Pokémon Go Medals list, all Platinum Medals and Catch Bonus explained

Every Medal listed that will increase your capture rates.

Medals in Pokémon Go act as a form of in-game achievement system, cataloguing your many accomplishments from across the game.

You'll be occasionally interrupted by full-screen prompts telling you about a Medal you've just unlocked as you play the game - not unlike the full-screen prompts you get when you increase a Trainer level - with the Medal tier you've just unlocked.

These Medals are not only stat-trackers, which record everything you do in the game - from the distance walked to the number of Pokémon Types you have caught - but are also give you a variety of bonuses and rewards.

In October 2016, earning type-based medals offered a Catch Bonus, while in November 2020, Platinum Medals - a fourth tier - for certain categories would help unlock certain Trainer Levels 40 and above was introduced as part of the Go Beyond update and Season of Celebration.

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A teaser for the Go Beyond update and catching a Gen 6 Pokémon.

How does Pokémon Go's Catch Bonus work?

To get started with Medals, you can view all your Medals by tapping your Trainer icon in the bottom left corner of the map screen and scrolling down.

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The Medals screen is sorted into two sets; the upper set displaying 'traditional' Medal goals - such as distance walked and how many big Magikarp you've caught - which don't give you any bonuses, and the lower set grouping together all the Medals by Type, which reward Catch Bonuses.

The higher the Medal, the stronger the Catch Bonus for that Type; Bronze is worth +1, Silver is +2 and Gold is +3.

If the Pokemon you're facing has multiple types - such as the Flying / Normal Type Pidgey and its evolutions - then it'll take the average of those two Catch Bonuses.

The question is, plus three what exactly? Well, that's a bit of a mystery, and it currently has the Pokémon Go community scratching their heads.

The leading theory is it's a percentage increase, which might not sound a lot, but if it's for the base capture rate before bonuses from using more powerful Pokéballs and Razz Berrys are applied, it could be quite powerful for likes of Dragonite which are inherently tough to capture.

But in general, the Catch Bonus means the more Pokémon you catch, the higher your chances of catching Pokémon will be in the future, which is particularly handy when even low-level Pokémon become hard to grab at higher levels.

Pokémon Go Catch Bonuses list, including Platinum Catch Bonus requirements explained

Each Medal in Pokémon Go has Bronze, Silver, Gold and Silver requirements, and for the Type-specific Medal, a corresponding Catch Bonus, which are all listed below.

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Thanks to the Silph Road subreddit (virodoran and ginji in particular) for helping us flesh this list.

Type-specific Medals with Catch Bonuses:

MedalActivityBronze (Catch Bonus)Silver (Catch Bonus)Gold (Catch Bonus)Platinum (Catch Bonus)
Schoolkid Catch Normal-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Black Belt Catch Fighting-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Bird Keeper Catch Flying-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Punk Girl Catch Poison-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Ruin Maniac Catch Ground-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Hiker Catch Rock-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Bug Catcher Catch Bug-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Hex Maniac Catch Ghost-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Depot Agent Catch Steel-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Kindler Catch Fire-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Swimmer Catch Water-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Gardener Catch Grass-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Rocker Catch Electric-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Psychic Catch Psychic-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Skier Catch Ice-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Dragon Tamer Catch Dragon-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Fairy Tale Girl Catch Fairy-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)
Delinquent Catch Dark-type Pokémon 10 (+1) 50 (+2) 200 (+3) 2500 (+4)

Other Medals in Pokémon Go, including Platinum Medal requirements, listed

As well as the above Catch Bonus specific Medals, there are also other Medals you can unlock for completing activities in the game.

Most of these have no impact on the game itself, though some are requirements for unlocking specific Avatar equipment and certain Trainer Levels 40 and above.

Thanks to the Silph Road subreddit (virodoran and ginji in particular) for helping us flesh this list, which is written in the order these Medals appear in your Trainer profile.

