Since the beginning of the Pokémon game series, hacks and exploits have allowed special items and creatures to be duplicated. Unfortunately, 20 years on, nothing appears to have changed.
Yesterday, the infamous ‘PKHex’ program received a significant update. If you’re not sure what this is, it’s an application that essentially allows players to edit their Pokémon game save data. Earlier versions of this same application have been used to add fake digital pocket monsters to past Pokémon entries such as Sun and Moon.
Following the launch of Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, the “world’s best save data editor” for the mainline series has now been updated. According to Nintendo Soup, hackers can unofficially edit their Pokémon, trainer battles, inventory and save files in the new games.
Depending on who uses PKHex, the same program can simply backup in-game saves – not that it makes it any more ethical. Though, when considering the new games are some of the few on Switch that don’t support cloud saves, there’ll be at least a few users out there who do actually want to protect their data – including the amount of time they’ve sunk into the game. After all, if anything happens to your Nintendo Switch, there’s no way to legitimately recover or backup all of the rare Pokémon you spent a long time catching.
The creators behind the core series save editor have even posted a message alongside the update asking those who download the patch to not ruin the experience for others by cheating:
We do not support or condone cheating at the expense of others. Do not use significantly hacked Pokémon in battle or in trades with those who are unaware hacked Pokémon are in use.
What do you think about unofficial programs like this one being used to save game data? Do you think it’ll encourage players to exploit the game? Should Nintendo have a cloud system in place to prevent the playerbase resorting to programs like this to protect their save files? Tell us what you think below.