Major Pokemon Go bug is rendering the game useless for some trainers

Pokemon Go players are reporting that a major bug is rendering the game useless on their devices. 

Among the several bugs that Pokemon Go players are now being affected by, the most important one is turning the game into a cartoon version of Google Maps. For some users, opening the game reveals a map that’s completely devoid of elements such as Pokemon, PokeStops, and gyms. 

If you’re experiencing this issue, rest assured that you’re not alone; multiple trainers took to social media to complain that their Pokemon Go maps are now completely empty.

Although Pokemon Go has managed to become the world’s most popular mobile game in history (breaking multiple records for downloads, daily users, and revenue) in just several weeks, US-based developer Niantic has struggled to provide a smooth experience for all users. Previous bugs have included a broken three-step Pokemon tracking system (which has since been removed), connection problems to the game servers, as well as a rare bug that prevented players from even loading the game on their devices. 

If you’re experiencing this rather nasty Pokemon Go bug, know that some users claim the issue only appears when they're connected to mobile data. For some, switching to Wi-Fi brought back the missing game elements. Other trainers have reported that resetting the device can temporarily fix the game.

Have any of you guys been experiencing this bug on your devices? Obviously, if you’ve stumbled upon a trick that circumvents this bug, please share your knowledge with the community!

source: Twitter via Venture Beat



1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Nope.. not experiencing this bug BUT my own bug is I'm having a more inconsistent GPS, I'm just in the train and normally in previous versions, it doesn't track ONLY when I'm underground, now it just looses track randomly :/

2. jefff

Posts: 30; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Yes, it's not really a "bug," Niantic is trying to stop people from using bots and mapping (which make API requests like crazy and usually use multiple accounts). So they're soft-banning IP addresses for a certain amount of time when too many requests are coming from that IP address. But in many normal playing situations, like sharing a home IP, work IP, and even some carriers, when multiple people are playing, the API requests LOOK like too many are coming from one IP, and Niantic soft-bans that IP and leaves you with exactly what this article shows. You're soft-banned for a bit. It happened to me, I was doing something that made many API requests from my home, suddenly no accounts from my home IP worked. So I changed my IP, it worked for a couple minutes, then Niantic banned that IP for a little while because I was still making excessive API requests. So I just throttled down the API requests and only use one account and everything has been fine. I'm sure they'll fix this oversight, it's kind of funny they didn't have the foresight to see this coming if they start banning IPs, seems kind of obvious...

3. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

In the Philippines, when you switch from LTE to 3.5G or 3G the game is fixed but it's better to use LTE so they better fix it.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Up here in Alberta, we have class action lawsuits started against this game. You people need to stop pissing people off.

5. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I have a fix. I experienced this for two days. I cleared the data and cache for this app. Closed it out. Rebooted my phone and I have had any issues since.

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