If you want to evolve your Pokémon in Pokémon GO, you're going to need stardust – and an awful lot of it. That's fine at the beginning, when you only have a few Pokémon, but when your collection grows into the hundreds, you're going to find it at very short supply.
That's why we've compiled this guide, to help you gather as much stardust as possible so you never have to stop evolving Pokémon. We'll also detail Star Pieces and how to get them, as they're a pretty vital component in your quest.
What is stardust in Pokémon GO?
You use stardust to evolve and power up your Pokémon in Pokémon GO, which is how you increase the total CP (combat power). So basically, if you want to compete in gym and raid battles at a higher level, stardust is absolutely essential.
How do I get stardust in Pokémon GO?
You can get stardust in numerous different ways in Pokémon GO. Here are the various methods in bullet points:
- Catching Pokémon.
- Hatching Pokémon.
- Feeding Pokémon.
- Daily and weekly bonuses.
- Weather effect boosts.
Now you're likely wondering how much stardust you get for performing each action. Well, fortunately for you, we've popped it in a handy selection of tables for you.
Stardust rewards from catching Pokémon
|Pokémon Evolution||Stardust Reward|
Stardust rewards from hatching Pokémon
|2km||400 - 800|
|5km||800 - 1,600|
|10km||1,600 - 3,200|
Stardust rewards from the rest
|Feeding Pokémon||20 per berry|
|Daily bonus||600 for first catch per day|
What's the fastest way to get stardust in Pokémon GO?
The most reliable and fastest method is to do what you do best: catch Pokémon.
The amount of stardust you get when you catch a Pokémon is determined by its evolution. You get 100 for the first, 300 for the second, and a massive 500 for the third.
But in all likelihood, you'll have a much easier time catching a Pokémon in its first evolution, so we recommend starting there. Also, target heavily populated areas like city centres.
Why? So you can catch as many as possible within a short timeframe. That way you'll have a plentiful supply of stardust whenever you need it.
What about the other methods of gathering stardust?
If you paid attention to the charts above, you might be tempted instead to hatch eggs and focus on the various other bonuses. That's fair enough, their single reward is pretty high.
What you're not taking into context, is how long it takes to perform those actions though. Hatching an egg requires walking that particular distance, and you can't just use berries whenever you want to.
However, you should definitely try and combine the bonuses to maximise your daily output. For example, if you have a ton of time on your hands, you could try and walk 10km and catch as many Pokémon as you can along the way.
When you get back, you'll get up to 3,200 stardust as well as however much you managed to gather along the way.
The only thing to bear in mind with this method is that it can be counterproductive to walk in a rural area, as you won't come across very many Pokémon. So you have to consider how long it takes you to walk 10km versus how many Pokémon you could catch in a busy area in that time.
Finally, target Pokémon that provide the current weather effect boost. You don't get showered with stardust for doing it, but for every four first evolution Pokémon you catch, you'll basically get the amount of stardust you would have caught from catching five.
What does a star piece do in Pokémon GO?
Star pieces provide a 50% boost in the amount of stardust you earn from all sources within a 30 minute period. Yes, that applies to every single source.
So ideally, you want to use it smartly and combine as many different actions into that period to maximise the output.
For example, you could wait to hatch a bunch of eggs, save your daily bonus, and go and catch as many monsters at once during the 30 minutes.
How do I get star pieces in Pokémon GO?
Unfortunately, the only way to get a star piece right now is to buy it from the in-game shop. We'll let you know if this ever changes though.
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