Pokémon Go: Catch Bonus Guide - Catch Elemental Pokemon

Here's everything you need to know about the new Catch Bonus system.

Remember those medals you occasionally get for fulfilling certain requirements that sort of act like achievements for Pokémon Go? Up until now they did nothing, but the October update gave them something called a "Catch Bonus". So what is a Catch Bonus? Here's what we know so far in this guide to Pokemon Go Catch Bonuses.

First off, you still don't have to pay attention to the more general medals like for walking long distances or visiting PokeStops, as no Catch Bonus was added to them. No, the altered ones are the medals are the ones positioned on the lower part of the medal screen, the ones you get for catching certain types of Pokémon.

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Catch Bonuses are based on the level of medal you have. Bronze gets you +1, Silver +2, and Gold +3. While the math of what the bonus adds to is unclear, what is certain is that Catch Bonuses make catching the different types of Pokémon more likely. If a Pokémon has two types, the average of the two applies. The bottom line is that now, the more you catch of a certain type of Pokémon, the easier it will be to catch that type of Pokémon in the future.

Pokémon Go Medal List

To get the Catch Bonus for each medal level, you need to catch a certain number of that type of Pokémon. This list shows that number for Bronze, Silver, and Gold for each type of medal as well as the Catch Bonus for that level.

  • Delinquent: Catch Dark-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Schoolkid: Catch Normal-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Black Belt: Catch Fighting-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Bird Keeper: Catch Flying-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Punk Girl: Catch Poison-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Ruin Maniac: Catch Ground-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Hiker: Catch Rock-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Bug Catcher: Catch Bug-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Hex Maniac: Catch Ghost-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Depot Agent: Catch Steel-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Kindler: Catch Fire-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Swimmer: Catch Water-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Gardener: Catch Grass-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Rocker: Catch Electric-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Psychic: Catch Psychic-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Skier: Catch Ice-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Dragon Tamer: Catch Dragon-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)
  • Fairy Tale Girl: Catch Fairy-type Pokémon - Bronze: 10 (+1); Silver 50 (+2); Gold 200 (+3)

And these are the medals that don't have Catch Bonuses attached to them:

  • Backpacker: Visit PokeStops - Bronze: 100; Silver: 1,000; Gold: 2,000
  • Jogger: Walk long distances – Bronze:10km; Silver: 100km; Gold: 1,000km
  • Collector: Capture Pokémon - Bronze: 30; Silver: 500; Gold: 2,000
  • Scientist: Evolve Pokémon – Bronze: 3; Silver: 20; Gold: 200
  • Breeder: Hatch Eggs – Bronze: 10; Silver: 100; Gold: 1,000
  • Fisherman: Capture Big Magikarp – Bronze: 3; Silver: 50; Gold: 300
  • Battle Girl: Win Gym battles – Bronze: 10; Silver: 100; Gold: 1,000
  • Youngster: Catch tiny Rattata – Bronze: 3; Silver: 50; Gold: 300
  • Ace Trainer: Train at Gyms – Bronze: 10; Silver: 100; Gold: 1,000
  • Pikachu: Catch Pikachu – Bronze: 3; Silver: 50; Gold: 200
  • Kanto: Register Gen 1 Pokémon in the Pokédex – Bronze: 20; Silver: 50; Gold: 100
  • Johto: Register Gen 2 Pokémon in the Pokédex – Bronze: 5; Silver: 30; Gold: 70
  • Unown: Register unique Unown forms in the Pokédex – Bronze: 3; Silver: 10; Gold: 26

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