We’ve observed a huge spike of activity on popular botting and cheating forums today, with players reporting their bot accounts are getting removed, namely on Owned Core. The reports are still coming in, but evidence suggests that Niantic is currently massively banning bot accounts.

This is “The Third Big Ban Wave” we’ve observed this year:

  • 1st Ban Wave occured from January 20 to 24
  • 2nd Ban Wave occured from March 2 to 4
  • 3nd Ban wave is currently in effect, starting April 11

Evidence suggests that this ban wave mostly targets bot accounts, which are mostly used for maps, account leveling and other fradulent activity. There is some evidence that players who practice GPS spoofing were also affected, but it’s too early to confirm.

If you’re not familiar with the terminology, here’s a quick rundown:

  • A bot is an automated software that plays the game without player interaction. It allows for 24/7 gameplay and is often used for fradulent purposes. A bot needs one or more real Pokémon GO accounts to work.
  • A player practicing GPS spoofing is a player that uses apps which provide fake location information to play the game. These players are considered cheaters as they are breaking the in game Terms of Service.

According to threads on popular botting forums, it seems that targeted accounts were previously reported by players, often found in Gyms and were previously known for fradulent activity.

In other words, reporting bots and cheaters does have an effect on the outcome of these ban waves.

For legitimate players, this is the perfect time to claim Gyms in your area again. Although this ban wave is not specifically targeting spoofers, it’s evident that a number of high Gym spots are taken by bot accounts.

There has been no confirmation from Niantic, but we’re not expecting one, as past Ban Waves were also not announced or confirmed.

  • Unforgiveness (Unforgiveness)

    Good finally some more ways of Niantic banning those cheaters

    • KenKiri

      Theyve done a couple of these ban waves. Theyre useless. New bot accounts take hours to remake and they just keep at it. Spoofing goes unchecked so no stopping that. The game has become a joke where botters fight other botters.

  • Christiano Rupam Chowdhury

    Plz ban those cheaters.. we those who play struggling don’t get the rewards we deserve.. practically they steal it from us by spoofing..

    • No more spoofers!!!!!!!

      • Richmond Estes

        no more soflogo if they ban everything man

        • I’ll miss it like crazy when comes to that. But these spoofers have gone too far down here and it must stop.

    • Logan Xman

      Agreed. Tired of seeing my gym spots getting jacked when NO ONE is around. Or as soon as I raise a gym, it gets taken down immediately when, again, no one is around me.

      • XZ2017

        THE WAY to get REAL LEGALLY players ONLY… IF NIANTIC GET OUT ALL ILLEGAL USERS, WE ‘LL BE REAL POKETRAINERS… Without BOTs!!! ^^
        1ST TO QUIT.. http://Www.flameaccounts. XxX .. 2ND.. NOT LEGAL YOUTUBER PLAYERS AND FOR SURE ILLEGAL USERS OF POKEMON GO.
        AND 3RD.. Just for “IV” guides and apps Not “Niantic” Originals…
        Please:.. Put inside the PokemonGo Game.. ALL the RELEVANT INFORMATION THAT WE NEED TO BE THE BESTS TRAINERS WE COULD “WITHOUT”ANY OTHERS APPS.

        JUST ORIGINALS NIANTIC APPS PLEASE…

        … IN THE FUTURE WILL BE BETTER, … IF ALL POSSIBLE INFORMATION ABOUT ” IVs” GETS INSIDE THE POKEMON GO APP.
        THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.. My First time at POKEMONGOHUB. Hope for the Future. 12.04.2017

        • Geoff_4077

          caps lock broken?

        • Junior Carvalho

          They ban 1 we bring 10 more 😉

  • Philly Gannon

    If you cheat, you should expect to be banned eventually. people are not going to put up with cheating. The thing I do not understand, is the logic of cheating. why put time and effort into cheating to get something that will get you banned and therefor everything you cheated to get will be gone and all your time will have been wasted?

