Getting one million Pokemon Go experience points in 24 hours is a pretty ambitious goal, especially when the game assumes you’re cheating.
One of the more ambitious Pokemon Go players out there has been working hard to try and break some big milestones within the game. He doesn’t get anything special for doing so, just bragging rights, extremely sore calves, and a lot of digital creatures.
Nevertheless, Jimmy Derocher has previously managed to rack up a total of one million experience points within Pokemon Go over the course of a single weekend’s worth of playing. Given you don’t always earn that much for catching Pokemon or checking in at PokeStops, one million experience points requires some careful planning, lots of XP boosting via items, and a lot of dedication.
He recently decided to break his own goal by attempting the extremely ambitious task of earning one million experience points in a single day.
“The most epic PGO experience grind in Austin, TX to date. Expecting people from all over to show up, rain or shine! Take advantage of 10 lures for 24 hours straight and catch that Dragonite you’ve always been looking for. All 24hr will be livestreamed on Twitch (http://twitch.tv/xnosity) – 25% of all stream donations will go to charity (split evenly between World Vision and Austin Pets Alive),” reads a description on a Facebook page for his event.
However, the game’s developer, Niantic Labs, probably didn’t think that anyone out there would go to such crazy lengths to play its game. As a results, Derocher was unable to accomplish his million-XP attempt this weekend, as he was stymied by the game’s anti-cheating efforts—which assumed his massive experience gains were a player (or bot) attempting to exploit the game.
Right around the 600,000 XP mark—his thirteenth consecutive hour of playing—Derocher found that he was unable to catch any Pokemon no matter how many different Pokeballs he threw or tricks he used.
“Niantic Labs recently implemented an anti-botting policy becoming more well-known to players as a ‘soft-ban’. More or less, the policy is a 24 hour ‘cheating prevention’ tool which stops you from getting more XP than should be possible,” Derocher told Kotaku.
Derocher was still able to rack up experience from various nearby PokeStops—just no Pokemon, which effectively killed his chances to hit one million experience points in a day. Though he was able to raise around $50–60 for charity from donations to his livestream of the marathon, he thinks he could have hit anywhere from five to ten times that amount if he was able to continue for the entire day’s worth of time.
For more, check out Pokemon Go: How to Get Started and Catch ‘Em All.