Aug 25, 2023

A guide to Stardust in Pokémon Go for upgrading your Pokémon, trading or getting a new attack. Find out how to get Stardust in Pokémon Go, its uses, how to use it and strategies for getting more.

Stardust is used to upgrade Pokémon, trade Pokémon or obtain a new attack. They are particularly in demand when you want to create powerful teams or when you want to trade a lot of Pokémon you've never had before.

You can get 50% more Stardust for 30 minutes with the Star Piece item. Niantic is organizing various events to double the amount of Stardust.

How to find Stardust?

Catching a Pokémon

There are several ways to obtain Stardust. The most common is to catch Pokémon in the wild. The number of Stardust obtained varies according to the weather.

Capture typeStardust
Capture a Pokémon (Basic evolution)100
Capture a Pokémon (Basic evolution with weather bonus)125
Capture a Pokémon (2nd evolution)300
Capture a Pokémon (2nd evolution with weather bonus)375
Capture a Pokémon (3rd evolution)500
Capture a Shroomish, Delibird, Paras, Meowth, Foongus500
First Pokémon caught during the day600
Capture a Pokémon (3rd evolution with weather bonus)625
Capture a Breloom, Amoonguss, Parasect, Persian700
Capture an Combee, Meowth Alola, Trubbish, Sableye, Staryu750
Capturer un Vespiquen, Garbodor, Starmie, Persian Alola950 
Capturing an Chimecho, Shellder1000
Capturing a Cloyster1200
Capture an Chimecho with the weather bonus1250
Capturing a Audino2100
Capture a Pokémon for 7 days in a row3000

Hatching an egg

By hatching eggs, you'll get Stardust. The number of Stardusts varies according to the type of egg you hatch and the use of a Star Piece.

OeufWithout Star PieceWith Star Piece
2 km400600
5 km8001 200
7 km8001 200
10 km1 6002 400
12 km32006400


Giving berries to a Pokémon in an allied gym

Giving a berry to an allied gym Pokémon earns you 30 Stardust. Considering that Nanab berries are the least useful in the game, you should give them to Pokémon in the gym rather than deleting them to free up space in your bag.

You can give up to 10 berries per Pokémon every 30 minutes. If you give berries to 6 Pokémon, you'll earn 1800 Stardust for 60 berries. With the Star Piece item, you'll earn 2,700 Stardust. It's an effective way to empty your bag and earn lots of Stardust.

Other techniques for earning Stardust

Fighting a raid boss1000
Complete a field research mission.from 100 to 1000
Complete a series of 7 Field Research missions2000
Complete Special Searchfrom 2000 to 10 000
Open a gift100, 200 or 300
Participate in a training500 or 1000

How to use Stardust?

Trading a Pokémon

To trade a Pokémon with another player, you'll need Stardust. The number required depends on the level of friendship you have with the player, the rarity of the Pokémon and whether you've already caught it.

There are limits to trading. You can't trade more than one Chromatic or Legendary Pokémon per day, and you can't trade more than 100 Pokémon in a single day.

For a normal or regional Pokémon

Good Friend10020 000
Great Friend10016 000
Ultra Friend1001 600
Best Friend100800

For a shiny or legendary Pokémon

Good Friend20 0001 000 000
Great friend16 000800 000
Ultra Friend1 60080 000
Best Friend80040 000


Power Up (upgrading) a Pokémon

Upgrading your Pokémon is necessary for easy access to raids and battles. In Pokémon Go, upgrading your Pokémon requires Stardust. In the game, the action of upgrading a Pokémon is called "Powering Up".

The cost of upgrading a Pokémon is proportional to the percentage of its maximum Capacity Points (CP). Upgrade costs range from 200 to 10,000 Stardust. There is no difference depending on its evolution branch, a baby will take as much Stardust as its evolved version at the same level.

For a lucky Pokémon, the cost of upgrading to Stardust is much lower than for a normal Pokémon.


Now you know all about Stardust. Don't forget to use them, as they're of absolutely no use if you keep them in stock. But it's easy to build up a stardust reserve. Don't hesitate to plan your Stardust expenditure for specific purposes.