Stardust (GO)

Stardust (Japanese: ほしのすな Star Sand) is a type of currency in Pokémon GO. It can be used to Power Up Pokémon, trade Pokémon, purify Shadow Pokémon, and add a second Charged Attack to Pokémon.

Stardust in Pokémon GO

Obtaining Stardust

There are several ways to earn Stardust:

Name Stardust
Catching Pokémon
Unevolved Pokémon  100
Second-stage Pokémon  300
Third-stage Pokémon  500
Weather bonus ×1.25
Bonus: Expert Handler  25
Bonus: First catch of the day  1,800
Bonus: Streak bonus (seventh day in a row catching a Pokémon)  9,000
Hatching Eggs
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
Hatch a 12 km Egg  3,200 - 6,400
At Gyms
Feed a Pokémon a Berry  30
Complete a Raid Battle  1,000
Trainer Battles
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
Defeat Giovanni  5,000
Weekly Adventure Sync rewards
Walk 25 km  3,000
Walk 50 km (not including 25 km reward)  10,000*
Walk 100 km (not including 25 or 50 km rewards)  20,000*
Open a Gift  100 (×0 - 3)

An evolved Pokémon generally yields  200 more than its previous stage. However, Pokémon that can evolve from Baby Pokémon, except Togetic and Lucario, are considered to be unevolved Pokémon so they only award  100 when caught, and their evolved forms only award  300 when caught.

Certain Pokémon species yield higher Stardust on capture, overriding the values in the above table. These Pokémon are:

Stardust Pokémon

The completion of certain Field Research and Special Research tasks awards Stardust at varying amounts. Unlocking a Research Breakthrough awards  2,000.

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%.


Power Up

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 (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.

New Attack

Main article: Move (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, unless they are Shadow or Purified, thus have Frustration or Return.

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.

Buddy distance Stardust Candy
1 km  10,000  25
3 km  50,000  50
5 km  75,000  75
20 km  100,000  100

In addition, these are the exceptions to the above:


Main article: Shadow Pokémon (GO) → Purification

Shadow Pokémon can be purified using both Stardust and Candy, with the amount required depends on the Shadow Pokémon's species.

Adventure Effect

Starting in Pokemon GO Tour: Sinnoh, the Origin Formes of Dialga and Palkia will be able to use their signature moves outside of battle.

Roar of Time will pause the timers of Incense, Daily Adventure Incense, Lucky Eggs, and Star Pieces (thus allowing them to last longer) for 6 minutes. It will cost 5,000 Stardust and 5 Dialga Candy.

Spacial Rend will extend the player's reach of finding Pokémon for 10 minutes. It will cost 5,000 Stardust and 5 Palkia Candy.


Stardust icon


  • Previously, Shadow Pokémon did not give bonus Stardust if caught (for example, Shadow Sableye only gave 100 Stardust instead of 750). This was changed in an unspecified update.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 星星沙子 Sīngsīng Sājí
Mandarin 星星沙子 Xīngxīng Shāzi
  French Poussière Étoile
  German Sternenstaub
  Indonesian Debu Bintang
  Italian Polvere di stella
  Korean 별의모래 Byeol-ui Morae
  Brazilian Portuguese Poeira estelar
  Spanish Polvoestelar
  Thai สตาร์ดัสต์ Stardust
  Turkish Yıldız Tozu

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