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Pokemon Go ban wave – bad news for spoofers

Published: 18/Mar/2019 10:34 Updated: 18/Mar/2019 14:17

by Paul Cot


Niantic are dishing out another wave of Pokemon Go bans. Anyone that uses third-party software that connects to your Pokemon Go account is under threat…

PokeGo++ and iTools under threat

Specifically, the PokeGo++ and iTools, the iOS based Pokemon Go spoofing software, has been targeted. Many of its users are reporting receiving bans varying between one week and two months.

The above software is considered cheating by Niantic as it breaks the Pokemon Go terms and conditions. The software allows you to set coordinates, teleport, move with a joystick and check Pokemon IVs.

While there are increased reports of bans, some Pokemon Go spoofers are responding to these reports stating they haven’t been affected.

The sentiment seems to be banning has increased over the last week or so, but they are isolated incidents.

A suspiciously good Pokemon collection…

Pokemon Go – Types of ban

As per the official Niantic Pokemon Go website, there are three types of ban.

Strike 1: Warning

Disciplinary actions: If this strike is issued, you will see a warning message within the Pokémon GO app informing you that we have detected cheating on your account.

In addition to this warning, your gameplay experience may be degraded in the following ways for the duration of the warning:

  • You may not be able to encounter rare Pokémon in the wild. These Pokemon may not appear on the map or on the Nearby Pokémon tracker.
  • You may be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.

Evolved Pokemon and many unevolved Pokemon don’t spawn. This is also called a shadow ban.

Duration: This strike will last for approximately 7 days. After this period, your gameplay experience will fully be restored.

Strike 2: Suspension

Disciplinary actions: If your account is issued a second strike, you will temporarily lose access to your Pokémon GO account. When attempting to log into the game, you’ll be presented with a message stating that your account is suspended. You will not be able to bypass this message.

Duration: This strike will last for approximately 30 days. After that period, your account access will be restored.

Strike 3: Termination

Disciplinary actions: If you receive the first and second strikes and continue to cheat, your account will be permanently banned.

Duration: Permanent

A couple of the dreaded messages Pokemon Go players don’t want to see…

Soft ban

There is also a particular ban being called a “soft ban”. This is a consequence of having suspicious speed and/or catching too many Pokemon.

A soft ban results in the inability to spin Poke stops or catch Pokemon. It is believed there is a 3,500 catch limit per week.

Pokemon Go spoofing

Some Pokemon Go players may be unaware that spoofing even exists. However, Niantic’s recent ban wave and the reaction to it is evidence to the contrary.

There are thousands, estimated to be more than 100,000, Pokemon Go accounts that cheat. Moreover, there is a Pokemon Go spoofer sub-reddit that has more than 35,000 subscribers. This shows just how popular spoofing is.

Cheating in Pokemon Go is always a controversial topic, with some players believing it is justified and others being very much against it.

The recent ban wave will be concerning for the former and welcomed news for those against it.


Top 20 Pokemon that can learn the most TM & HM moves

Published: 4/Dec/2020 1:26

by Brent Koepp


With the October release of the Pokemon Sword & Shield DLC The Crown Tundra, there are close to 900 ‘mons in existence. However, only a few of them can learn a wide variety of TM & HMs. Here are the top 20 monsters who can learn the most moves. 

When Game Freak debuted Pokemon back in 1996, the RPG only featured 151 monsters for players to catch. It’s mind blowing to think that decades later, the series has now spanned eight generations, and has close to 900 characters in 2020.

While many of the monsters hold a special place in our hearts, let’s face it – some are better than others. Here are 20 monsters who can learn the most moves – and the number one pick may surprise you.

Screenshot of Pokemon promotion featuring Mew.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
One Pokemon can learn more moves than the rest.

Which Pokemon can learn the most moves?

Considering how massive the national Pokedex has become, narrowing down this list is no easy feat. Not to mention the insane amount of TM & HMs there are, as well as their restrictions and limitations they have to specific species.

Coming up at the top is Gen I’s Mew. While the Mythical Psychic-type creature is small, it actually has the largest versatility. The adorable creature can learn an astonishing 249 moves – which is absolutely insane!

Even more impressive, is that it nearly doubles the second place runner-up ‘mon, Clefable, who is at 146. Interestingly, Normal-type ‘mon claimed six out of the 20 spots, with Psychic & Fairy making up the other largest chunk. Below is the overall ranking. (Note: Rank 9 and 17 were ties, and not listed in any particular order)

  • 1: Mew (249 moves)
  • 2: Clefable (146)
  • 3: Clefairy (142)
  • 4: Mewtwo (138)
  • 5: Gallade (135)
  • 6: Blissey (133)
  • 7: Arceus (132)
  • 8: Wigglytuff (131)
  • 9: Chansey (130)
  • 10: Nidoking (130)
  • 11: Nidoqueen (130)
  • 12: Rhyperior (130)
  • 13: Alolan Raichu (128)
  • 14: Rhydon (127)
  • 15: Jigglypuff (125)
  • 16: Slowking (124)
  • 17: Charizard (122)
  • 18: Snorlax (122)
  • 19: Togekiss (122)
  • 20: Dragonite (119)
Screenshot of Mew in Pokemon Red & Blue from 1996.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The 1996 ‘mon still reigns supreme eight generations later.

While Trainers will ultimately choose their team based on ‘mon they love, it’s still interesting to see which characters can actually learn the most given the RPG’s wide assortment of HMs & TMs.

Hardcore fans of the series might not be too surprised by Mew taking the #1 spot, as its lore has always stated that it’s made up from the DNA of all other Pokemon. Its ability to take on that many moves is actually quite fitting.