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I want to get into Pokemon GO but unfortunately I live out in the middle of nowhere for the next six months. Is there any way I can make progress without having to drop cash, esp. given that I am unable to travel for my current situation?

  • As mentioned in this answer, pokémon spawns are based on population density/traffic data. If you're in a small town, you should still see pokémon spawning, albeit infrequently. If you're out in an area with no proper roads or houses, you're probably out of luck. – pushasha Jul 13 '16 at 16:55
  • I wish there was a way I could just fake where I was at. Do you think it might be possible to spoof my location somehow? – totallynotiniraq Jul 13 '16 at 16:56
  • That is considered cheating, is bannable, and spoofing GPS makes it so you can't catch pokemon period. – Gigazelle Jul 13 '16 at 16:58
  • @totallynotiniraq You can, but it will get you soft-banned (i.e. Once Niantic picks up on it, you won't be able to catch pokémon or receive items for a few hours). I've heard of people being hard banned for doing it often enough. I wouldn't recommend it. – pushasha Jul 13 '16 at 16:58
  • RIP. Well, in the meantime what should I play to pass the time in a sandy ass bunker? – totallynotiniraq Jul 13 '16 at 17:01
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Unfortunately, if you can't move your options aren't many. I do hope Niantic releases an update to make rural playing more viable.

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If there is an interstate or other major highway nearby, try hanging out near one for a while; spawn frequency seems to correlate to cell data. If nothing else, locations near it might have Pokestops or gyms.

Otherwise, a town center/downtown, especially one with some parks, might give you good luck.

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