[READ ME] Tips for Simple Hack Checks

Is trading pokes bred using hacked 6 IV dittos legal? I assume so, just don't want to piss anyone off.
If you'd bothered to read the rules, you'd already know the answer to this...
Here's the relevant bit, but I highly recommend that you read the rest of them as well:
Rules said:
Hacking & Cloning

-Cloning is allowed on these forums. We do not care about your moral stance regarding cloning. If you do not want to trade for cloned Pokemon you are free to say so but DO NOT tell others cloning is hacking or whatever you consider it, keep all that to yourself.
  • Note in the Pokémon’s description...
    • If and how it was cloned.
    • If an emulator was used.
    • If it was obtained via a hacked or injected Wonder Card.
  • Note in your thread...
    • If and how you use third party tools including:
      • Any Action Replay (or similar device) codes you use.
      • Any Pokesav/Pokegen functions you use.
      • Any fake GTS such as Pokecheck or Pokegts.
  • Do NOT...
    • Trade Pokémon that have been created or altered by a third party tool (Action Replay, Pokegen, Pokesav, etc.).
      • This includes anything bred using created/altered Pokémon.
    • Use RAM editing.
    • Distribute Pokémon via .pkm files.
    • Ask for advice about AR, Pokegen, PokeSav, etc.
    • This should be common sense, but if you suspect a Pokemon is hacked, don't offer it in your trade thread. Seriously, a little common sense goes a long way.
    • Use a Power Saves device to force shininess onto a Pokemon. Doing so, then attempting to trade it will result in blacklisting.
 
Language: english Species:Pheromosa OT: WTG ID No.: 000282 IVs: 31/31/31/31/31/31 EVs (optional): Ability: beast boost Pokemon's name: Pheromosa Gender: Level: 60 Pokeball: beast ball Shiny?: no Pentagon?: yes Moves: triple kick/ lunge/ bug buzz/ me first Nature: adamant Region of origin: Characteristic: Alert to sounds Ribbons: Other comments (optional): from verdant cavern, and met at 12/29/2016
 
Seeing as there's no way to know if a pokemon came from the GTS or Wondertrade what good does it do to request that that be listed on an pokemon for trade on a trade shop/thread?

Also after reading this: Smogon's definition of hacking is the following- Hacking is the use of any external device in order to modify the game and the game data in any sort of way.
I have to wonder just how rng manipulation is allowed anywhere on here. While it doesn't change the pokemon per say, it does make it more likely to get shiny ones which is changing the game on a greater level.
 
Language: english Species:Pheromosa OT: WTG ID No.: 000282 IVs: 31/31/31/31/31/31 EVs (optional): Ability: beast boost Pokemon's name: Pheromosa Gender: Level: 60 Pokeball: beast ball Shiny?: no Pentagon?: yes Moves: triple kick/ lunge/ bug buzz/ me first Nature: adamant Region of origin: Characteristic: Alert to sounds Ribbons: Other comments (optional): from verdant cavern, and met at 12/29/2016
If you don't know the OT assume it's a hack, especially given the incredibly low odds of catching 6x31.
 
Seeing as there's no way to know if a pokemon came from the GTS or Wondertrade what good does it do to request that that be listed on an pokemon for trade on a trade shop/thread?
I mean it's kind of an honor system? Also if you haven't bred it yourself the odds of you offering something illegal (which seems to be more egg moves than anything else currently) are much higher, and you're still responsible for it if you trade it.

Also after reading this: Smogon's definition of hacking is the following- Hacking is the use of any external device in order to modify the game and the game data in any sort of way.
I have to wonder just how rng manipulation is allowed anywhere on here. While it doesn't change the pokemon per say, it does make it more likely to get shiny ones which is changing the game on a greater level.
RNG doesn't directly alter data in any way. There's no editing involved, its simply using external tools to allow you to work (within the game mechanics) to your advantage. You find a seed and frame you need and use things allowed by the game in order to reach that point.

Also, in general, this isn't really a discussion thread...it's a tool for people checking the legitimacy of specific pokemon using the format set forth in the OP.
 
Pardon me for doing this again because I want to be on the safe side but I need to make sure if the Wimpod and Drampa I got from the Wonder Trade is A-OK before I start putting it in the Pokemon Nursery to breed.


