If you’ve spent any amount of time with Pokemon GO in the past week, you’ll know that walking is kind of a fundamental part of the app’s experience, as you aren’t going to catch very many Pokémon just sitting on the couch. And while the game has been championed by many who see it as a stealth fitness app of sorts, with all sorts of testimonials out there about how it’s gotten people walking around way more than they were previously, some people are finding creative ways to cheat the system and avoid walking altogether.
For instance, some players have started hiring drivers to chauffeur them around their cities so that they can catch Pokémon and hit coveted Pokéstops at a much faster rate, but that technically doesn’t count as cheating. One player showcased their very own Pokémon GO cheat tool on their Twitch stream earlier this week. Essentially, players download a modified version of the side-loading APKs that have been making the rounds for Android users (allowing those in countries where the game isn’t officially available yet to download it). This modified version change the location of the player so that they can catch other types of Pokémon that may not be available in their actual location. During the stream, the creator of this cheat was able to catch Pokémon without having to take a step.
The stream was eventually taken off Twitch after a bunch of complaints went up on the Pokémon GO subreddit, although the description of the hack is still available. According to the streamer, players can also collect items and level up Pokémon without having to grind or make in-app purchases.
“This simply means that you might want never to be spending a lot of money for the sake of those IAP, otherwise referred to as in-app-purchases, nor would you spend countless hours of grinding finding items and leveling up your Pokémons,” he wrote. “Moreover, this provides you with plenty of time to enjoy the game rather than having it the played the hard way.”
Drones are another way that players have been getting around the nuisance of actually using their legs, with one player attaching his phone to a DJI Drone device, allowing him to fly around his neighborhood catching Pokémon from the comfort of his backyard. This could also be considered a form of cheating, as it could potentially hatch eggs at a much faster rate than walking, since the app only registers low speed movement when counting distance towards an egg being hatched.
The moral of the story? People will always find a way to do things in the laziest way possible. We guess there’s something admirable about that. Right?