‘Pokémon Go’ Tips: How To Level Up And Evolve Your ‘Mon

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With Pokémon Go now available in all (if not most) of the world, trainers will be wondering how to train their Pokémon to become stronger and in some cases evolve into a new species.

Pokémon Go doesn’t have the traditional battle structure as the classic games. You won’t gain experience from defeating other trainers' Pokémon, but in Pokémon Go there are other ways to make them stronger and it all comes down to catching the same Pokémon.

When you catch a Pokémon, you’ll gain two items. The first is Stardust, this will be gifted to trainers every time you catch a Pokémon.

The second item is a Pokémon-specific candy. For example, each Pidgey gives a certain number of Pidgey candy. You’ll need both items to level up and evolve your Pokémon.


Leveling up Pokémon in Pokémon Go is simple. Go to your Pokémon’s data and you will see gauges for Stardust and Candy. For the sake of the levels, you’ll want to worry about the Stardust gauge. You’ll need to fill up your Stardust gauge by catching more and more Pokémon.

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The gauges each Pokemon in 'Pokemon Go' have Photo: Ingress/iDigitalTimes

Once you reached the mark, you just press the Power Up option. Simple as that.


Evolving your Pokémon in Pokémon Go will take up a lot more time. Those Pokémon-specific candies we mentioned before? You’ll need a lot more of those and can only be found from that specific ‘Mon.

The easiest way to achieve evolution is to catch a bunch of the same Pokémon until your Candy gauge is filled.

However, you’ll need to use the TRANSFER option first. This is essentially releasing your Pokémon into the wild but when you do so, the Professor will gift you with that Pokémon’s candies.

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The Transfer option in 'Pokemon Go' Photo: Ingress/iDigitalTimes

So choose the one Pokémon you wish to evolve and transfer the others until you have the number of candies needed for evolution. Then you press the Evolve option in the Pokemon's page. 

Each Pokémon evolution takes a certain number and rarer ones like Starter Pokémon are harder to find in the wild so good luck catching and evolving them all trainers.

And that’s how you level up and evolve your ‘Mon in Pokémon Go, did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments section below.

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