Guide: pokemon go
You only have one shot at choosing a Gym team, so pick wisely
Once you hit level 5, you are invited to join one of three teams - Team Instinct, Team Mystic, or Team Valor. The point of teams is to divide the users into competing camps that control gyms, with the idea for players to seek out gyms owned by rival groups, take control of them, and continue to defend them over time, with the game rewarding players for doing so.
While the differences between them are minimal, since you can't change your team once they've been chosen, it's a decision that really matters, especially since there are so many rivalries emerging between players around the globe. Make sure you take your time and choose wisely!
Sources list and how to get XP fast with Pidgey farming
If you want to gain XP quickly, then there's a number of ways to do so, as our Pokémon Go XP chart explains.
Increasing your Trainer level is one of the most important things you can do in Pokémon Go. Later Trainer levels increase your chances of meeting higher CP Pokémon out in the wild - increasing their effectiveness in Gym battles - and will also increase your chances of discovering rare Pokemon.
Not only that, but trainer level rewards get better over time, becoming more lucrative the higher your level, with more powerful Pokéballs, curatives and more.
Pokémon Go XP chart and sources list
Most actions in the game will give you XP of some kind, and it pays to know the most efficient methods.
Here's a run down to help you plan your activities, and remember if you have a Lucky Egg at hand, you will double all XP gains for the next 30 minutes. To get a 4x increase, you must use a Lucky Egg during a Double XP event (such as the one during Easter) increasing your gains again by a factor or two.
|Activity||Normal XP||2x XP||4x XP (2x with Lucky Egg)|
|Capture any Pokémon||100 XP||200 XP||400 XP|
|Catch a new Pokémon||+500 XP||+1000 XP||+2000 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon with a Curveball||+10 XP||+20 XP||+40 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon with a Nice throw||+10 XP||+20 XP||+40 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon with a Great throw||+50 XP||+100 XP||+200 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon with an Excellent Throw||+100 XP||+200 XP||+400 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon on the first attempt||+50 XP||+100 XP||+200 XP|
|Pokémon runs away||25 XP||40 XP||100 XP|
|Evolving a Pokémon||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Evolving a new Pokémon||500 XP (+ 500 XP)||1000 XP (+ 1000 XP)||2000 XP (+ 2000 XP)|
|Hatching a 2km Egg||200 XP||400 XP||800 XP|
|Hatching a 5km Egg||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Hatching a 10km Egg||1000 XP||2000 XP||4000 XP|
|Hatching a new Pokémon||+500 XP||+1000 XP||+2000 XP|
|Interact with PokéStop||50 XP||100 XP||200 XP|
|Interact with a new PokéStop||250 XP||500 XP||1000 XP|
|Daily Bonus for PokeStop||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Daily Bonus for PokeStop on day seven||2000 XP||4000 XP||8000 XP|
|Daily Bonus for catching Pokémon||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Daily Bonus for catching Pokémon on day seven||2000 XP||4000 XP||8000 XP|
|Completing a Raid||3000 XP||6000 XP||9000 XP|
|Spinning a Gym Badge||+25XP per tier, +25% if Gym is same team||+50XP per tier, +25% if Gym is same team||+75XP per tier, +25% if Gym is same team|
Get XP fast in Pokémon Go by Pidgey farming
As the chart alludes to, the fastest and most effective means of gaining XP is by evolving Pokémon one after another while a Lucky Egg multiplier is active, especially during a double XP event.
Weedles are your ticket to fast XP.
Evolving a creature gives you 500 XP, and if you want to do that for a full 30 minutes, you need a lot of creatures and a lot of candy. The easiest way to do this is with certain common creatures - such as Pidgeys, Weedles and Caterpies - which are all easy to find and require a very small amount of Candy to evolve - 12 compared to the usual 25, 50 or 100.
As a comparison, you need 25 Candies to evolve other common creatures such as Rattata, Eevee or Oddish. We've assembled some tips on how to get Candy effectivelyfrom across the game, including Pokémon Go's Buddy system, if you need them.
To get the most out of this method, capture as many Pidgeys, Weedles and Caterpies as you can, with each capture giving you Candy and a potential creature to evolve. Remember you can get bonus Candy by transferring them back to the Professor, but make sure you have enough to actually evolve. Thankfully, there's a handy online calculator named PidgeyCalc that will work out exactly how many you need to transfer to maximise your time, and how long it will take.
Another tip, recently discovered by those on the The Silph Road subreddit to make things easier - by searching for 'evolve' in your Pokémon list, the game will narrow down every creature you can evolve based on the current Candy you have. Very handy to save you searching through your list while the Lucky Egg timer ticks down.
It's also well worth holding off evolving anything that will be new to your Pokédex until you have a Lucky Egg active. Each new Pokédex entry is worth 500 XP, effectively doubling the amount of XP you get.
