Welcome to your ultimate Pokemon Go evolution guide! This guide covers the entire topic of Pokemon Go evolution’s and powering up, including how much candy is required, where you can find the special evolution items that some Pokemon require, when and which Pokemon to power up and more. This is a part of our Go guides series which you can find in our guides section.
WHAT IS CANDY AND HOW TO GET IT
Candy is used in Pokemon Go to both evolve and power up your Pokemon. It’s very possible the term ‘candy’ was taken from the main series of Pokemon video games, where ‘rare candy’ would level up your Pokemon. You’ll need to both evolve and power up your Pokemon to make them strong enough to take down and defend gyms.
Candy can be obtained in the following ways:
- Catching Pokemon – each time you catch a Pokemon, you gain 3 candy of that Pokemon. If it’s a second evolution, that total goes to 5. If it’s a third evolution, the total goes to 10! All totals will be doubled if you also use a Pinap berry when catching the Pokemon.
- Walking With A Buddy – Every time you walk either 1km, 2km or 5km with a buddy, you gain one candy for that Pokemon. Distances vary for each Pokemon – you can gain 1 Magikarp/Gyarados candy every 1km you walk and 1 Dratini/Dragonair/Dragonite candy for every 5km you walk.
- Feeding Pokemon At A Gym Berries – Occasionally when feeding a pokemon berries at a gym you can sometimes receive one candy from that Pokemon.
- Hatching Pokemon From An Egg – Every time you hatch a Pokemon, you will receive candy of that Pokemon. This can be a big amount and give your candy stock a huge boost!
- Transferring Pokemon – Each time you transfer a Pokemon to Professor Willow’s grinding machine, you receive one candy from that Pokemon.
Candy is extremely important in Pokemon Go, as you can neither evolve Pokemon nor power them up without it!
EVOLVING POKEMON WHO NEED SPECIAL ITEMS
There’s not many of them in the game, but eventually you’ll stumble across a Pokemon within your squad who requires something more than just candy to evolve into another Pokemon.
Special evolution items were first introduced in the second generation of Pokemon video games. Pokemon had to be ‘holding’ these items when trading them for them to evolve. This game mechanic has been brought over to Pokemon Go, and you will need to obtain these items from Pokestops before you can evolve certain Pokemon. The items you’re on the lookout for are:
- Magnet – used to evolve Porygon into Porygon2
- Sun Stone – used to evolve Sunkern into Sunflora and Gloom into Bellossom
- Metal Coat – used to evolve Scyther into Scizor and Onix into Steelix
- King’s Rock – used to evolve Slowpoke into Slowking
- Dragon Scale – used to evolve Seadra into Kingdra
As mentioned, these items are obtainable from Pokestops. Be prepared for a long wait though; the rate at which these items drop on a normal Pokestop spin is incredibly low! You may get lucky and receive one randomly, or you may never see one from a normal Pokestop spin; it’s a game of probability where that is concerned.
However, all is not lost! Each time you reach your seven day streak on a Pokestop, you will randomly receive one of the evolution items! Sadly, you won’t receive a different one each time, so you may end up with multiple Magnet’s when you just need that Dragon Scale, but as long as you reach your seven day streak, you’re guaranteed to receive an evolution item to use on one of your Pokemon.
HOW CANDY & STARDUST WORK IN POWERING UP
Powering up your Pokemon is an integral part of Pokemon Go; without strong Pokemon, you’re not going to get anywhere fast if you desire to take down and defend the gyms around you. If you’re just in it to ‘catch ’em all’, then it may not be as important, but the battling is one of the main part’s of the game, and you should really be looking to make your Pokemon the best they can be.
Powering up your Pokemon will improve every aspect of it; it’s stats (attack, defense, stamina) and it’s combat power, or CP, which combined is how the game determines the strongest Pokemon currently. The higher the CP, the better the Pokemon is. There is also another factor which determine the strength of a Pokemon, IV’s (individual values), which vary from Pokemon to Pokemon. Click here if you want to read our IV guide. You can also find a different range of IV Calculators on our site to check how strong your Pokemon is/are.
It’s highly recommended to evolve your Pokemon before you begin powering them up. Unfortunately, you don’t gain anything from powering the Pokemon up before evolving them. It will still require the same amount of stardust and candy as if they were fully evolved; and hey, who wants a Dratini when you could have a beasty Dragonite instead?!
As you can see, powering up your Pokemon requires two things; candy, which we’ve talked about, and stardust. Stardust is another very sought-after item in the game; without stardust, there’s no powering up! You can obtain stardust in the following ways:
- Catching Pokemon – Each time you catch a stage one evolution Pokemon, such as Pidgey, you receive 100 stardust. For stage two, such as Pidgeotto, it’s 300. For stage three, such as Pidgeot, it’s 500. You will also get 700 stardust for your first catch of every day!
- Feeding Pokemon Berries At A Gym – Each time you give a Pokemon a berry at your team’s gym, you will receive 20 stardust. Not much, but every little helps and it all adds up.
- Hatching Pokemon From An Egg – Hatching Pokemon can be a big Stardust booster; you can receive over 2000 stardust for hatching Pokemon. Hatch as much as you can to keep that Stardust bank topped up.
Hatch, catch and feed your way to a healthy amount of Stardust!
WHEN & WHO SHOULD I POWER UP?
So you’ve built up plenty of candy for your Exeggcute, your stardust bank is looking healthy and you’ve used the IV calculator and found that it has an IV rating of 96%; when should you start powering it up?
Now. Right now. But first, evolve it. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get an ace moveset. If you don’t, it doesn’t matter *too* much anymore, as you’ll find out in our movesets guide. Exeggutor is a strong Pokemon within Pokemon Go. Certain Pokemon will never be as strong as others; that maxed-out Miltank might be the cutest cow you’ll ever see, but it’s still going to get smashed by Machamp. This handy Max CP list can tell you who the strongest Pokemon in the game are.
How much should you power Exeggutor up? As far as he can go. Depending on your trainer level, you may only be able to power him up so far. You will receive a ‘trainer level too low to power up’ message if this is the case. The next time you level up, you can power him up two more times. Rinse and repeat until he maxes out.
In summary; the better IV’s the Pokemon has, the better they are. The higher the CP the Pokemon has, the stronger it is. That concludes our Pokemon Go evolution guide! For more information on IV’s, check our IV guide. If your Pokemon is powered up and ready for battle, head over to our battles guide to get the most out of them!
More Guides like this are available from our guides section, including guides on gyms, appraisals, moveset, and levelling up. Head to our how to section also for more information on being as successful as possible in Pokemon Go!
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