Hello, With the release of Pokebank (with its lackluster hack checking service) and Powersaves, Kalos/Hoenn/Alola are no longer hack free regions. What's worse is that many users here are unaware of the constraints of Pokemon legality meaning hacked Pokemon can spread very quickly. This thread will serve two purposes. The first is to provide some pointers on hacked Pokemon so you can spot a hacked Pokemon before you offer it / land yourself in hot water for spreading hacked Pokemon. The second is to provide a blacklist of common Pokemon that have been spread rather far from unaware traders. Please remove any Pokemon featured here from your thread immediately. If we catch you offering Pokemon on this list after a prolonged amount of time after they've been added to the list, your thread may suffer some sort of penalty. Smogon adheres to the following definition: Hacked: The Pokemon was created/edited via the use of any external device to modify the game and the game data in any sort of way. This includes any Pokemon bred from them. For more information on the topic, see the Wi-Fi rules. Hacks are not allowed on Smogon. Don't trade them; don't request them. General Rules of Thumb for Distinguishing Hacked Pokemon: Perfect and/or shiny Pokemon obtained in a trade with an unknown trainer (i.e. from the GTS/Wonder Trade/Passerby) stand a reasonable chance of being hacked, so it's safest to assume they are. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is. Possible =/= Legitimate. If the odds of getting the Pokemon are worse than the chance of being eaten by a shark while in a plane, it's probably hacked. Save yourself the headache later, assume it's hacked, and don't trade it. RNG abuse is the exception to this, so some common sense goes a long way. See first tip. Gen 7: Sun and Moon have eliminated many of the illegal ball combinations from previous generations. For a list of the possible ball combinations, see TheMantyke's table. Beldum is not legal in a heavy ball. Nidoran M and F as well as Volbeat and Illumise can't pass Pokeballs as freely since they're different Pokedex #s. This means that stuff like Moon Ball Sheer Force Nidoking and Sports Ball Prankster Volbeat are Illegal. Shellos can inherit Pokeballs from different color Shellos. Beast Ball Gen 7 Starters are illegal. The following Pokemon cannot be shiny: Cosmog/Cosmoem Solgaleo Lunala Tapu Fini, Tapu Bulu, Tapu Lele Ultra Beasts (Nihilego, Buzzwole, Phermosa, Xurkitree, Celesteela, Kartana, Guzzlord, Necrozma) Marshadow Magearna Tapu Koko can be shiny via event only. Gen 6: The following Pokemon cannot be shiny: Zygarde Hoopa Arceus can be shiny as of Generation 6 Event – M18 Désert (Désser) City Arceus. This Arceus has multiple wondercards one of which is forced shiny while the others are normal Arceus and have one of the 17 type-plates associated with it and the 18th being a normal Arceus holding a Silk Scarf. NO ARCEUS OBTAINED FROM GENERATION 5 AND UNDER CAN BE LEGALLY SHINY. Diancie can be shiny by the (Japan only) Pokémon Centre Diancie event. Yveltal and Xerneas can be shiny as of a Pokémon X, Y and Z tie-in giveaway. Any which were caught are still hacked. Legendaries caught in X and Y cannot be shiny. Deoxys, Rayquaza, Kyogre, and Groudon cannot be shiny and have the Pentagon. Shiny Reshiram and Zekrom are only obtainable in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. Previous games had a shiny check in place for them. Super-size Pumpkaboo line is available with hidden ability (Insomnia) only in a Cherish Ball via Spooky 2014 Super Size Pumpkaboo event. It was also possible to get a wondercard that also provided a female Pumpkaboo. Pikachu can have Endeavor via a Generation 6 event. Pokemon