[READ ME] Tips for Simple Hack Checks

Vindicator

formerly xtr3m3
Celebi transferred from VC automatically has 5 perfect (31) IVs. The fact that it has 4 30 IVs implies it’s hacked.

(someone correct me if I’m wrong, it’s been a while)

edit: whoops didn’t notice the last line
 
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Xucrute

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Celebi transferred from VC automatically has 5 perfect (31) IVs. The fact that it has 4 30 IVs implies it’s hacked.

(someone correct me if I’m wrong, it’s been a while)
Yeah VC Celebi has 5 guaranteed IVs, the Celebi spread is 31/30/31/31/31/31.
Hello, I'm new to this site. Can you guys check if these are legit. Thanks for responding, btw.

Language: ENG
Species: Celebi
OT: CRYSTAL
ID No.: 56396
IVs: 30 (Best), 30 (Fantastic), 30 (Best), 31 (Best), 30 (Best), 30 (Best)
EVs (optional):
Ability: Natural Cure
Pokemon's name: Celebi
Gender: N/A
Level: 30
Pokeball: Pokeball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Gameboy Origin
Moves: Heal Bell, Safeguard, Ancient Power, Future Sight
Nature: Timid
Region of origin: Johto region
Characteristic: Mischievous
Ribbons: N/A
Other comments (optional): If Celebi is Lvl 100, the mon's IVs are: 31, 30, 31, 31, 31, 31. I assume that this is hacked.

Language: ENG
Species: Solgaleo
OT: Martyn
ID No.: 866598
IVs: 17 (Pretty good),31 (Best),30 (Best), 9 (Decent),30 (Best) ,26 (Very Good)
EVs (optional):
Ability: Full Metal Body
Pokemon's name: Solgaleo
Gender: N/A
Level: 55
Pokeball: Pokeball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Cross
Moves: Sunsteel Strike, Cosmic Power, Crunch, Zen Headbutt
Nature: Quirky
Region of origin: Alola region
Characteristic: It likes to thrash about!
Ribbons: N/A
Other comments (optional): If Solgaleo is Lvl 100, the mon's IVs are: 17, 31, 31, 10, 31, 27. Just adding this mon for checking in case that it is fishy, but for me, it isn't. It has a blue triangle marking, blue square marking, blue star marking and, red violet diamond marking (this may be about its IV).
VC Celebi has 5 IVs guaranteed, but i don't see why one would be sending them through wonder trade (assuming that's where you got it from) as for Solgaleo the spread is random and nature is bad and I don't see anything wrong with it, from the looks they both seems to be legal, my usual take is assume hacked unless you or someone you trust got it specially cause they are both Legendary and a Mythical.
 
Hi, recently I get on USUM GTS in order to get exclusives and import them to HOME but I get curious about legality after reading about hacked pokémon being traded as legit ones. I got a Solgaleo for a Kyogre and a Blacephalon for a Dramper. Seems kind of fair at first glance, just want your opinion.

Language: JAP
Species: Solgaleo
OT: (in japanese)
ID No.: 589519
IVs: Decent, Best. Best. Best, Decent, Pretty Good
Ability: Full Metal Body
Pokemon's name: ソルガレオ
Gender: NA
Level: 54
Pokeball: Pokeball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Cross
Moves: Splash, Teleport, Cosmic Power, Sunsteel Strike
Nature: Naive
Region of origin: Lago Corosol (I think Lake of the Sunne but I have my game in Spanish)
Characteristic: Likes to thrash about
Ribbons: Alola Champion Ribbon

Language: JAP
Species: Blacephalon
OT: (in japanese)
ID No.: 974755
IVs: Best, Decent, Decent, Decent, Best, Best
Ability: Beast Boost
Pokemon's name: ズガドーン
Gender: NA
Level: 60
Pokeball: Beast Ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Cross
Moves: Fire Blast, Shadow Ball, Trick, Mind Blown
Nature: Careful
Region of origin: Poni Grove
Characteristic: Takes plenty of siestas
Ribbons: None

I'll really appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.
 
Welcome to Smogon! Both appear to be legal from the info provided, so quite possible they're just random encounters. But as a general rule if you don't know who you got it from (i.e. GTS), best course is to assume it's hacked and play it safe.
Thanks for the info. From now on I'll only be trading with people on forums. Just out of curiosity, what do you think about receiving in Home GTS a Lv. 1 Sableye with 5IVs, HA and like 3 egg moves in a beast ball? What are the odds of people trading legit Pokémon with those stats over GTS? Sorry for the incomplete data but I get ride of him because I tought it was hacked. And again, thanks for the info and for the welcome.
 

