In this guide, we show you the best methods for earning Experience Points (XP) and leveling up fast in Pokémon Go. Earning XP increases the player’s Trainer Level, allowing for better Pokémon to be captured.
Now that Pokémon Go has finally arrived, players are actively on the hunt for Pokémon in some of the strangest places. However, capturing Pokémon is only one aspect of the game. A successful trainer must increase his or her Trainer Level by earning a steady flow of XP. The higher your Trainer Level, the better your chances of finding rare Pokémon.
There are numerous ways to earn XP in Pokémon Go, and of course some activities are worth more XP than others. Players should focus on performing tasks that reward the highest amount of XP in order to increase their Trainer Level quickly and efficiently.
How to Earn XP and Level Up
Capturing, evolving, and hatching Pokémon are among the best ways to earn XP, aside from winning gym battles. We have listed the XP rewards for performing various actions in Pokémon Go, based on their XP bonus value.
- 500 XP – Capture a New Pokémon 1
- 500 XP – Evolve a New Pokémon
- 200 XP – Hatch a Pokémon
- 150 XP – Defeating a Pokémon Trainer at Gym
- 100 XP – Capture a Pokémon
- 100 XP –Perform anExcellent Throw
- 100 XP – Battling a Pokémon Trainer at Gym
- 50 XP – Beat a Pokémon in Training at a Gym
- 50 XP – Checking in at a Pokéstop
- 50 XP – Great Throw
- 10 XP – Nice Throw
- 10 XP – Curve Ball
Capture Pokémon and Practice Your Throw
This one sort of goes without saying, but it’s still worth noting that capturing Pokémon nets you a decent amount of XP, especially when catching a new Pokémon for the first time. Capture as many Pokémon as you can, because you can always evolve them later and transfer any duplicates.
Additional XP is rewarded for skillfully throwing the Pokéball to capture a wild Pokémon. There are three types of skill throws: Excellent, Great, and Nice. Try to aim the Pokéball so that the Pokémon is inside the smallest shrinking capture ring in order to pull off a skillful throw. Throw bonuses do not stack.
A Curve Ball also rewards a small XP bonus, but requires a bit of practice. To achieve a Curve Ball, swirl the Pokéball in small circles and wait for it to sparkle before releasing it. If you’re swirling it to the right, aim to the left, and vice versa.
Evolve Your Pokémon
Evolving Pokémon is just as important as capturing new ones. To power up and evolve your Pokémon, you will need Candy and Stardust. If you catch any duplicate species, you can transfer the lower Combat Points (CP) duplicates back to the Professor in exchange for Candy, which can be used to evolve that Pokémon type. The ones with low CP are weaker fighters, so you’ll want to transfer those and evolve the one with a higher CP. You can then power up your remaining strong Pokémon even further to prepare them for gym battles.
Use Incense, Lures, and Lucky Eggs
Incense and Lure modules can be used to attract more Pokémon to your location, allowing you to catch more Pokémon and increasing your chances of finding new ones. Incense lasts 30 minutes and is best if you are planning to walk around. Pokémon will be attracted to your location as you move.
Lure modules on the other hand are intended for Pokéstops, increasing the Pokémon frequency at that particular location. This means you will have to remain at the Pokéstop to benefit from the Lure. The upside to using the Lure module is that it works for multiple trainers at the Pokéstop, so consider using a Lure when at a stop with other players.
Lucky Eggs, not to be confused with regular Pokémon Eggs, are consumable items that increase your XP gain for a period of time, and can be purchased with PokéCoins within the Shop panel. After using a Lucky Egg, you’ll earn double the XP for a duration of 30 minutes. Be sure to use one before performing high XP tasks, such as evolving or catching Pokémon.
Incubate and Hatch Eggs
Hatching Pokémon Eggs grants a decent amount of XP, but requires specific steps to accomplish. In order to hatch a Pokémon Egg, you will need to incubate the egg while travelling a certain distance. Pokémon Eggs can be obtained at a Pokéstop along with other items.
Once you have acquired an Egg, place it into an incubator by tapping Start Incubation within the Eggs tab. Only one Egg can go in an incubator at a time, but you can purchase additional temporary incubators with real-world money if you wish to hatch multiple eggs.
While the Egg is in the incubator, you must travel for a certain distance with the app open in order for the Egg to hatch. Keep in mind that rarer Pokémon will require more steps than common ones. You must keep the app open during this process so that the app can track your steps. Your steps won’t count if you go over certain speeds, so don’t bother doing this while driving. Your Pokémon Egg will hatch after walking the allotted distance for that egg, earning you additional XP and a new Pokémon for your collection.
Visit Poke Stops
Every time that you visit a Poke Stop you can collect items you’d have to spend in-game currency on. One interesting thing to note is that every time you visit a Poke Stop you also pick up experience that goes to your character’s level. Visit the stops often to level up faster. It’s even easier to exploit Poke Stops for leveling if you have a Poke Stop near you.
Beat and Take Over Gyms
The aforementioned Gym system is the best way to level up faster in Pokémon GO.
Capture creatures with high-enough CP or enhance the creatures that you already have. Then you leave them at the vacant Gyms that litter your city or town. Depending on which team you’ve joined, you may find that those Gyms allow you to train and leave your own creatures there.
Battle with Gyms of opposing teams to earn XP that goes straight to your Trainer’s level too. To clear out a Gym, you’ll need decent enough creatures that can stand up to what has been left at that particular Gym.
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