Catch as many Pokémon as you can to earn Experience Points (XP) and increase your Trainer level. Each capture awards XP based on the kind of Pokémon caught, whether you’ve caught that Pokémon before, and the accuracy of your throw.

Touch your avatar in the lower left corner of the Map View to see your level, and scroll down to see your achievements. Earn additional Badges by hitting milestones in each category. For example, this Trainer needs to walk about 6.5 more kilometers to earn the bronze Travel Badge. and register 33 more Pokémon to her Pokédex to earn the silver Pokédex Badge.

Using Stardust to Power Up Pokémon

As you acquire Stardust and Candy, you’ll gain the ability to Power Up the Pokémon you’ve caught, increasing their CP and HP.

You acquire Stardust and Candy by catching Pokémon, hatching Eggs, or transferring a Pokémon to the Professor.

  • Candy is specific to each Pokémon Evolution family.
    For example, you obtain Bulbasaur Candy by catching, hatching, or transferring any Pokémon in the Bulbasaur family (Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur). You need Bulbasaur Candy to Power Up a Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, or Venusaur.
  • Stardust can be used to Power Up any Pokémon in your collection. For example, you can Power Up a Rattata using Stardust acquired by catching a Meowth. You obtain Stardust whenever you catch, hatch, or transfer Pokémon of any species.

To Power Up a Pokémon:

  1. In Map View, touch the Main Menu 
  2. Touch Pokémon 
  3. Select a Pokémon to Power Up from your list of Pokémon
  4. On the Pokémon summary, touch Power Up 


Note: You won’t be able to Power Up your Pokémon until you have enough Candy and Stardust. You can see how much Candy and Stardust is needed to Power Up in the Pokémon’s summary.