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Grinding for Candy XL in Pokémon GO: Tips and Tricks

Since the release of the GO Beyond update in December 2020, Trainers in Pokémon GO have been able to power up their Pokémon beyond level 40 using a new resource called Candy XL. Candy XL is specific to each species of Pokémon and can be earned through various activities. In this article, we will explore how to grind for Candy XL and provide some tips and tricks to optimize your grinding experience.

What is Candy XL?

Candy XL is a resource that allows Trainers to power up their Pokémon beyond the original limit of level 40. It is unlocked at Trainer Level 31 and appears next to the regular Candy for each Pokémon species.

How to Earn Candy XL

There are several ways to earn Candy XL in Pokémon GO:

  • Catching Pokémon: Chance to earn 0-3 Candy XL, with increased chances for higher-level Pokémon and certain Pokémon evolutions.
  • Trading Pokémon: Guaranteed 1 Candy XL if the traded Pokémon were caught 100km+ apart.
  • Hatching Pokémon: Different types of eggs yield varying amounts of Candy XL.
  • Transferring Pokémon: Earn 1 Candy XL for each Pokémon transferred.
  • Exchanging Candy: 100 regular Candy can be exchanged for 1 Candy XL.
  • Earning Buddy Candy: Chance to earn 1 Candy XL based on buddy friendship level.
  • Evolving Pokémon: Chance to earn 1 Candy XL with higher-level Pokémon.
  • Feeding Gym Defenders: Very low chance to earn 1 Candy XL per berry fed.
  • Rare Candy XL: One Rare Candy XL is equivalent to 1 Candy XL of the chosen species.

These methods provide various chances to earn Candy XL, with some being guaranteed and others based on probabilities.

How Much Candy XL Do I Need?

To power up a Pokémon from level 40 to 50, you will need 296 Candy XL for the target species, as well as 250,000 Stardust. The requirements adjust for Purified and Shadow Pokémon. For Trainer Level 50, there is a task that requires powering up three different Pokémon to level 50.

Are Level 50 Pokémon Worth the Grind?

Pokémon at level 50 are objectively stronger than those at level 40, but their power increase may not be significant for all players. It depends on play style and game preferences. Some players, such as highly optimized PVP players and raid solo-ers, may find it worthwhile to grind for the required candy. However, grinding for Candy XL is not for everyone.

Tips and Tricks for Candy XL Grind

Here are some tips and tricks to optimize your Candy XL grinding:

  1. DO NOT convert regular Candy to Candy XL: The conversion rate is inefficient compared to other methods.
  2. Catch EVERYTHING: Catching Pokémon increases your chances of earning Candy XL.

Grinding for Candy XL in Pokémon GO requires time, resources, and dedication. It is recommended to use other methods listed above to maximize your Candy XL collection. With these tips and tricks, you can make the most out of your grinding experience.

– Pokémon GO Beyond update
– Pokémon GO official website [source URL: not provided]