Pokémon Go cheaters now face a punishment worse than a ban. The new May Pokémon Go update lets cheaters keep playing the game, but removes all of the best Pokémon Go monsters that are worth cheating for.
Instead of finding much sought after Pokémon Go monsters while using bots or faking your Pokémon Go location, you will now see a lot of Pidgey, and maybe a Magikarp. The latest update using new anti-cheat bot detection shadowbans users, so you may not know that you’ve been caught. That is until you can’t find a Pikachu or any other worthwhile Pokémon.
On The Silph Road, there is a major breakdown of the efforts to stop Pokémon go cheaters who use bot accounts, scanners and location faking to catch rare Pokémon Go Monsters. If you use or have used these tools and can no longer find anything but common monsters when you play Pokémon Go on Memorial Day Weekend, there is a good chance you are shadowbanned.
On Reddit, NianticGeorge, an official company source shares the following statement,
“We’re committed to maintaining the state of Pokémon GO and our community of Trainers. People who 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 them. 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.”
Users who feel they are part of the new Pokémon Go Shadowban can take steps to get back into the game. This guide walks through what to do after you’ve been shadowbanned, including how to remove the bots, third party access, and apps that may be responsible for this punishment. once you are done, you simply wait to see if you are unbanned.