XL Candy is a resource which allows you to level your Pokémon even further than before in Pokémon Go.
Introduced alongside the level cap increase alongside the Go Beyond update and the Season of Celebration, it allows players to increase the CP of a Pokémon past the original Level 40 cap, all the way to Level 50.
Sourcing XL Candy is similar to regular Candy, but with a number of small differences - including the ability to convert regular Candy into XL Candy. Though, as we'll discuss, it's not the most efficient method.
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What is XL Candy in Pokémon Go and how does XL Candy work?
XL Candy is a new resource available for players who hit Level 40, allowing them to level their Pokémon to an even higher CP level.
As with Levels 1 to 40, this new CP level scales with the new Trainer level cap increase - going all the way to Level 50. It should be noted with XL Candy is that, as soon as you hit Level 40, you can level a Pokémon all the way to 50 if you like - provided you have the XL Candy available.
As with Candy and Mega Energy, each XL Candy is tied to that evolution chain of Pokémon. So if you want to level up a Charizard past its Level 40 CP cap, then you need to get your hands on Charmander XL Candy.
Due to it being an end-game resource, and the ability to make already powerful Pokémon even stronger, it's harder to get your hands on than existing Candy. That said, many of the methods are the same - it just involves a spot of luck.
How to get XL Candy in Pokémon Go
At the feature's launch in December 2020, there are four confirmed methods of sourcing XL Candy in Pokémon Go:
- Catching Pokémon gives you a chance of receiving between one and three XL Candy. This includes legendary raids as by demonstrated by UnderThePaperStars from the Silph Road subreddit.
- Trading ** gives you a random chance of either player receiving 1 XL Candy (both players can exit and retry a trade before committing to ensure both receive XL Candy)
- Hatching Eggs gives a chance of receiving XL Candy
- Transferring Pokémon to Professor Willow gives you a chance of receiving XL Candy
- Converting regular Candy to XL Candy at a rate of 100 Candy per XL Candy
** Earning XL Candy from Trading has been temporarily disabled while Niantic works on some balance changes.
Remember you can only start receiving XL Candy once you are Level 40. The exception to this is if one player in a trade is Level 40 and above, making both players eligible to receive XL Candy through that method alone. (However, as mentioned above, this is a random chance on both sides.)
Finally, there is Rare XL Candy, working the same as Rare Candy currently, allowing you to 'convert' this resource into XL Candy for your chosen Pokémon. At the launch of XL Candy, the only known method to get Rare XL Candy is by levelling up past 40 to the new level cap increase, where one or two will drop per level.
What is the fastest way to get XL Candy in Pokémon Go?
Taking all the above methods into consideration, the fastest way to get XL Candy in Pokémon Go is to catch Pokémon.
Going by early user experiences in the Australian test ahead of a worldwide launch, this is around a 15% to 25% that each catch will give you one to three XL Candy for that Pokémon. Those odds, along with the fact catching is the fastest and easiest method on the list, makes this by far the best way to get XL Candy.
Of course, it's not ideal for every Pokémon out there, such as Legendary Pokémon, where catching them is a rare event. For these, trading then transferring might be your best bet, or using Rare XL Candy, if you have some.
Regardless, it seems that converting Candy into XL Candy is a very expensive way to level up a Pokémon past Level 40, requiring some 29,600 Candy in total in total. Instead, it's better to use that Candy to evolve another Pokémon to Level 40.
But if you're able to catch a lot of a select Pokémon you want to evolve with XL Candy - such as during Community Day, seasonal events, or in the case of Meltan, using a Mystery Box - then the XL Candy grind in some instances can be eased significantly.
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.
How much XL Candy do you need to fully level a Pokémon in Pokémon Go?
To level a Pokémon from Level 40 to Level 50, you need a total of 296 XL Candy and 250,000 Stardust.
At each level, the amount of XL Candy required to level a Pokémon after level 40 is as follows (thanks to lewymd on the Silph Road subreddit for the following):
- Level 41 (10 XL Candy required)
- Level 42 (10 XL Candy required)
- Level 43 (12 XL Candy required)
- Level 44 (12 XL Candy required)
- Level 45 (15 XL Candy required)
- Level 46 (15 XL Candy required)
- Level 47 (17 XL Candy required)
- Level 48 (17 XL Candy required)
- Level 49 (20 XL Candy required)
- Level 50 (20 XL Candy required)
The amount of XL Candy you need is the same for every Pokémon, with the exception of Shadow Pokémon (which is increased to 360 XL Candy) and Purified Pokémon (which is reduced to 272 XL Candy). Thanks to 2kilotango on Silph Road for confirming these.
As mentioned above, choosing to convert Candy into XL Candy is a very expensive prospect, costing 29,600 Candy in total. As such, it's best to earn as many XL Candy as possible through catching, or trading then transferring.