Captcha solving stands as one of the most critical elements in the realm of Shopify botting. It possesses the potential to either elevate your chances of securing coveted sneakers or shatter your hopes. We’ll delve into several captcha variations, encompassing Checkpoint Captchas, Checkout Captchas, V3 Login Captcha, Question Captchas, and Hcaptcha Checkpoint Captchas.
Captchas serve as Shopify’s primary defense against bots, and virtually every bot incorporates some form of captcha support. Additionally, there are numerous methods for tackling captchas, ranging from manual resolution via in-bot harvesters to utilizing tools like AYCD Autosolve or third-party captcha solvers such as Capsolver, 2captcha, or CapMonster. The most prevalent form of captcha encountered is ReCaptcha, commonly referred to as a checkpoint captcha. The majority of Shopify websites implement ReCaptcha checkpoint captchas as part of their bot protection measures before product releases. Here is an example of a standard ReCaptcha:
Main captcha modules:
- Checkpoint Captcha
- Checkout Captcha
- Question Captcha
- Login Captcha
To solve a ReCaptcha, you typically need to click on 3-5 checkboxes, which can depict various objects like traffic lights, stairs, crosswalks, fire hydrants, bicycles, and more. Moreover, the quality of the ReCaptcha you encounter depends on several factors, including proxy quality, Gmail quality, and harvester proxy quality. You can assess the quality of your proxies by visiting this link: https://www.ipqualityscore.com/ip-reputation-check.
Some websites opt for more robust and challenging captchas, or you might fall short in one of the mentioned categories, resulting in what’s known as a “fading captcha.” Ideally, your captchas should only require 3-5 checkbox clicks before submission. However, if your proxy or Gmail quality is subpar, you may have to solve numerous captchas to achieve a successful result. ReCaptcha checkpoints can be manually solved using in-bot harvesters, AYCD Autosolve, or a third-party captcha service.
Checkout Captchas, while less common in botting, are a form of ReCaptcha v2 that resembles a Shopify checkpoint captcha. However, they typically appear as the final hurdle before completing a purchase. These captchas tend to occur for two primary reasons: either the website mandates a checkout captcha as a prerequisite for placing an order, or your proxies are underperforming, resulting in a lower fraud IP quality score. Kith is one of the most prominent websites known for using checkout captchas, but the majority of Shopify websites do not employ them, at least for now. If you encounter checkout captchas due to proxy quality issues, it’s advisable to either allow your proxies to rest for a few days or consider swapping them out if possible. While checkout captchas can be solved using in-bot harvesters, AYCD Autosolve, or third-party captcha services, it’s important to note that they significantly slow down the checkout process, so it’s best to avoid them whenever possible.
Question Captchas, the rarest form of captcha encountered in botting, are specific to Domain Change Shopify releases. Preparing for a Domain Change release involves setting up a dedicated harvester under the “Shopify Question” category in your bot’s captcha tab. Remarkably, you don’t need to use a proxy with your Shopify Question harvester because your bot will utilize your local machine’s IP to receive these captchas.
Typically, question captchas pose queries related to the store or the sneakers being released. For instance, you might encounter questions like, “What year was the first Jordan 4 released?” or “Where was our company founded?” Occasionally, Shopify websites may present seemingly trivial questions unrelated to the release, such as “What color is the sky?” or “What color is an orange?” These questions have been used by real Shopify websites in the past.
The critical aspect of solving a question captcha is accuracy. Failing to answer correctly will likely result in an inability to purchase any products from that release. It’s essential to note that most bots do not provide multiple attempts to answer the question. If you enter an incorrect response, you’ll need to close your bot, restart tasks, and remember to reopen your captcha harvesters.
In most cases, a Shopify question captcha will be accompanied by a Shopify Checkpoint ReCaptcha. To reiterate, Shopify question captchas are currently exclusive to Domain Change releases. However, Domain Change releases can be highly lucrative, making thorough preparation crucial.
Login/V3 Captchas, also known as V3 captchas, are used on Shopify websites that require user accounts for purchasing products. While a V3 captcha bears similarities to a ReCaptcha checkpoint captcha, most bots need to direct these captchas to a different harvester.
When you are botting on a Shopify website that necessitates user accounts, you’ll encounter a login captcha as soon as you initiate your tasks. This captcha must be resolved before you can join a queue or add a product to your cart. If you rely on in-bot harvesters for captcha solving, it’s imperative to set up a separate harvester specifically for Login/V3 captchas. Failure to do so can lead to overcrowding between your checkpoint captchas and Login/V3 captchas, potentially causing your tasks to miss the appropriate queue times or even the release entirely.
However, if you use AYCD or a third-party captcha service, they will handle Login/V3 captchas in the same manner as checkpoint captchas. It’s worth noting that if your in-bot harvesters are equipped with quality proxies and Gmail accounts, you might not need to solve the V3 captcha at all, as it remains one of the few captcha types in botting classified as a “One Click Captcha.”
