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Pokemon GO Guide

Candies and Stardust

Two very important items that don’t take up any space in your Trainer bag are Pokemon Candies and Stardust. These two groups of items are used to Power-Up Pokemon, give Pokemon a second charged attack, evolve Pokemon, and more. These items can only be seen when viewing a Pokemon’s summary page. More information below.

Pokemon Candies

Pokemon Candies are special items which are obtained after capturing Pokemon, hatching Pokemon eggs, and transferring Pokemon. These are used to evolve Pokemon, and they are used together with Stardust to power-up a Pokemon or teach a Pokemon a new attack.

Pokemon Candies will be named the base species of the Pokemon. For example, Bulbasaur candy is used to evolve Bulbasaur to Ivysaur and Ivysaur to Venusaur. Bulbasaur candy is also used to power up all three evolutionary stages: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, and Venusaur. If a pre-evolution was added in a later generation, the original stage is used as the Pokemon candy’s name. For example, Pikachu candy are used to evolve Pichu to Pikachu and Pikachu to Raichu.

Pokemon Candies do not take up any space in your bag, and can only be seen when looking at a Pokemon’s summary page. The table below lists possible ways to obtain Pokemon candies.

Method Candies
Capture a Pokemon 3 Candies
Capture an evolved Pokemon 5 Candies
Use a Pinap Berry before capturing a Pokemon 2x Candies
Transfer a Pokemon 1 Candy
Hatch an Egg 16 Candies
Walk with your Pokemon Buddy 1 Candy / 1-5km


Stardust is an important item in Pokemon GO that is used as a sort of currency alongside Pokemon Candies. Both Stardust and Pokemon Candies are used to Power Up a Pokemon or to unlock a second charged attack. Stardust is also spent when trading Pokemon with friends. The stronger or rarer the Pokemon, the more Stardust is needed.

Using a Star Piece will increase the amount of Stardust you earn by 50% for 30 minutes. Possible ways to obtain Stardust include:

  • Exchange gifts with friends
  • Battle a Friend
  • Win a Raid Battle
  • Win a Gym Battle
  • Complete Field and Special Research
  • Capture Pokemon
  • Feed berries to Pokemon in your Team’s Gym
  • Get a Daily Catch Streak (up to 7 Days)
  • Get a Daily PokeStop Streak (up to 7 Days)
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