Power Up

A summary screen in Pokémon GO. The semi-circle shows how close a Pokémon is to the Power Up limit, and the cost is displayed next to the Power Up button.

In Pokémon GO, the player can Power Up (Japanese: 強化 strengthen) a Pokémon using Stardust and Candy to increase its stats. This is analogous to raising a Pokémon's level in the core series games, but no explicit numeric level is visible for Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

Mechanics

Powering Up a Pokémon raises its stats, which is reflected on the Pokémon's summary screen in its HP and CP. Upon pressing the Power Up button, the game will show how much the CP will be increased and ask the player to confirm. If a Pokémon gains maximum HP this way, it also gains an equal amount of remaining HP; consequently, if a fainted Pokémon is Powered Up, it will be revived with a remaining HP equal to the amount of HP it gained. A Pokémon that is currently Mega Evolved cannot Power Up.

Each Pokémon has a Power Up level that effectively counts how many times it has been powered up. Each level corresponds to a CP multiplier, a value used to calculate the Pokémon's stats and catch rate. Each Power Up increases the Power Up level by 0.5, up to the player's Trainer level + 2. The cost to Power Up a Pokémon increases every two levels (or every four Power Ups). The half-circle gauge on a Pokémon's summary screen indicates how close it is to this limit. The highest possible Power Up level is 40. If a player receives a Pokémon via trading that exceeds their Power Up limit (Trainer level + 2), then both players will see a warning that the Pokémon's level will be reduced to the limit. For certain encounters, if the Pokémon's type has a Weather Boost, its Power Up level will be 5 higher than what it was originally supposed to be, even if it exceeds the Trainer's Power Up limit.

Initial Power Up level

Pokémon can only be obtained at whole-number Power Up levels, including those from trades, in which the Power Up levels are rounded down. The following shows the possible range of initial Power Up levels for each encounter type.

Encounter Power Up level Weather Boost
Wild spawn [1 .. min(Trainer_level, 30)]
Hatched min(Trainer_level, 20)
Field/Special Research 15
Raid Battle 20
Shadow Pokémon 8
Purified Pokémon min(Trainer level, 25)
Trade ⌊min(Trainer_level + 2, original_level)⌋

Levels

Powering Up a Pokémon requires both Stardust and Candy. The amount of Stardust and Candy required for the next Power Up will be shown on the Pokémon's summary screen. If the Pokémon is at the maximum Power Up level for the player's Trainer level, then the player will not be able to Power Up the Pokémon. Each time a Pokémon is Powered Up, its stats are recalculated using a new CP multiplier.

If a Pokémon is transferred from Pokémon GO to GO Park in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, its level will be equal to its Power Up level, rounded down to the nearest whole number.

CP multiplier

The following table shows the CP multiplier that corresponds to each Power Up level, along with the costs needed to Power Up to the next level. Cumulative costs show the total amount of Stardust and Candy needed to Power Up a Pokémon from Lv. 1. Pokémon that have reached Lv. 40 will require Candy XL instead of Candy to power up further.

Levels above 50 are unattainable by powering up, but have been coded into the game since the level cap was increased from 40 to 50. The CP multipliers for Lv. 50.5 and Lv. 51 are only attainable by a Lv. 49.5 and Lv. 50 Best Buddy, respectively, deployed as the player's current Buddy Pokémon. The CP multiplier for Lv. 55 is only attained by team leaders while Battle Training in Master League.

Lucky Pokémon require only 50% of the listed Stardust costs to Power Up. Shadow Pokémon cost 1.2× the listed Stardust and Candy to Power Up, while Purified Pokémon only require 90% of the listed Stardust and Candy costs (rounded up). Stardust reduction bonuses for Lucky and Purified Pokémon can stack, meaning that a Pokémon that is both Lucky and Purified only costs 45% of the normal Stardust amount to Power Up.

