Pokémon Sword and Shield players recently discovered an exploit they can use to inflate their competitive rankings, and the Pokémon Company is now threatening to ban anyone who doesn’t stop doing it.
The exploit revolves around quitting an online match right before you lose by holding down the power button on the Switch.
It was first popularised by a tweet from user Ka_Cr_He that went viral on 30 March and was subsequently picked up on the gaming forum ResetEra. Players who get the timing just right won’t lose any points for their competitive ranking. Worse, though, is that the players who won don’t earn any points, either.
Sword and Shield’s competitive versus mode is broken up into individual series that change roughly every month.
As a result, rage quitters who successfully use the exploit are stealing more than just bragging rights.