For those of you that want to speed through the lower levels fast and get to a more competitive stagem here’s how you do Pokemon GO Fast Leveling.

Save the Pidgeys!

Pidgeys, Caterpies and Weedles all cost 12 Candy to evolve and each pokemon evolution gives you a nice 500 XP. That means that for every 4 pidgeys you catch, you get 900xp (500xp from evolution and 400 XP for catching 4 pokemon).

It’s important to save up a lot of candy so that you can use a lucky egg and do 10-20 evolutions in the thirty minutes that the lucky egg is active. Each evolution while under the lucky egg effect, gives you 1000 XP.

What if there are no Pidgeys, Caterpies and Weedles in my area?

While not very likely, it can happen. In that case Rattatas are the next best choice with as they cost 25 candy per evolution. Any Pokemon that spawns frequently in your area (regardless of its evolution cost) can and should be used this way.

How much combat power does my Pokemon need to have before it is worth to evolve it?

Doesn’t matter. Not if your level is under 20.

Below the lvl 20 you gain levels far to fast and the combat power of the pokemon you encounter increases linearly with your level. That means that your only goal should be to get to lvl 20. Only after that should you start to worry about which Pokemon you want to evolve and which you want to transfer. Also, only then should you start to spend your hard earned Stardust.

Pokemon GO Fast Leveling
Pokemon GO Fast Leveling

I’m level 20, now what?

After hitting level 20, it becomes much harder to gain levels and the gap between players who play a lot and those who play less frequently starts closing. Now it is time to start thinking about taking gyms and spending stardust to power up Pokemon. Make sure to only evolve Pokemon whose combat power is at least 90% of its max combat power.

After you evolve a Pokemon, it’s combat power increases drastically (check our Evolution Calculator), but it’s ratio of current combat power to max combat power remains the same. So if you evolved a pokemon with 900 CP and it’s max combat power is 1000 CP. And it’s combat power increases to 1620 CP, it’s max combat power will be 1800 CP.

Eggs, eggs, eggs.

Another good way of using the Lucky Egg effect is to put multiple eggs in the incubator at the same time, wait until their are almost hatched and then use the Lucky Egg. The eggs that hatch will all earn you double their normal XP, giving you a nice boost.

  • Philip

    To add to this article:

    1. Do use your lucky eggs in areas with lots of pokestops. I consider a lot of pokestops to be at least 10+ within an area. With the lucky egg on, each pokestop gives you 100 XP. If there are 10 pokestops, thats an easy 1000 XP. More if you continue to loop around and hit them multiple times while your lucky egg is running.

    Just be sure your bag isn’t full or you have extra storage so you’re sure to get the XP from the stops. I usually just delete all of my 20 and 50 potions to make sure I always have space in my bag.

    2. Pair your lucky egg with incense for a nice combination while you hit up pokestops. Not only do you double your XP from each stop, but you also double your XP from each pokemon you catch. And if you catch any new pokemon or get a 100th pokemon caught bonus, you double that as well.

    3. When catching pokemon, master the curvemball as you get a double bonus for that as well when using the lucky egg. You also get bonuses for hitting a nice, great, or excellent throw.

    Without a lucky egg, if you were to catch a new pokemon with an excellent curve ball throw, you’d earn: 100 (caught) + 500 (new) + 100 (excellent) + 10 (curve ball) for a total of 710 XP. With the lucky egg, that is 1420 XP.

    4. You should evolve your pokemon with a lucky egg running since it not only doubles your evolve bonus, but it also doubles your new pokemon bonus as well. However, don’t be so quick evolve your new pokemon with a lucky egg if that’s the only you’re evolving. It’ll waste the value of the egg, especially if you aren’t planning on using to it’s full potential to catch other pokemon and/or hit a lot of pokestops.

    Instead, like the article states, wait until you do a mass evolve of your common pokemon along with your newer evolved pokemon for a massive XP boost. I did this recently with a bunch of common evolves as well as ~12 or so newly evolved pokemon for a huge bonus of almost 70K XP. Evolving a new pokemon gives a double bonus of 3K with the egg. With 12 newly evolved pokemon, that’s already 36K XP.

    I’d advice doing this at home where you’re close to a charger as mass evolving does drain the battery.

  • Sarah

    Just a head up, even if your bag is full you will still get the xp from pokestops

  • Anonymous

    “Below the lvl 20 you gain levels far to fast and the combat power of the pokemon you encounter increases linearly with your level. That means that your only goal should be to get to lvl 20. Only after that should you start to worry about which Pokemon you want to evolve and which you want to transfer.”

    “After hitting level 20, it becomes much harder to gain levels and the gap between players who play a lot and those who play less frequently starts closing. Now it is time to start thinking about taking gyms and spending stardust to power up Pokemon. Make sure to only evolve Pokemon whose combat power is at least 90% of its max combat power.”

    Recently hit Lv. 20, despite what it says in the article, can I still mass evolve my Pidgeys, as I am not planning to use any for battle and the candy is easy to come by?