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Pokemon Go Banhammer in Action Again, New Ban Waves Sent

Trainers, Pokemon Go and Niantic’s Banhammer is thirsty for spoofers, and this time they are serious.

According to reports, Pokemon Go and Niantic are targeting spoofers who use PGSHARP, an application that can change the location of a player’s phone. The app offers subscribers to use 2 phones, auto walk, enhance throws, quick catch, skip animations, auto transfer on catch, teleport, Raid and Gym assistant, Battle assistant, and other actions that are violating Pokemon Go’s TOS.

The first ban wave went live yesterday, and reports are coming in saying that bans are coming in today as well.

As a reminder, there is a three-strike policy issued by Pokemon Go and Niantic. Here are the simple rules one must follow, so we could all enjoy the game.

Pokemon Go Three-Strike Policy

Strike 1: Warning

Disciplinary actions:

If this strike is issued, you will see a warning message within the Pokémon GO app informing you that we have detected cheating on your account.

In addition to this warning, your gameplay experience may be degraded for the duration of the warning, including but not limited to:

  • You may not be able to encounter rare Pokémon in the wild. These Pokémon may not appear on the map or on the Nearby Pokémon tracker.
  • You may be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.
  • You may not be able to participate in social actions with other Trainers such as trading Pokémon or sending Gifts.
Duration: This strike will last for approximately 7 days. After this period, your gameplay experience will fully be restored. If you do not remedy your behavior within or after the 7 day period, you will advance to the next strike.

Strike 2: Suspension

Disciplinary actions:

If your account is issued a second strike, you will temporarily lose access to your Pokémon GO account. When attempting to log into the game, you’ll be presented with a message stating that your account is suspended. You will not be able to bypass this message.

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

Strike 3: Termination

Disciplinary actions:

If you receive the first and second strikes and continue to cheat, your account will be permanently banned.

Duration: Permanent

Today is PGSHARP, and tomorrow is another third-party app that will be banned. Make sure to play fair.

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  1. I’ve never spoofed before but once I get my good pokemon transfered out I might start, might as well if Niantic doesn’t want to play fair why should we?

  2. People would play fair, if niantic was fair. The things she is doing lately have been disapproved by almost every player.
    Also, having another acc also violates the TOS but people still do it.

  3. I’ll admit it: i’m spoofing, but i have all of the reasons: i live in the middle of nowhere (my local erea has a total of 8 pokestops and 2 gyms,) i’m disabled and so is my mom, my financical condition is terrible, which means i don’t travel a lot (in fact my first time visiting an hotel was this january and i’m 21, almost 22), and the most reasonable reason: niantic dosn’t give a danm about the pokemon go community, let alone players that are disables/poor/live in the middle of nowhere, so if they want players to stop spoofing, they need to think about WHY some of them are spoofing

    1. Yep. Me too. If I’m suspended for 30 days then I’m done with PG. I spoof to one place and live there. I only spoof location. I don’t use other features. I enjoy being able to raid with more than 2 other players.

    2. I’m sorry to hear that. But two wrongs don’t make a right. A lot of players are disabling the app in support of rural/disabled players. Niantic is wrong on so many levels and they really don’t care about us. And like I said 2 wrongs don’t make a right, but I’m hoping people like you can continue to fly under the radar until there’s a solution fitting for both parties.GOOD LUCK

    3. A game designed for moving around and requires you to do so, it’s the main mechanic of the game! If you can’t move around then you shouldn’t be playing! Many of us live in rural areas so we collect what we can and we proceed according to the rules of this freemium game. No spoofing is a rule of their game, if you don’t adhere then your account should be blocked and binned and possibly set fire to. Terms and conditions, people…

    4. You can join international raid groups on Facebook. You friend them on FB and you can join with a raid invite from them. It’s not spoofing either.

  4. I have also seen though that some players are getting a 30 day ban without using any form of spoofing….not myself as i dont spoof, but on a Facebook page I belong to. She lost her account for 30 days even though she has never used a spoofer, not even Poke Genie.
    So I don’t know what Niantic is trying to pull, but they are not being fair.

  5. Awww this sucks. I have my main account where I don’t spoof but I have a second account where I like looking for 100IV shinies…. I’m not hurting anyone, just having fun so I’m sad to hear this. Let alone all the people that have legitimate reasons to spoof. Geez Niantic, just let people enjoy the game the way they want to.

  6. Yeah… I spoof… i know i shouldn’t but trying to Pokemon in a rural/small-town area is impossible. The game is definitely designed for big city peeps. I got hit with my first strike today for PGSharp, I deserve it so no real fuss on my part, BUT if Nianitic would balance the raiding system (someone suggested adding NPCs when you raid as a single person)… then spoofing wouldn’t be needed by me.

  7. Well there’s a right way and a wrong way to spoof. The wrong way is to use modified versions of the game. Which a lot of people use, because it is quick and easy. So obviously there will be many bans issued.

  8. Pretty sure they have a typo in their message, because “make sure to pay us” sounds more like niantic these days than “make sure to play fair”

  9. I’m wondering just what they’re looking for to consider it “spoofing”. There are times (especially indoors and/or if I’ve swapped to another open application) where I end up a distance away from my actual location (and I end up getting spawns before rubber banding back to my location) which could be considered “spoofing” by the letter of the term…if I end up getting warned or suspended for something like that (especially if I’m at home and get popped for it bouncing me around a small (say 2 block) area), the game is gone.

  10. I have been spoofing since 2017 and have never gotten a warning or a strike. So obviously this is BS. Or for those ultra abusers who auto join with 6 alt accounts to insta KO a gym. Ho, when COVID-19 was at it’s pinnacle height or when the next strain that comes along… do these money hungry f***s at Niantic expect me to catch that disease in exchange for a shiny Pikachu? H*** no, I will spoof and continue to spoof… From the SAFETY of my HOME, and the POS complaining and whining about spoofers are only complaining about it because they aren’t smart enough to do it themselves. Disgusting white knight sjw’s sit the fk down. I have the tightest hole on my block and all the boys wanna put it in me. I’m not going to RISK being RAPED outside in the middle of a field where a dragonite is. Ban me if you can find me, but they are more worried about raising the price of remote raid passes than catching spoofers. XOXO eat my hole hunty.

  11. Niantic are morons and I will explain why, they’ve caused numerous deaths since they introduced this game; car accidents, social life suicide, and a teen was murdered because he put his social media info on his buddy Pokemon for their nickname. But their concern is putting in resources to stop CHEATING? Why not cut out the middle-man of pgsharp or ipogo and have Niantic create their own in game joy stick to avoid these type of disasters so users don’t have to worry about someone sending postcards to Limited pokestops in rural areas and having creeps triangulate their position because they don’t spoof? How about that? Even league of legends implemented 3rd party software that was ‘bannable’ into their game and made those apps obsolete. The fact that Niantic isn’t doing that themselves probably means they made a deal with these 3rd party apps to skim money off the top instead of going after the head (pgsharp software creators) they are targeting the limbs (users). Moronic. If it wasn’t for spoofers 5 star raids would never get completed, and Niantic knows spoofers are what is keeping this game afloat. The anime ended after 25 years so it’s only a matter of time before this game circles the drain as well. Bite the hand that feeds you Niantic and you will find that it’s your game who ends up getting euthanized. PERIODT.

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