Pokemon are not 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 CP cap for your Pokemon. The level-up rewards 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 picture. The best way to earn XP is to capture and evolve Pokemon, but there are some other methods outlined below:
Encounter a Pokemon, but it flees
Capture a Pokemon
Evolve a Pokemon
Hatch an Egg
Send a gift to a friend
Spin a PokeStop
Weather Bonus when capturing Pokemon
Curveball when capturing Pokemon
New Pokemon added to Pokedex
First Catch of the Day
Win a Gym Battle
Clear a Gym of a Team
Win a Raid Battle
Complete Field Research
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 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.
Register 5 Kanto region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 50 Kanto region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 100 Kanto region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 5 Johto region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 30 Johto region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 70 Johto region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 5 Hoenn region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 40 Hoenn region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 90 Hoenn region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 5 Sinnoh region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 30 Sinnoh region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 80 Sinnoh region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 5 Unova region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 50 Unova region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Register 100 Unova region Pokemon in the Pokedex.
Catch 30 Pokemon
Catch 500 Pokemon
Catch 2000 Pokemon
Evolve 3 Pokemon
Evolve 20 Pokemon
Evolve 200 Pokemon
Walk 10 km
Walk 100 km
Walk 1000 km
Hatch 10 Eggs
Hatch 100 Eggs
Hatch 500 Eggs
Visit 100 PokeStops
Visit 1000 PokeStops
Visit 2000 PokeStops
Win 10 Gym battles
Win 100 Gym battles
Win 1000 Gym battles
Feed 10 Berries at Gyms
Feed 100 Berries at Gyms
Feed 1000 Berries at Gyms
Defend Gyms for 10 hours
Defend Gyms for 100 hours
Defend Gyms for 1000 hours
Win 10 raids
Win 100 raids
Win 1000 raids
Win 10 Legendary raids
Win 100 Legendary raids
Win 1000 Legendary raids
Complete 10 Field Research tasks
Complete 100 Field Research tasks
Complete 1000 Field Research tasks
Have 10 surprise encounter in GO Snapshot
Have 50 surprise encounter in GO Snapshot
Have 200 surprise encounter in GO Snapshot
Catch 3 big Magikarp
Catch 50 big Magikarp
Catch 300 big Magikarp
Catch 3 tiny Rattata
Catch 50 tiny Rattata
Catch 300 tiny Rattata
Catch 3 Pikachu
Catch 50 Pikachu
Catch 300 Pikachu
Become Best Friends with 1 Trainer
Become Best Friends with 2 Trainers
Become Best Friends with 3 Trainers
Trade 10 Pokemon
Trade 100 Pokemon
Trade 1000 Pokemon
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
Purify 5 Shadow Pokemon
Purify 50 Shadow Pokemon
Purify 500 Shadow Pokemon
Defeat 10 Team GO Rocket members
Defeat 100 Team GO Rocket members
Defeat 1000 Team GO Rocket members
Train 10 times with Blanche, Candela, or Spark
Train 100 times with Blanche, Candela, or Spark
Train 1000 times with Blanche, Candela, or Spark
Capture 10 X-Type Pokemon
Capture 50 X-Type Pokemon
Capture 200 X-Type Pokemon
Gym Badges are also shown on your trainer profile. A Gym Badge is earned each time you defend a Gym or help your team defend a Gym. Just like medals, Gym Badges will change in color from bronze to silver to gold.