Beware of fake beaches (Pokémon Go)

I marked some of the former’s edits as “bad” in OSMCha, but otherwise no. I’m not sure of what the process is for that.

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Osmcha doesn’t have any formal connection to the OSMF that I know of.

The normal reporting process is an email to the DWG at the address shown here.

There is also a way to report a profile if you go to it on, this gives the option to say you’re reporting them as a vandal. I assume this gets passed on the DWG too, but I don’t think I’ve seen that confirmed anywhere.


I would leave a changeset comment on at least one of the changesets, and then revert the obviously bad edits. In OSMCha you can click “Open with” → “osm-revert”. I have reverted some of this users edits.

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If these are sockpuppets for the same vandal then they probably need to be blocked and that’s something only the DWG can do.


I spent some time fixing up beaches last night. There’s definitely way more new editors adding fake features than I have seen in any other Pokemon go update (I wasn’t around for the earlier ones shortly after release). On the plus side, many new editors are also adding actual beaches, but they need guidance on how to do it properly.

all of the jorge_leo33 edits that looked “fake” have been reverted. A couple looked reasonable and those were left alone.

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For info:

That will probably get to us eventually (it’s complicated - it depends on what you and other reporters choose as the report reason). An email to is quicker.

Edit: And another one:

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Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day. It might be pure chance. I think what they might be doing is just finding any water in OSM and adding nodes alongside (and sometimes inside) it tagged natural=beach. They might even be intentionally making some good edits to make our work more difficult (it means that we have to review each change to see if it might be valid).

Does anyone know what other features are of interest to Pokemon players? I have noticed some fake parks being added (and dog parks changed to parks).

Thanks Andy! It is appreciated.

All edits that looked fake from Jorge4448567491 have been reverted.

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You’re right that some people have been trying to hide them, but most aren’t that savvy - they just add a random beach and hope nobody notices.

in the past I believe parks have been the primary interest of players, but I am not familiar with how the game uses the data so there might be others.

Yes, mostly parks, and now natural=beach and natural=coastline.
The beach was already a Pikmin Bloom “biome” (another Niantic game), here a list of some tags used by that app: link.

This Fandom wiki has a list for Pokémon Go as well (I don’t know how reliable it is, also not updated since 2019): link

This OpenStreetMap US’ talk could also be of interest: Parks, Spawns, Nests & Pikachu: OpenStreetMap & Pokemon GO players


I know also about case where someone was adding fake schools or enlarging existing ones as it was apparently blocking pokemons.

As I understand they were sabotaging OSM but goal was to sabotage players in that game.

(Note: not sure is school area having any effect but they apparently believed it)

They were especially tricky as they were enthusiastic in removing fake parks added by other players.


Results of the “TOP 15” from the past week for changesets that created elements in OSM with the ‘natural=beach’ tag:

OSM username Mapping days Blocks count Created natural=beach
JorgeLeo33 53 1 181
jorge_leo33 6 1 179
Jorge4448567491 2 1 75
Francisco javier A R 55 0 46
SuperSonic 25 0 42
いjhdいjhd 21 0 32
burboon89 1 0 17
Rogrogg 2 0 15
Dmitryyy 10 0 12
RaptorHunter 92 0 11
toadlover 6 0 11
Ickinho 15 0 10
Bérangère444 69 0 10
xERRORx 25 0 8
ちゅん先生 2 0 8

Hope that it helps you.


In Nederland spawns and gyms are suppressed near schools and some other places, I think also near railways, motorways and important traffic areas. Where pedestrians would cause major safety risks.

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Just out of curiousty, seeking out what this Niantic is to OSM, see this goes back a long time such as discussed here
Has Niantic been addressed at all on this ‘fake’ mapping by their gamers in essence being caused by them?

PS I’d not ever spend time seeking out what’s ‘useful’ within these edits. Be gone.

There’s some extra commentary on that on Mastodon here (the views of everyone in that thread are their own).

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Another one obi1976 has been reported to because of randomly creating beaches in the SE of Munich, Germany

Edit: fix typo
0-hour blocked in

I’m guessing that people here either already have or shortly will revert what doesn’t look sensible.

done for the 12 edits of obi1976


Here is another one. Has been reported to DWG.