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Don’t be fooled by Pokémon Go Legendary footage

Pokémon Go has shown that whether it’s rushing around in parks, or rabidly speculating online, when rare Pokémon appear in one form or the other, people get very excited. Don’t get too wound up though, as there’s a good chance any footage you see of Legendary or Mythic pocket monsters is spoofed.

The big story that did the rounds lately was an Articuno appearing somewhere in Ohio, supposedly. Some of those who had it seemed to have gotten it ‘by accident,’ according to Niantic, while others appeared to use a technique which alters a Pokémon to look like and behave like another.

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To prove this point and that just about any Pokémon can be forced to appear in-game with a bit of tweaking, Redditor pcpcy made a series of videos showing off their collection of Legendary Pokémon. We can see their pokédex filled with the rarest of the rare Pokémon, including Mew, MewTwo, and all of the legendary birds.

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We even see them battling, though the moves might look a little off. That’s because although the character models are accurate and the animations are as expected, the Pokémon under the hood aren’t what they appear to be. That means you might see moves like Moltres performing Earthquake, because its really a Snorlax in disguise.

Pcpcy changed other Pokémon into these ultra rares using a man-in-the-middle proxy system, which let them intercept Pokémon Go traffic and fake the client into believing those Pokémon are present in their roster.

It’s not a technique they condone, or explain how to achieve, but it is doable. So next time you see footage of a Legendary Pokémon online, take it with a pinch of salt.

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KitGuru Says: The rarest I’ve found is a single Dratini. While you’d think the long grass would help, being in the sticks does not make for a strong Pokémon Go collection.

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