XL Candy in Pokémon GO
XL Candy in Pokémon GO

Candy XL is a currency in Pokémon GO used to power up Pokémon beyond Level 40. Candy XL was introduced as a part of Pokémon GO’s Beyond update. If you’re looking for a Level 40 to 50 guide, see our Pokémon GO Level 40 to 50 Guide: XP, Level up Tasks and Rewards.

What is Candy XL in Pokémon GO

Candy XL is a special type of Pokémon Candy that is needed to power up Pokémon from Level 40 to Level 50. You cannot start earning Candy XL until you are Level 40. There is no limit on how much Candy XL you can earn in one day.

Candy XL drops for most in-game activities that reward normal Candy, but most Candy XL comes from simply catching Pokémon. Pinap Berries don’t have any effect on the amount of Candy XL earned.


XL Candy icon

Thanks to The SilphScience Research Group we know that the higher level a Pokémon is, the more likely it is to drop a Candy XL.

Candy XL is individual to each specific Pokémon species. You can convert 100 regular Candy into Candy XL. You can also collect XL Rare Candy that behaves like Rare Candy, but only works on Pokémon whose level is above 40.

How to get Candy XL in Pokémon GO

Candy XL can be gained in a variety of different ways, with some mechanics guaranteeing a reward, and others being random drops. You can get Candy XL from these activities:

How to get Candy XL in Pokémon GO
Catching a Pokémon
  • 0 – 3 Candy XL
  • 1 for Stage 1 Evolution (guaranteed)
  • 2 for Stage 2 Evolution (guaranteed)
  • 3 for Legendary Pokémon (guaranteed)
  • 3 for Mythical Pokémon (guaranteed)
Catch a Raid Boss 1 Candy XL
Trading a Pokémon
  • 1 Candy XL (one or both Trainers)
  • The odds to get an Candy XL from trades seem to be around 10%
  • The chance of receiving a Candy XL increases with trading distance
Hatching a Pokémon
  • 2km Egg ->  average of 1 Candy XL
  • 5km Egg -> average of 3 Candy XL
  • 7km Egg -> average of 3 Candy XL
  • 10km Egg -> average of 4 Candy XL
  • 12km Egg -> average of 4 Candy XL
Transferring a Pokémon
  • 1 Candy XL per transfer
  • The rate of Candy XL from transfers appears to be somewhere between 1/15 to 1/20
Exchange regular Pokémon candy 100 regular Candy -> 1 Candy XL
Meltan Box up to 18 Meltan Candy XL per hour
Walking with a Buddy Amount appears to be tied to Pokémon level, the higher the level, the more frequently a single Candy XL is given

Catching Pokémon

Catching a Pokémon can reward from 0 to 3 Candy XL. Catching an evolved form does not make it any more likely to reward Candy XL, and it appears to be a random reward. Higher level wild Pokémon have a higher chance of dropping multiple Candy XL. Pinap Berries have no influence on the drop rate or quantity of Candy XL.

Catching Legendary, Mythical or evolved Pokémon is guaranteed to reward you with Candy XL. Legendary and Mythical Pokémon are guaranteed to reward 3x Candy XL for catch. Stage 1 evolutions guarantee 1x Candy XL, while Stage 2 evolutions guarantee 2x Candy XL per catch.

It has been reported that a Meltan box can reward up to 18 Meltan Candy XL in an hour, but your mileage may vary here significantly.


Hatching Eggs

Hatching a Pokémon gives up to a set amount of Candy XL. A 5km/7km egg rewards up to 16 Candy XL, and 10km/12km eggs reward up to 24 Candy XL. The average Candy XL given from eggs is much lower than these maximums, with the averages included in the table above thanks to research from the SilphRoad. Pokémon IV seems to have no bearing on the amount of Candy XL rewarded, and it appears to be a random amount given with each hatch.

Walking with your Buddy

Walking with your Buddy will now reward Candy XL alongside regular candy. How frequently you are rewarded with Candy XL from your Buddy seems to be increased as the Pokémon’s level is higher based on research by the SilphRoad.


Trading a Pokémon can randomly give a single Candy XL, either to one Trainer, or both. If one Trainer trading is under level 40, the level 40+ Trainer can still gain an Candy XL, but the Trainer below level 40 cannot. Early research suggests 1 in 10 trades gives Candy XL.


Transferring a Pokémon can randomly reward a single Candy XL. Mass transferring Pokémon can reward multiple XL Candies. Transferring higher level Pokémon has a chance to drop more Candy than lover levels.


XL Candy Convert
Convert regular into Candy XL

Additionally, you can also convert 100 regular Pokémon candy to a single Candy XL, quite a steep cost, and probably the least efficient method. If you have a large amount of candy for a Pokémon that is sat collecting dust, like a huge amount of Eevee candy after Eevee Community Day, why not swap some of those thousands of candy for Candy XL?

Candy XL Costs per Level

To power up your Pokémon to level 40, there is a Stardust and candy cost, but to go beyond level 40, you need Candy XL along with your Stardust.

You can power your Pokémon up to Level 50 from a Trainer Level of 40, so you don’t need to be above Level 40 to have maxed out Level 50 Pokémon. Level 41+ Pokémon are usable in Master League, but not in Master League Classic.

Levelling up with Candy XL is certainly an expensive endeavour! Purified Pokémon have a slightly reduced Candy XL cost, and Shadow Pokémon have an even higher Candy XL cost.

