Damn the ban wave hit hard this time around, looks like Niantic is making some announcement about the recent security measures that have been added to the game, this one was interesting a Niantic official who goes by George, took to Reddit saying that.
“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.”
Now there are various takeaway points from this, and later on, we are going to help you figure out if your account has been flagged.
Niantic is fighting against bots actively and constantly, despite player’s perception. Although many trainers have mixed opinions with having hunting down the game botters, Niantic seems to not care, and as long as any account is violating the ToS of the game, they are flagging those accounts and punishing them.
As we said earlier, use of any Third party software and trackers will flag your account as a potential violator and prevent you from seeing any rare Pokémon in the wild. Also, this seems to suggest that Niantic is indeed using machine learning algorithms to predict trainer behavior, which if I recall properly is pretty darn accurate for most use case scenarios.
Well, thanks to our friends at Pokémon GO Hub they have curated a list of Pokémon that trainers with banned accounts can’t see out in the wild:
Evolved Pokémon, Starters, Caterpie, Weedle, Spearow, Clefairy, Vulpix, Jigglypuff, Venonat, Mankey, Growlithe, Abra, Slowpoke, Gastly, Onix, Drowzee, Voltorb, Koffing, Chansey, Tangela, Horsea, Scyther, Lapras, Eevee, Porygon, Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl, Snorlax, Dratini, Hoothoot, Chinchou, Mareep, Sudowoodo, Aipom, Unown, Girafarig, Shuckle, Sneasel, Teddiursa, Remoraid, Stantler and Larvitar
On the bright side, we have in a way received confirmation of existence of Pokémon rarity tiers just like how egg rarity tiers exist, otherwise, Niantic would not be able to prevent certain species of Pokémon from showing up on the map, unless they have a classification done in that separates Pokémon based on their rarity of occurrence.
As a quick check, you can also see if you are able to buy items from the in-game store, there have been conflicting reports about banned accounts unable to buy objects from the store.