caught or bred on X and Y have "memories" that are checkable by an NPC outside the Anistar Pokemon Center, Pokemon brought over from previous generations (including those that have been hacked to look like they are from Kalos) and 6th gen events do not have memories and will say "The Pokemon seems to have a good memory, but it doesn't seem to be able to remember...". Zoroark may have Sludge Bomb via a Generation 6 event. Gengar (shiny) may have Sludge Wave via a Generation 6 event. Regarding apricorn balls: Only Pokemon obtainable in the Generation IV games Heart Gold and Soul Silver can be legitimately captured in an Apricorn ball. Transferring those Pokemon to Generation VI and breeding them will allow the offspring to have an Apricorn ball, along with any egg move combination, but they cannot have their hidden ability. This restriction has changed in Gen 7. See here. Using Pokemon that have an Apricorn ball (or any other ball) hacked on as a parent, and breeding it in Generation VI is not legitimate, and is a hack, even though it was legitimately obtained through breeding. Gen 5: There are no restrictions on the IVs and nature of most 5th gen wonder cards, including most of the competitively relevant ones. However, nearly all are locked to not be shiny. Shiny Reshiram and Zekrom are only obtainable in Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire. Previous games had a shiny check in place for them. Pokemon from the Dream World, Dream Radar, and Hidden Grottoes in the 5th gen games cannot be shiny. Gen 4: Only 4 natures are possible for 31/31/31/31/31/31 Pokemon caught in generations 3 & 4 (exceptions below). These natures are calm, docile, modest, and timid. Wild Pokemon with variable genders (including Heatran) caught in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum have 7 possible natures for 31/31/31/31/31/31. These are calm, docile, hasty, modest, quirky, sassy, and timid. Wild Pokemon with variable genders caught in Heart Gold and Soul Silver have 6 possible natures for 31/31/31/31/31/31. These are calm, docile, modest, quiet, sassy, and timid. Shinies obtained through the Pokeradar in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum can have any IV/nature combination, but it still requires ID abuse, and is considered one of the most difficult types of Generation 4 abuse. In most cases, unless it's someone who's proven themselves capable of doing such an abuse, it's pretty safe to assume it's a hack. Generation 4 wonder card events may have any combination of IVs and nature. However, almost every generation 4 event is locked to not be shiny. The only exceptions are Manaphy who can be hatched shiny by transferring the egg to another save file, caught Shaymin and Darkrai from the Platinum Member Card and Oak's Letter events, and always shiny events (Eevee, Pichu, Entei, Raikou, Suicune, and Milotic). Wild Arceus from Generation 4 are not obtainable as the event was never released. Gen 3: Only 4 natures are possible for 31/31/31/31/31/31 Pokemon caught in generations 3 & 4 (exceptions below). These natures are calm, docile, modest, and timid. Wild Pokemon (excluding Legendaries) from Ruby, Sapphire, Fire Red, Leaf Green, and Emerald have 9 possible natures for 31/31/31/31/31/31. These are calm, careful, docile, hardy, lax, modest, naive, rash, and timid. Generation 3 wonder card style events are difficult to RNG. Extremespeed Zigzagoon can only be RNG’d for shininess and not IV’s or nature. In most cases, unless it's someone who's proven themselves capable of doing such an abuse for any of these events, it's pretty safe to assume it's a hack. The “Wish” event Pokemon is virtually nonexistent. Any you see offered are almost certainly hacked. A shiny