Xucrute

mt tchola
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Thanks for the info. From now on I'll only be trading with people on forums. Just out of curiosity, what do you think about receiving in Home GTS a Lv. 1 Sableye with 5IVs, HA and like 3 egg moves in a beast ball? What are the odds of people trading legit Pokémon with those stats over GTS? Sorry for the incomplete data but I get ride of him because I tought it was hacked. And again, thanks for the info and for the welcome.
Those are not rare, assuming they're not shiny, people very frequently send their breedjects over GTS/WT so other people can use them, they usually have the wrong spreads or are leftovers from masuda breeding.
 
Language: Jpn
Species: Mew
OT: (in japanese)
ID No.: 23452

IVs: fantastic,
pretty good,
pretty good,
pretty good,
decent,
pretty good

Ability: syncronize
Pokemon's name Mew
Gender: NA
Level: 31
Pokeball: ultra Ball
Shiny?: yes
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Cross
Moves: pound, transform, Mega punch, metronome
Nature: modest
Region of origin: The Hoenn Region
Characteristic: it loves to eat
Ribbons: None
 

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This Mew is 110% hacked.

While there are 2 event Mews from Gen 7 that have the cross symbol on one hand, namely the "Pokémon World Championships 2017 Qualifier Gift" and the "Pokémon I Choose You - 7-11 Distribution" from 2017, they cannot be shiny on the other hand. (Source)
Then again, these Mews can only be in Cherish Balls, not Ultra Ball.

The only legal shiny Mew would have to be from a Japanese Emerald game (Old Sea Map event).
 
Hello there ! 1st post here !
I would like a legality check on this Mew if possible. Thanks in advance, and have a good day !

Language: Japanese
Species: Mew
OT: アイコ
ID No.: 57342
IVs: 0 Best IVs
Ability: Synchronize
Pokemon's name: ミュウ
Level: 30 (No Exp. gained)
Pokeball: Net Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Moves: Pound, Transform, Mega Punch, and Metronome
Nature: Modest
Region of origin: Hoenn
Characteristic: Thoroughly Cunning.
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): Fateful Encounter.
 

Vindicator

formerly xtr3m3
Hello there ! 1st post here !
I would like a legality check on this Mew if possible. Thanks in advance, and have a good day !

Language: Japanese
Species: Mew
OT: アイコ
ID No.: 57342
IVs: 0 Best IVs
Ability: Synchronize
Pokemon's name: ミュウ
Level: 30 (No Exp. gained)
Pokeball: Net Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Moves: Pound, Transform, Mega Punch, and Metronome
Nature: Modest
Region of origin: Hoenn
Characteristic: Thoroughly Cunning.
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): Fateful Encounter.
Did you get this on the GTS or trade for it? I'd be very skeptical about receiving a 3rd Gen Shiny Mew from a Japanese Emerald game unless it's from reputable person.
 
TheMaker1610 It looks like a copy of the mew obtained by InsaneNutter from projectpokemon, unfortunately he caught his on a master ball so this one seems to be an edit since it's on a net ball.
 
Did you get this on the GTS or trade for it? I'd be very skeptical about receiving a 3rd Gen Shiny Mew from a Japanese Emerald game unless it's from reputable person.
Got the Mew in a giveaway from a RNG'd Shiny Raids Discord Server
The Mods there verify if those mons are legit before starting any giveaways, and ban any hackers/editers, so I assumed this Mew was the real deal (as far as legit shiny Mew can go)

Well.. what a bummer ://
 
Hi! This is my first time posting here :) I would like to have my pokemon checked, I got these when I bought a 2nd hand Pokemon Pearl.

Language: JPN
Species: Celebi
OT: えいがかん
ID No.: 07100
IVs:
EVs (optional):
Ability: Natural Cure
Pokemon's name: セレビィ
Gender: none
Level: 50
Pokeball: Cherish ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify):
Moves: Leaf Storm, Recover, Nasty Plot, Healing Wish
Nature: Sassy
Region of origin: fateful encounter received at Pokemon Movie 10, August 19th, 2010, Level 50
Characteristic: Good perseverance
Ribbons: Cute Ribbon, Classic Ribbon
Other comments (optional):

Language: JPN
Species: Entei
OT: クラウン
ID No.: 06180
IVs:
EVs (optional):
Ability: Pressure
Pokemon's name: エンテイ
Gender: none
Level: 30
Pokeball: Cherish ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify):
Moves: Flare Blitz, Howl, Extreme Speed, Crush Claw
Nature: Adamant
Region of origin: fateful encounter received at Pokemon Movie 10, August 19th, 2010, Level 30
Characteristic: Highly Persistent
Ribbons: Classic Ribbon
Other comments (optional):

