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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!


Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.


That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!


Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.


While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.


So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.


Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

Snivy Pokemon Go
Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.


Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.