Most everyone will know by this point that the best way to make your Pokemon stronger in Pokemon Go is to evolve them. Evolving uses up the Poke Candy you’ve gathered for that particular Pokemon, in the range of 25-100 pieces of candy, depending on the Pokemon (unless you have a Magikarp, in which case, god speed).
Now that Pokemon Go has been out for a few weeks, it is no longer rare to see people whose Pokemon’s CP values are well above 1000. In fact, seeing Pokemon at gyms reaching or even in excess of 2000 CP is becoming more common. These super powerful Pokemon are not only the result of lots of effort catching and powering them up with hard earned candies and stardust, but also involves clever evolving.
Evolving gives the biggest power boost to a Pokemon’s CP you can get. It multiplies whatever the current CP is of your Pokemon by a set amount and, if you get it right, blows it into the stratosphere. The table below shows the CP level required in order to evolve a Pokemon to one with 1000 CP or more. On the plus side for you Magikarp owners, you only need it to have a measly 100 CP for it evolve into a Gyrados and a force to be reckoned with.
The table was created by Reddit user Kyurun with help from the website Pokemon Go Toolkit. It’s been tested a number of times, and proven to work quite well. The final values for evolving may differ slightly from those obtained from the Toolkit website.
Each Pokemon does have a “base” set of stats, but each individual Pokemon also has its own set of values, called “IV’s.” It’s these IV’s that lead to the small discrepancies you might see when evolving your own Pokemon when compared to the site’s generated values.
IV’s are a huge deal in a lot of Pokemon games, and if you’d like know more about them, there’s a helpful Reddit thread you can check out here.
This table should help those of you who aren’t Poke-maniacs towards leveling their team to be at least good enough to have a bash at a few gyms. If you’ve already got a team to be proud of and are looking to boost them even higher, just double the numbers on the table and you should be able to get evolutions in the 2000 CP + range.
If you’d like more information on Pokemon Go, such as how to make sure your Eevee evolves the way you want, or fast-levelling tips, or just general play tips, be sure to check out some of our other articles. You never know what you might find.