I had a look at my Gyarados's summary I just got him from trade and when I had a look at where he was from, it said a faraway place (I know what that means) and the date was 2018 (I was surprised about the year and I don't know the rest of the date) how is he from 2018? It's 2017 and time machines don't exist...

How is he from/ meet in 2018? It's really weird, is it a glitch or something?

  • It's an hacked Pokemon, that's why it has a future encounter date.
    – pinckerman
    Mar 27, 2017 at 11:53
  • OMG :( ok I am releaseing it but is the mega stone it has hacked or can I keep it? :0
    – user182891
    Mar 27, 2017 at 11:54
  • Safe to say the Mega Stone is also hacked in and not a legit obtained one. Or at the very least cloned from a real one.
    – MattR
    Mar 27, 2017 at 12:30

2 Answers 2


It likely means it was hacked into the game.

From a Faraway place is always related to event Pokemon, and the only event Gyarados were given away in Japan and South Korea, between 2014-2016.

Suffice to say, you have a hacked Pokemon. It will have no effect on your game or you unless you try to compete in an official tournament.

  • Is his mega stone still ok to keep?
    – user182891
    Mar 27, 2017 at 12:00
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    @Help That should be okay. It was likely hacked, but it's virtually impossible to prove.
    – SGR
    Mar 27, 2017 at 12:34

As a complement to @SGR's answer, the encounter date uses the 3DS's own date and time. If your 3DS's clock is set to say 2018, catching a pokemon will also say it was caught in 2018, even when you set the clock back to 2017.

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