When it comes to advancing your trainer status in Pokémon GO, one of the key steps to master is how to evolve your Pokémon. Evolving a Pokémon is done with candy, and each Pokémon requires a specific type and number of candy in order to evolve. The process is quite simple, but there is a decent amount of strategy that goes into knowing and selecting which Pokémon to evolve and when.
Ready to take your trainer level to the next stage? This article will walk you through the steps of evolving your Pokémon in Pokémon GO.
How To Evolve Pokémon
Each time a Pokémon is caught, you will receive a bonus of stardust and sweets that carry the name of the captured Pokémon. The sweets are common to all Pokémon of the same species, and in order to evolve a Pokémon, you must give it candy specific to its own species. In order to collect the necessary number of sweets required for evolution, it is therefore essential to capture more Pokémon of the same species.
If you'd like to find out how much candy is needed to evolve a Pokémon, simply select the Pokémon in question, and look at the summary. The amount of candy needed for evolution can be found next to the Evolve button. If you already have enough candy for the evolution, you can evolve your Pokémon by tapping the Evolve button. If the button does not appear, evolution is not yet possible:
Once a Pokémon has evolved, it is impossible to go back, so be sure to evolve the Pokemon with the highest CP.
How To Gain Experience Points
Players gain experience with each Pokémon capture. Each time a Pokémon is evolved, more experience points are added.
There are two species that only require 12 pieces of candy to evolve (the minimum): Pidgey and Weedle. One easy way to increase your level quickly is to catch as many of these Pokémon as you can and evolving them as often as possible. Each evolution will earn you 500 XP points.
Choosing Which Pokémon to Evolve
In order to choose which Pokémon to evolve, you must first find out whether or not your Pokémon is powerful. This status is determined by the number of CP points and attacks a Pokémon has.
Silph Road offers a very simple tool to help you determine whether or not your Pokémon is powerful. Simply head to the site and click the IV Rater tab. You can then select your species, your training level, the CP of your Pokémon, as well its HP. Click Rate my Pokémon at the bottom of the page to attain its level:
The site will then display a very accurate result of the power level of your Pokémon:
How To Find Specific Pokémon
The Pokeweb GO site is a useful crowdsourcing community that provides helpful information that may be key in your quest. The online tool will allow you to locate Pokémon, the Pokestops, arenas, and even meeting places (depending on which area of the world you're in). Visit the site to learn more.