Saturday, September 23, 2017

This is a guide based on my experience (XP), pun intended, on leveling on Pokemon GO.

This is meant to be a guide to help you find ways to be efficient at leveling. Keep in mind that this is not the only way to level, but I have found to be quite effective.

The Basics (XP)

  • Experience Points or XP is a value of points required for your character to get to the next level.  
  • Everyone starts at level one, and with each new level, gains additional bonuses and better chance to see and catch higher level Pokemon in the wild.
  • You gain XP for all sorts of actions, catching Pokemon, stopping at a Pokestop, hatching eggs, evolving Pokemon.  
  • The more you do these things, the more XP you gain and thus get enough points to get to the next level.  I will just call this the leveling GRIND
  • Currently, level 40 looks to be the max level ceiling.

Where to get Experience

Action XP (Non Modified)
Catch a Pokemon 100
(BEST) Evolve A Pokemon

500 1st Stage

1000 Final Stage

Discovering a New Pokemon

500 to 1000

Visiting A Pokestop 50
Nice / Great / Excellent 10 / 50 / 100 (Bug Fixed to enable this XP again in 1.3.0 New Pokemon GO Update Version 1.3.0 8-8-2016)
Curve Ball Toss 10
Battling in Gym (See Pokemon GO Gyms) Various
Training in Gym (See Pokemon GO Gyms) Various
Using Lucky Egg Doubles XP for 30 Minutes 

Items to help leveling

  • The only item that helps in leveling are Lucky Eggs, which gains you double XP points for 30 minutes.  Therefore you want to be as efficient as possible to maximize this timeframe. 
  • Lucky Eggs are gifted to you at level 9, 10, 15, 20, and 40 ( between level 25-40 is unknown since I have not achieved those levels)

Making the Most of your Time

  • Pidgeys are your friend!  They are the Pokemon to catch always so you can more quickly level.  They only cost 12 candies to evolve, therefor every 4 Pidgeys caught = 1 evolve (3 Candies each + 1 Candy for Transfer = 12 Candies + 1 Pidgey to Evolve).  This will net you now 500 XP per evolve.
  • Save up your evolutions to about 50+ Evolves and combine it all with your Lucky Egg to maximize evolutions, gaining 1000 XP for each evolve.

XP Requirements Per Level

As you can see with the chart below, leveling starts to grow exponentially, making it harder to level in the high levels, which gives a more even playing field as most people will not be way over powered (OP) crushing everyone in the gyms.  That and being able to only put 1 defender per gym, makes it easier to grind down the gym and battle 6 vs 1 on the high level leader.  Find out more about Gyms here Pokemon GO Gyms

Level XP To Next Level Bonus Items Upon Reaching Level New Item Access
1 1000    
2 2000 10x Pokeballs  
3 3000 15x Pokeballs   
4 4000 15x Pokeballs   
5 5000 20x Pokeballs, 10x Potions, 10x Revives, 1x Insense  Pokemon GO Gyms, Potions 
6 6000 15x Pokeballs, 10x Potions, 5x Revives, 1x Incubator  
7 7000  15x Pokeballs, 10x Potions, 5x Revives, 1x Insense   
8 8000  15x Pokeballs, 10x Potions, 5x Revives, 10x Razz Berries 1x Lure Module Razz Berry 
9 9000 15x Pokeballs, 10x Potions, 5x Revives, 3x Razz Berries, 1x Lucky Egg  
10  10000  20x Pokeballs, 20x Super Potions, 10x Revives, 10x Razz Berries, 1x Incense, 1x Lucky Egg, 1x Egg Incubator, 1x Lure Module  Super Potions 
11  10000  15x Pokeballs, 10x Super Potions, 3x Revives, 3x Razz Berries   
12  10000   20x Great balls, 10x Super Potions, 3x Revives, 3x Razz Berries  Great Balls 
13 10000   10x Great balls, 10x Super Potions, 3x Revives, 3x Razz Berries   
14  15000   10x Great balls, 10x Super Potions, 3x Revives, 3x Razz Berries    
15 20000 15x Great balls, 20x Hyper Potions, 10x Revives, 10x Razz Berries, 1x Incense, 1x Lucky Egg, 1x Egg Incubator, 1x Lure Module   Hyper Potions 
16 20000 10x Great balls, 10x Hyper Potions, 5x Revives, 5x Razz Berries  
17 20000 10x Great balls, 10x Hyper Potions, 5x Revives, 5x Razz Berries   
18 25000 10x Great balls, 10x Hyper Potions, 5x Revives, 5x Razz Berries   
19 25000 15x Great balls, 10x Hyper Potions, 5x Revives, 5x Razz Berries   
20 50000  20x Ultra balls, 20x Hyper Potions, 20x Revives, 20x Razz Berries, 2x Incense, 2x Lucky Eggs, 2x Incubators, 2x Lure Modules Ultra Balls 
21 75000 10x Ultra balls, 10x Hyper Potions, 10x Revives, 10x Razz Berries  
22 100000  10x Ultra balls, 10x Hyper Potions, 10x Revives, 10x Razz Berries  
23 125000    
24 150000    
25 ?    
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31 500000    
32 ?    
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40 - 40x Ultra Balls, 40x Max Revives, 40x Razz Berries, 4x Incense, 4x Lure Modules, 4x Incubators, 4x Lucky Eggs *Source Reddit user _problemz a   

 

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