It's been reported...
In Pokémon GO, the three legendary birds, Moltres, Articuno, and Zapdos, are some of the rarest Pokémon to get. Up to this point, it's been thought to have been impossible to catch these three, but now a player in Ohio USA is reporting they've captured an Articuno.
That player is Kaitlyn Covey who reports that the Pokémon was gifted to her from Niantic themselves:
However Niantic isn't buying it. In an interview conducted about the Articuno catch with Niantic:
"We reached out to Niantic for comment and heard back from a PR representative for the developer. The spokesman said, after checking on the issue, that the Articuno “was not from Niantic. it’s either a spoof or someone hacked the game,” but added that the company is still “looking into it” and there aren’t “clear answers at the moment.”
There have been some suggestions that this is a client-sided spoof that changes the appearance of the Pokémon, however this video on Twitch may suggest otherwise. This is apparently the husband of the woman who had received the Articuno!
However there are a couple of things off in this video.
The email they show saying that they are gifting her the Articuno. The layout is off from the emails that I've received from Niantic support. This one and this one from when I tried to change my nickname. Niantic also starts both emails with "Trainer" not "Hi Trainer," then later it is signed NianticOps and not Niantic. The user that it comes from is "Pokemon Go" not "NianticOps" as see here.
The name Articuno is mispelled in the email. In the email it is spelled "Articundo."
Well, what do you think, is this Articuno legitimate, or is this a fake? Leave a comment below!
In Other News...
Niantic Has Spoken On Recent Patch
We've finally gotten Niantic to speak on the recent patch updates, specifically regarding the Step Feature Removal & PokeVision:
As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.
- We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.
- 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 Pokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an... interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).
We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.
Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.
The Pokémon GO team"
You can find this post on Pokémon GO's Facebook Page here.
TRAINER TIP: To bring wild Pokemon back to the foreground, just activate and deactivate AR!