There are several ways to earn Stardust:
|Bonus: Expert Handler||25|
|Bonus: First catch of the day||600|
|Bonus: Streak bonus (seventh day in a row catching a Pokémon)||3,000|
|Hatch a 2 km Egg||400 - 800|
|Hatch a 5 km Egg||800 - 1,600|
|Hatch a 7 km Egg||800 - 1,600|
|Hatch a 10 km Egg||1,600 - 3,200|
|Feed a Pokémon a Berry||20|
|Complete a Raid Battle||1,000|
|Train in Great League||300 (×0 - 2)|
|Train in Ultra League||400 (×0 - 2)|
|Train in Master League||500 (×0 - 2)|
|Battle against other player||500 (×0 - 2)|
|Team GO Rocket Battles|
|Defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt||500|
|Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader||1,000|
|Weekly Adventure Sync rewards|
|Walk 25 km||1,000|
|Walk 50 km (not including 25 km reward)||5,000*|
|Walk 100 km (not including 25 or 50 km rewards)||10,000*|
|Open a Gift||100 (×0 - 3)|
Stardust can also be earned for participating in GO Battle League. Stardust is rewarded upon winning a certain number of battles, completing a set of five battles, and the end of a season, with the amount varying based on the player's performance.
If the player has a Star Piece active, all Stardust earned is temporarily increased by 50%.
- Main article: Power Up → Levels
Powering Up a Pokémon requires both Stardust and Candy, the amount required increasing with the Pokémon's current Power Up level (which increases every time it is Powered Up). The amount of Stardust and Candy required for the next Power Up is shown on the Pokémon's summary screen and increases every four Power Up levels.
- Main article: Trade → Pokémon GO
Trading Pokémon costs both players Stardust. While all regular trades cost 100, Special Trades (Legendary, Mythical, and Shiny Pokémon) cost much more Stardust. The cost of Special Trades decreases the higher the Friendship level between the players.
- Main article: Move → Pokémon GO
The player can spend Stardust and Candy to teach a Pokémon a second Charged Attack. In addition, Caterpie, Metapod, Weedle, Kakuna, Magikarp, Ditto, Wynaut, Wobbuffet, Smeargle, Wurmple, Silcoon, Cascoon, Taillow, Feebas, Beldum and Kricketot cannot learn a second Charged Attack.
The cost varies depending on the Pokémon species and largely corresponds with the distance needed to walk for a Buddy Pokémon to find a Candy. In addition Shadow Pokémon, compared to their base forms, requires 1.2× Stardust and Candy to learn a second Charged Attack, while Purified Pokémon require 0.8× the base amounts.
In addition, these are the exceptions to the above:
- All starter Pokémon and their evolutionary relatives require 10,000 + 25
- All baby Pokémon require 10,000 + 25
- Leafeon and Glaceon require 75,000 + 50
- Ferroseed and Ferrothorn require 75,000 + 75
- Obstagoon requires 10,000 + 25
- Main article: Shadow Pokémon (GO)
Shadow Pokémon can be purified using both Stardust and Candy, the amount required depends on the Shadow Pokémon's species.
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