how to remove the catch flee soft ban in pokemon go

How to Remove the Catch Flee Soft Ban in Pokemon Go

Unbanster Pokemon Go 56 Comments

There’s been a lot of confusion lately regarding the actions taken against Pokemon Go players involved in cheating activities, such as GPS spoofing, using bots and other 3rd party software, like snipers and such. These actions vary from regular soft bans to catch flee soft bans, and even IP blacklists and/or allegedly permanent bans, in the form of the “Failed to get game data from the server” error.

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There’s a lot of speculation around these actions, mostly in regards to the permanent bans, however, until we get an actual confirmation from Niantic, you can still assume that these accounts could only be experiencing some technical difficulties, or maybe even were automatically locked for further review regarding previous account flagging for cheating.

While on this subject, a lot of popular bot developers who dodged the last week’s intial mails have now received cease and desist letters, thus shutting down their bots and removing the download sources, even though that has proven not be a big issue for the community, who quickly found workarounds to make them usable once more.

What is a Pokemon Go Catch Flee soft ban and how to diagnose it

A Pokemon Go Catch Flee soft ban is basically just another soft ban, but it acts a bit different from the regular one.

Players experiencing Catch Flee soft bans are able to properly spin PokeStops and receive the rewards, therefore the classic method to remove the soft ban doesn’t work, since it involves spinning a PokeStop for about 40 times without actually being able to get any rewards.

The most important feature of the Catch Flee soft ban is the fact that you can’t catch any Pokemons, despite being able to spin PokeStops and even participate in Gym fights. Any Pokemon you attempt to catch will instantly break the ball and flee, just like in the initial soft ban, so if you’ve experienced this more than a few times in a row, then you’ve probably been soft banned.

Even though the Catch Flee penalty is just another form of the initial soft ban, it seems to last a lot more than the latter, and sometimes even as much as 24 hours.

What can cause you to get a Catch Flee soft ban

While there is no actual official list of offenses that can get you soft banned, it seems to be triggered by pretty much the same actions as before:

  • GPS spoofing or logging from too many locations faster than the normal travel time;
  • Walking too fast (even through emulators);
  • Having too many accounts logged from the same device and/or IP address;
  • Sharing accounts between other players or between devices (playing from PC and phone at the same time);
  • Using bots and allegedly playing for too many hours in a row;
  • Automatically or manually sniping Pokemons.

When it comes to using bots, many of its features can get you temporarily suspended, such as the delay between actions (throwing PokeBalls, catching Pokemons, sniping, etc.), its walking speed, the time spent in-game, the location traveled and, of course, the accuracy with which it throws the balls, which leads us to the next part.

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How to remove your Catch Flee soft ban

The more Niantic increases its defense mechanisms, the more players exceed the boundaries of creativity. Although this hasn’t been confirmed by many players yet, Nine1Sickness from OwnedCore has found quite an amazing workaround to remove the Catch Flee soft ban, tying it to the accuracy of which bots throw Pokeballs.

In a nutshell, what you want to do in order to try and get the new soft ban removed is to throw as many Pokeballs as possible (even up to 100 or beyond), without hitting or attempting to catch the Pokemon whatsoever. The idea is to decrease your accuracy (has no other impact on your game experience, other than losing the actual Pokeballs) by throwing the balls beyond the Pokemon, aiming for the forest behind them, thus registering your actions as more human-like as opposed to constant perfect throws achieved by third party software.

Conclusion

While for some players only a handful of Pokeballs were required to get their Catch Flee soft ban removed, for others it took about 100-120, and of course, some less lucky players didn’t get it to work at all, so it’s not a sure thing, but it’s definitely worth trying if you’re experiencing this timeout, since sometimes it can last for 24 hours.

At this point, it’s most certain that Niantic is flagging accounts involved in any type of cheating, especially the ones who’ve been soft banned, maybe for further review, maybe just to monitor their activities in order to patch and update the game. So, with this in mind, we highly recommend that you do your best not to break their Terms of Use, but if you choose to do so, for any reason, try to be cautious and not abuse it, since it will most likely get your account permanently banned or your IP blacklisted.

Hope you guys found this post helpful and are able to enjoy Pokemon Go again, however, if luck wasn’t on your side, we are! If you got permanently banned, don’t hesitate to contact us to get you back in-game to catch ’em all!

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  1. maurice schotman

    got my account perm banned (failed to get data from server) and was wondering if you guys can get it back.
    thnx in advance

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      Unbanster

      Send us a mail through our contact form and/or add us on Skype on ID Unbanster and we can discuss your account’s case as well as assist you with the unban! 🙂

      1. Matthew

        It took me 2-4 poke balls on a small bug type to get my SoftBank removed. It seems like if you miss a few times on a small one like wheedle, it then makes you catch it by redirecting your pokeball when you try to throw it over the Pokémon this then removes the ban! Hope this helped! Feel free to add this to your article as it worked 3 times for me now.

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  2. Philip Gan

    I think I got a permanent ban on my account. It says faile to get data from server. How can you help to lift this ban as I have also spend on poke golds. Thanks.

