Pokémon Go - Level cap increase, level 41 to 50 requirements, plus existing level up item rewards list explained

Here's what items and rewards you unlock as you collect XP.

Levelling in Pokémon Go is one of the most important systems in the game. The higher your Pokémon Go level, the more items you can use, and the more powerful your Pokémon Go can become.

At launch, the level cap was set at 40, and it wasn't until November 2020 and the arrival of Season of Celebration that the level cap increase changed - with a change to how levelling works along with it.

This page explains the new Pokémon Go level cap and other changes introduced to levelling alongside the Season of Celebrations update. And, if you're still making the climb to higher levels, a list of level item rewards and what levelling opens up as you progress.

If you want to read more on specific techniques, our how to get XP fast in Pokémon Go explainer can help.

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

Pokémon Go level cap increase and other levelling changes explained

From November 30th, 2020 as part of the Season of Celebration and Go Beyond update, came a much fan-requested update - a level cap increase, adding an additional 10 levels to the game from the previous level cap of 40 to the level cap of 50.

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Alongside it comes a change to how levelling works. As well as meeting a certain threshold of XP, you also need to complete certain challenges - named Level Up Research - in order to progress to the next level.

This includes earning certain medal types, catching a number of Pokémon within a set period, completing raids and much more. This is designed to make the levelling process as much as about skill as it is simply earning XP.

That's the broad strokes of the new levelling system. Here's some other details worth knowing about how it will work:

  • As with levels 1 to 40, the CP cap of Pokémon will increase in line with your level. However, to level your Pokémon past level 40, you need to use a new currency type - XL Candy.
  • Any existing XP you have earned over Level 40 will contribute to the progress of future levels, meaning any additional XP reached once you hit your level will not go to waste, and will count when you complete the associated research and progress to the next level.

Additionally, hitting Level 40 before the end of the year will make you a Legacy Level 40 player - which comes with a few bonuses for your hard work...

Pokémon Go Legacy Level 40 rewards explained

As a reward for existing players who have reached the original cap in Pokémon Go - and as a means of encouragement for those who have left to reach it - there are several exclusive rewards up for grabs if you reach the Level 40 by the end of the year - specifically December 31st, 2020, at 11:59pm local time.

These include:

  • Timed Research which rewards a Gyarados Hat avatar item
  • A special Legacy Level 40 medal
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To help with the climb to Level 40, the game will be offering a series of XP boosts - including double Catch XP bonus active from November 18th to the end of the year - as well as other in-game events.

What is the Pokémon Go level cap, and when does the new level cap come into effect?

The new Pokémon Go level cap will be level 50, increasing ten levels from the previous level cap of 40 set at the game's debut in the summer of 2016.

The Pokémon Go level cap increases arrives on November 30th, 2020 for players across the world, alongside the Season of Celebration. Before then, "a portion of level 40 trainers in Australia" will be given early access from November 19th to test the system.

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Pokémon Go levels 41 to 50 explained: Known requirements and rewards list

The following is an in-progress explainer of the requirements to reach every level from 40 up to the level cap of 50, and is sourced from several sources, including Ninatic and datamines (such as those on Silph Road subreddit).

From level 40, you need not only to gain a certain amount of XP, but also complete several specific challenges.

