Pokemon GO Cooldown Rules

What is soft ban?

If you violate the Cooldown Rules, the game account will get soft banned. After that, you’ll get ‘Try Again Later’ error when you try to spin pokestops and all pokemons will flee when you try to catch.

What is Cooldown Rules?

“A Cooldown is the amount of time you need to wait after using an in-game action. This is calculated from the distance you will travel between your in-game actions.”

Cooldown Chart

For example, if you just triggered action on location A, then you want to fly to 10km far away  and keep playing. You need to wait more than 7 minutes before triggering actions according to the cooldown chart. The maximum cooldown time is 2 hours.

Actions that will trigger cooldown

  1. Catching a wild Pokémon 
  2. Accidental drop of a ball on encounter screen (also applicable to raids)
  3. Feeding a wild Pokémon with a berry (also applicable to raids)
  4. Spinning a Pokéstop (even hit the spin limit)
  5. Placing a Pokémon in one of the gyms
  6. Feeding a gym defender within screen radar 
  7. Gym battles
  8. Fleeing Pokémon (due to catch limit)
  9. Use of Gotcha device to spin and catch

Actions that will NOT trigger cooldown

  1. Teleporting
  2. Encountering a wild Pokémon
  3. Remote berry feeding of gym defender (from long distances)
  4. Autowalk
  5. Hatching eggs
  6. Claiming quest and weekly rewards
  7. Catching a reward Pokémon from quests
  8. Speed raids (ensure you are off cooldown two hours prior to this)
  9. Exchanging and opening gifts
  10. Evolving a Pokémon
  11. Powering up a Pokémon
  12. Trading a Pokémon
  13. Transferring a Pokémon
  14. Taking snapshots of a Pokémon
  15. Changing a Buddy
  16. Gaining Buddy candies
  17. Using items (healing items, evolution items, TMs) on a Pokémon
  18. Using Stardust and Candies to gain a second move for Pokémon
  19. Using Incense, Lucky Egg and/or Starpiece
  20. Deleting items from storage
  21. Player vs player (PVP) battles
  22. Team leader vs Player battle
  23. Placing a Lure Module or Special Lure on a Pokéstop
  24. Purchasing coins and shop items
  25. Changing of avatar items/clothes
  26. Transferring a Pokémon to Switch to activate Mystery Box
  27. Obtaining a free raid pass by clicking a gym with an active raid
  28. Encountering and catching certain Pokémon from Photobombs such as Smeargle and Party Hat Pikachu