Pokemon Go Update: Is Pokemon GO down? No, you're just banned

Soft bans and hard bans are the trending topics in every Pokemon Go community since Niantic the company behind Pokemon Go attempts to cut down a new wave of Pokemon GO cheaters.Well, not ALL of the users that the company has deemed less than on-the-level are actual cheaters - but quite a few of them are.

How does a Pokemon trainer such as myself know that the Pokemon GO account was banned?

  • Unable to log in to your Pokemon Go account. 
  • The loading screen never passed the Gyarados screen's loading bar. 

Some other users that've been banned have experienced other types of signs

  • One of which is reaching the Gyarados screen, but past loading
  • Seeing a message that says "Failed to log in - Retry - Try a different account."

Though, that doesn't ALWAYS mean that an account is banned, but it's very often the screen that banned users will end up seeing.

There's also a set of Soft Bans that are in effect for lesser offenses

  • Moving too far too fast. 
  • GPS spoofing, that is to say. 

Niantic isn't necessarily able to detect whether or not some spoofing is actual spoofing or actual quick movements on the part of the user, so they inflict Soft Bans.

A Soft Ban still allows the user to log in and walk around, but Pokemon that appear will run away the first time they escape from a Pokeball. Pokestops will be allowed to spin, but nothing will pop out. Pokemon Gyms will error out.

Soft Bans generally last for 1-3 hours after they've been inflicted. If the user tries to cheat again and the system repeatedly detects the cheating it can result in a hard ban - it's happened!

If users that find themselves unable to log in aren't necessarily banned, but if they've been using any number of cheats and can't log in, chances are pretty good they're kicked.

Pokemon GO down? No, I’m just banned
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