Language: JPN
Species: Raikou
OT: クラウン
ID No.: 06180
IVs:
EVs (optional):
Ability: Pressure
Pokemon's name: ライコウ
Gender: none
Level: 30
Pokeball: Cherish ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify):
Moves: Zap Cannon, Aura Sphere, Extreme Speed, Weather Ball
Nature: Adamant
Region of origin: fateful encounter received at Pokemon Movie 10, August 19th, 2010, Level 30
Characteristic: Quick Tempered
Ribbons: Classic Ribbon
Other comments (optional):

Language: JPN
Species: Suicune
OT: クラウン
ID No.: 06180
IVs:
EVs (optional):
Ability: Pressure
Pokemon's name: スイクン
Gender: none
Level: 30
Pokeball: Cherish ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify):
Moves: Sheer Cold, Air Slash, Extreme Speed, Aqua Ring
Nature: Relaxed
Region of origin: fateful encounter received at Pokemon Movie 10, August 19th, 2010, Level 30
Characteristic: Nods off a lot
Ribbons: Classic Ribbon
Other comments (optional):

Language: JPN
Species: Arceus
OT: えいがかん
ID No.: 07189
IVs:
EVs (optional):
Ability: Multitype
Pokemon's name: アルセウス
Gender: none
Level: 100
Pokeball: Cherish ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify):
Moves: Judgment, Roar of Time, Spacial Rend, Shadow Force
Nature: Adamant
Region of origin: fateful encounter received at Pokemon Movie 09, August 1st, 2009, Level 100
Characteristic: Capable of Taking Hits
Ribbons: Classic Ribbon
Other comments (optional):

Language: JPN
Species: Regigigas
OT: テンイむら
ID No.: 07198
IVs: 6, 14, 18, 16, 22, 6
EVs (optional):
Ability: Slowstart
Pokemon's name: レジギガス
Gender: none
Level: 100
Pokeball: Cherish ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify):
Moves: Iron Head, Rock Slide, Icy Wind, Crush Grip
Nature: Timid
Region of origin: fateful encounter received at Pokemon Movie 08, July 26th, 2008, Level 100
Characteristic: Strongly Defiant
Ribbons: Sinnoh Champ Ribbon, Tough Ribbon, Tough Ribbon Great
Other comments (optional):
 
Language: JPN
Species: Raikou
OT: クラウン
ID No.: 06180
IVs:
EVs (optional):
Ability: Pressure
Pokemon's name: ライコウ
Gender: none
Level: 30
Pokeball: Cherish ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify):
Moves: Zap Cannon, Aura Sphere, Extreme Speed, Weather Ball
Nature: Adamant
Region of origin: fateful encounter received at Pokemon Movie 10, August 19th, 2010, Level 30
Characteristic: Quick Tempered
Ribbons: Classic Ribbon
Other comments (optional):
Are you sure this Raikou is Adamant? This Raikou should be Rash if it was from that one event. (Entei and Suicune have their natures match. The others aren't nature locked as far as I know)

Either way, all of these appear to match event distributions at the time. They look legal, but it would probably be unwise to trade them here.
 
All 3 Crown Beasts have locked natures: Raikou is Rash, Entei is Adamant and Suicune is Relaxed.
If the Raikou is Adamant, then it's definitely hacked. Maybe it was just a copy/paste mistake while typing your post?
I know this already. You didn't need to quote me on this.

Mod edit: That's a mistake on my part, I actually only meant to quote X2manda.
 
All 3 Crown Beasts have locked natures: Raikou is Rash, Entei is Adamant and Suicune is Relaxed.
If the Raikou is Adamant, then it's definitely hacked. Maybe it was just a copy/paste mistake while typing your post?
Definitely a copy/paste mistake, I thought I retyped it but I must've forgot while checkin since I had to translate it from Japanese. The Raikou's Nature is Rash

I'm not planning on trading it, but I just wanted to make sure before I stored it on my bank. Also excited for the shiny celebi/zarude event!
 
Hi! This is my first time here. I'd like my pokemon checked please. I got it through trading with someone from a discord server. They state that they got it from their brother's game before he reset his game to start over.

Language: ENG
Species: Reshiram
OT: Copen
ID No.: 62666
IVs: 4 Best, Atk: Decent, Speed: Very Good
Ability: Turboblaze
Pokemon's name: Turmoil❤
Gender: N/A
Level: 100
Pokeball: Master Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Pentagon
Moves: Dragon Pulse, Focus Blast, Blue Flare, Fusion Flare
Nature: Modest
Region of origin: Traveled through space and time itself to join from the Hoenn region.
Characteristic: It's capable of taking hits!
Ribbons: Kalos Champion Ribbon
 
Hi! This is my first time here. I'd like my pokemon checked please. I got it through trading with someone from a discord server. They state that they got it from their brother's game before he reset his game to start over.