Level CP multiplier Power Up cost
Marginal Cumulative
1 0.094  200  1  200  1
1.5 0.13513743  200  1  400  2
2 0.16639787  200  1  600  3
2.5 0.19265091  200  1  800  4
3 0.21573247  400  1  1200  5
3.5 0.23657266  400  1  1600  6
4 0.25572005  400  1  2000  7
4.5 0.27353038  400  1  2400  8
5 0.29024988  600  1  3000  9
5.5 0.30605738  600  1  3600  10
6 0.3210876  600  1  4200  11
6.5 0.33544503  600  1  4800  12
7 0.34921268  800  1  5600  13
7.5 0.36245776  800  1  6400  14
8 0.3752356  800  1  7200  15
8.5 0.38759242  800  1  8000  16
9 0.39956728  1000  1  9000  17
9.5 0.41119354  1000  1  10000  18
10 0.4225  1000  1  11000  19
10.5 0.43292641  1000  1  12000  20
11 0.44310755  1300  2  13300  22
11.5 0.45305996  1300  2  14600  24
12 0.4627984  1300  2  15900  26
12.5 0.47233608  1300  2  17200  28
13 0.48168495  1600  2  18800  30
13.5 0.49085581  1600  2  20400  32
14 0.49985844  1600  2  22000  34
14.5 0.50870176  1600  2  23600  36
15 0.51739395  1900  2  25500  38
15.5 0.5259425  1900  2  27400  40
16 0.5343543  1900  2  29300  42
16.5 0.54263575  1900  2  31200  44
17 0.5507927  2200  2  33400  46
17.5 0.55883059  2200  2  35600  48
18 0.5667545  2200  2  37800  50
18.5 0.57456913  2200  2  40000  52
19 0.5822789  2500  2  42500  54
19.5 0.5898879  2500  2  45000  56
20 0.5974  2500  2  47500  58
20.5 0.60482366  2500  2  50000  60
21 0.6121573  3000  3  53000  63
21.5 0.61940411  3000  3  56000  66
22 0.6265671  3000  3  59000  69
22.5 0.63364917  3000  3  62000  72
23 0.64065295  3500  3  65500  75
23.5 0.64758096  3500  3  69000  78
24 0.65443563  3500  3  72500  81
24.5 0.66121926  3500  3  76000  84
25 0.667934  4000  3  80000  87
25.5 0.67458189  4000  3  84000  90
26 0.6811649  4000  4  88000  94
26.5 0.68768489  4000  4  92000  98
27 0.69414365  4500  4  96500  102
27.5 0.70054289  4500  4  101000  106
28 0.7068842  4500  4  105500  110
28.5 0.7131691  4500  4  110000  114
29 0.7193991  5000  4  115000  118
29.5 0.72557562  5000  4  120000  122
30 0.7317  5000  4  125000  126
30.5 0.73474102  5000  4  130000  130
31 0.7377695  6000  6  136000  136
31.5 0.74078558  6000  6  142000  142
32 0.74378943  6000  6  148000  148
32.5 0.7467812  6000  6  154000  154
33 0.74976104  7000  8  161000  162
33.5 0.7527291  7000  8  168000  170
34 0.7556855  7000  8  175000  178
34.5 0.75863036  7000  8  182000  186
35 0.76156384  8000  10  190000  196
35.5 0.76448607  8000  10  198000  206
36 0.76739717  8000  10  206000  216
36.5 0.77029727  8000  10  214000  226
37 0.7731865  9000  12  223000  238
37.5 0.77606494  9000  12  232000  250
38 0.77893275  9000  12  241000  262
38.5 0.78179008  9000  12  250000  274
39 0.784637  10000  15  260000  289
39.5 0.78747359  10000  15  270000  304
40 0.7903  10000  10  280000  10
40.5 0.79280394  10000  10  290000  20
41 0.7953  11000  10  301000  30
41.5 0.79780392  11000  10  312000  40
42 0.8003  11000  12  323000  52
42.5 0.80280389  11000  12  334000  64
43 0.8053  12000  12  346000  76
43.5 0.80780387  12000  12  358000  88
44 0.8103  12000  15  370000  103
44.5 0.81280384  12000  15  382000  118
45 0.8153  13000  15  395000  133
45.5 0.81780382  13000  15  408000  148
46 0.8203  13000  17  421000  165
46.5 0.8228038  13000  17  434000  182
47 0.8253  14000  17  448000  199
47.5 0.82780378  14000  17  462000  216
48 0.8303  14000  20  476000  236
48.5 0.83280375  14000  20  490000  256
49 0.8353  15000  20  505000  276
49.5 0.83780373  15000  20  520000  296
50 0.8403 Maximum power up
50.5 0.84280371 Best Buddy only
51 0.8453
51.5 0.84780369 N/A
52 0.8503
52.5 0.85280366
53 0.8553
53.5 0.85780364
54 0.8603
54.5 0.86280362
55 0.8653 Master League Battle Training

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 強化 Kèuhngfa
Mandarin 強化 Qiánghuà
  French Recharger
  German Stärken
  Italian Potenziare
  Korean 강화 Ganghwa
  Brazilian Portuguese Fortalecer
  Spanish Poder
  Thai พาวเวอร์อัป Power Up


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