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How long does it take to get to Level 40 in Pokemon Go?

Published: 25/Aug/2020 4:00

by Paul Cot


For many Pokemon Go players, reaching Level 40 is the holy grail. Those who have reached the impressive milestone will be all too aware of just how difficult it is to get to Level 40. How long does it take, though?

It has been more than four years since the ground-breaking mobile game released and the majority of trainers are still building their way to the mountain summit that is Level 40. At a minimum, it takes several months of play to get there and even then that requires a lot of Pokemon Go play time.

It is common to see many players around the Level 30 mark but this doesn’t mean you’re getting close to the final level. It is actually astonishing just how far Level 30 is from Level 40 in terms of XP.

Pokemon Go Levels UpThere are 40 levels in Pokemon Go with each becoming exponentially harder to attain…

That’s a lot of XP

Despite Level 30 being 75% of the way there in terms of levels, it is just 10% of the total required XP. You need 2 million XP to get to Level 30 and Level 40 requires 20 million! You can read exactly how much XP is needed for each level in our Pokemon Go XP levels chart article.

The Pokemon Go leveling system is exponential. That means the higher level you are, the more XP that is needed to reach the next one along.

In short, it’s a grind to go through the Pokemon Go levels and a mammoth task to reach the final level. Using some examples of XP earning activities, let’s take a look at just how many of them you need to do to reach Level 40.

Getting to Level 40 is hard

The essence of Pokemon Go, and other games from the series for that matter, is to catch Pokemon. After all, you’ve ‘gotta catch ’em all’.

Catch Pokemon GoThe most obvious way to get XP in Pokemon Go is to catch Pokemon…

Catching Pokemon

There are obviously numerous ways to get XP, but firstly, let’s take a look at just how many you need to catch to reach the lofty heights of Level 40. How much XP you earn from every catch depends on a few factors. These include the accuracy of your throw, the type of throw, whether it’s your first throw and whether it’s a new Pokemon.

For the sake of keeping it simple though, we’ll look at an ‘average’ catch. It’s not hard to throw curveballs and most trainers can consistently hit nice throws. Also, the vast majority of Pokemon you can catch will be ones you already have.

With that said, if the average throw is a nice curveball, that is successful on your first throw and is for a Pokemon you already have, you will earn around 150 XP. So, if you were to do nothing but catch Pokemon (which isn’t really possible) it would take 133,333 catches to reach Level 40 – that’s a lot of throwing PokeBalls!

Spinning PokeStops

To play the game well you have to spin PokeStops. They give you PokeBalls among other useful items. They also give you 50 XP every time you spin one, which means if you did nothing but spin PokeStops, you would need to do so 400,000 times to hit Level 40.

However, you do get a first spin of the day bonus and a first Pokemon catch of the day – both of which are worth 500 XP. Even when taking this into account though, over a year the daily bonus will only get you 182,500 XP – a fraction of the 20 million needed for Level 40.

There are other ways to get XP as well, such as battling Team Rocket…

A more realistic approach

Let’s just try and take a more realistic approach based on daily activities. If, in an average day, you did the following:

  • Spin 10 PokeStops – 1,000 XP
  • Catch 10 Pokemon – 1,000 XP
  • Complete a Tier 3 raid – 3,000 XP
  • Hatch a 2km egg – 200 XP
  • Defeat a gym with 4 Pokemon defending it – 300 XP

Then you would earn 5,500 XP a day. However, when taking into weekly bonuses as well as the daily bonus then you can add another 5,000 XP per week. With the above and this bonus that means you’ll earn 43,500 XP a week. If you did this every single day it would still take you 460 days to reach Level 40!

Some trainers will be able to do a lot more than this every day and reach the file milestone in a shorter space of time. There will be others who need longer, though. Either way, it’s a huge task to reach Level 40 in Pokemon Go.

In addition to all of this, it looks like Niantic will be increasing the maximum level in Pokemon Go to Level 50. You can read more about the prospect of Level 50 in Pokemon Go and what will be required, but it looks like there will be more to it than just accruing XP.


