Pidgeys Worth 400 Plus XP

This was something I wanted to do quickly just so I had a number to go by. How much is a Pidgey (Caterpie and Weedle) actually worth in terms of XP? A quick calculation in my head produced at least 350, but I knew it was more and wanted to figure it out. It will not be exact as I am not looking for that. Just a pretty good estimate to get me enthusiastic about catching them when they keep breaking free.

So if you catch ten Pidgeys you get 10x100 = 1,000 XP just for catching them, along with thirty (3x10) Pidgey candy. You can evolve three of those by transferring seven to get seven more candies, for a total of 37 Pidgey candy. Each evolution requires twelve candy. So let’s do the math.

With a Lucky Egg, you get 1,000 XP every time you evolve a Pokémon, for a total of 3,000 XP when you evolve the three Pidgeys. Add that to the 1,000 XP you received for capturing them, and you have a total of 4,000 XP. Divide that by the ten Pidgeys that you caught and you get 400 XP per Pidgey, Caterpie or Weedle.

30 candy for catching 10 Pidgeys
7 candy for transferring 7 Pidgeys
37 total candy

1,000 XP for catching 10 Pidgeys
3,000 XP for evolving 3 Pidgeys
4,000 XP total, divided by 10 Pidgeys equals 400 XP per Pidgey

Now you actually have one candy left from the 37, so the number is a little above 400, but I don’t feel like doing that much math today so I’m sticking with the 400 approximation. So next time you are frustrated with the Pidgeys breaking free, just think how much they are worth in the long run and it may just keep you on track for the next level.

Gym Battles and Pokecoins

With the huge Gym update, there are changes to the way that PokéCoins are earned and distributed. The old limits are basically there. You earn one PokéCoin per hour for each Pokémon that is defending a gym. It must be a full hour of defense for the coin to be registered. Under the older, simpler formula where your received 10 PokéCoins per gym defender, the new formula is much more complex.

PokéCoins (defender) = HOURS(defender.TimeDefending)
TotalPokéCoins = foreach returned defender
   if PokéCoinsGainedToday < 100 and PokéCoinsGainedThisWeek < 700
     SUM(TotalPokéCoins, PokéCoins(defender))
     SUM(TotalPokéCoins, 0)

The biggest takeaway is that there is a daily and weekly limit on the amount of PokéCoins you can earn. The article suggests that the best way to receive PokéCoins is to control five gyms that are not attacked often.


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