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Pokemon GO Guide

Pokemon Trainers

Pokemon aren’t the only things that grow, but Pokemon Trainers can earn experience points (XP) and level up too in Pokemon GO. Every new account in Pokemon GO gets to create a Pokemon Trainer. A Trainer can be customized with a gender, different clothes and styles.

All Pokemon Trainers start out at level 1. The level bar and XP needed to level up can be seen on your profile. Level up your Trainer to earn free items and increase the level cap for your Pokemon. The items will go into your bag even if the item limit has been reached. Although you can’t see it, Pokemon have a level too that is tied to the Trainer’s level. A Pokemon can only be powered up using Pokemon Candies and Stardust to a certain point before the game tells you to increase your Trainer Level. The higher a Trainer’s level, the stronger their Pokemon can be!

New levels can be reached by filling up the XP bar under your profile. The best way to earn XP is to capture and evolve Pokemon, but there are some other methods outlined below:

Method XP Earned
Encounter a Pokemon, but it flees 25 XP
Capture a Pokemon 100 XP
Evolve a Pokemon 500-1000 XP
Hatch an Egg 500 XP
Send a gift to a friend 200 XP
Spin a PokeStop 50 XP
Weather Bonus 25 XP
Curveball to capture a Pokemon 10 XP
Nice Throw 10 XP
Great Throw 20-50 XP
Excellent Throw 100 XP
First Throw 50 XP
New Pokemon 500 XP
First Catch of the Day 500 XP
Streak Bonus 2000 XP
Win a Gym Battle 150 XP
Win a Raid Battle 3000 XP

Profiles can be viewed by tapping the Trainer picture at the bottom-left corner of the screen. Swipe down to see your weekly rewards medals, gym badges, and stats. Weekly Rewards are items that are awarded to players for walking 5 km, 25 km, or 50 km once a week. These rewards can be claimed Monday morning, and can include berries, Poke Balls, potions, Eggs, and even evolutionary items!

Medals

Medals are simple challenges that unlock new clothes and styles to purchase from the in-game shop. They also award players with XP. Each medal has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Complete a challenge to earn a Bronze medal, then complete the same challenge but with a higher requirement to earn the Silver medal. Medals will be displayed in your Trainer profile.

Name Bronze Silver Gold
Kanto Register 5 Kanto region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 50 Kanto region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 100 Kanto region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Johto Register 5 Johto region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 30 Johto region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 70 Johto region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Hoenn Register 5 Hoenn region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 40 Hoenn region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 90 Hoenn region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Sinnoh Register 5 Sinnoh region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 30 Sinnoh region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 80 Sinnoh region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Unova Register 5 Unova region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 50 Unova region Pokemon in the Pokedex. Register 100 Unova region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Collector Catch 30 Pokemon Catch 500 Pokemon Catch 2000 Pokemon
Scientist Evolve 3 Pokemon Evolve 20 Pokemon Evolve 200 Pokemon
Jogger Walk 10 km Walk 100 km Walk 1000 km
Breeder Hatch 10 Eggs Hatch 100 Eggs Hatch 500 Eggs
Backpacker Visit 100 PokeStops Visit 1000 PokeStops Visit 2000 PokeStops
Battle Girl Win 10 Gym battles Win 100 Gym battles Win 1000 Gym battles
Berry Master Feed 10 Berries at Gyms Feed 100 Berries at Gyms Feed 1000 Berries at Gyms
Gym Leader Defend Gyms for 10 hours Defend Gyms for 100 hours Defend Gyms for 1000 hours
Champion Win 10 raids Win 100 raids Win 1000 raids
Battle Legend Win 10 Legendary raids Win 100 Legendary raids Win 1000 Legendary raids
Pokemon Ranger Complete 10 Field Research tasks Complete 100 Field Research tasks Complete 1000 Field Research tasks
Cameraman Have 10 surprise encounter in GO Snapshot Have 50 surprise encounter in GO Snapshot Have 200 surprise encounter in GO Snapshot
Fisherman Catch 3 big Magikarp Catch 50 big Magikarp Catch 300 big Magikarp
Youngster Catch 3 tiny Rattata Catch 50 tiny Rattata Catch 300 tiny Rattata
Pikachu Fan Catch 3 Pikachu Catch 50 Pikachu Catch 300 Pikachu
Idol Become Best Friends with 1 Trainer Become Best Friends with 2 Trainers Become Best Friends with 3 Trainers
Gentleman Trade 10 Pokemon Trade 100 Pokemon Trade 1000 Pokemon
Pilot Earn 1,000 km across the distance of all Pokemon trades Earn 100,000 km across the distance of all Pokemon trades Earn 1,000,000 km across the distance of all Pokemon trades
Great League Veteran Win 5 Trainer Battles in the Great League Win 50 Trainer Battles in the Great League Win 200 Trainer Battles in the Great League
Ultra League Veteran Win 5 Trainer Battles in the Ultra League Win 50 Trainer Battles in the Ultra League Win 200 Trainer Battles in the Ultra League
Purifier Purify 5 Shadow Pokemon Purify 50 Shadow Pokemon Purify 500 Shadow Pokemon
Hero Defeat 10 Team GO Rocket members Defeat 100 Team GO Rocket members Defeat 1000 Team GO Rocket members
Ace Trainer Train 10 times with Blanche, Candela, or Spark Train 100 times with Blanche, Candela, or Spark Train 1000 times with Blanche, Candela, or Spark
Type Medals Capture 10 X-Type Pokemon Capture 50 X-Type Pokemon Capture 200 X-Type Pokemon
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