Yesterday, several Reddit users claimed to have spotted an Articuno above a gym in Ohio. Supposedly, it was fake, but actions taken by Niantic since the discovery seem to prove otherwise – alongside a video posted proving the existence of the legendary.
The Pokemon Go developers decided that whatever the reasons, it was only fair to take action and remove the Legendaries from the trainers’ account, and since then issued the following statement to IGN:
We recently noticed that a few Legendary Pokemon got into a few accounts when they shouldn’t have, To preserve the game’s integrity and as a measure of fairness, we have rectified the situation and revoked the legendary Pokemon from the Trainers’ accounts.
It’s probably for the best. They removed it to ensure balance isn’t broken among the players, and that fairness is kept. Although the players who owned the Articuno claim to have actually been given it by Niantic as “an apology,” Niantic is adamant that this isn’t the case, and that some form of glitch or hack is at fault.
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Whether a glitch or hack was at fault or not, it still wouldn’t be fair if only one account in the entire world had access to a legendary, with everyone else being left out, would it?
It’s good to know that Niantic takes these sort of matters seriously. We’ve given them a fair amount of criticism over the weeks, so it’s only fair we congratulate them for a problem well solved.