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Pokemon Go New Three-Strike Cheating Policy

Niantic revealed their new ‘Three-Strikes and you’re out’ cheating policy, and it looks like a player will have three chances to change their way of playing before getting permanently banned in Pokemon Go.

As of today, July 19, 2018, there are three stages/strikes before a player (cheater/spoofer) gets a permanent ban – warning, suspension and termination. Each strike serves as a warning and Niantic created this policy in order for a player to ‘learn from the mistakes and change the way of playing.’

In addition, these players are not always given the chance to come back and play all over again. As Niantic says, some misbehaviors may result in an instant permaban.

Pokemon Go First Strike – WARNING

Disciplinary Actions

If this strike is issued, you will see a warning message within the Pokemon Go app informing you that we have detected cheating on your account. This is also known as the Softban.

What is Softban?

GPS Spoofing, traveling and traveling too fast (while in a moving car) or sharing accounts, will get you soft banned.

There are two ways to check if you’ve been soft banned:

  • Any Pokemon will instantly flee when you try to catch it
  • Players can’t loot from PokeStops

In addition to this warning, your gameplay experience may be degraded in the following ways for the duration of the warning:

  • You may not be able to encounter rare Pokemon in the wild. These Pokemon may not appear on the map or on the Nearby Pokemon tracker.
  • You may be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.

This strike will last for approximately 7 days. After this period, your gameplay experience will fully be restored.

Pokemon Go Second Strike – SUSPENSION

Disciplinary Actions

If your account is issued a second strike, you will temporarily lose access to your Pokemon Go account. When attempting to log into the game, you’ll be presented with a message stating that your account is suspended.

This strike will last for approximately 30 days. After that period, your account access will be restored.

Pokemon Go Third Strike – TERMINATION

Failing to change your ‘style’ of playing Pokemon Go and violating Pokemon Go Terms of Service and Trainer Guidelines will lead to a permaban!

I don’t encourage players to use specific apps to spoof/cheat. Now, Niantic is very strict with their policy and the rules are there for a reason. Try not to break them and you’ll be safe!

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