We’ve observed a rising number of reports on reddit and Facebook that Niantic is finally cracking down on Pokemon GO bots. This move comes as no surprise, as players have been complaining about GPS spoofers and botters for weeks. Niantic has been fairly idle on the subject for weeks, so seeing some abusive players getting bans is good news for everyone who plays the game fairly.

A Pokemon GO player from Brazil tweeted 12 hours ago to John Hanke, Niantic CEO, with a report that there are incredibly strong high level Pokemon trainers in Brazil, even though the game launched officially just hours before.

As Hanke replies, bans are coming and we’re not shedding any tears over it. We’ve received multiple e-mails from Australian players claiming that bots are ruining the normal game play. Aussies, rejoice, justice will be served.

Pokemon GO Bots are being blocked

Pokemon GO Bots blocked and players are getting banned
Pokemon GO Bots blocked and players are getting banned

A reddit user (/u/bottomset) reported a screenshot that allegedly shows an in game ban screen, but as comments on the post explain it is indeed fake. Although Niantic is working on fixing the bot problem, a large scale anti bot measure is yet to be implemented.


Another reddit user reported that certain Pokemon GO bots have been blocked completely by recent changes to the tracking system. Here’s what /u/Derto_ wrote:

Hello, travelers! Not too long ago Niantic have changed tracking system. Well, I was thinking how bots are going to work now? I have downloaded some bots to test them out if they acrually got banned. I chose 3 different bots. Bot #1 said that it didn’t find any pokestops near me, however I chose Santa Monica as a location. Bot #2 said the same thing as Bot #1. Bot #3 just started restarting every second because it couldn’t find any pokemon near. Weird, huh? I have tested this with my friend’s computer and he has the same thing happening. I guess, bots do not work anymore. Does this mean tha

t bots have been banned, or will they work as soon as they will make an update? Hopefully not.

PS: This might be just me, so don’t hate me if I’m wrong. 🙂

The Silph Road subbredit has even are more reports on bots getting blocked and abusive players getting banned, so if you’re interested in this topic feel free to explore there.

We might be just on the end of the Golden Age for Pokemon GO bots. Finally.

John Hanke explains PokeVision Shutdown

Yesterday we’ve seen another surprise from Niantic. Hanke published a blog post named Update on Maintaining and Running the Pokémon GO Service on the official Pokemon GO blog. Hanke went on to explain the reasoning behind the shutdown of all third party trackers and map scanners. As explained, the trackers were generating too much load on their infrastructure and were a major cause of Latin America launch being delayed. Hanke even provided a graph illustrating the difference before and after the shutdown.

Pokemon GO Server resources usage before and after third party scanners were shut down
Pokemon GO Server resources usage before and after third party scanners were shut down

Some players were disgruntled as Niantic blamed third party services for in game problems again, but Hanke remedied the anger by noting that they’re listening to community feedback and working on a solution for the in game Nearby tracker:

“We value feedback from our community. We have heard feedback about the Nearby feature in the game and are actively working on it.” – John Hanke, source


  • rhett

    What they did was change the base API they used which is used in every one of the hacks and bots. That’s why most or none of them work anymore.

  • Jan

    From Aus here, the bots are ruining the gyms here where i live for sure. Some are running the gyms with insane stats. Just near my place, there are 3 gyms not too far apart. 1 player with 2 logins almost always has these gyms covered with extremely high level Dragonite 2902 CP, Garados 2244 CP and Lapras 2343 CP and thats just the main account. Other account has similar stats as well. How possibly has he managed to get them all 3 to those stats is suspicious? I’d provide the name if we could submit these.

  • Mike

    Hey Jan, I’m from Germany and currently lvl26. I have a 2,5k Dragonite(could level it to 2,7k) – a 2036 Garados (max for my lvl), too. And I still have 300k stardust to use. So I am sure the guy is not botting or cheating. Could just be a legit player..

  • Jason

    Did PoGo come out in Aus a while after Germany, though? We have plenty here in America with high levels (Insanely high, by the standards of a guy, me, who works a lot of overtime and doesn’t get to play often). But I do believe Australia didn’t get it at the same time as others.

  • Finally they are doing something. It’s impossible to compete with cheaters, who can reach +30lvl in less than one week:/