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Pokemon GO XL Candy: What Is It And How To Get More

Pokemon GO XL Candy: What Is It And How To Get More
Images via Niantic | The Pokemon Company International

Written by 

Michael Christopher

Posted 

26th Jan 2022 16:42

Pokemon GO has finally allowed players to level up their Pokemon even further, but they'll need to use Candy XL to do it. What is this XL Candy in Pokemon GO? It's a special type of candy that is needed to level up a Pokemon after it hits level 40. It's not as easy to earn as standard candies, though.

So, let's go over how to use XL Candy in Pokemon GO, how to get more of it, and everything else you need to know.

How To Unlock XL Candy in Pokemon GO

If you're below level 31 and aren't finding any Candy XL, don't worry — it unlocks once you hit level 31.

At this point, you can start collecting Candy XL, even though you won't be able to use it for a little while longer.

How To Use XL Candy In Pokemon GO

using candy xl in pokemon to level up gardevoir

Using Pokemon GO's XL Candy is extremely easy. Once a Pokemon hits level 40, it'll cost Candy XL to power it up even further. When you click the "POWER UP" button as you would normally, it'll show you the cost in Candy XL and Stardust instead of regular candy and Stardust.

As with regular candy, it'll cost more and more Candy XL (and Stardust) as the Pokemon levels up. Here's a chart showing how much is needed at each level:

Level Candy XL Stardust
41 10 10,000
41.5 10 10,000
42 10 11,000
42.5 10 11,000
43 12 11,000
43.5 12 11,000
44 12 12,000
44.5 12 12,000
45 15 12,000
45.5 15 12,000
46 15 13,000
46.5 15 13,000
47 17 13,000
47.5 17 13,000
48 17 14,000
48.5 17 14,000
49 20 14,000
49.5 20 14,000
50 20 15,000

Of course, Pokemon that are Purified will cost fewer Candy XL and Stardust, and Shadow Pokemon will cost more of both.

A standard Pokemon will need 296 Candy XL to reach level 50, whereas a Purified Pokemon will require 272 and a Shadow Pokemon will take 360.

Pokemon GO Candy XL: How To Get More

converting regular Ralts candies into Ralts Candy XL in Pokemon GO

There are a variety of methods for earning more Candy XL in Pokemon GO. Some of them are a bit more reliable than others. Let's look at every way of earning XL Candy.

  • Catching Pokemon can reward up to 3 Candy XL
    • Stage 1 Pokemon are guaranteed to reward 1
    • Stage 2 Pokemon are guaranteed to reward 2
    • Legendary and Mythical Pokemon are guaranteed to reward 3
    • The higher the level of the wild Pokemon, the higher the chance of it dropping Candy XL (remember that a weather boost increases the Pokemon's level)
  • Catching a Raid boss always guarantees 1 Candy XL
  • Hatching eggs can reward XL Candy
    • The further distance of the egg, the more Candy XL it will reward on average/the more maximum Candy XL it can drop
  • Transferring Pokemon can reward an XL Candy
  • Trading Pokemon can result in Candy XL for the Pokemon you trade away
    • The further apart the two Pokemon in the trade were caught, the more likely they are to drop a Candy XL
  • Walking with your buddy can result in it finding Candy XL
    • The higher your buddy's level, the higher the chances of it finding a Candy XL
  • You can convert 100 regular candies into a single Candy XL by visiting the Pokemon's page and clicking the hamburger menu
  • XL Rare Candies (see below) can be turned into Candy XL for any Pokemon of your choice

 

 

 

Pokemon GO XL Candy: XL Rare Candy

rare candy and rare candy XL in the item bag in Pokemon GO

XL Rare Candy is similar to standard Rare Candy. It can be converted into an XL Candy for whichever Pokemon you choose. These are very rare, though, and can only be obtained in a few ways:

  • In-person Raids can reward Rare Candy XL
  • Some Special Research quests will reward Rare Candy XL
  • A Rare Candy XL is given for reaching levels 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 48, and 49
  • 2 Rare Candy XL are given for reaching levels 45 and 50

That’s it! Everything you need to know about XL Candies. Wondering how Mega Energy works? Check out our Pokemon GO Mega Energy guide.

 

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