The Watchdog Cheat Detection system is Hypixel's custom anti-cheat system. The Watchdog works in a way to actively collect data about a user and use that information to determine whether that player, or other players, hacks. Every 30 to 120 minutes, Watchdog automatically performs "ban waves", which bans any suspected hackers from the Hypixel Network. This is so bans happen usually when the player is offline, so they can not continue hacking on another account. The system is unique because it can catch hackers that may normally seem undetectable. The system runs on a constantly learning computer system, where it gathers information about the difference between what is a hacked client and what is a regular modded or vanilla client. Using this, Watchdog can constantly keep up with any new hacks that are being developed, meaning that Watchdog is always getting better over time; Watchdog gathers and analyses data on 100's of users randomly at the same time and determines whether a person is cheating or not. When Watchdog detects a user cheating, it adds them to a queue known as a Banwave. If you were banned by watchdog your ban message will include: [WATCHDOG CHEAT DETECTION].If you use any modifications and you would like to see what is allowed, please see the Allowed Modifications thread on the forums.
You can report someone by typing in one of the following commands:
- /watchdogreport (username) (hack 1) (hack 2] (hack 3)
- /wdr (username) (hack 1) (hack 2] (hack 3)
Currently, you can only report three hacks for each report. Every time you report someone, you should always report them at hypixel.net/report (type in URL)
You should use this format when creating your ban appeal on the forums. The easiest way to do this is by copying and pasting the text below into a new thread with the title "[Watchdog] Ban Appeal" in the ban appeal section. The format is as follows:
IGN (in game name)*: Screenshot of ban screen: Why were you banned?*: List every modification, macro and/or clients you were you using*: Have you been banned from Hypixel before?*: Why should we unban or unmute you?*:
Note: Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
Appeals sent in any other way (e.g. private message, email, on this wikia etc) will be directed back to the appeals section here with no further information. We can only deal with appeals for the server in the appeals section on the forums.
- Prior to its release, Hypixel nicknamed it "The Beast".
- During Watchdog's early phases, it only completed ban waves every 24 hours. This has been changed to much more frequent waves recently.