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Pokemon GO - Leveling Up Quickly

Updated on July 28, 2016

Starting Off.

When you first start on your Pokemon GO adventure you'll be given the choice of three different Pokemon to start with.

  • Charmander
  • Bulbasaur
  • Squirtle

Most people will usually choose one of the three and be happy with what they have chosen, which in many cases works out very well. If you really want to get off to a flying start you want to do one thing. Walk Away.

There is a hidden easter egg in the game which allows you to get Pikachu right off the bat when starting in Pokemon GO. All you have to do is walk away from your three starting Pokemon four times and when they re appear on what would be your fifth time waling away you will see a Pikachu appear. From my personal experience choosing Pikachu from the start has been a very good move as he can be very rare and hard to find.

Once you have chosen your starting Pokemon you want to start going out and finding as many Pokemon as possible.

Your Starting Pokemon.

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Out And About.

When you are out and about looking for all your Pokemon you will always want to keep a look out for Pokestops. These little blue stops allow you to collect things like Pokeballs and potions just by spinning the stop after opening it.

Some of the main details you need to know about Pokestops are:

  • They are usable every five minutes.
  • They mainly award Pokeballs.
  • You can place lure modules onto a Pokestop to lure Pokemon to it.

Lure Modules

These lure modules are little chip looking things that you can get when leveling up to certain levels. Once you have a lure you will be able to place it on a Pokestop which will then attract Pokemon to the Area and allow you to catch even more Pokemon. As well as this lure modules also affect other players around you so always use them when in a group to maximize the effect of it.


Gyms can be found in many different areas. They are mainly found in high profile places for example a football stadium or a well know historic monument. These gyms allow you to the Pokemon you have found against other teams Pokemon. There are three main teams:

  • Team Mystic - Blue
  • Team Valor - Red
  • Team Instinct - Yellow

Each team has a color assigned to it. This allows you to tell which gym is currently taken by which team. For example if a gym is blue it means that Team Mystic currently have control over it. In order to take control of a gym you have to fight your way up the ladder and beat the different Pokemon people have guarding it. After taking over a gym you will be given certain rewards.

Eggs From Pokestops

Sometime when stopping at a Pokestop and collecting your items you will gain an egg. These eggs come in three different varieties.

  • 2km
  • 5km
  • 10km

Each variety of egg tells you how far you need to walk in order to hatch the egg. As you could probably tell each egg has different levels of Pokemon once you hatch them. The further the distance walked the higher the rarity of Pokemon. For example you would probably get Pokemon you could easily find out and about in a 2km egg whereas the rarest of Pokemon are found in 10km eggs.

Once you have collected Pokemon and gained a bit of stardust which you earn by catching Pokemon you can begin to evolve them to really gain some XP.

Evolving & Powering Up.

To start off with lets cover the basics:

  • Every time you catch a Pokemon you get one candy of that Pokemon type.
  • When you catch a Pokemon you get 100 stardust.
  • You use stardust along with candy to power up a Pokemon.
  • You only use candy when trying to evolve a Pokemon.
  • Powering up is the same as leveling up.

Lets start getting some XP then. Every type of Pokemon has different types of evolution which can all cost upwards of 12 Candy. When you evolve a Pokemon you can gain upwards of 500 XP depending on the level and rarity of the Pokemon you evolve. One of the best ways you can gain XP from this is by getting a Lucky Egg and then Evolving lots and lots of Pokemon at the same time. this way your gaining the most XP in the shortest time possible.

Lucky Eggs

Lucky eggs are items which you can gain through leveling up and through by them on the Pokemon store. These items allow you to gain double the normal XP for a period of 30 minutes. These can be very useful when you have lots and lots of Pokemon you want to evolve.

Your Pokedex

When navigating through the Pokemon go menus you will find the Pokedex. This is where you can view all the Pokemon you have found and all that you haven't found. Every time you catch a new Pokemon it will be registered to the Pokedex. This allows you to see which Pokemon you still need to collect. Every time you see a Pokemon but don't catch it it will partly register to your Pokedex as a grey outline of the Pokemon.

This is all you really need to know about the Pokedex.

Well Done

Well done, you should be off to a flying start now. all you have to do from now on is rinse and repeat the same process of catching a Pokemon, saving untill you can evolve and then using a lucky egg while evolving. Using this method you'll be to a high level in no time.

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© 2016 Matthew Punyer


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