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Types of Warnings and Bans in Pokemon Go, Here is Everything you Need to Know

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

Activity Warning

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:

  1. Any Pokemon will instantly flee when you try to catch it
  2. 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).

Temporary Ban

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.”

Permanent Ban

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.

Dejan Kacurov

Hi, gamers! You can call me Mr. DComplex. I'm a gamer, a hardcore gamer. My favorite genres are Action RPG and MMORPG. At the moment I'm using my PC as my only gaming platform, but soon I might get a new PS4 from Angel. Update - Angel did get me a PS4, oh wait, it's the PS4 PRO 1TB!!! Much love bro!


  1. Niantic must have a different ban now I can play but I catch find a shiny for nothing I also can’t find the shiny ones on gyms I just went through 42 raid passes and still no shiny giratina can you help me they say odds are the same for everyone obviously not

  2. There’s a lot of people spoofing how can you stop them from spoofing I play the game right I expect other people to do the same it’s just not fair that people spoof

    1. you can’t. deal with the fact that some people aren’t going to play the game right. just because you play the game right doesn’t mean everyone has to, thats childish. spoofing is useful in myriad of ways, and people make extra money from spoofing to trade pokemon bought on ebay/amazon.

  3. Ok not sure what is going on I can catch Pokémon still but I can not collect items or new research from pokestops????? Never experienced this ever. It’s been lasting for the last couple of hours any suggestions.

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