If you prepare these methods correctly, and have the exact right amount of Pokémon and Candy when you use the Lucky Egg, it's possible to evolve around 60 Pokémon within 30 minutes - earning you a staggering 60,000 XP, or 120,000 XP during a double XP event. You can get even more if you also have a Pokémon Go Plus accessory, allowing you to spin a PokéStop or catch wild creatures nearby without having to take a break from evolving.
Once you get into the habit of going after common creatures and saving them up for such evolution sprees, you'll be flying through trailer levels sooner than you think.
Other ways to get XP fast in Pokémon Go
As mentioned, a Lucky Egg is the best thing to use when going on an XP run. A Lucky Egg is a guaranteed drop as a Trainer level reward at 9, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40. They can also be purchased with PokéCoins in the game's shop.
Catching new Pokémon is surprisingly lucrative.
If you don't have enough Pidgeys or other creatures to go on a mass evolution spree, then your best bet is exploring an area filled with PokéStops and Pokémon.
In the right areas of cities such as London, Brighton or Birmingham, you'll find streets filled with them, making it a great opportunity to use a Lucky Egg as you explore, since many come one after another. Otherwise, find an area where you can loop back round and revisit older ones after the five minute expiry to use them again.
You can combine this with catching Pokémon along the way (you can get a little extra from special throws, remember that any new catches are worth more, if you're lucky to find them on your route) then the XP soon adds up, especially if you use an Incense to attract Pokémon to you, or if you find yourself returning to the same PokéStops, then dropping a Lure there could be particularly useful.
Rewards for streaks and first catch and Pokéstop of each day
For those still playing Pokémon Go after its colossal summer debut, developer Niantic is rewarding players who regularly check in with a series of Pokémon Go Daily Bonuses, which could be the perfect incentive to go outdoors in these cold winter months.
How to get involved is quite simple - just catch Pokémon and visit PokéStops as you would as usual, and as long as you do it every day for an entire week, you'll get even more rewards too.
Pokémon Go's Daily Bonus rewards and how they work
For the first Pokémon you catch and the first PokéStop you spin each day, you'll earn some additional XP and Stardust.
It doesn't matter what Pokémon or PokéStop you spin - it can be the same you visit each other day - as you'll still earn the reward for that day.
If you do this seven days in a row, you'll then earn a larger bonus - essentially more of what you receive on previous days, as the below table shows.
Other things to know about Pokémon Go Daily Bonuses and streaks
- The Daily Bonus you receive is in addition to the rewards you'd get for catching Pokémon or visit a PokéStop - so expect to add (at least) 100 XP or 50 XP for catching and PokeStops respectively.
- According to Niantic, Daily Bonus eligibility will reset at 12AM local time, so you won't have to wait a full 24 hours after you last caught a Pokémon or spun a PokéStop to continue the streak.
- Make sure you don't have a full item bag when spinning your first PokeStop, otherwise you won't continue the streak (thanks, TheSilphRoad!)
- Also, hatching an Egg will not count as a 'catch', so make sure you actually encounter them in the wild to continue the streak. (Also cheers to TheSilphRoad for finding this).
- This new feature feels in-line with Pokémon Go's Catch Bonus medals update, giving players something a little extra for playing overtime.
Increase your egg hatching productivity by playing smart
For hatching eggs, you start the game with an incubator that you can use as many times as you like, and also find or purchase additional one-time-use incubators so you can have multiple eggs brewing at once.
When you have more than one available, it pays to be smart about where you put your eggs; placing longer-lasting 10km eggs in the finite supply will make them last longer, since they're based on the number of uses, not distance used.
Egg chart for hatching 2km, 5km and 10km Eggs
Pokémon Eggs date back to the second generation of the main series, and in Pokémon Go, they also have an important role to play too.
There's no breeding mechanic this time - Pokémon Eggs are found at random from Pokéstops until you reach a maximum of 9 in your bag - and no way of telling which Pokémon's inside the Egg itself, aside from, that is, narrowing it down to the three large Egg groups for 2km, 5km and 10km Eggsbelow.
On the surface, Eggs in Pokémon Go appear to simply be another way of randomly acquiring a few new Pokes.
But just like the mighty Magikarp, we shouldn't judge Eggs by their seemingly ineffectual appearances.
Eggs and hatching can still be an extremely useful tool for expanding your collection - or indeed powering up the Pokémon you already have - and as such we've compiled a guide containing everything we know on the topic, and that now includes the new egg charts for Gen 2 Pokémon as well.
