Pokemon GO Candy and Stardust Guide - How to Get Candy and Stardust

Pokemon GO Candy and Stardust Guide - How to Get Candy and Stardust

Get more Candy and Stardust to strengthen your Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

This Pokemon Go Candy and Stardust guide will explain how to get Candy and Stardust in Pokémon Go. Candy and Stardust are necessary for strengthening Pokémon by increasing their CP amount and evolving them into new forms.

Check out our Pokémon GO guide hub for more guides and tips that'll help you level up faster, earn more Candy, get more Stardust, and lots more!

Pokemon GO Candy and Stardust Guide

In Pokémon Go, players must evolve and power up their captured Pokémon in order to strengthen them for battles. Evolutions and power ups both require the use of Candy, which players will accumulate throughout the game. This guide will briefly explain the methods for getting more Candy and Stardust, as well as how to use these items.

What Do Candy and Stardust do in Pokemon GO

Candy and Stardust are rewarded for every Pokémon you capture in the wild. Power Ups require both Candy and Stardust, while evolutions only require Candy. Candy types are species specific, meaning that each Pokémon comes with its own particular brand of Candy. The same applies to Rare Candy, which is received upon acquiring a rare Pokémon. Rare Pokémon can be caught in the wild, or obtained from a hatched Pokémon Egg.

The Candy from the unevolved form of a Pokémon will also apply to the other iterations of that species. For example, evolving a Bulbasaur into an Ivysaur and Venusaur will require Bulbasaur Candy for both evolutions. The same supply of Candy is also used to Power Up a Pokémon species, with the addition of Stardust as well. Players must consider the total amount of Candy they have for a particular type of Pokémon before deciding to Power Up or Evolve its base form or iterations.

How to Get Candy in Pokemon GO

Getting more Candy comes down to simply catching as many Pokémon as possible. Capturing a wild Pokémon can reward you with 3, 5 or 10 Candies, depending on what stage of evolution it is. With the Pinap Berry, you can double this number and earn up to a whopping 20 Candies in one capture.

Once you’ve captured multiples of the same Pokémon, the ones with the lowest CP can be transferred back to the Professor for additional Candy. However, this only yields one Candy per transfer, and you can’t get that Pokémon back once you transfer it. Capturing multiples of a single Pokémon species is the better alternative if you want to acquire the most Candy at a time, but transferring to the Professor is a good way to clear out weak Pokémon and organize your inventory nevertheless.

You can also choose a Pokémon Buddy to walk with, which earns you some Candy for its species. Learn more about Pokémon Buddies and how to earn Candy while walking with them in our Pokemon GO Buddies Guide.You can get Candy by feeding berries to pokemon in gyms that your team currently occupies. Hatching Eggs will also grant Candy as a reward.

How to Evolve Pokemon Fast in Pokemon GO

The best strategy for evolving a species is to continue capturing Pokémon of the same type. This works well with common Pokémon types such as Pidgey, Weedle, or Caterpie, as their evolution costs are much cheaper than other species. Accumulate as much Candy as you can from captures, and if you need a bit of extra Candy, trade in the weaklings to bolster your supply. Once you have enough Candy to evolve a species multiple times, start evolving the ones with the highest CP. Use a Lucky Egg beforehand to maximize your XP bonus for evolving each creature.

How to Get Stardust in Pokemon GO

Catching pokemon is the easiest way to get more Stardust in Pokemon GO, and you'll get more for pokemon higher up in the evolution chain. You'll also gain Stardust from completing Research Quests.

That's all you need to know about Candy and Stardust in Pokemon GO. Elsewhere we've got info on shiny Pokemon in Pokemon Go, when you should use a lucky egg, and details on how trading works in Pokemon GO.

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Jake Green

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Jake is a former freelance writer who now heads up guides for USG. He spends his days dreaming of an X-Files dating-sim and will play literally any game with monkeys in it. He has an unhealthy obsession with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and would pretty much trade a kidney for Skate 4 at this point.

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