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.
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.
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.
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.
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The following are the simplest ways to tell if you are on Cooldown;
The following are actions that will trigger a Cooldown in Pokémon Go;
If you are already on a cooldown, these actions will not reset it or trigger another cooldown.
The following actions will not trigger a Cooldown in Pokémon Go;
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.
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".
Step 4: In the popup that appears, click on "Move Here" to begin teleporting the GPS to the new selected location.
Step 5: The GPS of your device will be in the new location you have chosen!
To simulate walking choose the two-spot or the multi-spot mode:
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.
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.
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.
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