Pokemon Go has a variety of materials you can gather. Having lots of candy will certainly help you power up your Pokemon, but stardust has a lot more uses than that. After several years worth of updates, stardust is no longer just for evolving your Pidgey into a Pidgeotto. Stardust is now required for trading Pokemon, purchasing a secondary charge attack, and purifying Shadow Pokemon which were added in a recent update.
Better have deep pockets
With the many uses of stardust in Pokemon Go, the game makes any use of the currency an expensive endeavor. For example, trading a legendary will set you back 1,000,000 stardust and purifying a Shadow Pokemon can cost anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 stardust a piece. Even evolving Pokemon can get gradually more expensive if they happen to have multiple stages of evolution. With all these mechanics requiring stardust, it can be very easy to find yourself completely broke. Thankfully there are many ways to get stardust, and if you play smartly you will seldom have to worry about not having enough stardust.
Don’t sleep on the bonuses!
While there are bonuses for catching Pokemon for the first time, these are small amounts of stardust that won’t amount to much unless you run into a whole bunch of Pokemon you’ve yet to catch. This is a great boon for players coming back to the game after a few years, but for the active community they are better off relying on the daily and weekly bonuses that can be obtained from catching Pokemon regardless of how many times you may have caught them. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
- You can obtain 100 to 500 stardust per Pokemon the first time you catch it.
- The daily catch bonus is 600 stardust
- Getting the daily catch bonus seven times nets you 3,000 stardust.
Hatch all the things!
When activating Pokestops, you can periodically get an egg. When inserted into an incubator, these eggs will gradually hatch as you walk. Some eggs will take longer to hatch, ranging from needing to walk one kilometer all the way up to ten kilometers. You have one incubator that can be used repeatedly, but if you want to work on more than one egg at a time you will need to have multiple incubators which can be purchased with real money. But how much stardust can you get from farming and hatching eggs?
- An egg that hatches after one kilometer will give you 400 to 800 stardust.
- An egg that hatches after five kilometers will give you 800 to 1600 stardust.
- An egg that hatches after ten kilometers will give you 1600 to 3200 stardust.
Do research, get stardust!
Pokemon Go offers a variety of objectives known as Field Research. These tasks are mostly things like catching a certain amount of water Pokemon, hatching eggs, catching Pokemon with skill based throws, and other similar objectives. Certain event based tasks will reward you with Pokemon that you would have a much more difficult time obtaining in other ways. Of course, let’s instead focus on what the benefits are in terms of stardust.
- Field Research tasks that you complete can give you up to 4,000 stardust.
- Completing seven days worth of Field Research gets you a bonus 2,000 stardust.
- Completing Special Research can get you up to a whopping 10,000 stardust!
You had to be there
Pokemon Go has all sorts of events going on throughout the year. Some are in-game events that you can participate in just by playing the game, while others require you to purchase tickets and meet up at a specific location with other players.
While both events can allow you to obtain all sorts of Pokemon that are otherwise unavailable, the former is what players looking for more stardust should focus on. Between community events and events themed on particular types of Pokemon, in-game events in Pokemon Go tend to offer double or tripe stardust when you obtain it from any source in the game. So getting the daily catch bonus can get you way more than just 600 stardust!
The Normal Strategy
As you can see, there is a wide variety of ways that you can obtain stardust. So with all this information, we have consolidated it into a strategy below that will allow you to rack up a huge amount of stardust.
- Step one: Look up when the next in-game event is happening. Try to determine if it includes a stardust boost.
- Step two: Plan out a large block of time to go out and play Pokemon Go.
- Step three: Find a place that has a lot of Pokestops like a local county park.
- Step four: Use a star piece if you have one
- Step five: Purchase a couple more incubators and put eggs into them.
- Step six: Go out there and catch as many Pokemon as you can find.
- Step seven: Be sure to hit every Pokestop you come across to resupply your Pokeballs.
1 Encounter Stacking
Certain research tasks and battles can reward you with an encounter.
When you enter the encounter screen, you have the option of catching a Pokemon or just giving it a candy and then clicking on the icon of the running man at the top left of the screen.
This encounter will now be “saved” in a stack of up to 100 encounters, which you can later access, especially when a community day doubles or tripples your stardust earned.
2 Go Battle League
Go Battle League has kicked off and everyone is PVP’ing like crazy. Every set of 5 battles you fight can earn you from 1440 stardust (winning no battles) to 550 (for earning reward 1 of 5) and then 3120 stardust for winning 4 battles out of 5. Win 5 battles in a row and you get 550 + 4000 stardust.
3 The Meltan Box
Lucky enough to own a Nintendo Switch with Pokemon Let’s Go installed? The moment you transfer pokemon to your switch, a mystery box appears in your Go item inventory. This box can be opened once every 3 to 4 days and spawns Meltan for a period of time. In the hour I had the box open, I managed to catch 65 Meltan. To amplify stardust, use a star piece for 150 star dust per catch.