Mew must be Japanese, from Hoenn, and at least level 30 as the only way to obtain it was through the Old Sea Chart in Emerald given out exclusively in Japan. The 2011 event Celebi should have the OT WIN2011. OT GAMESTP Celebi is from an unreleased event obtained by ripping an unreleased wondercard rom and are hacked. Shiny Deoxys can only be obtained through the 3rd gen event item. Gen 1 (RBY Virtual Console games): Pokemon imported from these games will have their Hidden Abilities. Any Pokemon (except the event Mew) not encountered in the grass/surfing can be shiny when imported. See here. Other: No Shadow Pokemon from Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness can be shiny. A Pokemon that does not normally have a premier ribbon attached from a special event is hacked. This is the result of improperly cloning through Pokecheck. However, this does not invalidate the legality of proper clones. Feel free to PM a Wi-Fi moderator if you notice any errors on this list or wish for a new rule to be added. Please use this form to fill out information: Code: Language: Species: OT: ID No.: IVs: EVs (optional): Ability: Pokemon's name: Gender: Level: Pokeball: Shiny?: Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Moves: Nature: Region of origin: Characteristic: Ribbons: Other comments (optional): How to fill out the template (Move your mouse to reveal the content) How to fill out the template (open) How to fill out the template (close) Language: Possible languages are: ENG, FRE, GER, ITA, JPN, KOR, SPA. If no language appears at the top it is the same as the game it is currently on. Species: The species of Pokemon. If it's a special form/forme please include that too. OT: The name of the Original Trainer, for foreign characters you can't type just put the number of characters. ID No.: The ID number of the original trainer. IVs: The exact IVs of all 6 stats (please do not include ranges). Use an IV Calculator such as Metalkid's if you need to. EVs (optional): The EVs, if you do not know the EVs you can check by saving and using a Reset Bag in Super Training (reset to get both EVs and the Reset Bag back). Ability: The Ability the Pokemon has (does not matter if an Ability Capsule has been used). For Giratina-O and Therian Tornadus/Thundurus/Landorus please convert to Giratina-A/Incarnate forme first. Pokemon's name: The current name/nickname of the Pokemon, for foreign characters you can't type just put the number of characters. Gender: Is it a boy, or is it a girl? (or neither) Level: The current level of the Pokemon. Pokeball: The Pokeball the Pokemon is in. Shiny?: Yes or No. Pentagon/Cross? (if yes, specify): Yes (and specify which), or No. Moves: The moves the Pokemon currently knows. Nature: The nature of the Pokemon. Region of origin: Kanto/Johto/Hoenn/Sinnoh/Unova/Kalos/Alola, also include if it was a "fateful encounter". Characteristic: The characteristic of the Pokemon. Ribbons: Any Ribbons the Pokemon has. Other comments (optional): Anything else about the Pokemon you might want to say. If you use external programs to view hidden data such as PID, SID, and game of origin include them here. /me pet Dark Ray Possible Pokeball + Pokemon combinations: Since the GTS doesn't have check for illegal combinations involving Poké Balls, I've compiled a list of various ball legality combinations. Impossible combinations are not allowed to be traded here due to the no hacked parents rule, which can be traced in this instance. This list is for Pokémon bred in 6th gen only - all previous generation Pokémon can only be bred in the standard Poké Ball. An updated list for 7th gen can be found here. Listed in alphabetical order by the first Pokémon in the family in the Pokédex. Hidden