From spinning your Pokeball to hatching an egg, there are a number of ways to earn experience in Pokemon Go, but at higher levels, 10 XP here and 100 XP there just don’t cut it anymore. One particular item, the Lucky Egg, doubles the experience gained for a 30-minute period. The activity that yields the most experience, outside of catching a new Pokemon, is evolving a Pokemon, which is worth 500 XP. This is where the trick comes in. There are three Pokemon that only require 12 candies to evolve. You get three candies for each capture and an additional candy for a transfer. Using the techniques below, you will be able to spark waves of experience in 30,000 to 40,000 XP bursts at a time. Follow our step-by-step guide and become the very best, like no one ever was.
Determine the Best Pokemon to Use
There are three Pokemon that only require 12 candies to evolve: Pidgey, Caterpie, and Weedle. Depending on your neighborhood or location, one may be more abundant than the others. The trick is often called the “Pidgey Trick,” but it’s not uncommon to have a massive amount of Weedles or Caterpies nearby. Evaluate your surroundings and see what’s the most common to come across on your travels.
Start Catching and Stacking
This part of the trick is commonly known as “stacking,” hoarding massive amounts of whichever Pokemon you decided on, either Pidgey, Caterpie, or Weedle. At this stage, you’re trying to amass an enormous amount of candies for your Pokemon of choice. Each capture is worth three candies and transferring the Pokemon to Professor Willow is worth another, meaning each capture nets four candies total. Your goal here is to reach somewhere between 360 to 480 candies.
Catch Your First Wave
Once you’ve amassed your 360 to 480 candies, catch the first wave of Pokemon you plan on evolving. You’ll want to catch 30 to 40, depending on how many candies you’ve hoarded thus far. 360 candies, using 12 for each evolution process, is enough to evolve 30 Pokemon, and 480 for 40. For some time efficiency, you can count the three candies you’ll obtain from these additional captures into your grand total.
Find a Lucky Egg
Lucky Eggs are the key to this trick, effectively doubling your experience gain from the evolution process. Chances are you already have a few Lucky Eggs already, but if you don’t, there are a few ways to get one. Not only are Lucky Eggs awarded by reaching levels 9, 10, 15, 20, and 25, but you can also purchase them from the Pokemon Go shop for a small fee. Whether or not the investment is worth it is up to you, but if you’re looking for fast experience, this is the best and quickest way to get it.
Evolve, Evolve, Evolve!
Now that you have your candies, Pokemon, and Lucky Egg, you’re ready to begin. Once you use your Lucky Egg from the backpack menu, you will have 30 minutes to evolve as many Pidgey’s, Caterpies, or Weedles you’ve caught. Each evolution will net you 1,000 XP instead of the usual 500 XP. With 30 or 40 Pokemon in your possession, that means 30,000 to 40,000 XP in just a matter of minutes, resulting in an explosion of levels and items. The resulting level hike will allow you to find higher CP Pokemon, unlock new items from Pokestops, and provide a surplus of items.
Rinse and Repeat
Once you’re exhausted your half hour of experience ecstasy, track down another egg, accumulate your candies, and do it all again. The higher your trainer level, the higher CP Pokemon you’ll be able to find. The more you level up, the more the game opens up for you.
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