How Pokémon BDSP Are Cracking Down On Glitch Cloning

How Pokémon BDSP Are Cracking Down On Glitch Cloning

The Pokémon Company and ILCA finally put an end to duplication glitches in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl in the version 1.2.0 update.

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are finally attempting to put a stop to duplication glitches. While the Pokémon series has been mired with technical issues and exploits since its beginning, the Gen 4 remakes on the Nintendo Switch have been notably bad when it comes to glitches. However, February 2022’s version 1.2.0 update saw a significant crackdown designed to limit the trading and use of duplicated Pokémon, which may suggest something about the future of Pokémon Home.

Pokémon BDSP’s duplication glitch works eerily similar to the way the void glitches worked in the original Gen 4 titles: Players could overwhelm the game in specific places of the map with a quick series of inputs that would essentially strain how areas load. However, Pokémon BDSP’s glitch works by overwhelming the games’ menu system in such a way that it allows players to move a Pokémon in their PC while keeping an original copy of this Pokémon in the same location. Despite several attempts at rooting this out, fans keep on finding new ways to circumvent prevention methods with each update that has come out. The consequence of this has been that shiny, hyper trained, IV bred, EV trained, and legendary Pokémon (or all of the above) have been replicated en masse, reducing their value and making online play near impossible for trainers who do not want to cheat.


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Instead of trying to root out the problem that has made the duplication glitch possible, Pokémon BDSP have instead turned their focus on what makes duplicating worthwhile in the first place with: trading and online domination. New methods devised by the developer of Pokémon Home ILCA now catch the appearance of duplicated Pokémon and ban these Pokémon from trading, Global Rooms, and the Coliseum. Almost better than stopping duplication in the first place, this new approach essentially renders duplicated pocket monsters pointless. And considering that ILCA is responsible for this new approach to stopping cheaters, these clones may be even worse off than they are now once Pokémon BDSP becomes compatible with Home.

How Pokémon BDSP Catches Duplicates

Pokemon BDSP Duplication Glitch Cloning

As uncovered by Twitter user Kaphotics, ILCA’s method for tracking down duplicated Pokémon is by looking for specific qualities and identification numbers tied to all owned Pokémon. Whether these pocket monsters are in a player’s party or in the Day Care, Pokémon BDSP can now always check to see if any are clones. And if it is determined some are, these Pokémon will then be banned from essentially all online play.

The “is clone” comparison checks the usual immutable properties: PID/EC/IVs/TrainerID/Nature. There is special handling to ignore Shedinja & Ninjask, in-game trades, and anything foreign to BDSP version IDs.

— Kurt (@Kaphotics) February 22, 2022

Considering that ILCA is responsible for this crackdown, fans can also assume that these bans will extend to trading between Pokémon BDSP and Home once the two are compatible. This means that duplicated Pokémon, no matter how strong, rare, or cool, are essentially valueless and cannot be used except for in the main game. Luckily, neither ILCA nor the Pokémon Company have made it so that the original Pokémon is banned because of cloning, meaning players will still have the opportunity to keep their favorite team members from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shing Pearl with them in the future.

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Source: Kaphotics/Twitter

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