A couple of glitches may have cheated Pokémon Go players out of their legendary Pokémon.
Niantic introduced Raid Battles, especially strong Pokémon that appear at Gyms and require a team of coordinated players to take down, to the game a little over a month ago. Once a Raid Battle Pokémon is defeated, each participating player gets a certain number of Premier Balls to try and catch it, with the number of Premier Balls varying based on which team holds the Gym, how much each team as a whole contributed, and how much the individual player contributed.
However, as fans had suspected and Niantic has now confirmed, players have been cheated out of receiving the proper number of Premier Balls.
There are two separate glitches at play. First of all, players who have assigned Pokémon to the Gym where the battle took place should have been receiving two additional Premiere Balls per fight, and these were entirely absent.
The second glitch affects every single player and every single Raid Battle. As fans over on the Reddit community TheSilphRoad suspected and Niantic finally confirmed, it turns out that—barring a critical capture—it’s actually impossible to catch a Raid Pokémon with your last remaining Premier Ball. Unless the tiny chance of a critical capture kicks in, the Pokémon will always break out and flee, meaning that players essentially have one less Premiere Ball than the screen shows.
To make up for this latter glitch, Niantic has set Pokémon Go to temporarily grant each player an extra Premier Ball. To be clear, the glitch isn’t fixed—this isn’t a reward to make up for it, but just a temporary workaround so that players receive the “correct” number of Premier Balls. The last throw will still always fail.
Pokémon GO will temporarily grant an extra Premier Ball in the Bonus Challenge.
See background on Known Issues: https://t.co/cJaj43xZtE.
— Niantic Support (@NianticHelp) August 8, 2017
As Niantic has shown, these glitches aren’t the only ones currently plaguing Pokémon Go. A recently published list shows that Niantic is aware that everything from players using Potions to dodging in a Gym battle can crash the game, and that “Error” banners and players being stuck on the loading screen are far too common. The full list can be read on the official Pokémon Go support page.
At the moment, players can console themselves with the knowledge that Niantic has at least acknowledged the issue. Hopefully, a fix is on the way.
Source: Niantic Support