Pokémon Go Egg Chart for hatching 2km, 5km and 10km Eggs
|2km Eggs:||5km Eggs:||10km Eggs:|
|Igglybuff (Gen2)||Marill (Gen2)|
|Aipom (Gen2)||Elekid (Gen2)|
|Misdreavus (Gen2)||Girafarig (Gen2)|
|Pichu (Gen2)||Sneasel (Gen2)|
|Remoraid (Gen2)||Yanma (Gen2)|
|Slugma (Gen2)||Magby (Gen2)|
|Togepi (Gen2)||Phanpy (Gen2)|
|Spinarak (Gen2)||Qwilfish (Gen2)|
What are my chances of hatching a specific Pokémon in 2km, 5km and 10km Eggs?
While anecdotal experience at launch suggested certain creatures do have higher chances than others from hatching in Eggs, the researchers at the Silph Road proved there are rarity tiers when it comes to eggs.
The findings can be summerised as there being four tiers of rarity across all three egg groups, and though the three groups more or less fit into them (2km being common, 5km uncommon, and 10km rare) there is some crossover, with some 5km creatures having very rare hatches, and 10km having some uncommon hatches.
What does this tell us? The longer the distance, the higher your chances of a rarer creature, but that isn't guarentted - which explains why you'll find Sudowoodo and Mantines more often than Chanseys and Snorlaxs in 10km eggs. You can see the exact chances in Silph Road's rarity tier research.
Pokémon Go Coins - How to get PokéCoins in the latest update
Pokémon Go Coins is the game's premium currency to buy new items in the game - some you can get from regular play, and others such as permanent upgrades which exclusively from the shop.
There are two ways to get PokéCoins. One is through paying real-world money (the means of which the game is monitised) and the other is by interacting with Gyms.
With the substantial summer 2017 Gym rework, the way you earn and received Coins has changed - for the better and worse.
How to get PokéCoins and collect them in Pokémon Go
To get PokéCoins without paying real-world money, you must interact with Gyms, which are available from Trainer level 5.
These are towering, spinning monuments (not to be confused with regular PokéStops) that can be taken over by one of the game's three Teams and must defend it by placing Pokémon inside.
This is how Coins work following the 2017 Gym rework:
- For every 10 minutes you have a Pokémon in the Gym, you gain 1 PokéCoin.
- Your earnings will be delivered to you automatically when your Pokémon has been removed from the Gym.
- There is a cap of 50 Coins per day you can receive across all Pokémon and Gyms.
The cap was initially mentioned on the official support page and later removed, but appears to still be in place, according to the Silph Road sub-Reddit.
Our Snorlax stayed in the Gym for over 2 hours 40 minutes - giving us 16 Coins.
This is different to how Gyms worked in the game's first year, where placing a Pokémon in a Gym would get you a flat rate of 10 Coins per creature (with a 21 hour cooldown period whenever you cash out) so in theory, you can now easily earn 50 PokéCoins in the same period.
You can, of course, pay up if you'd rather not mess with Gyms at all...
However, if your Pokémon has been in a Gym for several days (accruing more than 50 coins), they will only provide 50 coins in total when they come back to you. It also means that, if other Pokémon come back to you on that same day, you won't receive any more Coins - as you've already hit the cap for that day.
As such, it is probably better to have your Pokémon return from Gyms on a regular, staggered basis, rather than over long periods and all at once to maximise your gains.
It's also worth noting you can only have one of your Pokémon in one Gym at a time, you can still have Pokémon in multiple Gyms. There is now a cap of 20 Gyms you can place creatures inside.
So it's a similar system but with a few key differences. If you previously kept creatures in Gyms for days on end then you could see fewer Coins rewarded, but it otherwise gives you more opportunities to earn Coins more often.
If you want to read general advice on how to keep Pokémon in Gyms for longer, then read our complete Gym rework guide page, as well as our tier list of best Pokémon you should be looking to train.
What can you use PokéCoins for?
When you have started earning PokéCoins - or bought them from the shop - you can use them to purchase items. Here are the current going rates:
Some items, such as Upgrades, are exclusive to the shop.
- Premium Raid Pass (level 35 required, 100 PokéCoins for 1)
- Max Revives (level 30 required, 180 PokéCoins for 6)
- Max Potions (level 25 required, 200 PokéCoins for 10)
- Poké Balls (100 PokéCoins for 20, 460 PokéCoins for 100, 200 PokéCoins for 800)
- Lure Modules (100 PokéCoins for 1, 8 PokéCoins for 680)
- Egg Incubator (150 PokéCoins for 1)
- Lucky Egg (80 PokéCoins for 1, 500 PokéCoins for 8, 1250 PokéCoins for 25)
- Incense (80 PokéCoins for 1, 500 PokéCoins for 8, 1250 PokéCoins for 25)
- Bag Upgrade (200 PokéCoins for 50 PokéCoins extra item slots)
- Pokémon Storage Upgrade (200 PokéCoins for 50 extra Pokémon slots)
Before you splash the cash, it's worth noting:
- Some of the above (PokéBalls, Revives, Potions) can be received from PokéStops
- Revives, Potions, Poké Balls, Lure Modules, Lucky Eggs, Incense and Egg Incubators are given out as level rewards
- Bag Upgrade and Pokémon Storage Upgrades are exclusive to the shop
- Sales for select items do take place, usually doing seasonal events such as Solstice and rock event, so if you can be patient before you buy a set of
- Lucky Eggs or Egg Incubators, then do so!
