Pokémon Go Cooldown Chart: The Complete Guide

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Pokémon GO Published On Jun 20, 2021 Updated On Aug 22, 2023
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With so many people playing Pokémon Go, incidences of cheating are on the rise and as such, the game has introduced a number of safeguards and features to deter cheating.

One of the most common ways to cheat at Pokémon Go is to spoof GPS location and counteract this, the game has introduced a measure known as Cooldown Time.

Cooldown Time is aimed at stopping a player from repeating multiple actions in different locations at a specified period of time.

This is a complete guide into Pokémon Go Cooldown Time, how it works and how you can avoid it.

What is Cooldown?

Cooldown is the amount of time you will need to wait after completing an in-game action and is calculated from the distance you travel between these actions.

You will need to calculate Cooldown Time and wait for it before next action when sniping at great distances.

If you don't wait enough time until the cooldown time period is complete, you account may get soft banned.

For example, the next Pokémon you try to catch will flee, a PokéStop will not give you any rewards or a Raid will not work.

To be safe, it is a good idea to wait at least 2 hours (the maximum Cooldown Time) if you plan to teleport long distances.

pokemon go cooldown chart

How Pokémon Go Cooldown Works

Pokémon Go uses the Cooldown feature to prevent cheating. This feature uses your GPS which means if you do several actions in quick succession, you increase your chances of getting caught.

To avoid this, we recommend waiting the predetermined Cooldown Time between locations. If you don't know the specific Cooldown Time you have to wait, it is safe to wait 2 hours before performing another in-game action in a new location.

Pokémon Go Cooldown Chart

When playing Pokémon Go and snipping long distances, you will need to wait for a specified Cooldown Time to run out before you can interact with the new location.

The further the distance travelled, the more time you have to wait. The longest wait time is 2 hours.

Note: To stay safe, we recommend waiting 1 - 3 minutes longer (because the seconds also count and it won't hurt when waiting a few more minutes).

For example, if you snipe a pokémon at 13:00pm, then you could wait until 15:03pm to snipe another one because if you sniped the first one at 13:00:55pm, you may see the first pokémon running.

Distance Covered

Cooldown Time

1 KM 1 MIN
2 KM 1 MIN
10 KM 8 MINS
12 KM 9 MINS
15 KM 11 MINS
20 KM 13 MINS
25 KM 15 MINS
30 KM 18 MINS
40 KM 22 MINS
45 KM 23 MINS
60 KM 25 MINS
80 KM 27 MINS
100 KM 30 MINS
125 KM 33 MINS
140 KM 34 MINS
150 KM 36 MINS
180 KM 39 MINS
200 KM 42 MINS
250 KM 46 MINS
300 KM 50 MINS
350 KM 53 MINS
400 KM 56 MINS
500 KM 64 MINS
600 KM 72 MINS
750 KM 82 MINS
800 KM 86 MINS
900 KM 93 MINS
950 KM 97 MINS
1000 KM 100 MINS
1150 KM 111 MINS
1200 KM 115 MINS
1250 KM 118 MINS
1266+ KM 120 MINS

Indicators that You Are in Cooldown

The following are the simplest ways to tell if you are on Cooldown;

  • If the Pokémon you are trying to catch keep fleeing, then you are on cooldown. You just need to wait the specified Cooldown time duration to start catching Pokémon again.
  • You see the "Try Again Later" notification when you try to spin a PokéStop
  • You are unable to place any Pokémon in the gym or join any gym raids
  • You see "the Gym Battle has Already been Completed" error when you try to attach a gym

Indicators that You Are in Cooldown

What Triggers a Cooldown in Pokémon Go?

The following are actions that will trigger a Cooldown in Pokémon Go;

  • Catching wild Pokémon, particularly those that come from Incense, Lure Modules, Meltan's Mystery Box and Special Lures.
  • Accidentally dropping the ball on encounter screen (even on Raids)
  • Feeding a berry to a wild Pokémon (even on Raids)
  • Spinning a PokéStop, especially when you see the message "Bag is Full due to item Limit."
  • Placing a Pokémon in a gym
  • Feeding a gym defender within screen radar
  • Gym battles
  • The Pokémon you try to catch flee (especially due to catch limit)
  • Using a Gotcha device to spin and catch

If you are already on a cooldown, these actions will not reset it or trigger another cooldown.

