PokemonGo double XP and double stardust event, Nov 23-30, 2016

November 21st, 2016 | PokemonGo News

After the previous double XP and double stardust event in the beginning of November, it’s hard to get used to the usual rates again. As you advance through the game, you need more and more XP to level up, and even with the help of lucky egg mass evolutions, the progress can be incredibly slow.

Fortunately, Niantic launches a similar event again in a couple of days. From November 23rd till November 30th we will be spoiled with double XP and double stardust for all the game actions.

Happy hunting, and if you need to stock up on pokeballs, go to Pokemon151 Forums for a chance to win a Google Play voucher! 🙂

Ultimate PokemonGo Evolution Guide

November 14th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks

You can get new pokemon in two ways:

  • catch them in the wild, and
  • evolve the pokemon you already have.

Catching pokemon in the wild is mostly down to luck (although maps and trackers can help), whereas evolving pokemon depends on having enough candy of a certain type.

Magikarp Evolution Gyarados CPYou need 400 candies to evolve Magikarp into Gyarados.
 

The ‘cheapest’ pokemon to evolve are pidgeys, weedles and caterpies. These are the types you would collect for a lucky egg mass evolutions to boost your XP.

The most ‘expensive’ and difficult to evolve pokemon is Gyarados – you need 400 Magikarp candies for the evolution, and you need to catch a strong enough Magikarp that makes the evolution worthwhile. The vast majority of Magikarps are very weak – look for Magikarps with CP of at least around 150, which would evolve into approximately CP 1800 Gyarados.

The rest of the pokemon need 25, 50 or 100 candies for evolution.

How Many Candies are Required to Evolve Each Pokemon?

Here’s a full list of how many candies are required to evolve each of the pokemons.

12 Candies Pidgey
Weedle
Caterpie
25 Candies Bulbasaur
Charmander
Squirtle
Rattata
Nidoran ♀
Nidoran ♂
Oddish
Poliwag
Abra
Machop
Bellsprout
Geodude
Gastly
Eevee
Dratini
50 Candies Metapod
Kakuna
Pidgeotto
Spearow
Ekans
Pikachu
Sandshrew
Clefairy
Vulpix
Jigglypuff
Zubat
Paras
Venonat
Diglett
Meowth
Psyduck
Mankey
Growlithe
Tentacool
Ponyta
Slowpoke
Doduo
Seel
Grimer
Shellder
Drowzee
Krabby
Voltorb
Exeggcute
Cubone
Koffing
Rhyhorn
Horsea
Goldeen
Staryu
Omanyte
Kabuto
100 Candies Ivysaur
Charmeleon
Wartortle
Nidorina
Nidorino
Gloom
Poliwhirl
Kadabra
Machoke
Weepinbell
Graveler
Haunter
Dragonair
400 Candies Magikarp

Lucky Egg Mass Evolutions

PokemonGo Lucky Egg Double XPIn order to progress through the levels faster, you can collect all the low-level life (pidgeys, weedles, caterpies and whoever else happens to wander about in large quantities) and evolve them all in one go, whilst using a lucky egg. Each evolution is normally 500 XP, but lucky egg doubles up the XP to 1000, and if you keep evolving your pokemon for the whole of 30 minutes, you can get up to 60,000 XP by using this technique.

If you don’t quite have enough pokemon to keep evolving them for 30 minutes, consider doing your lucky egg mass evolution near a pokestop. Place a lure module, and in between your evolutions, catch the pokemon and spin the pokestop to get double XP for those actions too.

How many evolutions can you do in 30 minutes? Tell us at Pokemon151 Forums.

New Rules for PokemonGo Gym Battles and Gym Prestige

November 10th, 2016 | PokemonGo News

With the most recent update (November 2016) it became harder to build up the gym prestige, and easier to take it down. This means that established gyms are now at a higher risk of being taken down, and they will need to spend much more time to rebuild their gym prestige back up.

Victreebel wins against Vaporeon in PokemonGo Gym BattleVictreebel CP 1385 wins against Vaporeon CP 2285. This is because Victreebel is of grass type and is a good choice for battling against water type pokemon such as Vaporeon.

According to the new formula, when you fight in a rival gym, the gym’s prestige level goes down by 1000 for every pokemon battle you win, and there is an extra 1000 decrease for taking down the gym leader. A level 10 gym can be taken down in about half an hour. Still quite some time, but far easier than before.

On the flip side, when you battle for your own team, the gym prestige only gets half the points that we used to get before. The exact amount depends on the squad you choose for your battle. If you choose pokemon that have lower CP than the opponent (ideally twice as low), you get more points, and you can raise the gym prestige faster. The maximum amount you can get is 500 points per battle.

Grey ‘No Team’ Gym Lock Down

grey-gymOnce you’ve taken down a rival gym, it is now locked for a brief period, to give you time to put your pokemon in. This prevents other trainers, conveniently and completely accidentally hiding in the bushes nearby, from claiming the gym that they didn’t even attack.


What are your current strategies with regards to gym battles? Do you have many pokemon defending gyms? Do you battle often? Tell us more on Pokemon151 Forums.