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Pokemon Go leveling and item rewards and EXP guide

Easy to use, info-packed guide on each level's rewards, EXP requirements, and what unlocks per level.

Leveling is just one of the things that makes Pokemon Go exciting. You feel like a stronger Pokemon trainer when you level, and not just because you have a higher number next to your name. Each level brings useful rewards and some levels bring higher tiers of essential items.

Your Pokemon adventure has to start somewhere and that somewhere is level 1, where both the Pokemon you encounter and your inventory are pretty scarce. But once you get in the groove, you'll be level 10 in no time... though the same can't be said for 20, which is a hard level to reach.

The maximum level at the time of writing is rumored to be 50, but the current EXP curve makes it very difficult to progress past level 20. This is presumably to slow players' leveling while Niantic updates the game. You can certainly progress past level 20, but for the time being this guide only covers up to 20.

Each level's rewards, what unlocks, and what the game gives you is listed here in a hopefully easy to use and remember format!

Level 1 rewards

Your first level is the odd one out because it's the only one that nets you a Pokemon and lets you pick which one you start with. Of course there are the standard three first generation starters: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander.

But did you know you can skip those three and grab yourself a Pikachu instead?

In order to get Pikachu at level 1, you need to skip catching the initial starters. Walk around where you are and ignore the Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander spawns a few times. Once they've appeared between three to five times, a Pikachu will appear with them for you to catch instead.

Level 2 rewards 

It takes 1,000 EXP to reach level 2.

  •  10 Pokeballs

 

Level 3 rewards

It takes 2,000 EXP to reach level 3.

  • 15 Pokeballs

Level 4 rewards

It takes 3,000 EXP to reach level 4.

  •  15 Pokeballs

Level 5 rewards

It takes 4,000 EXP to reach level 5. At level 5 you can choose a faction and finally have access to Potions and Revives. You can also start challenging gyms at this level.

  • 20 Pokeballs
  • 10 Potions
  • 10 Revives
  • 1 Incense

Level 6 rewards

It takes 5,000 EXP to reach level 6. You get your first Egg Incubator at level 6, and it is the only one with unlimited uses. Further Egg Incubators can only be used three times, including the ones you get from leveling. 

  • 15 Pokeballs
  • 10 Potions
  • 5 Revives
  • 1 Egg Incubator

Level 7 rewards

It takes 6,000 EXP to reach level 7.

  • 15 Pokeballs
  • 10 Potions
  • 5 Revives
  • 1 Incense

Level 8 rewards

It takes 7,000 EXP to reach level 8. This level unlocks Razz Berries, which can be fed to wild Pokemon via your inventory to make them easier to catch and are best used on high CP or rare Pokemon.

  • 15 Pokeballs
  • 10 Potions
  • 5 Revives
  • 10 Razz Berries
  • 1 Lure

Level 9 rewards

It takes 8,000 EXP to reach level 9. At level 9 you can start using Lucky Eggs, which doubles the EXP you get from all actions for 30 minutes.

  • 15 Pokeballs
  • 10 Potions
  • 5 Revives
  • 3 Razz Berries
  • 1 Lucky Egg

Level 10 rewards

It takes 9,000 EXP to reach level 10. At level 10 you can start using Super Potions, which heal more than regular Potions.

  • 20 Pokeballs
  • 20 Super Potions
  • 10 Revives
  • 1 Razz Berry
  • 1 Incense
  • 1 Lucky Egg
  • 1 Egg Incubator
  • 1 Lure

Level 11 rewards

It takes 10,000 EXP to reach level 11.

  • 15 Pokeballs
  • 10 Super Potions
  • 3 Revives
  • 3 Razz Berries

Level 12 rewards

It takes 10,000 EXP to reach level 12. At level 12 you can start using Great Balls, which have a higher catch rate than regular Pokeballs.

  • 20 Great Balls
  • 10 Super Potions
  • 3 Revives
  • 3 Razz Berries

Level 13 rewards

It takes 10,000 EXP to reach level 13.

  • 10 Great Balls
  • 10 Super Potions
  • 3 Revives
  • 3 Razz Berries

Level 14 rewards

It takes 10,000 EXP to reach level 14.

  • 10 Great Balls
  • 10 Super Potions
  • 3 Revives
  • 3 Razz Berries

Level 15 rewards

It takes 15,000 EXP to reach level 15. At level 15 you can start using Hyper Potions, which heal for much more than Super Potions.

  • 15 Great Balls
  • 20 Hyper Potions
  • 10 Revives
  • 10 Razz Berries
  • 1 Egg Incubator
  • 1 Incense
  • 1 Lure

Level 16 rewards

It takes 20,000 EXP to reach level 16.

  • 10 Great Balls
  • 10 Hyper Potions
  • 5 Revives
  • 5 Razz Berries

Level 17 rewards

It takes 20,000 EXP to reach level 17.

  • 10 Great Balls
  • 10 Hyper Potions
  • 5 Revives
  • 5 Razz Berries

Level 18 rewards

It takes 20,000 EXP to reach level 18.

  • 10 Great Balls
  • 10 Hyper Potions
  • 5 Revives
  • 5 Razz Berries

Level 19 rewards

It takes 25,000 EXP to reach level 19.

  • 15 Great Balls
  • 10 Hyper Potions
  • 5 Revives
  • 5 Razz Berries

Level 20 rewards

It takes 25,000 EXP to reach level 20. At level 20 you can start using Ultra Balls, which have an even higher catch rate than Great Balls.

  • 20 Ultra Balls
  • 20 Hyper Potions
  • 20 Revives
  • 20 Razz Berries
  • 2 Incense
  • 2 Lucky Eggs
  • 2 Egg Incubators
  • 2 Lures

As stated before the level list started, level 20 is not the current maximum level in Pokemon Go. This guide will be updated as I personally progress in level. Good luck with your journey to become a Pokemon Master!

Published Jul. 13th 2016
  • Phil Fry
    Featured Contributor
    Man, level 15-20 is a bit of a stretch without any incubator rewards. I'm level 17 and down to the starter one.

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