Ability Unova (Oshawott, Tepig, Snivy line) and Johto (Chikorita, Totodile, Cyndaquil line) starters are available in Pokeball only. Nidoran♀ and Illumise allow for Nidoran♂ and Volbeat respectively for the category they're listed in. Master and Cherish Balls cannot be passed on during breeding. Standard Ball set: Poké, Great, Ultra, Premier, Repeat, Timer, Nest, Net, Dive, Luxury, Heal, Quick, Dusk. Everything that can be captured except male-only and genderless species. Apricorn Ball set (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Apricorn Ball set (open) Apricorn Ball set (close) Level, Lure, Moon, Friend, Love, Heavy, Fast Everything that can be captured in HG/SS, excluding those only available through PokéWalker/Bug Catching Contest. These are all incompatible with their Hidden Ability. Abra Absol Aipom Barboach Bellsprout Bidoof Buizel Buneary Burmy Carnivine Caterpie Chansey Chatot Cherubi Chimecho Chinchou Clamperl Clefairy Combee Corsola Cubone Delibird Diglett Doduo Dratini Drowzee Dunsparce Ekans Electabuzz Exeggcute Farfetch'd Gastly Geodude Girafarig Gligar Goldeen Grimer Growlithe Gulpin Heracross Hoothoot Hoppip Horsea Houndour Jigglypuff Jynx Kangaskhan Koffing Krabby Kricketot Lapras Larvitar Ledyba Lickitung Luvdisc Machop Magikarp Magmar Makuhita Mankey Mantine Mareep Marill Mawile Meditite Meowth Miltank Minun Misdreavus Mr. Mime Murkrow Natu Nidoran♀ Numel Oddish Onix Paras Phanpy Pidgey Pikachu Pineco Plusle Poliwag Ponyta Poochyena Psyduck Qwilish Ralts Rattata Relicanth Remoraid Rhyhorn Roselia Sableye Sandshrew Seedot Seel Sentret Shellder Shinx Shroomish Shuckle Skarmory Slakoth Slowpoke Slugma Smeargle Sneasel Snorlax Snubbull Spearow Spinarak Spinda Spoink Stantler Starly Sudowoodo Sunkern Swablu Swinub Taillow Tangela Teddiursa Tentacool Venonat Vulpix Weedle Whismur Wingull Wobbuffet Wooper Wurmple Yanma Zigzagoon Zubat Safari (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Safari (open) Safari (close) Safari Ball + Hidden Ability is not legitimately possible. Abra Aipom Aron Bagon Barboach Bellsprout Bidoof Buizel Cacnea Carnivine Carvanha Chansey Chimecho Clefairy Corphish Croagunk Cubone Diglett Doduo Dratini Drowzee Duskull Ekans Electabuzz Electrike Exeggcute Farfetch'd Gastly Geodude Gible Girafarig Gligar Goldeen Grimer Gulpin Heracross Hippopotas Hoothoot Hoppip Houndour Illumise Jigglypuff Kangaskhan Kecleon Koffing Krabby Lapras Larvitar Ledyba Lickitung Lotad Machop Magikarp Magmar Mareep Marill Meditite Miltank Misdreavus Mr. Mime Murkrow Natu Nidoran♀ Nosepass Oddish Onix Pachirisu Paras Phanpy Pidgey Pikachu Pineco Pinsir Poliwag Ponyta Psyduck Rattata Remoraid Rhyhorn Riolu Roselia Sandshrew Scyther Seedot Sentret Seviper Shinx Shroomish Shuckle Shuppet Skorupi Slakoth Slowpoke Smeargle Snubbull Spearow Spheal Spinarak Spinda Stantler Starly Sunkern Surskit Tangela Torkoal Trapinch Tropius Venonat Wobbuffet Wooper Yanma Zangoose Zigzagoon Zubat Sport (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Sport (open) Sport (close) Sport Ball + Hidden Ability is not legitimately possible Caterpie Combee Illumise Kricketot Nincada Paras Pinsir Scyther Venonat Weedle Wurmple Dream (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Dream (open) Dream (close) Certain Pokémon didn't have a Hidden Ability in 5th gen; they will be noted. Anything in this list can also be captured in the standard ball set (notably Fossil Pokémon). Abra Absol Aerodactyl Aipom Alomomola Anorith Aron Audino Axew Bagon Barboach Basculin (both colours) Bellsprout Bidoof Buizel Buneary Burmy Cacnea Carnivine Carvanha Castform Caterpie Chansey Chatot Cherubi Chimecho Chinchou Clamperl Clefairy Combee Corphish Corsola Cottonee Cranidos Croagunk