Pokemon go cheat, play smart

It's oftentimes human nature that if rules exist, we'll find a way around them. The worldwide sensation that is Pokémon Go seems to be no exception to that. Players everywhere are finding unique ways to bend, or flat-out break, the game's rules. Some of these methods are fairly harmless, while others can earn you a ban. Want to know more? Of course you do, or you wouldn't be here. Watch our video above or keep on reading below to find out how to cheat in Pokémon Go—but don't say we didn't warn you.

Are you too tired or lazy to walk around and hatch those eggs you've had forever? No problem—just use something else to do it for you! Creative Pokémon Go players have come up with all sorts of ways to hatch their eggs without lifting a finger. Some trainers have even started strapping their phones to their dogs before sending them outside to play in the yard. Others use spinning household objects to do the work for them: Record player turntables, bicycle wheels, and even ceiling fans will work for this method. Secure your phone to a ceiling fan blade, or lay it on the turntable of a record player. Turn it on, and simply wait for the kilometers to rack up. We tested this method ourselves, and while it does work, it takes a very long time for you to reach the 2km, 5km and 10km distances needed for a hatch. You'd honestly be better off just keeping the app running while you move around your office or home carrying out your normal day—you might be surprised how far you walk!

Also, we probably shouldn't have to tell you this, but don't use your microwave for this method. Despite the memes going around which show a phone safely spinning inside a microwave, if you do this, all you'll end up with is fried eggs (and a fried phone).

The easy gym-claiming hack

This hack has generated a lot of angry comments from trainers on Reddit and in social media. When a player attacks a Gym and brings its prestige down to zero, the Gym will become neutral until a player places a new Pokémon into it as a defender. Generally, it will take the trainer who defeated the Gym a few moments to slot their Pokémon in as a defender, because you can only place creatures there who are fully healed.

If you don't have creatures that are strong enough to take over a Gym yet, but you still want to get the defense reward for owning a Gym, those few seconds are your opportunity. While the other trainer is busy reviving and healing their Pokémon, watch for the Gym to turn neutral, then immediately tap on it and place one of your Pokémon in there as a defender. Next, go to your Shop menu and tap the shield icon to claim your daily defender bonus award of Pokécoins and stardust. You'll claim a Gym for your team and earn some currency to use in the Shop, without having to attack even once.
 Get the Eevee you want 
While more of an Easter egg than a cheat, this is still an effective trick to use in the game. If you want to control the final form your Eevee will evolve into, name them after the original Eevee trainers from the Pokémon anime series! Naming your Eevee "Sparky" will net you a Jolteon upon evolution. Naming him "Rainer" will get you a Vaporeon, while naming him "Pyro" will result in a Flareon. Make sure you restart your app after naming your Eevee, to ensure the new name went through correctly before proceeding with the evolution process. This method is guaranteed to work for at least one of each "Eeveelution" type. Personally, we've had it continue to work for every Eevee we've tried it on, as long as you remember to change the name of the previous "Sparky/Pyro/Rainer" before giving another Eevee that same name.
GPS spoofing
Finally, we've come to the big bad cheat that's being used in Pokémon Go. Put simply, GPS spoofing is making your device pretend to be at a location that you are not. Some trainers have gone to some extreme lengths to do this, like strapping their phone to a remote-controlled drone and flying it around while playing the game via their laptop at home.

Others have used the somewhat-easier method of faking their location via a virtual Android device on their PC. While we won't go into details (you can Google for them if you absolutely must know), here's the basic premise: Players install the Bluestacks program on their computer, which creates a virtual Android environment on your PC that acts just like the real thing. After rooting the device to give them more control over the system settings, they install a modified APK file of Pokémon Go, as well as a GPS faking app. Once everything is set up, cheaters can set their "location" via the fake GPS app on the device, open up Pokémon Go, and then catch creatures or collect items at Pokéstops without leaving their home.

Obviously, this method of cheating is not only against the spirit of the game, but it's also against Niantic's TOS. As with their other augmented-reality game, Ingress, Niantic can and will ban players that they catch spoofing their GPS. Early reports indicate that cheaters are only being given a soft ban thus far—locking them out of the game for an hour or two at the most. As the developers get a handle on the massive popularity of the game, and can turn their attention to GPS spoofers, it will only be a matter of time before the permanent bans begin to fly.

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