How to get XL Candy in Pokemon Go

Brent Koepp
Screenshot of XL Candy in Pokemon Go.

XL Candy is an extremely helpful resource in Pokemon Go that players can use to level up their Pokemon up to level 50, here’s everything you need to know about the resource including how to get it in the game. 

XL Candy in Pokemon Go was introduced in the game’s big Beyond update in November 2020. The update raised the Trainer level cap to 50, increased EP for a number of activities, and the major overhaul also meant that Pokemon could be raised to a much higher CP. To help trainers easily power up their level 40 characters, developers Niantic also introduced XL Candy.

Initially, the item was extremely difficult to find but an update patch in March 2021 overhauled the game and made the Candy much easier to collect. Nearly two years on and it’s still an excellent resource, so here’s how you can get your hands on some XL Candy in Pokemon Go.

Screenshot of Rare Candy XL in Pokemon Go.
The precious resource is now guaranteed in the March 2021 update.

How to get XL Candy in Pokemon Go

The first thing to know about XL Candy is that you’ll need to reach Trainer Level 31 before the resource becomes available to you in-game. Similar to regular Candy, the XL item is directly related to the evolution chain of specific Pokemon. For example, if you want to level your Water-type Blastoise past its CP Cap, you’ll have to find a Squirtle XL Candy to do so.

Pokemon Go features various ways to get XL Candy that we’ve listed below. As it is considered a rare resource however luck can be a strong factor in getting your hands on the item.

Catching Pokemon

  • Base Pokemon: Random chance
  • 2nd evolution: 1x XL Candy (up to four)
  • 3rd evolution: 2x XL Candy (up to five)
  • Legendary/Mythical: 3x XL Candy (up to six)

Other methods

  • Trading
  • Buddy Pokemon can find them
  • Evolving Pokemon

Trainers will also occasionally find Rare XL Candy which is an even more enhanced form of the impactful item. It works in the same way as standard Rare Candy in the game, however, it’s much harder to find being obtained as an uncommon raid reward.

So that’s everything you need to know about XL Candy in Pokemon Go!

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