MedalActivityBronzeSilverGoldPlatinum
BackpackerVisit PokéStops1001000200050000
JoggerWalk long distances10km100km1,000km10,000km
KantoRegister Kanto Pokémon in the Pokédex2050100151
CollectorCapture Pokémon30500200050000
ScientistEvolve Pokémon3202002000
BreederHatch Eggs1010010002500
FishermanCapture Big Magikarp3503001000
Battle GirlWin Gym battles10100010004000
YoungsterCatch tiny Rattata3503001000
PikachuCatch Pikachu3502001000
JohtoRegister Johto region creatures53070100
UnownCatch Unown1102628
Berry MasterFeed Berries at Gyms10100100015000
Gym LeaderDefend Gyms for a number of hours10100100015000
ChampionWin Raids1010010002000
HoennRegister Gen 3 Pokémon in the Pokédex54090135
SinnohRegister Gen 4 Pokémon in the Pokédex53080107
UnovaRegister Gen 5 Pokémon in the Pokédex550100100 (TBC)
Battle LegendWin Legendary Raids1010010002000
Pokémon RangerComplete Field Research tasks1010010002500
IdolBecome Best Friends with Trainers12320
GentlemanTrade Pokémon110010002500
PilotEarn km across the distance of all Pokémon trades1000100000100000010000000
Ace Trainer **Train in Trainer Battles1010010002000
CameramanHave surprise encounters in Go Snapshot10502002500
Great League VeteranWin Trainer Battles in the Great League5502001000
Ultra League VeteranWin Trainer Battles in the Ultra League5502001000
Master League VeteranWin Trainer Battles in the Master League5502001000
Best BuddyHave Best Buddies110100200
PurifierPurify Shadow Pokémon5505001000
HeroDefeat Team Rocket Grunts1010010002000
Ultra HeroDefeat the Team Go Rocket Boss Giovanni152050
Mega Evolution GuruNumber of unique Mega Evolutions1243646
SuccessorNumber of total Mega Evolutions1505001000
WayfarerReviewing Niantic Wayfarer submissions10075010001500
Rising StarDefeat different species of Pokémon in Raids21050150
Triathelete7 Days Streaks completed11050100
PicknickerPokémon caught by a Lure Module5255002500
SightseerVisit Unique PokéStops1010010002000

** This originally debuted as "Train at Gyms", but in the summer of 2017, the feature was revamped to remove that feature. This medal was later reintroduced in December 2018 with the introduction of Trainer Battles.


The Season of Celebration has arrived! With it comes a level cap increase - including the addition of XL Candy, the Legacy 40 Challenge quest and boosts to some XP sources - Platinum Medals, the arrival of Gen 6 Pokémon such as Espurr and changes to the Go Battle League We've recently seen the addition of 'Strange' red eggs and new Arlo, Cliff, Sierra andGiovanni line-ups.


Other things you should know about Catch Bonus and Medals in Pokémon Go

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  • There are medals for attending Go Fest events throughout the year. These are required you to attend the event in question, provided you have a ticket, and remain in your account as a badge afterward. Each individual has an event, so for example, Chicago Go Fest will have unique entry for 2017, 2018, 2019 and so on.
  • Some medals will only display once you've started working towards it. For example, 'Pikachu' won't appear at all until you've caught your first Pikachu (if you want to start with a Pikachu in Pokémon Go, we have a handy guide for that), Wayfarer won't appear until you start reviewing entries and so on. The same applies to various Types and other objectives in the game, too.
  • Once you have unlocked a Medal, you can then tap it to see your progress until the next Medal tier. Once you reach Gold, the figure will keep tracking your progress, allowing you to see exactly how many tiny Ratattas or Normal-type Pokémon you've accumulated in your illustrious Trainer career.
  • Fun fact - each Medal is named after Trainer classes in the main games (which are the characters you fight on Routes and in dungeons).
  • Creatures received through Trading also contribute to Medal progress, including the size specific Medals Fisherman and Youngster.

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