Actions that Won't Trigger a Cooldown

The following actions will not trigger a Cooldown in Pokémon Go;

  • Teleporting
  • Coming into contact with a wild Pokémon
  • Berry feeding a gym defender remotely
  • Autowalking (not including spinning and catching)
  • Hatching eggs
  • Claiming rewards (quest or weekly)
  • Catching reward Pokémon from quests
  • Speed raids (you should only attempt these if you've come off a 2-hour Cooldown)
  • Exchanging or opening gifts
  • Evolving a Pokémon
  • Powering up a Pokémon
  • Trading a Pokémon
  • Transferring a Pokémon
  • Changing a buddy or gaining buddy candies
  • Using items such as healing or evolution items on a Pokémon
  • Using Candies and Stardust to gain a second move for a particular Pokémon
  • Using Incense, Lucky Egg or Starpiece
  • Deleting items from storage
  • Player vs. Player battles
  • Team leader vs. Player battles
  • Buying a Lure Module or a Special Lure at a PokéStop
  • Buying coins and shop items
  • Changing your avatar's clothes or items
  • Transferring Pokémon to Switch to activate the Mystery Box
  • Clicking on a gym with an active raid to get a free raid pass
  • Finding and catching certain Pokémon from Photobombs such as Smeargle and Party Hat Pikachu
  • Dropping a ball on the ground

Is There a Spoofer that is Safe to Use?

Now that you know some of the pitfalls to avoid when spoofing Pokémon Go, you may be looking for a good solution to help you spoof Pokémon Go without getting banned or jailbreaking your iOS device.

The best tool to spoof Pokémon Go on iOS devices is MockGo iPhone location changer.

With MockGo, you can change the GPS location on your iPhone to anywhere in the world and simulate GPS movement at a specified speed.

Here's how to use it;

Step 1: Download the program's installer on to your computer, launch it and the double click on it to begin the installation process.

Step 2: Run MockGo after installation and then click on the "Start" button in the main window. Connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cable.

MockGo also allows you to connect multiple devices and spoof their location simultaneously.

Launch MockGo on your computer

Step 3: Click on the teleport icon at the top-right corner and enter the location you want to spoof to in the search box. Click "Go".

 Enter the location

Step 4: In the popup that appears, click on "Move Here" to begin teleporting the GPS to the new selected location.

click Move Here to teleport the GPS

Step 5: The GPS of your device will be in the new location you have chosen!

location teleported

To simulate walking choose the two-spot or the multi-spot mode:

  1. Choose the second or third mode from the upper right corner.
  2. then set pins on the map to indicate the route.
  3. Drag the slider at the bottom to change the movement speed to avoid a soft ban.
  4. Enter how many times you would like to move along the route and click "Move Here" to begin the movement.

Simulate the Multi-stop Movement

Pokémon Go Cooldown FAQs

What will happen when you violate a cooldown?

When you violate a Cooldown, you will face a soft ban. You will know a soft ban is in effect because a "Try Again Later" error message will show every time when you try to take action in the game

. And when you are trying to spik PokéStops and all Pokémons you want to catch will flee.

How long does a Softban last in Pokemon go?

The duration of the soft bans varies depending on the speed and distance traveled. Some appear to be exceedingly short, although this is mainly due to server issues. The bans, however, might last from 30 minutes to 12 hours.

Is it possible to raid while on cooldown?

You can't undertake raids in Pokemon GO while on cooldown. If you try to fight in a raid, you will be kicked out of the Gym.

This will result in you losing your Raid Pass, so double-check your cooldown before attempting any raids!

Unless you're speed raiding, it's a good idea to spin the Gym for equipment before starting the raid to make sure you'll be able to complete it. Iif you receive the things, you're ready to fight.


Now you know all there is to know about a cooldown, what triggers a cooldown and how you can avoid one. With this information, it is our hope that you are now able to safely spoof GPS location and enjoy the game without any worries.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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