How to Use Candy XL Pokemon GO

If you want to know how to get and use Candy XL in Pokemon GO, you’ve come to the right place. This is a pretty valuable resource that lets you power your Pokemon up above the level 40 soft cap. You can understand how that’s important. Plus, now is the best possible time to learn about XL Candies, since Niantic have lowered the level minimum for obtaining them. So, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of it all.

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How to Use Candy XL Pokemon GO

How to Get Candy XL Pokemon GO

In order to get XL Candy in Pokemon GO, you first need to reach Trainer Level 31. That is the absolute minimum your character needs to be at before you can start earning this resource. That is actually a new turn of events that happened with the introduction of Season of GO; before that, you had to be Level 40. During the season of GO, you’ll apparently get a guaranteed Candy XL whenever you trade, which is pretty significant and something you should make use of. While we’re on the subject, there are several ways to get XL Candy, so let’s list them real quick.

  • Converting 100 regular Candies into one Candy XL
  • Catching Wild Pokemon has a chance of netting you one to three XLs
  • Catching evolved, Legendary or Mythical Pokemon guarantees two to three XLs
  • Transferring Pokemon to Willow can get you one XL Candy
  • Trading with other players can grant you XL Candy, as long as you’re both level 31 or above
  • Hatching Eggs. The longer you have to walk to hatch it, the more special Candies you get
  • Walking with a Buddy; the further, the better.
  • Catching a Raid boss

How to Use XL Candy in Pokemon GO

To use XL Candy in Pokemon GO, all you have to do is feed it to the Pokemon they’re for. In other words, the special Candy works exactly like regular Candy. So, no worries or surprises there. Now, for those of you wondering what Candies XL actually do, well, they let you level your Pokemon above level 40, all the way to 50. Unfortunately, the cost rises pretty steeply, and XL Candy is hard to come by. Levels 40 and 41 require ten Candy XL each, and by the time you’re at levels 49 and 50, you’ll need to have 20 Candies per level. So, as I’ve already said: make sure to squeeze Season of GO for every guaranteed XL Candy it wants to give you!

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