down on sneaky players.
Photo: The Pokémon Company
If you think cheating is the easy way to get ahead
in Pokémon GO, think again.
just rolled out a new update that punishes cheaters by only
allowing them to catch lousy monsters.
What’s great about Pokémon GO is that you have to
get out to play it. You can’t just sit on your couch with a bag
of chips in one hand and your iPhone in the other if you want
to catch ’em all. But some sneaky players have found a way to
get around this.
and hacks, cheaters are able to spoof their location to
catch Pokémon that they would otherwise have to travel
miles to find. Others use them to find the precise location
of Pokémon that are more difficult to obtain.
But cheating isn’t the easy option
anymore. Niantic is finally cracking down on these “illicit”
practices, and those found to be doing it will suffer.
game’s latest update introduces a “shadowban” that prevents
cheaters from catching anything other than common Pokémon.
That means you’ll be able to get the likes of Pidgey and
Magikarp, but certainly no Pikachu.
committed to maintaining the state of Pokémon GO and our
community of Trainers,” Niantic explains in a post on
violate the Pokémon GO Terms of Service (including by using
third party software and other cheats) may have their gameplay
affected and may not be able to see all the Pokémon around
According to a post on
The Silph Road, a subreddit dedicated to the game, this is
the first time Niantic has started banning cheaters using an
automated system. It previously flagged guilty accounts for
some time, then banned them all in “large banwaves.”
“While we cannot discuss the systems implemented, we can
confirm that we are constantly refining new ways to ensure the
integrity of the game in order to keep it fun and fair for all
Trainers,” Niantic continued.
If you’re a Pokémon GO player who uses or
has used cheats in the past, it might be a good time to quit if
you want to continue enjoying the game and all it has to offer.