There are several types of warnings and bans in Pokemon Go, as follows – Activity Warnings, 3rd Party Application Warning, Softban, Shadow ban, and Permanent ban.
Some players are confused when receiving one of these warnings/bans, not knowing the reason or the cause. For this reason, I will explain why some of the players are getting these notifications.
Warnings in Pokemon Go and what’s the cause
This is usually from using an application that logs into your account such as an IV Checker. This does not affect gameplay, but if you continue to use what caused your warning its possible, you will get a shadowban.
3rd Party Application Warning
This warning pops-up when the system has detected an application on your device that is not allowed (blacklisted). This does not affect gameplay and is usually caused by some Fake GPS application. Also, it doesn’t target GPS spoofers but targets accounts used by third-party apps such as IV checkers, online trackers, and bots.
Pokemon Go Bans and the reason
GPS Spoofing, traveling and traveling too fast (while in a moving car) or sharing accounts, will get you soft banned, up to 12 hours. 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
- The limit is 3500 Pokemon/7 days on a rolling period
- Players can catch Raid Bosses if soft banned
- Stored quest rewards will “flee”
- Players can spin PokeStops
- Players can start an encounter and then catch the Pokemon later (3-4 hours)
NOTE: There is a Daily/Weekly catch limit in the game which is 1,000 Pokemon per day or 7,000 per week. This so-called “Catch Ban” doesn’t affect Shadow Pokemon. Yes, you can actually catch 1k Pokemon per day using Gotcha/Go Plus and playing in a bigger city for 7-8 hours.
Shadow Bans are where you can not see rare Pokemon. You can still hatch eggs, spin stops and catch Pokemon you can see and does not affect Raids.
This is usually caused by using a 3rd party app like an IV Checker (IVFly, IV Go, AliG IV, Blossoms Pokemon Go Manager) that logs into your account. It can also be caused by botting – there have been some reports of this happening because of spoofing (but not entirely verified).
The reason for this ban is the same as Shadowban, but this time your account is locked for a limited time (1-2months). If you’re temporarily banned, the following message will pop up every time you’ll try to log in – “Failed to Get Game Data.”
And last, we have the permanent ban. This is where you can no longer log in. Typically it cannot retrieve data from the server. Bots cause this.
I know that most of the Pokemon Go players are already familiar with these warnings and bans, and probably some of them have already received at least one, but this can be very helpful for the newcomers.
I don’t encourage players to use specific apps to spoof/cheat. Now, Niantic is very strict with their policy of catching Pokemon, and you might receive one of the above-mentioned warnings or bans immediately.