Pidgey is your God now
Catch all the Pidgey you see and evolve them. Every 4 Pidgeys you get will allow you to complete an evolution. Evolution are worth 500 XP, or 1000XP with an active egg, so this is a great way to ramp up your level.
The same applies to a lesser degree for Rattatas, but they take 25 candies to evolve so they are far less efficient. Weedles and Caterpies also apply, but we will get into them in a little bit.
Lucky eggs are your God now
Lucky eggs double all your XP. As such, anything done while a lucky egg is not active is just waste of exp. I know not everyone wants to spend money on the game, but if you do, use it to buy as many eggs as you can.
Those who dont, save your eggs to be used at the most efficient times. Try to always have an egg active when evolving pokemon, fighting gyms, and hatching eggs. Try to also never catch a pokemon that would be new to your Pokedex without an egg active.
Kakuna and Metapod are trolls
When evolving a caterpie or weedle, you might notice that the CP of the resulting Kakuna or Metapod only jumps 20 to 30 CP. This seems to be normal.
Dont get discouraged though, as my 250 Kakuna jumped nicely to an 867 Beedrill. The CP leveling on these two just seem to be different than most Pokemon.
Stage 3 evolution are for late game. No, seriously…
I know stage 3 evolution give lots of XP, as does adding a new Pokemon to your Pokedex. Here is the thing. Most stage 3 evolution require 25 candies to get to stage 2 and 100 to get to stage 3. Thats 125 candies, or 32 Pokemon captured of that type. Thats a lot. Because of the steep cost of evolving a stage 2 pokemon, the rewards for doing so before the mid to late 20s are very poor.
You might spend your first 16 levels farming Polywags and you might be tempted to turn that 250 CP Polywhirl into a sweet 800 CP Polywrath, but its just not worth it. In a few levels that sick Polywrath will be useless to you. Save your candies. Going from level 19 to 20 takes 25,000 XP. From 20 to 21 takes 50,000 XP and from 21 to 22 takes 75,000 XP. You can see where this is going. The game slows down massively after level 20. As such, the candies you save early game will become much more impactful in your twenties than they ever were in your teens.
Pokeballs still got it, even at higher levels
Dont undervalue Pokeballs as you start to see higher CP Pokemon. You will go through great and ultraballs quick if you throw them at anything with a dark yellow ring. Here are a few rules I use:
- NEVER EVER throw anything but a Pokeball at a Pidgey, Rattata, Caterpie, or Weedle! These guys are so common and so easy to catch that its just not worth it. Pokeballs work just fine here. I have caught 350+ CP Pigdeys on the first throw of a Pokeball with no berries more times than I can count. Dont take the dark yellow ring to mean a Pokeball isnt enough to catch this Pokemon. It may also take 5-6 Pokeballs to catch a high CP Pidgey. Thats okay, Pokeballs are easy to come by. On the off chance that they run and you are left thinking to yourself “Damn, that was the highest CP Pidgey I have ever seen, I should have used a greatball”, try this little trick: Take a step forward, take a stepforward, take a step back, take a step back, take a step left, take a stepright, take a step left, take a step right,Bounce, And catch the Pidgey who is bound to have appeared in this time because they are fucking everywhere!
Use great and ultra balls on rare pokemon you dont see often, and Eevees.
Speaking of Eevee, dont break eye contact
Eevees are very important because their evolution are probably the best Pokemon you are going to have for a while. Eevees also tend to run from battles a lot. As such, use great and ultra balls. Dont take chances. Do whatever you have to to make sure your get as many Eevees as you can.
Is it just me, or does this backpack make me look fat?
Once you start hitting the Pokestops, your backpack will fill up quick. Keep these things in mind if you need to clear some space:
- You will never need more than 20 revives. The rate at which revives drop from Pokestops vs the rate you use them is very disproportional. Limit the amount you keep.
- Basic potions become next to useless after you unlock Super and Hyper potions. If you need to drop some items, go for the potions. I have completed over 200 gym battles and I havent even come close to running out of super and hyper potions.
- As a last resort, ditch a few Pokeballs. They are easy enough to come by.
Wana be the best, like no one ever was? Then go to the Gym and get buff
Gyms are an EXCELLENT source of XP. Lets break it down. Battling a lvl 5 gym gives you 550 XP. A lvl 4 gives you 450 XP, a lvl 3 350 XP, a lvl 2 250 XP, and a lvl 1 150 XP. Thus, if you take down a lvl 5 gym, you will gain 1750 XP. If you have an egg active, thats 3500 XP!. Now do that 4-5 times at all the gyms around town, thats a lot of XP.
Also, keep in mind that gym battling doesnt mean you have to capture the gym for your team. If you are not planning to activate your once a day gym reward any time soon, dont leave a Pokemon in the gym you just took. Gyms are near impossible to hold if someone wants to take them. As such, the only thing that will happen if you leave a Pokemon there is that you will have to heal that Pokemon later, and the opposing team just got extra XP from defeating your Pokemon. Save your potions and deny the enemy XP. Just leave those gyms white.
You cant win King of the Hill if you have no King
Never leave your best Pokemon in a gym. As I stated above, gyms are near impossible to hold for more than a half hour or so. As such, there is no reason to leave your best Pokemon in a gym, especially if your are en-route to capture other gyms for your daily reward. Your top Pokemon makes taking other gyms easier and he is not going to hold the other gym by himself against anyone.
Riding in cars with Eggs: A coming of age story
If you are like me, you are lazy. If you are like me you are also looking for the most efficient ways to hatch eggs. It seems like driving would be a slam dunk for fast egg hatching, but I am sure you have noticed some inconsistencies with distance traveled. We all know about the speed cap, but I also noticed that even if I drove miles on a straight, back country at 12 MPH, I still wasn’t getting distance, or at least, very little. I then noticed that when I was in town, hitting stop sign after stop sign, going one block and then turning left to go one block then turn right, ect, I was getting far more distance registered. The game seems to love stops and turns. If you are going to drive to hatch eggs, make your route through an area with lots of stops and turns. It seems to help.
You dont incubate a second rate egg in a first rate incubator
Never put a 2Km egg in a 3 use incubator. Incubate these in your infinite incubator. Your limited use incubator uses a charge when the egg hatches, whether thats a 2Km egg or a 10Km egg. Its much better to get 30Km out of an incubator than 6Km.
Pokemon GO inspired drive-bys
When grabbing a Pokestop, you can click the X rather than click on each items and you still get all the items. As such, get proficient at quickly selecting, spinning, and Xing out of Pokestops as you drive by them for the most efficient Pokestop farming routes.