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Pokémon Sword and Shield exploit causing huge issues for competitive play

Pokémon Sword and Shield players have discovered an exploit which could be used to cheat your way up the competitive rankings.
Pokémon Sword and Shield exploit causing huge issues for competitive play

While there’s often exploits in Pokémon titles when it comes to trading, the latest could have a detrimental impact on the game’s competitive system.

In a bug outlined on a ResetEra post, players can cancel out the results of online matches by switching off the Nintendo Switch system at a precise moment after losing a match.

If executed correctly, the losing player won’t lose any points while the winner won’t receive any points either - effectively making the entire match pointless.

“This totally nulls the match and ruins the whole point of laddering in Pokémon,” the post reads.

The issue has also circulated in a video on social media, showcasing how relatively easy it appears to be.

The bug will hopefully be rectified in an update patch by Nintendo soon, although it’s unclear how long it could take before it’s ironed out.

The Pokémon competitive scene has faced a wave of bad news recently, after the entire 2020 competitive circuit was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you’re craving some competitive Pokémon however, there’s an online tournament taking place this weekend called The Champions Cup.