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I just link traded with a random person and I realized, after they traded a shiny Pokemon with me, I saw the same shiny Pokemon with the same level still in their pc box! I'm worried this person may have some how been cheating, but before I make assumptions, I would like to know if it is possible to have this happen. (Just to clarify, I saw at least 4 other duplicates in his trading window and possibly more.) Thank you in advance for the help!


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It is technically possible to have a Pokemon of the same breed, with the same moveset, name, IVs, etc. However, since it's a shiny Pokemon, he likely cloned them. It is considered cheating, so if that is the case the shiny you received may be considered illegitimate by others.

Here's some examples of cloning in different games:



Source: Friends cloning Pokemon and those links

Thank you so much!