In its few days on the US app stores, PokÃ©mon GO has officially become the most popular mobile app in US history. That means a lot of people are already trying to game the system and cheat anyway they can to catch the rarest PokÃ©mon. But you need to be careful or you could get locked out of the game…
One thing a lot of people think they’re smart at doing is faking their location on their mobile device to put their avatar somewhere where they can find better PokÃ©mon. They can do this via many different apps that can fake your GPS location. This is a bad idea as it will earn you an hour long ban from the game, and repeat offenses may end up even longer:
Faking your location on your mobile device can get you an hour long ban. #PokemonGO
— Pokemon GO (@PokemonGoHub) July 13, 2016
Another “cheat” isn’t as easy to catch, and it actually may work. The developer PokÃ©mon GO previously developed a similar game for Google called Ingress. The portals in Ingress became PokÃ©stops and Gyms in GO and the XM spawn-points are likewise where PokÃ©mon spawn.
A reddit user is theorizing that you could use Ingress as a PokÃ©mon GO maphack to find where to capture rare PokÃ©mon. As this isn’t cheating like using a fake GPS app, it’s not exactly something they could ban you for. It’s actually a pretty smart idea to use the game that the developers mined from to create PokÃ©mon GO.