Pokemon GO has been a world wide sensation ever since it launched back in July of this year. And while the game has somewhat decreased in popularity since the opening week, it still has quite the following.
So now developer Niantic is rewarding those loyal followers with a brand new Thanksgiving event. During the span of this event, players will receive double XP and double Stardust for doing in-game actions.
Pokemon GO Thanksgiving Update
Earlier today, the Pokemon GO team posted a new update on their website. And it had this message:
It has been an incredible experience since we launched Pokémon GO a few short months ago in July. We are passionate about creating experiences that encourage exploration and promote exercise. We are humbled that hundreds of millions of you around the world have joined us on this journey. So we would like to say thank you – and what better way to say thank you than to celebrate our community.
So, starting November 23rd at 00:00 UTC and going through November 30th 00:00 UTC, we will double the amount of XP and Stardust you receive when completing in-game actions.
The Pokémon GO team
So straight forward enough. From November 23, 0:00 UTC to November 30, 0:00 UTC anything players do that normally net them XP or Stardust will double the amount received.
For those unfamiliar with the game, here’s a quick run down on what XP and Stardust are for.
XP or Experience Points are the points that each individual player (or “trainer”) accumulates in order to gain a fresh level. Every time a trainer hits a new level, the amount of XP they have resets to zero and they’ll need to acquire more to level up again. Each new level will reward the player with items and other bonuses.
Stardust on the other hand is for the Pokemon that the trainers catch. Trainers use Stardust to power up their individual Pokemon, increasing both their CP and HP.
Players gain XP and Stardust by performing different actions in the game such as catching Pokemon and evolving them.
Taking Advantage of Double Gains
If you want to take advantage of the Thanksgiving event, the easiest way to farm up XP and Stardust is to just keep capturing and evolving common Pokemon.
During the span of the event, try to catch as many common Pokemon as you can like Pidgeys, Caterpies, and Weedles. Each captured Pokemon will net you at least 200 Stardust as well as at least 100 XP.
At the same time, try to evolve these newly captured Pokemon as well as each evolution is an instant 1000 XP gain.