What's the fastest way to earn XP? There are a few good ways to "grind" XP in Pokémon Go and level up fast. Most of them involve using a Lucky Egg to get the maximum XP possible at any given time. Time vs. money You get Lucky Eggs when you level up but you can also buy them from the Poké Shop. If you don't have much time but don't mind spending some money, you can buy all the Lucky Eggs you need. As mentioned previously, you can get: 1 Lucky Egg for $0.80 (80 Poké coins.) 8 Lucky Eggs for $5.00. (500 Poké coins.) 25 Lucky Eggs for $12.50. (1250 Poké coins.) Likewise, the methods using Pokémon Go Plus, the Bluetooth accessory that lets you spin Poké Stops and catch Pokémon faster, can go through a ton of Poké Balls in a short time. You'll either need to stock up by going some place that has a high-density of Poké Stops for you to spin, like downtown streets, or buy them from the Poké Stop as well. It varies from region to region, of course, but in the U.S. you can get: 20 Poké Balls for $1.00. (100 Poké coins.) 100 Poké Balls for $4.60. (460 Poké coins.) 200 Poké Balls for $8.00. (800 Poké coins.) That's a lot of money, enough to buy a fast-food lunch or a couple of fancy coffees, but it's less than most movie tickets and can provide you with a similar amount of fun, if Pokémon is your jam. Either way, time or money, grinding XP can cost you. Mass-catching The first method requires both a Lucky Egg and a Pokémon Go Plus accessory. The Plus lets you catch Pokémon swiftly and efficiently, and since it's binary — you either catch them or you don't — every catch nets you 150 XP. Add a Lucky Egg to that, and it's 300 XP per catch. If any Pokémon flee instead, you still get 25 XP, or 50 XP with the Lucky Egg. Go to an area with plentiful Pokémon mass-spawns. Parking lots at malls or strip malls work especially well. So do parks. Connect your Pokémon Go Plus. Start a Timer for 30 minutes. Drop your Lucky Egg. Optionally, drop an Incense to increase spawns. Start catching Pokémon with your Pokémon Go Plus. Travel slowly. As one mass-spawn depletes, move on to the next one. When the timer goes off, your Lucky Egg will be, done and you can stop. Depending on how many Pokémon you average, your Lucky Egg and catching spree can net you tens of thousands of XP at a time. 1 a minute: 9,000 XP 2 a minute: 18,000 XP 3 a minute: 27,000 XP 4 a minute: 36,000 XP It's expensive, because you need the Pokémon Go Plus and it uses a bunch of Poké Balls, but it works. And if you mass catch during a double XP event, your totals will be twice as high. It works especially well during an XP event like the Solstice event, where catches were multipled by 3x — 6x with Lucky Egg. Mass evolving The second method requires a Lucky Egg and a large quantity of Caterpie, Weedle, and Pidgey, and an even larger amount of their respective candy, to evolve. Since Caterpie, Weedle, and Pidgey only require 12 candy to evolve, and each evolution nets you 500 XP — 1000 XP with a Lucky Egg — and it makes for incredibly efficient leveling. You do need to catch enough common Pokémon to make it worth your while. Doing the mass-catch above is a great way to stock up while earning XP at the same time. There are also a host of Pokémon that only require 25 candy to evolve, including Rattata, Lebdya, and Sentrat, and more that can fall back on if you need to. (If you have any Pokémon with evolutions that will get you new Pokédex entries, you can fold them in for an extra 1000 XP — 2000 XP with Lucky Egg — a pop.) To make things as efficient as possible, you can rename all the Pokémon you want to evolve before you start. Using punctuation like ! to push them to the top of the list. Otherwise, Caterpie, Weedle, and Pidgey are all really close together in Pokémon number, so sort that way and get to it. Rename, sort, or otherwise prepare your Pokemon for evolution. Start a Timer for 30 minutes. Drop your Lucky Egg. Start evolving your Pokémon, fast as you can. When the timer goes off, your Lucky Egg will be done, and you can stop. It takes 20 seconds to do an evolution, plus whatever time it takes to switch to and start the next one. So, depending on how many Pokémon evolutions you average, your Lucky Egg and evolving spree can net you tens of thousands of XP at a time. 1.5 a minute: 45,000 EXP 2 a minute: 60,000 XP 2.5 a minute: 75,000 XP That's not including new Pokédex entries. And, of course, if you mass-evolve during an XP event, your results will be even better. Double catch-and-evolve dip Because Pokémon Go Plus is so easy to use, you can actually double up on mass-catching and mass-evolving. It's especially useful for squeezing every ounce of value out of your Lucky Eggs, even if it does cost more in terms of Poké Ball usage. Go to an area with plentiful Pokémon mass-spawns. Parking lots at malls or strip malls work especially well. So do parks. Connect your Pokémon Go Plus. Start a Timer for 30 minutes. Drop your Lucky Egg. Optionally, drop an Incense to increase spawns. Start catching Pokémon with your Pokémon Go Plus. Start evolving your Pokémon, fast as you can. Travel slowly. As one mass-spawn depletes, move on to the next one, evolving at the same time as you go. When the timer goes off, your Lucky Egg will be, done and you can stop. The additional overhead that comes from having to hit the Pokémon Go Plus and the evolve button on your phone at the same time can slow down your catch and your evolve rate, but you should still end up way ahead in total. And yeah, XP events makes this even more profitable as well.