freaking NPCs in this city! ” he exclaims in one video. “That’s what I call people that are just aimlessly walking around doing their shopping. ”
For Gio, 31, Pokémon Go is a full-time thing: Depending on whether he has planned a livestream, he says he plays anywhere between three to 10 hours every day. “It basically makes me a professional Pokémon Go trainer, ” he says. Like many a millennial, he grew up a Pokémon fan. “I owned a copy of Pokémon Blue, collected the cards, and watched the anime on TV. It was around my teens when I kind of lost interest in collecting and playing every Pokémon game because it wasn’t really ‘cool’ anymore. ”
That changed in September 2015, when he saw the first trailer for Pokémon Go. “Imagine Pokémon in the real world, ” the ad implored. Gio installed the game as soon as it was released. “It was like a time machine that brought me back to my 11-year-old self, ” he says. The streaming part felt natural, and Gio quickly brought in an audience as eager to reminisce as he was. In the years since, he has traveled the world attending official Pokémon Go events: ones in Japan, Singapore, Germany, Denmark, elsewhere in the Netherlands, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco, meeting his fans and other streamers and creators like himself.
Pokémon Go, after all, is an inherently social game. As its features have expanded, it has also become an increasingly complicated one, and players have formed communities dedicated to the latest Pokémon Go news. On Reddit, the Silph Road subreddit boasts nearly 700, 000 subscribers; when new features roll out, users take it upon themselves to pool tens of thousands of encounters to determine the exact probabilities of desirable outcomes like rare spawns.
Richie Chan didn’t think much of Pokémon Go when he first installed it—until later in the day when all his friends could talk about was where to catch Pokémon. “An hour later, I was in a car and shouting out Pokémon we sighted, ” Chan says.
Chan launched Leek Duck (a reference to the Pokémon Farfetch’d) in the spring of 2017, hoping to create a hub of Pokémon Go–inspired travel guides around his home in New York City. Instead, he began a minor empire and became one of the go-to newsmakers and analysts of the Go universe. Visitors to his site can find the latest on Ditto disguises and graphics laying out the latest challenges. Chan has become a part of a loose global network of influencers deployed by Niantic, which helps local pods of players to organize in-person meetups. In 2017, Chan won a Pokémon Go sweepstakes and took three friends on an all-expense-paid trip to Yokohama, Japan, for the annual Pikachu Outbreak festival. (It is precisely what it sounds like. )
“I actually think if it wasn’t for this experience, I might not have continued to work on Leek Duck, ” he says. “I saw firsthand how this game brought so many people together and brought so much excitement even a year after its release. It really motivated me to try to contribute to this game however I could. ” (He also became one of the first people in the world to snag a Mewtwo, which didn’t hurt. )
For all its success, however, Pokémon Go remains an outlier for Niantic. In 2020, the game accounted for a reported 85 percent of the company’s revenue, which is a reflection partly of the game’s enduring footprint and partly of the fact that none of Niantic’s subsequent offerings have caught on to anywhere near the same degree. Millennial nostalgia alone doesn’t seem to be the key: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was released in 2019 with great fanfare, but has attracted only a middling following.
“It’s really tricky to say, ” says Joe Merrick, the webmaster of, a long-running Pokémon news site that has become a key voice on Pokémon Go, of what it was that made Pokémon Go take off. “With location-based gaming, nothing other than Pokémon Go has been wildly successful, so Pokémon has to be a big factor in this. ”
But there’s something to the community, too. Zoë Nowak remembers installing Pokémon Go while at work in her hometown of Newcastle, Australia. “Safe to say I never sat at my desk for another lunch break again, ” Nowak says.
Not that there were many more. Nowak began publishing Pokémon Go vlogs under the nickname ZoëTwoDots and found a ready audience. “Eventually as my channel grew it got to the point where I physically didn’t have enough hours to do both my full-time job and YouTube, ” she says. “But I also wasn’t earning a full-time income from YouTube. My partner and I agreed to take the risk and I quit my job, throwing myself full-time into video creation. ”
The gambit worked. Her days are now devoted to venturing out to play and film. (Bush walks, she says, are best for “a more cinematic video. ”) In 2019, a video of her becoming “best friends”—a notch above ultra, for those keeping score at home—with Brandon Tan, a Singaporean player whose in-game accomplishments include breaking the game’s XP counter, racked up nearly 1 million views.
Steranka, the game’s director of global product marketing, recognizes that the game will never be the way it was when it first launched, “when you couldn’t go outside without seeing a dozen people playing Pokémon Go. ”
But it is still there. So are the players—many millions of them globally, if not quite at a stampede level—and so is the desire to catch ’em all. Bring them together, Steranka says, whether it’s in person or virtually, and “you can recreate that magic of the summer of 2016. ”
From time to time, Nowak says that she, too, encounters people amazed that she’s still playing. She says, “I just tell them that players learned not to run out on the roads en masse like in 2016. ”
Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go: Attackers & defenders for Gyms …
The hunt for the best Pokemon in Pokemon Go is always on for Trainers, with different attacker and defender recommendations for gyms, raids, and PvP battles in the League.