Language: ENG
Species: Reshiram
OT: Copen
ID No.: 62666
IVs: 4 Best, Atk: Decent, Speed: Very Good
Ability: Turboblaze
Pokemon's name: Turmoil❤
Gender: N/A
Level: 100
Pokeball: Master Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Pentagon
Moves: Dragon Pulse, Focus Blast, Blue Flare, Fusion Flare
Nature: Modest
Region of origin: Traveled through space and time itself to join from the Hoenn region.
Characteristic: It's capable of taking hits!
Ribbons: Kalos Champion Ribbon
Hi! None of that information is a red flag, so it appears to be a normal shiny Reshiram that was caught via a Hoopa ring in ORAS.
 
Ty! It's such a relieve to know. May I check on these two other legendaries please. The owner of the Magearna said he redeemed it himself from Sun&Moon. For the mewtwo, the owner said he got it from an older game (not much other info to go on) Thank you in advance. You guys are amazing. ^-^

Language: ENG
Species: Magearna
OT: Anoush
ID No.: 219036
IVs: 3 Best, VG Sp.Atk, VG Sp.Def, D Speed
Ability: Soul-Heart
Pokemon's name: Magearna
Gender: N/A
Level: 50
Pokeball: Cherish Ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Cross
Moves: Fleur Cannon, Flash Cannon, Lucky Chant, Helping Hand
Nature: Hasty
Region of origin: Traveled through space and time itself to join from the Alola region.
Characteristic: It takes plenty of siestas!
Ribbons: Wishing Ribbon


Language: ENG
Species: Mewtwo
OT: Anthony
ID No.: 407191
IVs: 3 Best, PG HP, D Def, VG Speed
Ability: Pressure
Pokemon's name: Mewtwo
Gender: N/A
Level: 70
Pokeball: Master Ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Let's Go
Moves: Psychic, Recover, Amnesia, Swift
Nature: Jolly
Region of origin: Traveled through space and time itself to join from the Kanto region.
Characteristic: It's mischievous!
Ribbons: N/A
 
Ty! It's such a relieve to know. May I check on these two other legendaries please. The owner of the Magearna said he redeemed it himself from Sun&Moon. For the mewtwo, the owner said he got it from an older game (not much other info to go on) Thank you in advance. You guys are amazing. ^-^

Language: ENG
Species: Magearna
OT: Anoush
ID No.: 219036
IVs: 3 Best, VG Sp.Atk, VG Sp.Def, D Speed
Ability: Soul-Heart
Pokemon's name: Magearna
Gender: N/A
Level: 50
Pokeball: Cherish Ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Cross
Moves: Fleur Cannon, Flash Cannon, Lucky Chant, Helping Hand
Nature: Hasty
Region of origin: Traveled through space and time itself to join from the Alola region.
Characteristic: It takes plenty of siestas!
Ribbons: Wishing Ribbon


Language: ENG
Species: Mewtwo
OT: Anthony
ID No.: 407191
IVs: 3 Best, PG HP, D Def, VG Speed
Ability: Pressure
Pokemon's name: Mewtwo
Gender: N/A
Level: 70
Pokeball: Master Ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Let's Go
Moves: Psychic, Recover, Amnesia, Swift
Nature: Jolly
Region of origin: Traveled through space and time itself to join from the Kanto region.
Characteristic: It's mischievous!
Ribbons: N/A
No problem! Both of those Pokémon appear to be legitimately obtained from USUM and LGPE, respectively.

Just an FYI for the future though, if it's a non-shiny Pokémon that can be obtained through regular gameplay with normal looking IVs (all Pokémon in the undiscovered egg group have 3 perfect ones at minimum as of Gen VI), it's likely legit. If someone is going to the bother of hacking a Pokémon, they'll usually make it shiny, have max IVs and/or be in a special ball that isn't possible in the game it was obtained in. Just some red flags you can look out for :)

At the end of the day though, the most important thing in determining if a Pokémon is hacked or not is how much you trust the user you got it from. A competent hacker is perfectly capable of making a hacked Pokémon appear legitimate on the surface. Even if something appears legit, there is no way to be 100% certain unless you're inspecting the file on a computer, and even then really good hackers have ways to cover their tracks. This thread is great for helping people unmask the more visible hacks, but it's always ideal if you can trade with people that are trusted.
 
I got a shiny Celebi through trade in pokemon shield.

Please help determine if it's legit or not.

All best stats except the speed stat.
 
I got a shiny Celebi through trade in pokemon shield.

Please help determine if it's legit or not.

All best stats except the speed stat.
Hi! Please fill out this form on the first page, there's not enough information there to make a determination:

Language:
Species:
OT:
ID No.:
IVs:
EVs (optional):
Ability:
Pokemon's name:
Gender:
Level:
Pokeball:
Shiny?:
Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify):
Moves:
Nature:
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