Do note that it takes two powerups to increase a whole level. It will take you 250000 dust and 296 Candy XL to power up a Pokémon from Level 40 to 50.

The following table lists Candy XL and Stardust Cost for upgrading Pokémon from Level 41 to Level 50 in Pokémon GO:

Candy XL and Stardust Cost from Level 40 to 50
Level Stardust cost Candy XL CP Multiplier
41 10000 10 0.7953
41.5 10000 10 0.7978
42 11000 10 0.8003
42.5 11000 10 0.8028
43 11000 12 0.8053
43.5 11000 12 0.8078
44 12000 12 0.8103
44.5 12000 12 0.8128
45 12000 15 0.8153
45.5 12000 15 0.8178
46 13000 15 0.8203
46.5 13000 15 0.8228
47 13000 17 0.8253
47.5 13000 17 0.8278
48 14000 17 0.8303
48.5 14000 17 0.8328
49 14000 20 0.8353
49.5 14000 20 0.8378
50 15000 20 0.8403


PokéMiners posted a summarised infographic on their data mining channels, which we’re attaching below:

Pokemon Level Up Requirements for Level 41-55
Pokémon Level Up Requirements for Level 41-55

Candy XL Tips and Tricks in Pokémon GO

  • Candy XL can be acquired via: Trading, Catching, Transferring, Hatching Eggs and walking with your Buddy
  • Raid Pokémon / Shadow Pokémon can both award Candy XL when caught / transferred
  • A Caught Pokémon from raids does not guarantee Candy XL.
  • A Caught Shiny Pokémon does not guarantee Candy XL.
  • A Caught Secondary or Third Evolution Pokémon guarantees 1x and 2x Candy XL respectively
  • Higher Level Pokémon can award more Candy XL.
  • A Caught Pokémon that awards Candy XL for one Trainer, may not award Candy XL for another.
  • A Caught Pokémon can drop between 0 – 3 Candy XL.
  • Mass Transferring the same species can award multiple Candy XL.
  • Currently 1 Candy XL can be guaranteed via trading (More info on this below)
  • Both Trainers can receive Candy XL in a trade, but this is less likely than 1 Trainer receiving it.
  • Transferring Legendary / Mythical Pokémon can award Candy XL.
  • There is currently no known cap on Candy XL that can be acquired in any period of time.
  • Transferring multiple species of Pokémon can award multiple species of Candy XL in one mass transfer.
  • Trading always awards normal candy (as well as the chance at Candy XL) (which can currently be re-rolled until it shows you will receive an Candy XL)
  • Trading with an account under level 40 can still get the 40+ account Candy XL
  • Double transfer Candy event did not award 2x Candy XL


Fastest way to get Candy XL in Pokémon GO

What is the fastest way to get XL Candy in Pokémon Go?

The best way to get XL Candies is to simply catch Pokémon. Do the regular catch / hatch and transfer loop, combine it with trading to do an IV re-roll and you should have no problems with farming XL Candies.

We know that the higher level a Pokémon is, the more likely it is to drop a Candy XL. Weather Boosted Pokémon gain extra level, which results in a higher yield of Candy XL.

According to early testing in Australia, 15% – 25% of your catches will reward Candy XL, which can give you up to 3 Candy XL. Do note that Pinap Berries don’t influence Candy XL from catches.

Converting Candy into Candy XL is not an optimal way to farm XL Candies, as it requires 100 Candy for 1 Candy XL. It takes 296 Candy XL to power up a Pokémon from level 40 to 50, which translates to 29,600 regular Candy.


How much Candy XL you need to fully power up a Pokémon?

You need 296 Candy XL to fully power up a Pokémon to Level 50. Each level has two power ups. The amount per level is as follows:

  • Level 41 (10 Candy XL required)
  • Level 42 (10 Candy XL required)
  • Level 43 (12 Candy XL required)
  • Level 44 (12 Candy XL required)
  • Level 45 (15 Candy XL required)
  • Level 46 (15 Candy XL required)
  • Level 47 (17 Candy XL required)
  • Level 48 (17 Candy XL required)
  • Level 49 (20 Candy XL required)
  • Level 50 (20 Candy XL required)

You need the same amount of Candy XL for every Pokémon, with the exception of Shadow and Purified Pokémon. Shadow Pokémon require 360 Candy XL and Purified Pokémon 272 Candy XL to fully power up.

What is Rare Candy XL and how to get it in Pokémon GO

With the roll out of GO Beyond and the increase of the level cap to level 50, we have also now seen the introduction of Rare Candy XL.

Rare Candy XL
Rare Candy XL

Rare Candy XL works much like regular Rare Candy, in that you can chose the Pokémon that you the Rare Candy XL on. It will then convert to Candy XL for that specific Pokémon. So far we have only received reports of XL Rare Candy being given as a reward for levelling up beyond level 40.

Because of the rarity of Rare Candy XL, we recommend saving it for very special Pokémon, like Legendary and Mythical Pokémon, that will be much harder to farm Candy XL for.


Farming Candy XL is going to be a long-winded experience, making the grind to a maxed out level 50 Pokémon a tricky task! Hatching seems to reward the most Candy XL with a set amount for 5km and 10km eggs, and exchanging Pokémon candy seems to be the most arduous as 100 candy for 1 Candy XL is a very small amount of reward.

Catching every Pokémon you see, and trading before transferring whenever possible, is the best way to gain Candy XL.

Candy XL is part of the Pokémon GO Beyond update, which brought increased level cap, Generation 6 Pokémon and Seasons into Pokémon GO.