Right now there's a scare going on within the Pokemon community. "Don't save inside Pokemon centres," people are warning each other. "Your save file might get borked." Well, about that...
Recently, there have been reports online of a serious Pokemon glitch that renders the game completely unplayable, as the avatar disappears and the second screen goes unresponsive:
Seems like a huge, potentially game-breaking problem, yeah? Accordingly, the story has gone on to be picked up by major video game news outlets, but here's the thing. That glitch you're seeing? It's not just some random game bug that Game Freak apparently missed. It is a glitch that occurs for people who utilise PKHeX, a popular save editing program used to cheat within the game to get better monsters. Which is why the creator of said cheat program is now calling everyone out:
Funny how people blame the games for a 'glitch' instead of stating they used an illicit tool. The tool caused the problem :)
— Kurt (@Kaphotics) November 22, 2016
"Saving changes in the latest [PKHex] .exe truncated player coordinates," Kaphotics, proprietor of PKHex, explained on Twitter. In layman's terms, Kaphotics confirmed to me that this Pokemon glitch is a known bug for his own program, though he notes that it was recently patched out on the 18th. Meaning that unless you've messed around with your Sun and Moon save file, you probably have nothing to worry about. (We reached out to Nintendo just in case, though.)
For that reason, I wouldn't feel too bad about any cheaters who got hit with this glitch. Fortunately, because they're likely using a cheating program, they can use it to revert back to a playable state. Hooray.