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If you’re mulling over whether or not to cheat or keep it clean in Pokémon GO, you might want to consider the details of Niantic’s new three strike policy.

Here’s the simple layout: the first strike is a warning, the second is a suspension, and the third strike will result in the termination of your account. However, some offenses will not follow the three strike system:

“Keep in mind that offenders are not always offered three strikes. Some misbehaviors may result in immediate account termination without prior warning.”

Here are the full details for all three strikes:

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 Pokémon may not appear on the map or on the Nearby Pokémon tracker.
  • You may be excluded from receiving new EX Raid Passes.


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.


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.



There is an appeal process if you believe your account was punished incorrectly, but Niantic said that very few terminations are ever overturned.

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