How to get candy as easily as possible, and how much you’ll need to spend to evolve it.

Candy is arguably the most important resource in Pokémon Go, it enables you to Power Up and evolve your Pokémon and thus strengthen them in the process. It combines with Stardust to form arguably the central mechanic in the game outside of finding and catching Pokémon themselves, but thankfully, there’s many ways to get your hands on it, including when using the new Rare Candy item.

The best way to get Candy in Pokémon Go

As updates go on for the game, more and more methods of getting Candy exist, so it’s worth keeping them all in mind as you play. It is, after all, one of the more difficult resources to collect.

Catching Pokémon

The best way is, unfortunately, through grinding out those catches.

You’ll get three Candy per Pokémon that you catch, and as part of the Gen 2 update, second and third tier evolutions will now give out more Candy in the wild compared to their first evolution counterparts, increasing from 3 Candy to 5 and 10 respectively.

There are ways to speed up the process for the creature you need, from finding Pokémon nests to finding Pokémon spawn locations.

Get extra Candy from using Berries in battle
As part of the Gen 2 Pokémon update, new Berries were added, introducing new effects when encountering wild Pokémon. One of these is the Pinap Berries, which will double the amount of Candy you receive if your next catch attempt succeeds. 

Get extra Candy from using Berries at Gyms

As part of the summer 2017’s huge Gym rework, by feeding a creature at a Gym owned by your team, there is a slim chance a Candy for that Pokémon will drop. This makes it one of the easiest ways to get high level Candy, with Gyms usually stacked with Blisseys, Tyranitars and Dragonites, and gives you another compelling reason to hang onto those Berries.


Get Candy from walking with a Buddy Pokémon

As part of the game’s September 2016 update, you can assign a Pokemon as a Buddy that, after a set walking distance, will give you Candy. There are quite a few quirks to this system – some Pokemon require longer distances to drop rewards than others, for example – which we go through in detail as part of our extensive Pokémon Go Buddy system piece. Like Eggs, it’s a way to get bonus items for free, so it’s worth exploring the ins and outs of the system to make it work for you.