  • Matthew Pellman

    1st thing they need to do is the you tubers that are making money by spoofing in their videos ban them to shoe everyone it’s not ok to do

    • sameerah khan

      For 1 niantic dont give a shit about the youtubers who are spoofing second niantic should catch a wake up they not only banning bots and spoffers but legit players so how u expect them to keep they players happy and also for thous web sites that are selling accounts how can niantic allow that

  • Scary ass nigga

    Cry babies! You guys are pussies for real! It’s a video game!

  • Gian-Franco

    A whole ton of gyms in my area used to be all Level 10 maxed out..but now they are around 3-5. Its great

  • Wong Kok Boon

    I delete my pokemon go . I suspect someone using my account. Iphone battery is running low most of the times. Up to 13 hrs a day on game..
    After deleted the game, i still can see it in my setting. I wonder why?

  • Chris Bradford

    Good. Ban those cheating fucks. Permanently. They’re ruining the game for decent people.

  • Todd Robinshaw

    Definitely agree … for those who are cheating should be banned … for those off who are playing because we enjoy it are the ones losing out …

  • XZ2017

    THE WAY to get REAL LEGALLY players ONLY… IF NIANTIC GET OUT ALL ILLEGAL USERS, WE ‘LL BE REAL POKETRAINERS… Without BOTs!!! ^^
    1ST TO QUIT.. http://Www.flameaccounts. XxX .. 2ND.. NOT LEGAL YOUTUBER PLAYERS AND FOR SURE ILLEGAL USERS OF POKEMON GO.
    AND 3RD.. Just for “IV” guides and apps Not “Niantic” Originals…
    Please:.. Put inside the PokemonGo Game.. ALL the RELEVANT INFORMATION THAT WE NEED TO BE THE BESTS TRAINERS WE COULD “WITHOUT”ANY OTHERS APPS.

    JUST ORIGINALS NIANTIC APPS PLEASE…

    … IN THE FUTURE WILL BE BETTER, … IF ALL POSSIBLE INFORMATION ABOUT ” IVs” GETS INSIDE THE POKEMON GO APP.

    THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.. My First time at POKEMONGOHUB. Hope for the Future. 12.04.2017

  • Seth Andrew Teoxon Barredo

    so thats why all the lvl 10 valor gyms in my town was all taken down at the same time lol…good thing ..

    • Seth Andrew Teoxon Barredo

      but they are back up again to lvl 7 in just an hour lol

  • Rishi Tiwari

    Still waiting for the spoofing to stop!

    • khaled arabic

      me 2 bro i stop playing bc of spof .. i just wait to fix this bug

    • Ry

      It will never stop.

  • P-necio

    Third time, in my zone in Chile the spoofer called Jhonny21Plus still not banned, I spent real money in this Game but Niantic really dont care the spoofer problem ?

    • vision33r

      If you spent money, why do you care about gym? Makes zero sense. If you bought gold enjoy the game. Gym battle is for people to earn gold.

      • P-necio

        Few pokestops in my zone, always short of potions or revives 🙁

  • sameerah khan

    Niantic will lose all its players for doing shit for a fact spoofers not going coz niantic dose spoofing them self to confirm pokemon in places and as for bot and youtubers who play with gps should get they accounts taken down niantic is stupid people are sueing them how about ul sue the youtubers and sites that are selling pokemon accounts

  • Henray Vicio

    I hope that would come true….for all these months I’ve stopped playin POGO coz spoofers claim all gyms in our area ….and Niantic made no ….big deal with cheaters….what a waste of time

  • Charrigly

    Think my account got banned can’t log in today in definitely not a bot played for 6 months

  • Charrigly

    And I’m not a bot

  • Charrigly

    If it did i will delete the game 4 eva

  • mau jau

    confirmed ! got banned yesterday @ lvl33!

  • vision33r

    Cheaters can’t ruin the fun of people not cheating. There’s nothing stopping you from playing the game fairly and getting powerful Pokemons to take out bots in the gym. There’s no such Pokemon that is invincible. Anybody that whines about cheaters just suck at playing the game and looking to blame somebody for their own lack of knowledge of the game.