Cubone Delibird Diglett Doduo Dratini Drifloon Drilbur Drowzee Druddigon Ducklett Dunsparce Durant Duskull - No Dream + HA Dwebble Eevee Ekans Electabuzz Electrike Elgyem Emolga Exeggcute Farfetch'd Feebas Finneon Gastly Geodude Gible Girafarig Glameow Gligar Goldeen Grimer Growlithe Gulpin Heatmor Heracross Hippopotas Hoothoot Hoppip Horsea Houndour Illumise Jigglypuff Joltik Jynx Kabuto Kangaskhan Karrablast Kecleon - No Dream + HA Koffing Krabby Kricketot Lapras Larvitar Ledyba Lickitung Lileep Lotad Luvdisc Machop Magikarp Magmar Makuhita Mankey Mantine Maractus Mareep Marill Mawile Meditite Meowth Miltank Minun - No Dream + HA Misdreavus Mr. Mime Munna Murkrow Natu Nidoran♀ Nincada Nosepass Numel Oddish Omanyte Onix Pachirsu Paras Pawniard Petilil Phanpy Pidgey Pidove Pineco Pinsir Plusle - No Dream + HA Poliwag Ponyta Poochyena Psyduck Qwilfish Ralts Rattata Relicanth Remoraid Rhyhorn Riolu Roggenrola Roselia Sableye Sandile Sandshrew Scraggy Scyther Seedot Seel Sentret Seviper Shellder Shellos (both East and West sea) Shelmet Shieldon Shinx Shroomish Shuckle Shuppet Sigilyph Skarmory Skitty Skorupi Slakoth Slowpoke Slugma Smeargle Sneasel Snorlax Snorunt Snubbull Solosis Spearow Spheal Spinarak Spinda Spiritomb Spoink Stantler Starly Stunfisk Stunky Sudowoodo Sunkern Surskit Swablu Swinub Taillow Tangela Teddiursa Tentacool Timburr Tirtouga Togepi Torkoal Trapinch Tropius Tympole Vanillite Venipede Venonat Vulpix Wailmer Weedle Whismur Wingull Wobbuffet Wooper Wurmple Yanma Zangoose Zigzagoon Zubat Poké Ball only (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Poké Ball only (open) Poké Ball only (close) These Pokémon lines can't be captured as a female in any game at this time. All genderless and male-only species also fall in this category. Amaura Archen Chimchar Mudkip Oshawott Piplup Pumpkaboo (Super Sized with its Hidden Ability Insomnia) Snivy Tepig Torchic Treecko Turtwig Tyrunt 3rd gen Poké Balls only (Move your mouse to reveal the content) 3rd gen Poké Balls only (open) 3rd gen Poké Balls only (close) These Pokémon can only be captured by the following balls: Poké, Great, Ultra, Premier, Repeat, Timer, Nest, Net, Dive, Luxury. Chikorita Cyndaquil Totodile Common hacked OTs: Pokecheck's unofficial blacklist, maintained by moderator Invictus. AuSLove.tv Thanks to the following users for contributing towards this: - Dark Ray - Hozu - TheMantyke - Esmeya - ProjectTitan313 - shiny finder Last updated: 25/07/2017: by shiny finder. Change log (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Change log (open) Change log (close) 25/07/2017: by shiny finder: Reorganized thread. Updated form. Added sections for Gen 7 and RBY VC. Updated "common tips". Added Sludge Wave Gengar event in Gen 6. Added AusLove.tv to list of common hacked OTs. 29/12/2015: by .com: Removed Diancie from cannot be shiny list, and added entry about relevant event. 29/11/2015: by .com: Added shiny Xerneas and Yveltal to the list. Added note about Endeavour Pikachu. Added note about Sludge Bomb Zoroark. Added Diancie and Hoopa to cannot be shiny list. 4/10/2015: by Esmeya: Updated with relevant info based on discoveries of Colosseum/XD RNG, Hoenn release (a few), and a few new events. Cleared general errors. Deleted an entry that was not relevant to hack checking. 11/03/2015: by Esmeya: Arceus can be shiny, only by Generation 6 event (can also be non-shiny from the same event). Super Sized, HA Pumpkaboo is available in Cherish Ball (can't be bred), by Generation 6 event. HA Johto and Unova starters (Chikorita, Cyndaquil, Totodile; and Oshawott, Tepig and Snivy lines) are available in Poké Ball only, by Generation 6, Pokémon Bank event. 17/03/2015: by .com: Added "Pentagon?" to the form.