LevelXP requiredConfirmed challengesRewards
41 6 million Power up a Legendary Pokémon 20 times
Win 30 Raids
Catch 200 Pokémon in a single day
Earn 5 Gold Medals
20x Ultra Balls
20x Max Potions
20x Max Revives
20x Razz Berries
1x Incubator
1x Premium Raid Ticket
1x XL Candy
42 7.5 million Evolve Eevee into each of its unique evolutions
Use items to evolve Pokémon 15 times
Make 3 Excellent Throws
Use 200 Berries to help catch Pokémon
20x Ultra Balls
20x Max Potions
20x Max Revives
20x Nabab Berries
1x Incubator
1x Premium Raid Ticket
1x XL Candy
43 9 million Earn 100,000 Stardust
Use 200 supereffective Charged Attacks
Catch 5 Legendary Pokémon
Earn 5 Platinum Medals
20x Ultra Balls
20x Max Potions
20x Max Revives
20x Silver Pinap Berries
1x Incubator
1x Premium Raid Ticket
1x XL Candy
Avatar pose
44 11 million Win 30 Trainer Battles in the Great League
Win 30 Trainer Battles in the Ultra League
Win 30 Trainer Battles in the Master League
Win 20 Trainer Battles in the Go Battle League
20x Ultra Balls
20x Max Potions
20x Max Revives
20x Razz Berries
1x Incubator
1x Premium Raid Ticket
1x XL Candy
45 13 million Defeat 100 Team Go Rocket Grunts
Purify 100 Shadow Pokémon
Defeat a Team Go Rocket Leader 50 times
Earn 10 Platinum Medals
40x Ultra Balls
40x Max Revives
1x Elite Fast TM
2x XL Candy
2x Incense
2x Lucky Eggs
1x Super Incubator
2x Lures
Avatar item
46 15.5 million Complete 100 Field Research tasks
Take a snapshot of a Pokémon 7 days in a row
Make 50 Excellent Throws
Hatch 30 Eggs
30x Ultra Balls
25 Max Potions
20x Max Revives
25 Razz Berries
1x Incubator
1x Premium Raid Ticket
1x XL Candy
47 18 million Win 30 raids using a team of all unique Pokémon species
Win a three-star raid using only Pokémon with 1500 CP or less
Power up 6 Pokémon to their max CP
Earn 20 Platinum Medals
30x Ultra Balls
25 Max Potions
20x Max Revives
25 Nanab Berries
1x Incubator
1x Premium Raid Ticket
1x XL Candy
Avatar pose
48 21 million Receive 20 Souvenirs from your Buddy
Earn 300 hearts with your Buddy
Walk 200km with your Buddy
Walk 25km in a week 8 times
30x Ultra Balls
25 Max Potions
20x Max Revives
25 Pinap Berries
1x Incubator
1x Premium Raid Ticket
1x XL Candy
49 25 million Send a number of Gifts to other Trainers
Acquire Lucky Pokémon through Trades
More TBC
30x Ultra Balls
25 Max Potions
20x Max Revives
25 Pinap Berries
1x Incubator
1x Premium Raid Ticket
1x XL Candy
Avatar item
50 30 million Making a number of Excellent Throws
Catching a number of Legendary Pokémon
Defeating Team Go Rocket Leaders with Pokémon under 1,500 CP
More TBC
50x Ultra Balls
50x Max Potions
1x Elite Charge TM
2x XL Candy
5x Incense
5x Lucky Eggs
5x Super Incubators
5x Lure Modules
Avatar item

Pokémon Go levels 1 to 40 explained: Requirements and rewards list

The following table breaks down how much experience is required to reach the next level, the total amount of XP required to reach that level from the start of the game (which, as you can see from level 20 onwards, gets progressively more demanding, and towards the level cap, requires millions to level up each time), the items you receive and the items you unlock that can then start appearing at PokéStops.

Thanks to The Silph Road Reddit and datamining efforts (as seen on Github) for the breakdown of the below.

Note after the Gen 2 update, new Berries have been added as level rewards. According to findings on Reddit, odd numbers alternate between Nanab and Pinap Berries from level 21 onwards.

We'll update this in the coming days, but in short, when you level, expect some Berries as part of the bargain.

