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Over on a Pokémon Go Facebook group, Articuno’s owner kaitcovey claims to have been sent the legendary bird from the game’s developer Niantic after contacting them about an issue.
Seen below, a video making the rounds shows Articuno as a gym leader in the Ohio area. This is further corroborated by a Reddit thread of users claiming to have seen the same gym, with the same Pokémon guarding it. (UPDATE: The alleged Pokemon was also shown off on a Twitch livestream, in which kaitcovey showed off the Pokemon and attempted to prove its authenticity.)
While it’s possible Niantic could be giving out Pokémon as apology gifts, asEurogamer points out, there’s also a possibility the game’s data may have been modified. The Pokemon series has always had a dedicated fanbase who enjoy manipulating the game’s code – either via Action Replay-style devices or downloadable PC software – to alter Pokemon, be it EVs and IVs, moves, or shiny status.
Whether someone has used an outside device to manipulate the game’s code – to change a Pokedex ID number to that of Articuno, for example – isn’t clear. We do, however, know Niantic recently updated Pokémon Go. One of the big talking points of the update was patching the game so it no longer allows the use of certain third party apps.
“We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokemon Go to users around the world,” said Niantic. “The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokemon Go around the world an… interesting… challenge.”