Language: JPN
Species: Wimpod
OT: (Japanese Name)
ID No.: 178671
IVs: HP = Very Good/Attack = Best/Defense = Best/Sp.Atk = Best/Sp.Def = Best/Speed = Decent
EVs (optional): None
Ability: Wimp Out
Pokemon's name: (Japanese Name)
Gender: Male
Level: 1
Pokeball: Premier Ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon?: +
Moves: Struggle Bug/Sand Attack
Nature: Adamant
Region of origin: Alola
Characteristic: Somewhat vain
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): None

Language: ENG
Species: Drampa
OT: Dr. Genzo
ID No.: 061423
IVs: HP = Best/Attack = Very Good/Defense = Best/Sp.Atk = Pretty good/Sp.Def = Best/Speed = Very good
EVs (optional): None
Ability: Berserk
Pokemon's name: Drampa
Gender: Male
Level: 1
Pokeball: Timer Ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon?: +
Moves: Play Nice/Echoed Voice/Mist
Nature: Modest
Region of origin: Alola
Characteristic: Capable of taking hits
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): None

Apologies for the IV sections but it's difficult to calculate the IVs of a Level 1 Pokemon on the IV Calculator.
 
Pardon me for doing this again because I want to be on the safe side but I need to make sure if the Wimpod and Drampa I got from the Wonder Trade is A-OK before I start putting it in the Pokemon Nursery to breed.


Language: JPN
Species: Wimpod
OT: (Japanese Name)
ID No.: 178671
IVs: HP = Very Good/Attack = Best/Defense = Best/Sp.Atk = Best/Sp.Def = Best/Speed = Decent
EVs (optional): None
Ability: Wimp Out
Pokemon's name: (Japanese Name)
Gender: Male
Level: 1
Pokeball: Premier Ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon?: +
Moves: Struggle Bug/Sand Attack
Nature: Adamant
Region of origin: Alola
Characteristic: Somewhat vain
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): None

Language: ENG
Species: Drampa
OT: Dr. Genzo
ID No.: 061423
IVs: HP = Best/Attack = Very Good/Defense = Best/Sp.Atk = Pretty good/Sp.Def = Best/Speed = Very good
EVs (optional): None
Ability: Berserk
Pokemon's name: Drampa
Gender: Male
Level: 1
Pokeball: Timer Ball
Shiny?: No
Pentagon?: +
Moves: Play Nice/Echoed Voice/Mist
Nature: Modest
Region of origin: Alola
Characteristic: Capable of taking hits
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): None

Apologies for the IV sections but it's difficult to calculate the IVs of a Level 1 Pokemon on the IV Calculator.
There's really no outward signs of these being hacked. Nothing would even really suggest that they are. Again they just seem like random spit backs.

If you're so concerned with making sure your parents are legitimate(which you should be), I would recommend you simply don't use the things you obtain via Wonder Trade as, generally speaking, these are the kinds of things you're going to get. There are plenty of people offering these things (or better) here on Smogon where you will at least know the source (or you could always catch them yourself)
 
There's really no outward signs of these being hacked. Nothing would even really suggest that they are. Again they just seem like random spit backs.

If you're so concerned with making sure your parents are legitimate(which you should be), I would recommend you simply don't use the things you obtain via Wonder Trade as, generally speaking, these are the kinds of things you're going to get. There are plenty of people offering these things (or better) here on Smogon where you will at least know the source (or you could always catch them yourself)
Okay. Thank you very much.
 
Okay. Thank you very much.
For future reference, look at these things using a "3Ls" approach
  • Legitimacy
  • Legality
  • Likelihood
For legitimacy you're looking for any outward sign of the Pokemon being impossible to obtain. Whether it's an unreleased ability, a shiny of a Pokemon that is shiny locked, impossible pokeball, or simply requires a feature that's currently unavailable (pokebank in the case of gen 7 games is most common).

To check it's Legality you're looking for something that may not be as obvious. Most cases of this in gen 7 would be egg moves unobtainable without bank ( shiny finder has a pretty comprehensive list here ). You'll also be looking at things like hatch location or where the Pokemon was met.

Finally, likelihood is usually one of the most glaring aspects of hacking though often the most overlooked because it falls outside of provable in a lot of cases. Yes, it is possible to obtain a 6iv shiny imposter Ditto, but the likelihood is incredibly low. And then the likelihood is lower still that someone would just be tossing something like that on Wonder Trade. Is there a chance that it could be real? Yes...a very small one. In these cases it's generally better to treat these as hacks, especially when considering using them to breed from or trade here.

Sorry for such a long winded answer but ya know...teach a man to fish and all that.

