If you want to gain XP quickly, then there's a number of ways to do so, as our Pokémon Go XP chart explains.
Increasing your Trainer level is one of the most important things you can do in Pokémon Go. Later Trainer levels increase your chances of meeting higher CP Pokémon out in the wild - increasing their effectiveness in Gym battles - and will also increase your chances of discovering rare Pokemon.
Later trainer level rewards get better over time, becoming more lucrative the higher your level, with more powerful Pokéballs, curatives and more.
Finally, the higher level you are, the sooner you'll likely access new features. We've seen this twice in the past, with Raids and Friends rolling out first to a select higher level few, and though these were soon opened up to the broader player base, it's an extra incentive to get as much XP as you can.
Pokémon Go XP chart and sources list
Most actions in the game will give you XP of some kind, and it pays to know the most efficient methods.
Here's a run down to help you plan your activities, and remember if you have a Lucky Egg at hand, you will double all XP gains for the next 30 minutes. To get a 4x increase, you must use a Lucky Egg during a Double XP event (such as the one during Easter) increasing your gains again by a factor or two.
|Activity||Normal XP||2x XP||4x XP (2x with Lucky Egg)|
|Capture any Pokémon||100 XP||200 XP||400 XP|
|Catch a new Pokémon||+500 XP||+1000 XP||+2000 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon with a Curveball||+10 XP||+20 XP||+40 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon with a Nice throw||+10 XP||+20 XP||+40 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon with a Great throw||+50 XP||+100 XP||+200 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon with an Excellent Throw||+100 XP||+200 XP||+400 XP|
|Catch a Pokémon on the first attempt||+50 XP||+100 XP||+200 XP|
|Pokémon runs away||25 XP||40 XP||100 XP|
|Evolving a Pokémon||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Evolving a new Pokémon||500 XP (+ 500 XP)||1000 XP (+ 1000 XP)||2000 XP (+ 2000 XP)|
|Hatching a 2km Egg||200 XP||400 XP||800 XP|
|Hatching a 5km Egg||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Hatching a 10km Egg||1000 XP||2000 XP||4000 XP|
|Hatching a new Pokémon||+500 XP||+1000 XP||+2000 XP|
|Interact with PokéStop||50 XP||100 XP||200 XP|
|Interact with a new PokéStop||250 XP||500 XP||1000 XP|
|Daily Bonus for PokeStop||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Daily Bonus for PokeStop on day seven||2000 XP||4000 XP||8000 XP|
|Daily Bonus for catching Pokémon||500 XP||1000 XP||2000 XP|
|Daily Bonus for catching Pokémon on day seven||2000 XP||4000 XP||8000 XP|
|Completing a Tier 1 Raid||3000 XP||6000 XP||9000 XP|
|Completing a Tier 2 Raid||3500 XP||7000 XP||14000 XP|
|Completing a Tier 3 Raid||4000 XP||8000 XP||12,000 XP|
|Completing a Tier 4 Raid||5000 XP||10,000 XP||20,000 XP|
|Completing a Legendary Raid||10,000 XP||20,000 XP||40,000 XP|
|Spinning a Gym Badge||+25XP per tier, +25% if Gym is same team||+50XP per tier, +25% if Gym is same team||+75XP per tier, +25% if Gym is same team|
|Completing a Research Breakthrough||3,000 XP||6,000 XP||12,000 XP|
|Unlocking Great Friend status||3,000 XP||6,000 XP||12,000 XP|
|Unlocking Ultra Friend status||30,000 XP||60,000 XP||120,000 XP|
|Unlocking Best Friend status||100,000 XP||200,000 XP||400,000 XP|
|Sending a Gift||200 XP||N/A||N/A|
Fastest XP methods in Pokémon Go, including Pidgey farming
Since launch, two methods have emerged as the most effective - Raids and Friends. Specifically, you'll want to complete Legendary Raids (10,000 XP for completion) and achieve Best Friend status (100,000 XP). Time them with a Lucky Egg, and if you can, a double XP event, and they are seriously fast ways of racking up XP, especially if you have plenty of others doing the same
Problem is, you need other players to help you out, and in the case of Legendary Raids, have to be timed for when they are around. This is where the other most effective means of gaining XP comes in - evolving Pokémon one after another while a Lucky Egg multiplier is active, and can performed solo and at your own convenience.
