Pokemon Go cheaters will be ‘shadowbanned’

Cheating to get a nudge in Pokémon? You might want to stop.

The game’s developer Niantic on Thursday showed that the cheaters will be “shadowbanned” which means that they are only able to the most common Pokémon. So, you’ll be able to Pidgey, Magikarp, and Geodude, but don’t expect to catch a Pikachu, Bulbasaur, or other rares.

“We are committed to maintaining the status of Pokémon and our community of Trainers,” Niantic wrote in a Reddit post. “People who violate the Pokémon Go terms and Conditions of the Service (including the use of third-party software and other cheats) can have their gameplay affected and may not be able to all the Pokémon around them.”

In some cases, Niantic will send you a warning (like this one) if it detects that you are cheating, according to users on Reddit. The developer does not, however, seem to inform people that they are shadowbanned. Of course, will not take long for an avid Pokémon Go player to figure out that they are marked, though.

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“While we can’t discuss it with the systems implemented, we can confirm that we are continually refining new ways to ensure the integrity of the game in order to keep it fun and fair for all Trainers,” Niantic said.

Niantic has allegedly employed other anti-cheating measures in the past, including a “soft ban” that prevents people from catching Pokémon for a day. One player had his legit 24 hour Pokémon Go marathon blocked because the game thought he was cheating.

If you’re new to the game, make sure to check out Pokemon: How to start and Catch ‘Em All.

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