Niantic’s free-to-play mobile app Pokemon Go launched in 2016 and quickly became a worldwide phenomenon. While it’s not as popular as it once was, there’s still a loyal base of players who drop in every day to get their fix.
The game may seem simple enough at first glance, as you walk around the real world and catch various ‘mon to fill up your Pokedex, but there’s actually plenty of depth hidden beneath the surface for those who want to find it.
Nowhere does that show more than when heading into battle. With events such as the Season of Mischief and weekly Spotlight Hours offering chances to catch and power up some of the best Pokemon, it’s crucial to know your stuff.
Best Pokemon in Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go best attackers
3 – Rayquaza
2 – Deoxys
1 – Mewtwo
Attackers tier list
Pokemon Go best defenders
3 – Metagross
2 – Slaking
1 – Blissey
Defenders tier list
Best Pokemon for PvP
NianticTrainers should think carefully about the Pokemon they send into raids and gyms.
While the below Pokemon are all solid choices, the basics still remain: You’ll need to make sure your Pokemon has decent Attack, Defense, and Stamina IV stats by getting it appraised. Make sure to also spend time powering it up for maximum potential before letting it loose on the world.
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Here are our picks of the best based on everything from stats, max CP potential, weaknesses, our own experiences with the game, and how well they’ll actually perform in battle.
Historically, Dragon-type Pokemon have been prioritized as the best attackers, and that remains the same to this day. There are plenty of them here, from Rayquaza to Dragonite, as well as some Legendaries including Mewtwo and Reshiram.
The Pokemon Company / BulbapediaRayquaza is a formidable addition to any Pokemon Go raid and battle team.
Fast Move: Dragon Tail
Charge Move: Outrage
As far as Dragons go, you won’t get much better than Rayquaza. Dragon-type moves are rarely resisted, making it a great all-around attacker with Dragon Tail and Outrage.
The ‘mon can also be utilized as a great Flying-type attacker if needed, thanks to its dual typing.
The Pokemon CompanySometimes speed is the key to victory.
Fast Move: Zen Headbutt
Charge Move: Hyper Beam
While its Defense and Stamina are very poor, this incredibly rare Mythical earns its place on the list for having the highest Attack stats of any creature in the game.
This sits at an impeccable 345 in its Normal Forme, and an astonishing 414 in its Attack Forme. The moves Zen Headbutt and Hyper Beam reign supreme.
The Pokemon CompanyMewtwo is the most iconic Psychic-type Pokemon ever.
Fast Move: Confusion
Charge Move: Psystrike
As expected, the OG Legendary creature Mewtwo remains the best choice for attackers in Pokemon Go.
Using a combination of legacy moves Confusion and Psystrike, it’s a powerhouse, especially with a CP that reaches over 4, 000. Get a Shadow Mewtwo, and it will deal 20% more damage.
Pokemon Go attackers list in 2021
Our top 10 picks for the best attackers alongside their best moves and type advantages in Pokemon Go are as follows:
Fighting / Poison
Bug / Dragon / Fighting / Grass
Dragon / Electric / Fire / Poison / Rock / Steel
Dark / Ice / Normal / Rock / Steel
Bug / Dragon / Grass / Steel / Ice
Fire / Ground / Rock
Dark / Fairy / Ice / Normal / Rock / Steel
Bug / Fire / Flying / Ice
As always, you’ll want to take typing into consideration. The Legendary Water-type Kyogre may feature on our list, for example, but it will always be impacted when going against a strong Electric-type or Grass-type opponent.
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Best defenders in Pokemon Go
If you want a Pokemon to leave at a gym in order to earn your daily coins, or you need a bulky option to send out first in battle and wear your opponents down, then get one of these defenders on your team.
Ultimately, you’ll be looking for a good combination of Defense and Stamina, the latter of which decides how much HP it has and how long it will be able to stay in a gym before needing to rest.
The Pokemon Company / BulbapediaMetagross is super popular as a gym defender.
Charge Move: Meteor Mash
The Steel/Psychic-type Metagross will do a brilliant job of defending gyms from Fighting-type attackers. It has great stats and a whopping 10 type resistances. With the charge move Meteor Mash under its belt, it will also deal some serious damage, extending its use beyond just being a defender.
The Pokemon Company / Pokemon FandomInterestingly, Slaking has the highest CP of all currently available Pokemon Go.
Fast Move: Yawn
Charge Move: Play Rough
Sitting at number two of our top three is another Normal-type, Slaking. It has the highest max CP in the game with the potential to reach a whopping 5010 CP.
Its Defense stat may not be as good as Blissey or Snorlax, but its high CP, Stamina, and Attack stats should help ward off potential attackers.
The Pokemon CompanyThis cute Normal-type can defend from the best of the best with insanely high stamina.
