In it’s latest update, Pokémon Go now calls out players who use third party apps in order to catch Pokémon.
A representative from Niantic revealed in a post on Reddit that Pokémon caught by unofficial means, such as third party apps, will be given a mark and “may not behave as expected.” GameSpot got in contact with the Pokémon go developer Niantic to verify this post. Niantic stated that “Pokemon caught using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay will appear marked with a slash in the inventory.” According to the developer this is just “one small part of our continued commitment to maintaining the integrity of our community.”
When Pokémon Go first launched, Niantic went out of it’s way to soft ban players who managed to fake their GPS location. In recent times the app would reportedly ‘shadowban’ players who were flagged for using third party tracker apps by hiding rare spawning Pokémon from them.
This no measure coincides with Pokémon Go’s brand new update which includes Raid Battles and a new Motivation system.