HCaptcha is a type of captcha that generally requires you to answer a typed question and click a few boxes, similar to a common checkpoint captcha. The key distinction between HCaptcha and the typical checkpoint captcha lies in the difficulty of HCaptcha’s images, making them notably more challenging for AYCD Autosolve and third-party captcha services. As a result, they tend to become rate-limited rather swiftly. After resolving a few HCaptchas, you may find yourself unable to submit the answers or caught in a checkpoint loop. This means that regardless of how accurately you interact with the captcha, you won’t be able to proceed.
To prevent your harvesters from becoming rate-limited, you may need to employ more captcha harvesters than you would typically use for a standard Shopify checkpoint captcha release. It’s important to note that only a small number of Shopify websites currently employ HCaptcha as their chosen method of bot protection. The most common platforms using HCaptcha include DTLR and Union.
Some bots offer HCaptcha AI capabilities, allowing your bot to automatically solve HCaptchas without requiring manual intervention. The two most prevalent bots with HCaptcha AI are Mek AIO and Cyber AIO. Notably, Mek AIO’s HCaptcha AI is considered superior to other bots and often secures a significant portion of the stock during HCaptcha releases. Cyber AIO, on the other hand, employs HCaptcha AI driven by artificial intelligence learning, enabling it to adapt to new HCaptchas introduced during a release. However, it’s important to note that Cyber AIO’s HCaptcha AI can become rate-limited relatively quickly, potentially halting your tasks during the checkout process.
Many bots offer the flexibility to diversify your in-bot captcha harvesters, allowing you to choose between HCaptchas specifically or a more comprehensive “All Checkpoint Captchas” preset that handles both ReCaptcha and HCaptcha. It’s worth mentioning that certain bots, such as Valor AIO, Wrath AIO, and Hayha, currently lack HCaptcha AI support. If you are running any of these bots, manual solving will be necessary for any HCaptcha release.
There are three main sources for solving captchas for a sneaker release: in-bot harvesters, AYCD Autosolve, and third-party captcha services. Each option has its own pros and cons, and there is no one that is definitively better than the others. Your choice will depend on your abilities and your specific needs for solving captchas.
In-bot captcha harvesters: In-bot captcha harvesters utilize your bot’s preset captcha abilities to feed captchas directly to your server or local machine. To set up an in-bot harvester, navigate to the captcha section of your bot and click the ‘create’ or ‘+’ button to create a harvester. You can assign a proxy to the captcha harvester and log in to your Gmail. Repeat this process 3-5 times to have your in-bot harvesters ready to receive and solve captchas. In-bot harvesters offer various settings, including Checkpoint captcha, Checkout Captcha, HCaptcha, Shopify Question, and JD/FNL if supported by your bot. It’s essential to diversify your in-bot harvesters to handle any captcha type that may come your way.
We recommend allocating 60% of your in-bot harvesters to Checkpoint Captchas, 20% to Login/V3, and the remaining 20% to FNL/JD group. You don’t need to have a Shopify Question harvester open unless there is a Domain Change release imminent. If you are botting FNL/JD, your tasks will require a V3 captcha to pass their queue system, which is different from Shopify account login captchas. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a dedicated solver for the FNL/JD group. Remember to open your in-bot harvesters before any checkpoint releases to ensure you have a place for your captchas to be directed.
AYCD Autosolve / Autosolve AI: AYCD is a subscription-based tool for botters that is nearly essential for every botter to have in their arsenal. If you do not have an AYCD account, visit https://aycd.io/ and create one. AYCD offers three valuable services: Toolbox, Autosolve, and Autosolve AI. AYCD Toolbox includes various useful applications such as Oneclick, Profile Builder, Spoof, and Generator. Oneclick is a versatile tool that allows you to import your Gmails and maintain their performance by automatically ‘farming’ them through tasks like viewing YouTube videos and browsing shopping pages.
Using AYCD Oneclick is an excellent way to ensure you get quality captchas for Checkpoints. AYCD Autosolve is an additional service that you can purchase from AYCD, essentially turning all your Gmails in Oneclick into captcha solvers themselves. With Autosolve, you can select the Gmails you want to use for solving captchas and click ‘start Autosolve.’ A Gmail with Autosolve can solve anywhere from 3 to 75 captchas before needing to rest, making it a valuable tool if you receive a large number of captchas. Manual solving of more than around 20 captchas is not recommended, as it can decrease your solving ability and patience. If your solvers get rate-limited, they will continue clicking through until the captcha is submitted.
Finally, AYCD offers another service called Autosolve AI, which allows your in-bot harvesters to function without your direct involvement. Autosolve AI will solve captchas on the same screen as your AYCD, whether it’s open on your local machine or server and is the top page on your screen. To enable Autosolve AI, go to your Oneclick and find the tab called ‘Autosolve Desktop.’ Enabling this turns the box from red to green, making it ready to solve captchas on that screen. Note that Autosolve AI can quickly get rate-limited, so it’s advisable to either cycle out Gmails daily or run it only when you are away from your computer. Fading captchas are one of the main reasons why you may not successfully purchase sneakers on a release or restock, and they can delay your tasks from getting into the queue.
Third-Party Captcha Services: There are third-party services that employ staff to solve captchas that are sent out. You can use paid services like CapMonster and 2captcha to redirect captchas from your bot to their platform. They will solve the captcha and send the necessary information back to your bot.”