Pokémon GO Cooldown Chart: The Complete Guide

by Aaron Roussey Updated On Apr 11, 2024 Published On Jun 20, 2021 Pokémon GO

With the surge in Pokémon GO players, cheating incidents have become more prevalent. To address this, the game has implemented various safeguards and features, including the introduction of Cooldown Time.

Cooldown Time serves as a deterrent against cheating by preventing players from rapidly performing actions across different locations within a specific timeframe.

This guide provides comprehensive insights into Pokémon GO Cooldown Time, elucidating its functionality and offering tips on how to navigate it effectively.

What is Pokémon GO Cooldown Time?

Cooldown time refers to the duration you must wait before executing a particular move or action again following location teleportation over long distances.

Upon changing your location within the virtual realm, you encounter a teleportation cooldown, necessitating a waiting period before actively engaging with the game from your new position. Currently, the lengthiest cooldown time in the game is two hours.

Failure to adhere to the complete cooldown period may result in soft bans on your account. For instance, attempting to catch the next Pokémon without waiting could result in it fleeing, PokéStops may withhold rewards, or raids may fail to initiate.

For safety, it's advisable to wait at least two hours when teleporting over long distances.

pokemon go cooldown chart

Pokémon GO Cooldown Chart

When traversing significant distances in Pokémon GO, it's imperative to observe the specified Cooldown Time before interacting with the new location.

The greater the distance traveled, the longer the wait time. The maximum wait time is two hours.

Note: For added safety, we recommend extending your wait by 1-3 minutes (as seconds are also accounted for), providing an extra buffer.

For instance, if you snipe a Pokémon at 13:00, consider waiting until 15:03 for the next snipe. This precaution ensures that even if the initial Pokémon was sniped at 13:00:55, you won't risk encountering it fleeing.

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

Identifying whether you're in cooldown in Pokémon GO is crucial for optimal gameplay. Here are the telltale signs:

Persistent Pokémon Fleeing:

If the Pokémon you attempt to catch keep fleeing, it's a clear indicator that you're on cooldown. Simply wait out the specified cooldown duration before resuming Pokémon catching.

"Try Again Later" Message:

When you attempt to spin a PokéStop and receive a "Try Again Later" notification, it signals that you're currently in cooldown.

Gym Restrictions:

You'll be unable to place any Pokémon in a gym or participate in gym raids while on cooldown. Additionally, encountering a "Gym Battle has Already been Completed" error message when attempting to attach a gym confirms cooldown status.

Indicators that You Are in Cooldown

Actions that Trigger a Cooldown in Pokémon GO

Certain actions within the game trigger cooldown periods. Here's what triggers a cooldown:

Catching Wild Pokémon: Engaging with wild Pokémon, especially those lured by Incense, Lure Modules, Meltan's Mystery Box, and Special Lures, initiates a cooldown.

Dropping the Ball: Accidentally dropping the ball during an encounter screen, even in raids, prompts cooldown activation.

Berry Feeding: Feeding a berry to a wild Pokémon, including during raids, activates cooldown status.

Spinning PokéStops: Attempting to spin a PokéStop, particularly when encountering the "Bag is Full due to item Limit" message, triggers cooldown.

Gym Activities: Performing various gym-related actions such as placing a Pokémon in a gym, feeding a gym defender, or engaging in gym battles initiates cooldown.

Actions that Won't Trigger a Cooldown

Conversely, certain actions do not trigger cooldown periods 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

Try This Spoofer with Pokémon GO Cooldown Timer

If you'd prefer not to grapple with intricate cooldown charts, there's a convenient solution available: the "cooldown timer." This useful feature is included within MockGo, an iPhone location changer, and can help you evade bans while enjoying Pokémon GO.

It allows you to change the GPS location on your iPhone to anywhere globally and mimic GPS movement at a designated speed, serving as an effective method to spoof Pokémon GO without risking bans or needing to jailbreak your iOS device.

Here's how to use it:

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

Step 2: After installation, run MockGo and click on the "Start" button in the main window. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable. MockGo also enables you to connect multiple devices and spoof their locations simultaneously.

Launch MockGo on your computer

Step 3: Click on the teleport icon located at the top-right corner, and enter the desired location you wish to spoof in the search box. Then, click "Go."

 Enter the location

Step 4: In the pop-up window that appears, click on "Move Here" to commence teleporting the GPS to the newly selected location.

click Move Here to teleport the GPS

Step 5: Your device's GPS will now be positioned in the chosen location! Check the cooldown timer and await its completion before proceeding with the next action in the game.

location teleported

To simulate walking with MockGo, opt for either the two-spot or multi-spot mode:

  1. Select the second or third mode from the upper right corner.
  2. Then, mark pins on the map to outline the route.
  3. Adjust the movement speed using the slider at the bottom to prevent a soft ban.
  4. Enter the desired number of movements along the route and click "Move Here" to initiate the movement.

Simulate the Multi-stop Movement

Pokémon GO Cooldown FAQs

What happens when you violate a cooldown?

When you violate a Cooldown, you will face a soft ban. You'll know a soft ban is in effect because an error message saying "Try Again Later" will appear every time you attempt to take action in the game. Additionally, all Pokémon you try to catch will flee, and when attempting to spin PokéStops, you'll be unable to receive any items.

How long does a soft ban last in Pokémon GO?

The duration of soft bans varies depending on the speed and distance traveled. Some bans may be exceedingly short, often due to server issues, while others can last from 30 minutes to 12 hours.

Is it possible to raid while on cooldown?

You cannot participate in raids in Pokémon GO while on cooldown. If you attempt to join a raid, you will be expelled from the Gym, resulting in the loss of your Raid Pass. Therefore, it's essential to double-check your cooldown period before attempting any raids!

Unless you're speed raiding, it's advisable to snipe the Gym for items before initiating the raid to ensure you have the necessary resources to complete it. If you receive the items, you're ready to battle.


Now that you're familiar with cooldowns, what triggers them, and how to avoid them, you can safely spoof your GPS location and enjoy the game without worry. With this knowledge, we hope you'll have a seamless Pokémon GO experience!

Aaron Roussey
Meet Aaron, our tech-savvy team member who has probably touched more grass than all of us combined, simply because he can't afford to miss a Legendary raid in Pokémon GO. When he's not on the quest to 'catch 'em all,' you'll find him at his computer, covering everything you need to know about phones, games, computers, and all things tech!
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