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  3. Calamari

    Think I’m just soft banned… Can’t catch any Pokemon but can walk around… That mean I only got to way a day or so?

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      Unbanster

      Can you get rewards from PokeStops? If yes, then you’re catch flee soft banned. If not, you’re just soft banned. If you don’t wish to attempt the removal trick, then yeah, waiting about a day should be fine.

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  4. CeeBree

    Hello, like other people, i get the “failed to get data from server” on my primary and on my (level 5) test account. What should i do to get back my acocunt/s? Thanks

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  5. Reberson

    Hello , on my phone is Sampling this message when I try to enter the game , it is a permanent ban ?

    obs : I am Brazilian and I’m using google translator ^^

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  6. anubhav

    in bot when i am catching pokemon it is showing make sure your account is not soft ban i am not able to cath any pokemon but in masterball bot it automatically remove my ban and fill my inventroy now what should i do

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  7. tinu

    hello

    i need your help and maybe you can give me some advise.
    im from austria so please dont mind bad english 😉

    i levelt my pokemon account till level 18. then i had an accident and i cant walk at the moment.
    my husband told me that he will help and he would take my account on tablet with him because he had to go to a business travel to new york.
    i agreed and when he came back i could not manage to login my account.
    the ” no data from the server” massage appears.
    i googelt a lot and read about the bans and i asked my husband if he did something unfair or wrong. but he will not tell me.
    im angry at him and im very sad because i used many many hours to get what i had.
    my husband says that he did not do anything wrong but i think he did.
    although he refuses to tell me the truth.
    please maybe you can help me to get back my account .
    thank you

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      Unbanster

      Sorry to hear about that, it’s very unfortunate indeed. Your best bet would be to appeal the ban using Niantic’s form and hope for the best. You can also contact us via our Contact Form to discuss your case privately. Good luck!

  8. David

    Hi. while intentionally missing a number of pokeballs , how would you know if the catch flee soft ban is already gone? Hope for your response. Thanks

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      Unbanster

      Well, after you spend as many Pokeballs as you can spare, throw one and try to actually catch the Pokemon to see if the catch flee is gone.

  9. Daniel

    Hey guys. I have multiple accounts. My first account was legit but I eventually spoofed on it. Afterwards, I kept botting multiple accounts to try to get back to the point I was at on my original accounts. I know how to remove all bans, but now I have the “failed to retrieve data from server” message. You guys can get the account back? Because I know that message is a perma-ban

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      Unbanster

      We cannot guarantee a 100% chance, however, we will do our very best to recover them. Contact us to discuss your cases further. 🙂

  10. Nev

    Is the support even reading the appeals since I dont feel like they do.
    I already made 5 good appeals and they didnt even denied it just got kinda ignored

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  11. Richard

    So what I really would like to know now is how long can one bot in one session? What is the maximum amount of hours one can play before a soft-ban occurs. Does anyone know that? I use a bot to go around my own town to hatch eggs and catch pokemons. I dont teleport to any location except for my own town. anyone has any experience or any indication on the max. Amount of hours to play?

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  12. kcinkcinkcinnick

    Hi!

    Since the new update I’m having trouble catching pokemon.

    Like CP100-200 pidgey’s escape after trowing 5-10 balls at it … Also a CP 250 Haunter escapes after 5-6 balls. Hower from time to time I can catch pokemon like a CP599 oddish, or pidgeys, weedles with CP 200-300. But like 50% escapes. You think I’m just having bad luck, or is it a catch-flee soft ban?

    I’m not using any bots, spoofing, or anything like that. The only thing I do is playing pokemon go on foot, with my bicycle and playing pokemon while I’m a passenger in the car…

    A few updates before I also had this bug that I couldn’t get a single great ball… My gf got a lot (like 50!) and after 30 pokéstops I didn’t get a single one… It looks like my account is doomed with bad luck…

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  13. Eric

    So unbanster since u clearly work for niantic why do you care if people spoof especially those who live in the mountains you can’t get Pokemon at.all there and why bother with all of this crap? The winter is approaching its not summer anymore and people will absolutely not be playing the game anymore or delete the app since people.claim the game sucks without spoofing anyway. Some people will just not play the game anymore than. So you are willing to loose a bunch of.money for banning people and making updates where people can’t even track where the Pokemon are. What a disaster. So you guys have a lot of thinking to do there are very angry people with your game and I just stopped playing cuz what’s the point? Its to cold outside now where I live to walk and I can’t collect pokestops when other people are driving so what gives. I’ve been a Pokemon supporter my whole.life and I love Pokemon. Unfortunetly tho you guys are killing the game at.times.making it unplayable I would still play if we could work something out
    Sincerely an upset game

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      Unbanster

      Wow… What made you think we work for Niantic? The fact that we try to get their players unbanned? We merely said don’t spoof if you want to make sure you won’t get banned. That’s nothing more than a helpful tip. I can totally understand spoofing, it’s fun and it’s somewhat required, especially from rural places, however, if it isn’t done properly, you’ll end up losing your account, and that’s all there is to it.

      P.S.: We don’t work for Niantic nor any other gaming company out there, since we don’t just handle Pokemon Go cases, as you can very well see.

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