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USING A 'POKÉMON GO' BOT MAY GET YOU PERMANENTLY BANNED

Game maker Niantic, the developer behind mobile sensation Pokémon Go, is now issuing permanent bans to players who violate its terms of service. Though TOS violations vary, these bans appear to be directed at cheaters who rely on GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques that allow Pokémon Go to be played beyond the realm of Niantic's design parameters. For instance, GPS spoofing lets you trick a smartphone into thinking you're located in a different country, allowing you to catch pokémon that may be more easily located in that area or restricted to certain regions. Bots, on the other hand, let you automate portions of the game.

It's still unclear how Niantic is going about detecting the use of GPS spoofing, emulators, bots, and other hacks. A number of threads on Reddit's Pokémon Go developer community, where much of the discussion around these techniques takes place, have popped up in the last two days. It seems users cannot seem to lock down what exactly results in a ban and how Niantic's internal systems may be seeking out cheating behavior.

All hard-banned accounts will see one of these two screens:


You might get this from Niantic :

 "This includes, but is not limited to: falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon Go clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software," the note reads. "Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone. We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimization and fine tuning of our anti-cheat system."



"Our servers are humbled by your incredible response"/"failed to get game data from server" has still been unable to log in. It has been 12-24 hours for a lot of people so far. This ban is not the same as a softban, they did add new softbans recently see below. Also it seems to only be botters who have had this happen, and most botters still have not been banned. Finally, no this is not a server issue. Yes you can get this message during server errors, but if you get it only on one account for an extended duration, it is a ban.

It appears users have been receiving various levels of bans for quite some time.

To clear up confusion there are several types of bans:

Soft IP ban Ban the IP but not the account (not permanent). All accounts on the ip will be unable to see pokestops and pokemon. Usually goes away after 20 mins of not accessing the pogo api from that IP. There is a solution here just restart your modem to get new IP from ISP, It works If you have Dynamic IP. but you have STATIC IP your IP will be the same.


Hard IP ban The IP has been permanently banned. This happened to cloud providers like AWS. You can't log in or access pogo at all from one of these IPs. Never goes away.


Soft ban Account specific and temporary, you can log in but the game doesn't work in some way. There are now multiple types of softbans: (time to go away varies)

  1. Spinning pokestops gives nothing, and pokemon always run on the first ball. (this was the original softban makikita nyo sa bot nakatakas)
  2. Spinning pokestops is fine, but pokemon always run. (added today)
  3. All pokestops say out of range, and no pokemon ever spawn (added recently)
  4. You can catch pokemon fine, but can not spin pokestops
  5. People have reported various other types of softbans which may be per account or ip

 Softban example  No Pokestop No Pokemon Nearby

Hard ban Permanent ban (Can not log in what-so-ever, no known cases of it going away). This is the new ban that botters have been getting. If you get a login error, it does not mean you are banned for sure, but if you were botting or teleporting and you can't log in on that account from any IP, and you can use other accounts - good chance thats a hardban.

But this new permanent ban has the community advising its members not to use third-party application programming interfaces (APIs). 


Many of the makers of the game's most popular APIs have been sent cease and desist letters from The Pokémon Company over the course of the last two weeks as well. So it appears the company is increasing its efforts to crackdown on the kind of Pokémon Go playing it deems unsavory.


The company includes a link to an appeal form for trying to reverse a ban if it was issued by mistake.

Visit : https://support.pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/hc/en-us/articles/225146308



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