Charge Move: Dazzling Gleam
As far as best defenders go, Blissey remains the best choice in Pokemon Go for any trainer. It has a ridiculous amount of Stamina (496) and a decent Defense stat (169), making it the perfect ‘mon to leave in gyms as it will simply sponge damage.
However, one downside to Blissey is that you’ll likely struggle to find much use for it outside of this scenario.
Pokemon Go defenders tier list in 2021
Our full list of our top 9 picks for the best defenders in Pokemon Go are as follows:
Fairy / Fighting / Ice / Poison / Rock
Bug / Fighting / Dark / Dragon / Grass
Bug /Fighting / Fire / Grass/ Ground / Rock
Unlike many of the best Pokemon Go attackers we featured, the best defenders often aren’t Legendary. This means you should find it easier to catch one with decent stats and level them up to a high CP.
Best Pokemon for PvP (Go Battle League)
There are three major Leagues to enjoy in the Pokemon Go Battle League: the Great League, the Ultra League, and the Master League. These rotate throughout each season, with only one appearing at a time, often alongside special cups like the Retro Cup or the Kanto Cup.
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Each league has different restrictions, the main one being the CP limit. The Great League has a 1500 CP limit, the Ultra League has a 2500 CP limit, and the Master League has no limit. This means the best Pokemon for each League can be wildly different.
With a CP limit of just 1500, you won’t encounter many Legendaries in the Great League meta. You can find our complete Great League guide here, or check out our top three recommendations below.
Fast Move: Bubble
Charged Moves: Hydro Pump and Ice Beam
Azumarill has long been considered one of the best Great League contenders thanks to its impressive bulk and a diverse moveset that can help balance out its weaknesses. It’s an expensive beast to power up, but it’s more than worth it if you can afford it.
Fast Move: Mud Shot
Charged Moves: Rock Slide and Earthquake
Galarian Stunfisk isn’t the easiest Pokemon to get hold of, but if you can, it proves itself to be a surprisingly excellent fighter in the Great League. A unique Ground/Steel-typing means it’s resistant to most major Great League types, and is particularly good at defeating Fairy-types.
Fast Move: Dragon Breath
Charged Moves: Sky Attack and Dragon Pulse
It takes a massive 400 Candy to evolve Swablu into Altaria, but it’s definitely worth the effort, as it’s got bulk and impressive damage capability. Altaria’s only major flaw here is its double weakness to Ice-type attacks, but other than that, it’s very difficult to take down.
With a higher CP limit of 2500, the Ultra League is where the big players start to emerge, and Legendaries are now more common – as long as they remain below the limit. See our best recommendations below.
Fast Move: Lock-On
Charge Moves: Flash Cannon and Hyper Beam
The Steel-type Legendary is arguably the best choice for the Ultra League, as it has an incredible Defense stat and an insane amount of type resistances, so it can take loads of hits. Meanwhile, Lock-On has one of the fastest energy generations in the game, allowing Registeel to unleash some major Charge Moves.
Fast Move: Powder Snow
Charge Moves: Weather Ball (Ice) and Energy Ball
Abomasnow is one of the best performers in the Ultra League, thanks to its ability to take down some of the biggest threats like Swampert, Togekiss, and Giratina (Altered Forme). It does have a lot of weaknesses, but it makes up for that with great bulk and plenty of powerful moves that can be spammed.
Charge Moves: Hydro Cannon and Earthquake
Swampert is a well-rounded fighter that acts as a brilliant counter for the Fire and Steel-types that dominate the Ultra League. Even better, its Water/Ground-typing means it only has one weakness, Grass. With the moves Hydro Cannon and Earthquake, it’s unstoppable.
In the Master League, all CP restrictions are removed, meaning you’ll need the help of XL Candy to win. We’ve got a more in-depth Master League guide here, or you can find our top recommendations below.
Fast Move: Dragon Breath
Charge Moves: Iron Head and Draco Meteor
Dialga is considered by many to be the reigning champion of the Master League, and it’s not hard to see why. It has an incredible amount of type resistances and a lineup of very powerful moves including Dragon Breath, Iron Head, and Draco Meteor that make it a force to be reckoned with.
Charge Moves: Sky Attack and Aeroblast
The Legendary Lugia is incredibly bulky and has some great moves, making it one of the top contenders in Pokemon Go’s Master League, especially if it has Sky Attack under its belt. Lugia is great as a counter to Kyogre, Groudon, Dragonite, and Togekiss, too.
Charge Moves: Wild Charge and Crunch
Melmetal is the most desirable Mythical creature in Pokemon Go thanks to its performance in the Master League. With great bulk, high damage output, and a massive amount of type resistances, it’s incredibly difficult to take down. Any Master League team will benefit from a Melmetal.
That’s everything you need to know about the best attackers, defenders, and PvP champions in Pokemon Go. Want to be the very best as you try to catch ’em all? Check out these other cool guides:
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