In your search for Pokemon Gameshark codes on the Internet I am confident that you have run across many sites that promote codes (either Gameshark or regular) that promise spectacular results which will give you Pokemon beyond the original ones (aka Pokegods), or items which can do great things, or even evolve other Pokemon into Pokegods. Far more often than not, these codes are fraudulent. The best case scenario would be that the code would simply not do anything great, the worst case being that the code would corrupt your saved game. On this page I will attempt to identify the tell-tale signs of a fake code, as well as some of the rumours that have been widespread about Pokemon.
Here is a list of some things that may suggest that the codes you have found are not genuine:
-In the case of Gameshark codes for gaining a new pokemon or item, if there are multiple codes that need to be entered then this code is probably a fake. Any code that will give you an item or pokemon will only take one code slot to use. Multiple codes are necessary for fake codes so that they can modify other data and give the illusion that the code is geniune. This can be accomplished by modifying palette data in order to change the colour of a current pokemon, resulting in a "pokegod". A pokegod such as "Charcolt" (there are infinite made up names for these) may simply be a Dragonite with palette data modified to make him red. It may also be used to change the name of an item/pokemon so that you may believe that you have found a new item/pokemon. In the case of such codes as the mist stone code, all that is being accomplished is giving a fire stone in the first slot, then modifying the name. By the nature of the Gameshark multiple codes are required in order to change that much data.
- If the code/cheat requires that you perform an incredibly long, difficult task that seems illogical then it is likely a fake. A good example is the popular code for gaining Mew in red/blue/yellow, where the user is supposed to not board the SS Anne, rather get the cut technique from a friend. The user must then play the game forward until he gains the strength and surf HMs and the ability to use them. Then return to the SS Anne dock and surf right until he finds a truck, then he must use strength and move it. Supposedly, underneath is Mew. This code relies on it being so long and complex, that very few would test the code if sent in by a visitor. Also, due to this method's complexity, those who do the ‘secret' and find it doesn't work may believe that they made a mistake somewhere. It also relies on the very curious truck which does exist and can be found right of the SS Anne. My guess is that it was left over by the programmers, but any feedback on this would be appreciated.
- A clear sign that a code is fake is the professionalism of the page on which it was found. If the page is very crude and disorganized, then it is likely that the creator does not have a good understanding of the game. Far more codes for pokegods and mist stones are found on very badly written pages than on better organized ones.
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