Also a disclaimer that a lot of this applies to gen 7 only...rngs and things like that can be sorted by more knowledgeable people than myself, using pkhex or data from rngreporter
 
For future reference, look at these things using a "3Ls" approach
  • Legitimacy
  • Legality
  • Likelihood
For legitimacy you're looking for any outward sign of the Pokemon being impossible to obtain. Whether it's an unreleased ability, a shiny of a Pokemon that is shiny locked, impossible pokeball, or simply requires a feature that's currently unavailable (pokebank in the case of gen 7 games is most common).

To check it's Legality you're looking for something that may not be as obvious. Most cases of this in gen 7 would be egg moves unobtainable without bank ( shiny finder has a pretty comprehensive list here ). You'll also be looking at things like hatch location or where the Pokemon was met.

Finally, likelihood is usually one of the most glaring aspects of hacking though often the most overlooked because it falls outside of provable in a lot of cases. Yes, it is possible to obtain a 6iv shiny imposter Ditto, but the likelihood is incredibly low. And then the likelihood is lower still that someone would just be tossing something like that on Wonder Trade. Is there a chance that it could be real? Yes...a very small one. In these cases it's generally better to treat these as hacks, especially when considering using them to breed from or trade here.

Sorry for such a long winded answer but ya know...teach a man to fish and all that.

Also a disclaimer that a lot of this applies to gen 7 only...rngs and things like that can be sorted by more knowledgeable people than myself, using pkhex or data from rngreporter
Now that's some really useful information to remember. I'll remember the 3 Ls when it comes to battling and trading. Once again, thanks.

Fun fact, I actually managed to find and catch a shiny Ditto with some max IVs when I was Ally Chaining for those I can use to breed Pokemon.
 
I received these two from GTS:

Language: Japan
Species: Gengar (it was an Haunter when I received it)
OT: (japanese words)
ID No.: 591172
IVs: Hp decent / Atk decent / Def decent / SpA pretty good / SpD decent / Spe decent
EVs (optional):
Ability: cursed body
Pokemon's name: Gengar
Gender: female
Level: 31
Pokeball: beast ball
Shiny?: no
Pentagon?: +
Moves: night shade / confuse ray / sucker punch / payback
Nature: careful
Region of origin: alola
Characteristic: very finicky
Ribbons: none
Other comments (optional):


Language: english
Species: Slowking
OT: Garbis
ID No.: 709077
IVs: Hp decent / Atk decent / Def pretty good / SpA pretty good / SpD pretty good / Spd pretty good
EVs (optional):
Ability: oblivious
Pokemon's name: Slowking
Gender: female
Level: 24
Pokeball: beast ball
Shiny?: no
Pentagon?: +
Moves: water gun / confusion / disable / headbutt
Nature: timid
Region of origin: alola
Characteristic: strong willed
Ribbons: none
Other comments (optional):

As far as I can tell IVs and movesets seem legit to me. The only possibly suspicious thing is them being in a beast ball.
Can I use them as parents for breeding, to pass down the beast ball?
 
I received these two from GTS:

Language: Japan
Species: Gengar (it was an Haunter when I received it)
OT: (japanese words)
ID No.: 591172
IVs: Hp decent / Atk decent / Def decent / SpA pretty good / SpD decent / Spe decent
EVs (optional):
Ability: cursed body
Pokemon's name: Gengar
Gender: female
Level: 31
Pokeball: beast ball
Shiny?: no
Pentagon?: +
Moves: night shade / confuse ray / sucker punch / payback
Nature: careful
Region of origin: alola
Characteristic: very finicky
Ribbons: none
Other comments (optional):


Language: english
Species: Slowking
OT: Garbis
ID No.: 709077
IVs: Hp decent / Atk decent / Def pretty good / SpA pretty good / SpD pretty good / Spd pretty good
EVs (optional):
Ability: oblivious
Pokemon's name: Slowking
Gender: female
Level: 24
Pokeball: beast ball
Shiny?: no
Pentagon?: +
Moves: water gun / confusion / disable / headbutt
Nature: timid
Region of origin: alola
Characteristic: strong willed
Ribbons: none
Other comments (optional):

As far as I can tell IVs and movesets seem legit to me. The only possibly suspicious thing is them being in a beast ball.
Can I use them as parents for breeding, to pass down the beast ball?
While the catch rate for beast ball is low, it is certainly possible and yes it can be passed down. If you want to be safe and catch your own, you can give the beast balls to some pokemon (so your inventory is depleted) and then talk to Looker and he will give you more as long as you haven't caught/killed all the ultra beasts. Rinse and repeat until you get the amount you want or just do the item duplication code with a power save. That power save code is generally accepted in WiFi but you should always disclose that you do use that code.
 
