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.

ActivityNormal XP2x XP4x 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
Achieving Good Friend status 1,000 XP 2,000 XP 4,000 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

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.

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Weedles are your ticket to fast XP.

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.

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Catching new Pokémon is surprisingly lucrative.

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.


Three new features have recently arrived - Friends in Pokémon Go, Gifts and Trading, as well as new July Field Research, Legendary Pokémon Regice, Alolan Pokémon Forms and 7km Eggs. We also have regional exclusives, Stardust and Buddy distances pages to help you complete your Gen 3 Pokémon collection. You can also read up on Pokémon Go Articuno Day and Birthday event Pikachu, as well as the next Community Day and when it's happening. Want to look even further into the future? Our Pokémon Go Gen 4 Pokémon list and Celebi explains which new creatures are coming to the game one day.


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.

Finally, timing hatching eggs and getting a Pokémon Go Daily Bonus with a Lucky Egg will give you an extra dose of XP too.

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