Pokemon Go Exploit Lets Players Cheat to Get Unlimited Coins

by Christian Hoffer

Pokemon Go gets updated at least once a month, but it seems like players find a major bug or exploit every couple of weeks. Players have recently discovered that an old exploit can now be used by players to get unlimited coins from gym defenders.

Players have learned that, by changing the time zone on their phones, they can reset Pokemon Go's daily limit on coins. While a player can only earn 50 coins a day from gym defenders, changing the time zones will make the game think that it's a new day and will "reset" the coin limit.

Players can switch between time zones an unlimited amount of times, which means that a player can get unlimited coins...provided they have a steady stream of defenders returning from gyms.

To be clear, this is neither legal nor a new exploit. Some players have been changing their time zone settings to screw with Pokemon Go's sense of time since the game's earliest days. It's also clearly against the game's terms of service and could result in a ban should Niantic ever figure out a way to track players who are using the exploit.

More websites are posting about the exploit thanks to a popular post on Reddit in which a player lobbied Niantic to fix the exploit while giving detailed instructions on how to use it. This likely means that Niantic will have to take action soon, unless they want to see a new form of cheating popularized on the game.

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By Christian Hoffer

Christian Hoffer is ComicBook.com's resident Pokemon expert. He also covers wrestling, television, and comics.