To participate in a Pokémon GO EX Raid, players must receive an invitation. Dedicated Pokémon GO player Rickey Yaneza, who received an invitation, showed up to a designated location hoping to catch the Legendary Mewtwo, expecting dozens of his fellow New York City Pokémon trainers to show up at the park – but when he arrived, only two other players were there. He was nervous that such a small group would fail. He fired up the Pokémon GO app, which said that 40 people were standing right next to him.
Yaneza believes these hidden players were “spoofing” – tricking Pokémon GO into thinking you’re in one location when you’re actually in another. That way, you can participate in activities across the globe from the comfort of your home. Since specific Pokémon are tied to specific locations, spoofers can also fill out their Pokédex with less effort than their non-cheating counterparts. To learn more about how hacking and spoofing affects Pokémon GO EX Raids, click here.