LevelExperience requiredTotal experienceItem rewardsItem unlocks
100--
21,0001,000Poke Ball x10-
32,0003,000Poke Ball x15-
43,0006,000Poke Ball x15-
54,00010,000Poke Ball x20, Potion x10, Revive x10, IncenseGyms
Potion
Revive
65,00015,000Poke Ball x15, Potion x10, Revive x5, Incubator-
76,00021,000Poke Ball x15, Potion x10, Revive x5, Incense-
87,00028,000Poke Ball x15, Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x10, Lure ModuleRazz Berry
98,00036,000Poke Ball x15, Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x3, Lucky Egg-
109,00045,000Poke Ball x20, Super Potion x20, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10, Incense, Lucky Egg, Egg Incubator, Lure ModuleSuper Potion
1110,00055,000Poke Ball x15, Super Potion x10, Revive x3, Razz Berry x3-
1210,00065,000Great Ball x20, Super Potion x10, Revive x3, Razz Berry x3Great Ball
1310,00075,000Great Ball x10, Super Potion x10, Revive x3, Razz Berry x3-
1410,00085,000Great Ball x10, Super Potion x10, Revive x3, Razz Berry x3-
1515,000100,000Great Ball x15, Hyper Potion x20, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10, Incense, Lucky Egg, Egg Incubator, Lure ModuleHyper Potion
1620,000120,000Great Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x5-
1720,000140,000Great Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x5-
1820,000160,000Great Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x5-
1925,000185,000Great Ball x15, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x5, Razz Berry x5-
2025,000210,000Ultra Ball x20, Hyper Potion x20, Revive x20, Razz Berry x20, Incense x2, Lucky Egg x2, Egg Incubator x2, Lure Module x2Ultra Ball
2150,000260,000Ultra Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x10, Pinap Berry x10-
2275,000335,000Ultra Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10-
23100,000435,000Ultra Ball x10, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x10, Nanab Berry x10-
24125,000560,000Ultra Ball x15, Hyper Potion x10, Revive x10, Razz Berry x10-
25150,000710,000Ultra Ball x25, Max Potion x20, Revive x15, Pinap Berry x15, Incense, Lucky Egg, Egg Incubator, Lure ModuleMax Potion
26190,000900,000Ultra Ball x10, Max Potion x15, Revive x10, Razz Berry x15-
27200,0001,100,000Ultra Ball x10, Max Potion x15, Revive x10, Nanab Berry x15-
28250,0001,350,000Ultra Ball x10, Max Potion x15, Revive x10, Razz Berry x15-
29300,0001,650,000Ultra Ball x10, Max Potion x15, Revive x10, Pinap Berry x15-
30350,0002,000,000Ultra Ball x30, Max Potion x20, Max Revive x20, Razz Berry x20, Incense x3, Lucky Egg x3, Egg Incubator x3, Lure Module x3Max Revive
31500,0002,500,000Ultra Ball x10, Max Potion x15, Max Revive x10, Nanab Berry x15-
32500,0003,000,000Ultra ball x10, Max Potion x15, Max Revive x10, Razz Berry x15-
33750,0003,750,000Ultra Ball x10, Max Potion x15, Max Revive x10, Pinap Berry x15-
341,000,0004,750,000Ultra Ball x10, Max Potion x15, Max Revive x10, Razz Berry x15-
351,250,0006,000,000Ultra Ball x30, Max Potion x20, Max Revive x20, Nanab Berry x20, Incense x2, Lucky Egg x1, Lure Module x1-
361,500,0007,500,000Ultra Ball x20, Max Potion x20, Max Revive x10, Razz Berry x20-
372,000,0009,500,000Ultra Ball x20, Max Potion x20, Max Revive x10, Pinap Berry x20-
382,500,00012,000,000Ultra Ball x20, Max Potion x20, Max Revive x10, Razz Berry x20-
393,000,00015,000,000Ultra Ball x20, Max Potion x20, Max Revive x10, Nanab Berry x20-
405,000,00020,000,000Ultra Ball x40, Max Potion x40, Max Revive x40, Razz Berry x40, Incense x4, Lucky Egg x4, Egg Incubator x4, Lure Module x4-

Coming soon as part of the Go Beyond update is the Season of Celebration, a level cap increase, Platinum Medals, the arrival of Gen 6 Pokémon and changes to Go Battle League We've recently seen the addition of 'Strange' red eggs and new Arlo, Cliff, Sierra andGiovanni line-ups. 2020 has seen several other new features in Pokémon Go - Mega Evolutions, Go Battle League and the trade evolution feature.


When do you unlock item rewards in Pokémon Go as you level up?

The above table explains what you get at each level - both in terms of individual items and when certain items unlock and become regularly available at PokéStops - but here's the list at a glance:

  • Level 5: Gyms, Potions, Revives
  • Level 8: Razz Berry
  • Level 10: Super Potion
  • Level 12: Great Ball
  • Level 15: Hyper Potion
  • Level 20: Ultra Ball
  • Level 25: Max Potion
  • Level 30: Max Revive

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