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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)|
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.
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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:
King’s Rock for Politoed, Slowking
Sun Stone for Bellossom, Sunflora
Up-Grade for Porygon2
Dragon Scale for Kingdra
Metal Coat for Scizor, Steelix
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.