UPDATE Pokemon Go Three-Strike Policy and Methods of Cheating

Niantic revealed their ‘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 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.

The following is recognized by Niantic as cheating:

  • Using modified or unofficial software
  • Playing with multiple accounts (one account per player)
  • Using tools or techniques to alter or falsify your location (“spoofing”)
  • Sharing accounts
  • Intentionally exploiting a bug to gain a reward
  • Abusing refund policy and mechanism
  • Buying or selling in-game currency or items on third-party platforms
  • Buying/selling/trading accounts
  • Any other activity that is in violation of Niantic’s Terms of Service

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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  1. So you can’t have multiple accounts lmfao these f****** tools take this game to serious. Stop cheating guys or we will ban you for life. OMG my life is over they kicked me off there game. What ever will I do now that I can’t throw balls and spin pokestops? Niantic get over yourself it’s not that d*** serious like you make it out to be it’s a d*** game. Some people can’t go out and catch certain pokemon, can’t ever find a group to raid with in their town and so forth. So what if people spoof or cheat as you call it. It’s a god d*** game what games dont have cheats? You don’t hear the creators of GTA making posts like if you cheat to get more ammo or use codes to remove the cops off you then you will be banned for life lmfao.

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