Why you need to use a Pokemon Go evolution calculator

Published: 12/Mar/2020 14:54

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go is a simple game on paper but long-term players will know it’s more complicated than it seems. Take evolving Pokemon, for example, in itself it’s a standard part of the game but the best time to do it is a lot harder to know.

Is it worth evolving your 500 CP (combat points) Charmander when you have a 1,000 CP Charmeleon? What about your 200 CP Magikarp, or should you wait to encounter a higher one?

Evolving species increases CP at different rates

In Pokemon Go, species’ CP increase at different rates when evolved. A lot are around the 2x multiplier whereby their CP will double.

Magikarp Evolve Gyarados CP
Magikarp’s CP will increase by an average of 11x when it evolves into Gyarados!

There are some that differ wildly to this, though. One example is Caterpie where its CP tends to increase by a mere 6%. So, if you have a 200 CP Caterpie it would only evolve into a 212 CP Metapod.

Conversely, a Magikarp gets a lot stronger when it evolves. After all it is evolving into Gyarados after having to earn 400 Candy! If we take the number of 200 CP again for Magikarp, it would evolve into a 2,200 Gyarados.

We can already see that it’s going to be tricky to know exactly when to evolve a Pokemon in the mobile game. Trainers aren’t going to know each and every evolution multiplier, so we’re going to have to rely on a Pokemon Go evolution calculator.

Best evolution calculator

There is no real ‘best’ evolution calculator to use. A simple Google search of “Pokemon Go evolution calculator” will give you plenty of options to choose from, though.

They all have roughly the same algorithms so it’s really down to what interface you prefer to use. The process of using each of them is very simple:

  1. Select the Pokemon you want to evolve
  2. Enter its current CP
  3. Click calculate

This will give you a likely CP range and also a minimum and maximum CP its evolved form can be.

After playing around with it for a little while, you’ll quickly learn get a rough idea of which Pokemon you should be transferring and which you shouldn’t.

To make things a little easier, here is a list of some of the more popular Pokemon’s maximum CP. This will allow you to know what CP you should be targeting when encountering a variety of species.

Prepare for GO Battle League

Pokemon Go evolution calculators are about to get a lot more popular, too. The introduction of Season 1 of GO Battle League is going to have trainers working out when to evolve certain species in order to make sure they’re under the league’s CP limit.

For reference the Great League limit is 1,500 CP, the Ultra League 2,500 CP and the Master League has no limit. There’s going to be a lot of Pokemon that trainers regret transferring!


How to beat Kyogre in Pokemon Go: strategy & best counters

Published: 20/Jan/2021 0:59

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go is kicking off the new year by celebrating the Hoenn region in January. This month players will revisit Ruby & Sapphire to take on Kyogre. Here is how to beat the Gen III Legendary in no time.

Niantic is dedicating the start of 2021 to all previous Generations, leading up to Pokemon’s 25th anniversary. In January, Go players will be able to face off against Ruby & Sapphire’s Legendary Kyogre.

The Legendary whale offers up a serious challenge, but can be taken down fairly easily with the right counters. We will go over the best way to take down the mighty beast.

Pokemon Kyogre, and Groudon in Go Hoenn Celebration.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Gen III Legendaries will be featured in Raids during the Hoenn celebration.

How to defeat Kyogre in Pokemon Go

First introduced in Gen III’s Ruby & Sapphire, Kyogre has been a fan-favorite of Water-type Trainers for over the last decade. The primordial whale is both epic in size, and powerful in its attacks.

While intimidating for sure, the weather trio beast also has some major weaknesses that players can exploit rather easily with the right team of Pokemon.

Players will want to heavily focus on both Electric and Grass types to bring the ‘mon down. Below we will go over the best team and counters to achieve victory.

Screenshot of Legendary Zekrom in Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
The Gen V Legendary is one of the best counters to Kyogre.

Best counters for Kyogre in Pokemon Go

  • Zekrom: The Black & White Legendary is a perfect counter to the Kyogre as its strong Electric moves will melt away the beast’s health. We recommend using Charge Beam and Wild Charge attacks.
  • Tangrowth: The Gen IV evolution is a perfect choice to leverage the Hoenn ‘mon’s Grass weakness. Vine Whip and Power Whip will quickly chip away the monster’s health.
  • Electivire: A favorite from Diamond & Pearl, the Electabuzz evolution packs a mean punch with Thundershock and Wild Charge attack combo.
  • Zapdos: A part of the Gen I bird trio, Zapdos is another great choice to take down Kyogre. Both Thundershock and Thunderbolt.

While there are a wide variety of Grass and Electric monsters we can use, not everyone has a powerful elite team of ‘mon, especially newcomers to the game. Below we will go over some lower-entry picks that can still pack a punch.

Screenshot of Gen 3 starter evolution Sceptile in Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Sceptile and other budget Grass and Electric Pokemon can also bring the whale down.
  • Roserade: Introduced in Diamond & Pearl, the Grass type is a solid budget level counter for the whale. We recommend using Razor Leaf and Solar Beam.
  • Jolteon: One of the most popular Eeveelutions of all time, the Electric type is easy to obtain in Go and powerful. Both Thundershock Thunderbolt will hit the Water Legendary hard.
  • Sceptile: The Gen III starter evolution has strong Grass moves that take advantage of Kyogre’s second stat weakness. Both Bullet Seed and Leaf Blade make for a deadly combination.
  • Luxray: The adorable Electric Lion is another entry level encounter that help you bring down the beast. Use Spark and Wild Charge.

For veteran players, Shadow versions of Raikou and Electivire are technically the absolute best and quickest way to defeat Kyogre. However, these rare ‘mon had to have been acquired in the past.

Ultimately, teaming up with a group of players who have Electric and Grass type Pokemon will bring down the weather trio Legendary. Use moves suggested above and feel free to mix and match with other characters.