Where to find new Regi-Pokemon, Regieleki Regidrago, in the Crown Tundra

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:47 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:57

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Sword and Shield Crown Tundra DLC has brought an array of new and returning Legendary Pokemon with some brand new Regi-Pokemon among them. Here’s where you can find Regieleki and Regidrago.

The original Regis were introduced all the way back in the Hoenn region. Since then, there hasn’t been any new ones released, so the addition of Regieleki and Regidrago will certainly be welcomed.

They are only available in the Crown Tundra portion of Pokemon Sword and Shield. Fortunately you can get them almost immediately, which is in contrast to the story driven process of catching Calyrex.

The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away

Before we can get these exciting new Regi ‘mons though, we’ll need to catch the originals. They can be found in temples throughout the Crown Tundra, and unlike in Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, they are easy to encounter.

Here’s Regirock, Regice and Registeel’s temple locations:

  • Regirock: Northeast of Dyna Tree Hill
  • Regice: Snowslide Slope
  • Registeel: West of Giant’s Bed
Regirock Regice Registeel Crown Tundra
Pokemon Company
Regirock, Regice and Registeel are actually pretty easy to get hold of in the Crown Tundra…

Catch Regirock, Regice and Registeel first

When you reach any of the above locations, you will be given a small puzzle to solve. Don’t worry, as we said before you don’t need to be a Pokemon master to solve these.

When opening Regirock’s temple in Dyna Tree Hill you’ll be greeted with the message: “Let the first Pokemon hold a never-changing stone.” Sounds complicated, right? Wrong.

Simply give the first Pokemon in your party an Everstone and you’ll be granted access to the temple.

Meanwhile, Regice’s temple asks you to “Walk together with a living crystal of snow.” So, to open the temple, you’ll need to make a Cryogonal your Buddy Pokemon.

By sheer coincidence (not so much), there’ll be one outside in the closest patch of grass. Buddy up with one and you’ll be encountering Regice in no time.

Lastly, there is the formidable Registeel. This is even easier than the first two as the message, “Let ring the piercing note that will wake the giant of steel,” requires nothing more than a whistle.

That seems an overly simplistic way to awaken one of the strongest Legendary Pokemon, but we’re not complaining. Each temple has a pattern of Regi dots on the floor. To begin the encounter of each Regi, light up all of these by walking across them – it really is that simple!

Regieleki OR Regidrago

Unsurprisingly finding Regieleki and Regidrago isn’t as easy. Firstly head over to the Giant’s Foot within the Crown Tundra.

Eventually, you’ll come to a tunnel overlooking a lake, these are the Roaring-Sea Caves. Jump on your aquatic bike and make your way down there.

This will take you to an area called the Frigid Sea. You’ll need to jump back in the water very quickly, making your way to the land opening to your right. Try to avoid the Avaluggs which are disguised as icebergs!

Keep making your way round to find the temple where Regieleki and Regidrago reside. Unfortunately, you cannot get both of these Pokemon, at least within the same save file. So, you’ll need to make a tough choice between the electric or dragon-type Regi.

Regieleki Regidrago Pattern
Use the pattern on the left to encounter Regieleki, and the one on the right for Regidrago…

The temple – Split-Decision Ruins

As you approach the temple, there is a Pokeball on either side. The one on the left contains the TM Thunder and the one on the right Outrage – their sides indicate which of Regieleki and Regidrago you’ll encounter.

To enter you’ll need to have all three of the original Regis in your party. This of course shouldn’t be a problem, given we have just caught all of them. At this point, we’d recommend saving just in case you change your mind on anything.

Upon entering the Split-Decision Ruins you’ll notice you’re shown two patterns. Remember these, as the left one will result in encountering Regieleki and the right Regidrago.

Using the circles on the ground, walk across them to make one of these two patterns. Walk over to the statue and you’ll be able to encounter the Regi-Pokemon you chose via the pattern.

Both of these will be at Level 70, just like other Legendary ‘mons. It’s a shame you can’t get both of them, which makes your decision all the more important.

One other very exciting thing about these Regis, and the originals, is they can all be found in Shiny form, unlike a lot of other Legendaries that are Shiny locked. It may take you a lot of soft resets, but if you’re patient enough, you could have four Regi-shinies by the time you complete The Terrible Titans Lurking Locked Away chapter.