While the catch rate for beast ball is low, it is certainly possible and yes it can be passed down. If you want to be safe and catch your own, you can give the beast balls to some pokemon (so your inventory is depleted) and then talk to Looker and he will give you more as long as you haven't caught/killed all the ultra beasts. Rinse and repeat until you get the amount you want or just do the item duplication code with a power save. That power save code is generally accepted in WiFi but you should always disclose that you do use that code.
Looker actually keeps giving you Beast Balls even after you show him Necrozma's Dex data.
 
I would like to find out if this Shiny Manaphy is legit. Got it from trade last night and seemed to good to be true.

Language: German
Species: Manaphy
OT: Nami
ID No.: 15940
IVs: x/31/x/x/x/x
Ability: Hydration
Pokemon's name: Manaphy
Gender: N/A
Level: 2
Pokeball: PokeBall
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon?: No
Moves: Tail Glow, Bubble, Water Sport
Nature: Gentle
Region of origin: Sinnoh
Characteristic: Proud of its power
Ribbons: None
 
I would like to find out if this Shiny Manaphy is legit. Got it from trade last night and seemed to good to be true.

Language: German
Species: Manaphy
OT: Nami
ID No.: 15940
IVs: x/31/x/x/x/x
Ability: Hydration
Pokemon's name: Manaphy
Gender: N/A
Level: 2
Pokeball: PokeBall
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon?: No
Moves: Tail Glow, Bubble, Water Sport
Nature: Gentle
Region of origin: Sinnoh
Characteristic: Proud of its power
Ribbons: None
I presume this is from a 6th gen trade right? Can't get one in SuMo yet due to bank...

There are multiple 4th gen events where you get a manphy egg and I don't think those were shiny locked. Seeing as it only has 1 max Iv and a non competative nature, it could be legitimate.
 

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I would like to find out if this Shiny Manaphy is legit. Got it from trade last night and seemed to good to be true.

Language: German
Species: Manaphy
OT: Nami
ID No.: 15940
IVs: x/31/x/x/x/x
Ability: Hydration
Pokemon's name: Manaphy
Gender: N/A
Level: 2
Pokeball: PokeBall
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon?: No
Moves: Tail Glow, Bubble, Water Sport
Nature: Gentle
Region of origin: Sinnoh
Characteristic: Proud of its power
Ribbons: None
I would side with the Manaphy not being legitimate. While it's true that the 4th gen event isn't shiny locked, getting a shiny Manaphy involves trading it to a save file where the egg will actually hatch shiny. Knowing this information is extremely difficult and a massive effort to do without RNG manipulation, involving soft resetting a gen 4 game file to trade with every time the Manaphy doesn't hatch correctly. This doesn't look like an RNG manipulated Pokemon at all at any rate, as an RNG manipulation would likely also take the time to obtain flawless IVs.

Unless you can tie this Pokemon to someone who took that effort, I'd say it's far more likely this was generated or altered to be shiny.
 
I did get the Manaphy in gen 6, yes.

I would side with the Manaphy not being legitimate. While it's true that the 4th gen event isn't shiny locked, getting a shiny Manaphy involves trading it to a save file where the egg will actually hatch shiny. Knowing this information is extremely difficult and a massive effort to do without RNG manipulation, involving soft resetting a gen 4 game file to trade with every time the Manaphy doesn't hatch correctly. This doesn't look like an RNG manipulated Pokemon at all at any rate, as an RNG manipulation would likely also take the time to obtain flawless IVs.

Unless you can tie this Pokemon to someone who took that effort, I'd say it's far more likely this was generated or altered to be shiny.
Is it possible for someone to check if it was altered or not?
 

Sondero

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Is it possible for someone to check if it was altered or not?
You could check the exact IVs and the PID (or have someone else check that for you) then use RNG reporter to see if the PID and IV spread could legally be generated. But that wouldn't prove that it's legitimate, only legal. If you want my personal advide, I recommend that you just assume it's hacked and move on.
 
Hello there! I stumbled upon this thread and while it helped me pin down which Pokémon out of my WT ones are hacked or not, there are still two that don't "seem" to be hacked but I wanted to have someone else's opinion on them anyway. I like them very much and wanted to send them to my Moon, but I don't feel like risking it if there's something odd about these two.

