Pokémon GO is a predominantly level-based game, and many players build their long-term in-game goals around reaching the current level cap, 40. Leveling up your account gives access to features such as Gym and Raid Battles (unlocked at level 5, once the player picks a team), different types of high-performance items (such as Great and Ultra Balls), and the benefit of powering up your Pokémon (2 levels beyond your current trainer level) to elevate their performance in Gym and Raid battles.

A player levels up by gaining experience; at first, it only takes a few thousand XP to reach the next level. But don’t be fooled by how easy it is to level up in the beginning! The true “middle point” of the game, in terms of XP needed to reach level 40 (20 million total), is a little ways into level 37!

Relationship to Level of Pokémon Obtained
  • Wild Pokémon are encountered up to the trainer level, capping at level 30 (+5 if weather boosted, caps at level 35).
  • As soon as a player can participate in Raid Battles at level 5, they are able to catch a level 20 version of the raid boss (level 25 if the raid boss is weather boosted).
  • Eggs will hatch Pokémon of the trainer’s level from when they were obtained, capping at level 20.
How to Gain XP Fast!

Currently, the fastest way to level up is to mass-evolve Pokémon on a Lucky Egg for a thousand XP per evolution (doubled for Pokédex-edition evolutions). However, since the introduction of raids and their massive XP rewards, trainers can easily gain 20,000 XP by defeating a Tier 5 Raid Boss while using a Lucky Egg. It is also recommended to Lucky Egg your 7-day Catch and Spin streaks for a total of over 10,000 XP.

Should your goal in the game be to reach level 40 as soon as possible, Pidgeys, Raids, Lucky Eggs, and bonus XP events will be your best friends. Below is a chart illustrating the requirements, rewards, and unlocked items (in bold) of each specific level.

Trainer Level XP to Level Up  Level-Up Rewards
 1 0
 2 1,000 10 
 3 2,000 15 
 4 3,000 15 
 5 4,000 20 , 10 Item_0101.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 1 Incense.png + Gym/Raid access
 6 5,000 15 , 10 Item_0101.png, 5 Item_0201.png, 1 EggIncubatorIAP_Empty.png
 7 6,000 15 , 10 Item_0101.png, 5 Item_0201.png, 1 Incense.png
 8 7,000 15 , 10 Item_0101.png, 5 Item_0201.png, 10 Item_0701.png, 1 TroyKey.png
 9 8,000 15 , 10 Item_0101.png, 5 Item_0201.png, 3 Item_0701.png, 1 luckyegg.png
10 9,000 20 , 20 Item_0102.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 10 Item_0701.png, 1 Incense.png, 1 EggIncubatorIAP_Empty.png, 1 TroyKey.png, 1 luckyegg.png
11 10,000 15 , 10 Item_0102.png, 3 Item_0201.png, 3 Item_0701.png
12 10,000 20 , 10 Item_0102.png, 3 Item_0201.png, 3 Item_0701.png
13 10,000 10 , 10 Item_0102.png, 3 Item_0201.png, 3 Item_0701.png
14 10,000 10 , 10 Item_0102.png, 3 Item_0201.png, 3 Item_0703.png
15 15,000 15 , 20 Item_0103.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 10 Item_0701.png, 1 Incense.png, 1 EggIncubatorIAP_Empty.png, 1 TroyKey.png, 1 luckyegg.png
16 20,000 10 , 10 Item_0103.png, 5 Item_0201.png, 5 Item_0703.png
17 20,000 10 , 10 Item_0103.png, 5 Item_0201.png, 5 Item_0701.png
18 20,000 10 , 10 Item_0103.png, 5 Item_0201.png, 5 Item_0701.png, 5 Item_0705.png
19 25,000 15 , 10 Item_0103.png, 5 Item_0201.png, 5 Item_0701.png
20 25,000 20 , 20 Item_0103.png, 20 Item_0201.png, 20 Item_0703.png, 2 Incense.png, 2 EggIncubatorIAP_Empty.png, 2 TroyKey.png, 2 luckyegg.png
21 50,000 10 , 10 Item_0103.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 10 Item_0705.png
22 75,000 10 , 10 Item_0103.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 10 Item_0701.png
23 100,000 10 , 10 Item_0103.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 10 Item_0703.png
24 125,000 15 , 10 Item_0103.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 10 Item_0701.png
25 150,000 25 , 20 Item_0104.png, 15 Item_0201.png, 15 Item_0705.png, 1 Incense.png, 1 EggIncubatorIAP_Empty.png, 1 TroyKey.png, 1 luckyegg.png
26 190,000 10 , 15 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 15 Item_0701.png
27 200,000 10 , 15 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 15 Item_0703.png
28 250,000 10 , 15 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 15 Item_0701.png
29 300,000 10 , 15 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 15 Item_0705.png
30 350,000 30 , 20 Item_0104.png, 20 Item_0201.png, 20 Item_0701.png, 3 Incense.png, 3 EggIncubatorIAP_Empty.png, 3 TroyKey.png, 3 luckyegg.png
31 500,000 10 , 15 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 15 Item_0703.png
32 500,000 10 , 15 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 15 Item_0701.png
33 750,000 10 , 15 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 15 Item_0705.png
34 1,000,000 10 , 15 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 15 Item_0701.png
35 1,250,000 30 , 20 Item_0104.png, 20 Item_0201.png, 20 Item_0703.png, 2 Incense.png, 1 EggIncubatorIAP_Empty.png, 1 TroyKey.png, 1 luckyegg.png
36 1,500,000 20 , 20 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 20 Item_0701.png
37 2,000,000 20 , 20 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 20 Item_0705.png
38 2,500,000 20 , 20 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 20 Item_0701.png
39 3,000,000 20 , 20 Item_0104.png, 10 Item_0201.png, 20 Item_0703.png
40 5,000,000 40 , 40 Item_0104.png, 40 Item_0201.png, 40 Item_0701.png, 4 Incense.png, 4 EggIncubatorIAP_Empty.png, 4 TroyKey.png, 4 luckyegg.png