Does Pokémon Go Have a Speed Limit? (Can You Bypass Pokémon Go Speed Limit?)

Niantic silently introduced speed limits to Pokémon Go in 2016, and I was pissed. Before this, I hopped into my car, drove around my neighborhood, and captured Pokémon. However, this restriction meant I couldn’t use my car.

This bothered me, and I was hellbent on finding a workaround. One day, someone shared an article on bypassing this speed limit. I read through and tried the suggested tips. Some worked, others didn’t.

Here’s what I discovered.

What is the speed limit for Pokémon Go Adventure Sync?


Is it possible to bypass the Pokémon Go speed limit?
Speed limit for Pokémon Go Adventure Sync. Image source: Pinterest

Pokémon Go’s Adventure Sync caps the speed at 10.5 Km/h. Adventure Sync is a feature that pulls in data on your walking distance from your phone’s health app into Pokémon Go.

This opt-in feature allows players to track distances even when the Pokémon Go app isn’t open and rewards them for it 🤓.

Here’s a table breaking down the rewards you can expect from Adventure Sync based on the distance you walk every week 👇:

Distance

Reward

5 Km

20X Poke Ball

25 Km

20X Poke Ball

10X Great Ball

3 Pinap Berries, or 3 Rare Candies, or a 5 Km egg

50 Km

20X Poke Ball

10X Great Ball

5X Ultra Ball

6,000 Stardust

3 Pinap Berries, or 3 Rare Candies, or a 5 Km egg

5 Pinap Berries, or 5 Rare Candies, or a 10 Km Egg

100 Km

20X Poke Ball

10X Great Ball

5X Ultra Ball

16,000 Stardust

3 Pinap Berries, or 3 Rare Candies, or a 5 Km egg

5 Pinap Berries, or 5 Rare Candies, or a 10 Km Egg

Can you bypass the Pokémon speed limit?


Wondering if there's a way to bypass the speed limit in Pokémon Go?
Pokémon speed limit. Image source: Pinterest

Yes. You can bypass Pokémon Go’s speed limit. Niantic caps the speed limit to around 10.5 Km/h to prioritize safety and physical activity.

Exceeding this limit affects the following features:

  1. Spawn Rates: Higher speeds make it harder to encounter Pokémon
  2. Accessing PokeStops: Higher speeds make spinning PokeStops harder.
  3. Hatching and earning Buddy Candy: Traveling distances at higher speeds isn’t counted towards hatching eggs and Buddy Candy.

However, some players may want to get around using their cars or bikes, thus creating the need to bypass the speed limit. However, it’s worth noting that doing this may endanger you and other people.

As such, it’s recommended that you follow Niantic’s speed guidelines and enjoy the game slowly and safely 😊.

How to bypass the Pokémon Go speed limit


Curious about circumventing the Pokémon Go speed limit?
Bypass the Pokémon Go speed limit. Image source: Pinterest

You can bypass Pokémon Go’s speed limit by opening the journal when you approach a PokeStop and closing it immediately.

This forces the game to reload, allowing you to spin the PokeStop wheel and claim the item. This trick doesn’t always work since Niantic regularly releases updates to enhance safety and gameplay.

Can you play Pokémon Go as a passenger?


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Yes. But the vehicle has to be traveling really slowly. Passengers using slow-moving public means have a better chance than those in cabs or private cars.

As mentioned, higher speeds stop you from accessing some gameplay features.

Therefore, it’s not worth the time, and you’re better off enjoying the game in your free time 🧐.

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