Language: English
Species: Milotic
OT: Ramon
ID No.: 11781
IVs: 6IV
EVs (optional): 252 HP, 252 Def, 4 Atk, 2 Sp. Def
Ability: Marvel Scale
Pokemon's name: Milotic
Gender: Female
Level: 100
Pokeball: Dream Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon?: Yes
Moves: Recover, Mirror Coat, Ice Beam, Scald
Nature: Bold
Region of origin: Kalos
Characteristic: Mischievous
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): It's stated on her profile that she was an egg hatched at Lumiose City on 6/9/2014.

Language: German
Species: Whimsicott
OT: Sakati.TV
ID No.: 18982
IVs: 6IV
EVs (optional): 252 HP, 252 Sp. Def, 6 Def
Ability: Prankster
Pokemon's name: Elfun
Gender: Female
Level: 100
Pokeball: Dusk Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon?: Yes
Moves: Substitute, Protect, Leech Seed, Toxic
Nature: Calm
Region of origin: Hoenn
Characteristic: Mischievous
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): It's stated on her profile that she was an egg hatched at the Battle Resort on 8/8/2015.
 
Hello there! I stumbled upon this thread and while it helped me pin down which Pokémon out of my WT ones are hacked or not, there are still two that don't "seem" to be hacked but I wanted to have someone else's opinion on them anyway. I like them very much and wanted to send them to my Moon, but I don't feel like risking it if there's something odd about these two.

Language: English
Species: Milotic
OT: Ramon
ID No.: 11781
IVs: 6IV
EVs (optional): 252 HP, 252 Def, 4 Atk, 2 Sp. Def
Ability: Marvel Scale
Pokemon's name: Milotic
Gender: Female
Level: 100
Pokeball: Dream Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon?: Yes
Moves: Recover, Mirror Coat, Ice Beam, Scald
Nature: Bold
Region of origin: Kalos
Characteristic: Mischievous
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): It's stated on her profile that she was an egg hatched at Lumiose City on 6/9/2014.

Language: German
Species: Whimsicott
OT: Sakati.TV
ID No.: 18982
IVs: 6IV
EVs (optional): 252 HP, 252 Sp. Def, 6 Def
Ability: Prankster
Pokemon's name: Elfun
Gender: Female
Level: 100
Pokeball: Dusk Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon?: Yes
Moves: Substitute, Protect, Leech Seed, Toxic
Nature: Calm
Region of origin: Hoenn
Characteristic: Mischievous
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): It's stated on her profile that she was an egg hatched at the Battle Resort on 8/8/2015.
Uh, I don't see anything wrong with either pokemon so for all intents and purposes they're at the very least legal. But if I were to give you an personal advice, it would be this: always assume that shinies, or just valuable pokemon in general, you get off Wonder Trade (which, I assume, is where you got these pokemon from) are hacks since you cannot trackdown their legitimacy.
 
Hello there! I stumbled upon this thread and while it helped me pin down which Pokémon out of my WT ones are hacked or not, there are still two that don't "seem" to be hacked but I wanted to have someone else's opinion on them anyway. I like them very much and wanted to send them to my Moon, but I don't feel like risking it if there's something odd about these two.

Language: English
Species: Milotic
OT: Ramon
ID No.: 11781
IVs: 6IV
EVs (optional): 252 HP, 252 Def, 4 Atk, 2 Sp. Def
Ability: Marvel Scale
Pokemon's name: Milotic
Gender: Female
Level: 100
Pokeball: Dream Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon?: Yes
Moves: Recover, Mirror Coat, Ice Beam, Scald
Nature: Bold
Region of origin: Kalos
Characteristic: Mischievous
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): It's stated on her profile that she was an egg hatched at Lumiose City on 6/9/2014.

Language: German
Species: Whimsicott
OT: Sakati.TV
ID No.: 18982
IVs: 6IV
EVs (optional): 252 HP, 252 Sp. Def, 6 Def
Ability: Prankster
Pokemon's name: Elfun
Gender: Female
Level: 100
Pokeball: Dusk Ball
Shiny?: Yes
Pentagon?: Yes
Moves: Substitute, Protect, Leech Seed, Toxic
Nature: Calm
Region of origin: Hoenn
Characteristic: Mischievous
Ribbons: None
Other comments (optional): It's stated on her profile that she was an egg hatched at the Battle Resort on 8/8/2015.
The Whimiscott is hacked. The OT (Sakati.TV) comes from a livestreamer who has previously given away hacked Pokemon.