Evolving a creature gives you 500 XP, and if you want to do that for a full 30 minutes, you need a lot of creatures and a lot of candy. The easiest way to do this is with certain common creatures - such as Pidgeys, Weedles and Caterpies - which are all easy to find and require a very small amount of Candy to evolve - 12 compared to the usual 25, 50 or 100.
As a comparison, you need 25 Candies to evolve other common creatures such as Rattata, Eevee or Oddish. We've assembled some tips on how to get Candy effectively from across the game, including Pokémon Go's Buddy system, if you need them.
To get the most out of this method, capture as many Pidgeys, Weedles and Caterpies as you can, with each capture giving you Candy and a potential creature to evolve. Remember you can get bonus Candy by transferring them back to the Professor, but make sure you have enough to actually evolve. Thankfully, there's a handy online calculator named PidgeyCalc that will work out exactly how many you need to transfer to maximise your time, and how long it will take.
Another tip to make things easier and save time, is to search for 'evolve' in your Pokémon list, the game will narrow down every creature you can evolve based on the current Candy you have. Very handy to save you searching through your list while the Lucky Egg timer ticks down.
It's also well worth holding off evolving anything that will be new to your Pokédex until you have a Lucky Egg active. Each new Pokédex entry is worth 500 XP, effectively doubling the amount of XP you get.
If you prepare these methods correctly, and have the exact right amount of Pokémon and Candy when you use the Lucky Egg, it's possible to evolve around 60 Pokémon within 30 minutes - earning you a staggering 60,000 XP, or 120,000 XP during a double XP event. You can get even more if you also have a Pokémon Go Plus accessory, allowing you to spin a PokéStop or catch wild creatures nearby without having to take a break from evolving.
Once you get into the habit of going after common creatures and saving them up for such evolution sprees, you'll be flying through trainer levels sooner than you think.
Other ways to get XP fast in Pokémon Go
As mentioned, a Lucky Egg is the best thing to use when going on an XP run. A Lucky Egg is a guaranteed drop as a Trainer level reward at 9, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40. They can also be purchased with PokéCoins in the game's shop.
If you don't have enough Pidgeys or other creatures to go on a mass evolution spree, then your best bet is exploring an area filled with PokéStops and Pokémon.
In the right areas of cities such as London, Brighton or Birmingham, you'll find streets filled with them, making it a great opportunity to use a Lucky Egg as you explore, since many come one after another. Otherwise, find an area where you can loop back round and revisit older ones after the five minute expiry to use them again.
You can combine this with catching Pokémon along the way (you can get a little extra from special throws, remember that any new catches are worth more, if you're lucky to find them on your route) then the XP soon adds up, especially if you use an Incense to attract Pokémon to you, or if you find yourself returning to the same PokéStops, then dropping a Lure there could be particularly useful.
Pokémon Go in 2020 continues to add new features, such the arrival of the Go Battle League - which is currently highlighting the Ultra League - and soon, Clone Pokémon. We've also recently had the Buddy Adventure feature, which introduces a variety of perks - including finding Souvenirs - as well as a new trade evolution feature. 2019 saw the release of the first Gen 5 Pokémon, along with new regional exclusive Pokémon, Egg charts, and the introduction of the Unova Stone. Pokemon Go also sees regular events - including weekly Spotlight Hour and Mystery Bonus evenings, monthly Field Research rewards and Pokémon Go Community Day, plus a new Giovanni counters quest - the latest being A Professor's Work Is Never Done.
What's good about this method is with the right route, you won't find a shortage of PokéStops to interact with, giving you a steady stream of XP for the duration of your journey. While it's not as fast as the evolution method, it's a lot easier and in the right area can be performed at anytime. At lower levels, it's easily enough to take you to the next Trainer level.
It's also worth considering the Pokemon Go Plus accessory. This essentially allows you to catch Pokémon and spin PokéStops with a single button press, allowing you to clear a crowd of creatures and Stops much faster than if you had to do so manually with a touch screen.
Every capture is also guaranteed 150 XP, and if even if it eludes you, you still receive 25 XP - and all this serious adds up if you use it day-to-day.