Faking your GPS location in Pokemon Go could get you soft-banned

You might be tempted to hack together a fake GPS location, but doing so can get you soft-banned from the game.


You might be tempted to hack together a fake GPS location to catch more Pokemon and stock up on more supplies, especially if you live in a rural area. But you probably shouldn't. According to a report on GameSpot, GPS spoofing can get you soft-banned from Pokemon Go.

A few Reddit users took one for the team and tested GPS spoofing to see how a soft ban would affect their Pokemon Go experience. User "ur_0" found that a number of features get turned off: you can't stock up on items at Pokestops; you won't be able to battle at or claim gyms; and most severely, Pokemon will shrug off any ball you throw at it, no matter how weak they are before you attempt capture.

User "TPMJB" mentioned that soft bans only last two or three hours. No big deal, right? Not at first, but no one knows how many soft bans you're allowed before Niantic cuts you off permanently.

Spoof with caution, or better yet, refrain from spoofing at all.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    July 13, 2016 1:04 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Faking your GPS location in Pokemon Go could get you soft-banned

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      July 13, 2016 1:11 PM

      Things that should surprise nobody.

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        July 13, 2016 1:36 PM

        And yet thousands will doubtlessly take to forums and social media to express their indignation over their bans

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          July 13, 2016 1:48 PM

          it was uncertainty in the GPS calculations that caused it to think I was 100 miles away!

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      July 13, 2016 1:55 PM

      In Ingress you get perma'd for it. If it's only a softban right now, I doubt they'll be handing those out for long. Here's the picture of someones account near me who was banned for it a month ago:


      Their name can still be hotlinked, but they no longer exist.

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      July 13, 2016 2:59 PM

      Sounds like a monetization opportunity! Pay 2 win redemption!

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      July 13, 2016 11:57 PM

      That's not what a softban is. A softban is just that the game doesn't let you take any actions when you're moving faster than the limit for playing the game, which is about 10-15mph. So if you're in a car that's going at a steady clip, the game softbans and actions you try to take until you slow down. It's just a measure to make sure that you're playing the game fairly or that the GPS isn't too inaccurate to give a correct location.

      Spoofing your GPS will always get you banned and usually permanently, with one warning.

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