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How to Get a Pokemon to Level 100 in the Pokemon Video Games

Updated on January 1, 2013
Battling level 100s.
Battling level 100s. | Source

The Elusive 100

For some it is very important to perfectly complete everything they start. When I was younger, I would relentlessly assault my Gameboy in order to make a full team of level 100 pokemon. Though times have changed, the Pokemon series has changed little other than giving new faces, names, and abilities. The format has relatively stayed the same, and probably always will.

For those of you wanting to know how to achieve that elusive perfection that is 100, read on.

The Pokemon Series

Before getting to the main topic, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the game series, Pokemon - or Pocket Monsters in Japan - is the highly famous manga, anime, movie, and card game / video game series that has lasted in popularity since 1996.

Pokemon has been a long lasting game series that now has over 20 gameboy series games (which I am talking about here) but in general has over 51 games in it total including some not released in the US. For this page the following games are applicable:

Pokémon Red and Blue
Pokémon Yellow
Pokémon Gold and Silver
Pokémon Crystal
Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire
Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen
Pokémon Emerald
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl
Pokémon Platinum
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Pokémon Black and White
Pokémon Black 2 and White 2
Pokemon is so popular, buses, planes, and trains have been decorated with them!
Pokemon is so popular, buses, planes, and trains have been decorated with them! | Source

Work, Work, Work

Lets face it, you don't get anything for free. You have to work for it. Back in the day, we used to have to walk to school for a mile in the snow, uphill. Actually, not quite, but it is a little easier the closer you get to present day releases. People aren't as willing to play for weeks in order to get what they want. What does this mean? Sure it might be a little less, but it is still work work work until the sun goes down to get your level 100 pokemon team.

A candy called Kompeito, which I always thought would be a rare candy.
A candy called Kompeito, which I always thought would be a rare candy. | Source

Using Rare Candy The Right Way

A good thing to remember is that you should never use Rare Candy until the last few levels of a Pokemon. Experience gets higher every time you level, so instead of needing 5000 you need 7500, 9500, 12000, 16000, and so on. If you use a Rare Candy to gain the level at 5000 rather than 16000 you have in effect wasted 11000 possible experience.

On a similar note, you always want to use Rare Candy at the beginning of a level. For instance, if the total level is 16000 and you have 8000, you are half way through and have wasted a half level because again, it just bumps you to the next level rather than giving a set amount of experience. Maximizing your Rare Candy usage will cut a lot of time from your Pokemon leveling time and get you to 100 that much faster.

The Main Method

The main facts that you need to know:

  • The Elite Four are able to be battled over and over again giving immense experience.
  • There are often "EXP Share" items that give experience to Pokemon that are not battling at the time.

Combining these means that you can rack up a lot of experience even for Pokemon that aren't battling by just going up against the elite four over and over again (you still get experience even if you lose!) If you aren't strong enough to go up against them yet, you might want to go and battle people and Pokemon on Victory Road until you are ready.

Below is a video that shows one person's travel through Pokemon White so you can see what the Elite Four is like and if you are ready for that kind of work.

Good Luck!

Honestly, it is just a long amount of battling until you are able to reach 100. There are other methods of getting to 100 in different games such as battle towers and added content, but some games have a more shady way of getting to level 100. Depending on your version you might want to check to see if there are glitches in the game, such as the infamous "Rare Candy glitch" where you could trade in a certain way and duplicate rare candies to your hearts content, leading you to be able to get as many rare candies and levels as possible.

Happy leveling!


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