How to get Candy easily, and how Rare Candy works
Candy is arguably the most important resource in Pokémon Go, enabling you to Power Up and evolve your Pokémon and thus strengthen them in the process.
It combines with Stardust to form arguably the central mechanic in the game outside of finding and catching Pokémon themselves, but thankfully, there's many ways to get your hands on it, including when using the new Rare Candy item.
The best way to get Candy in Pokémon Go
As updates go on for the game, more and more methods of getting Candy exist, so it's worth keeping them all in mind as you play. It is, after all, one of the more difficult resources to collect.
The best way is, unfortunately, through grinding out those catches.
You'll get three Candy per Pokémon that you catch, and as part of the Gen 2 update, second and third tier evolutions will now give out more Candy in the wild compared to their first evolution counterparts, increasing from 3 Candy to 5 and 10 respectively.
The best way to get Candy is simple - by catching creatures.
There are ways to speed up the process for the creature you need, from finding Pokémon nests to finding Pokémon spawn locations.
It's worth noting that, now and again, seasonal updates look to increase the rates of some drops, such as Candy during Pokémon Go's Halloween event, so be sure to keep an eye on game updates to increase your stock.
Get extra Candy from using Berries in battle
As part of the Gen 2 Pokémon update, new Berries were added, introducing new effects when encountering wild Pokémon. One of these is the Pinap Berries, which will double the amount of Candy you receive if your next catch attempt succeeds.
Get extra Candy from using Berries at Gyms
As part of the summer 2017's huge Gym rework, by feeding a creature at a Gym owned by your team, there is a slim chance a Candy for that Pokémon will drop. This makes it one of the easiest ways to get high level Candy, with Gyms usually stacked with Blisseys, Tyranitars and Dragonites, and gives you another compelling reason to hang onto those Berries.
How to evolve using Special Items, their drop rates, and when to evolve or Power Up your Pokémon
Once you've started collecting enough Pokémon, you'll want to turn your attention to evolving and Powering Up to discover new creatures and make them strong enough to defend and capture Gyms. It's a surprisingly complicated decision to make, now that we know more about how complex Pokémon Go can be, so we'll start at the beginning by explaining how the evolution process works and what you should be paying attention to, before talking about when you should evolve and when you should Power Up those Pokémon.
The higher the CP, the more powerful a Pokémon will be in battle. As you play and collect Pokemon, you'll discover that not every capture has the same CP level. You can read on what CP means in Pokemon Go and how to get the highest values for your team, but in short, CP is one of the most important factors when it comes to fighting, and aside from collecting it's likely the driving force behind your desire to Power Up or evolve.
Because of those complexities surrounding your Pokémon's CP, Powering Up and evolving is more than just a case of picking the one with the highest CP and throwing your Stardust and Candy at it until you run dry. As you'll see below, sometimes you should Power Up your Pokémon first, sometimes you should evolve it first, sometimes both, and sometimes you should leave it alone.
How to evolve Pokémon and how to Power Up
Powering up and evolving Pokémon requires in-game resources known as Stardust and Candy. Stardust is a shared resource you receive for each Pokémon you catch, for storing Pokémon at Gyms and leveling up, while Candy is an item specific to that species - so Pikachu Candy, Pidgey Candy and so on. We've assembled some quick tips on how to get Candy in Pokémon Go here, plus how to get Stardust easily to strengthen your Pokémon.
In short, the more Pokémon of one type you catch, the more Candy you get to power up and evolve that species in its family, so it's well worth catching those low level Pidgeys to get that eventual Pidgeot evolution. Remember you can use in-game radar to locate and catch the Pokemon nearby, as well as discover Pokemon Type by location using real-world habitats.
Using Special Items to evolve your Pokémon and Special Item drop rates
As well as using Candy to evolve creatures, as part of the Gen 2 update certain evolutions - for existing and new Pokemon - also require a special item to evolve into certain forms. These are:
All of these are received from spinning PokéStops. Their drop rate is incredibly low - ourselves including others online report one dropping per several hundred spins.
However, there is a guaranteed way of getting them, and that's by getting a 7 day Daily Bonus streak which will drop one.