Hey guys! As you may be aware, I was Level 40 for over two years, having joined the ranks in August 2018. And now, we have the level cap increase, along with a few additional tasks! So how did I fare? Was my journey long and arduous? Well this is part 1, so assume so!
To Level 41
For this, I needed to have at least 6 million XP ready, and the following tasks:
- Power up a Legendary Pokemon 20 times
- Win 30 Raids
- Catch 200 Pokemon in a single day
- Earn 5 gold medals
The last one was auto-completed, considering my time playing the game. The first one was the next easiest, as I was able to power up a Lucky Zapdos that I had a good amount of candy for. I had the issue of catching the 200 Pokemon, due to having to nearly clear out my ball storage for this, but I managed it with the help of some Incense and a round trip to Central Park one day. And the other…
…I did originally want to take it a bit slowly, but I ended up using so many Raid Passes, especially from the Legacy 40 task. In the end, it took a trip to town and, with luck on my side, got a healthy amount of Raids finished, and levelled up to 41 thanks to a Mawile raid!
To Level 42
For this, I needed to have at least 7 million XP ready, and the following tasks:
- Evolve Eevee into each of its unique evolutions
- Use items to evolve Pokemon 15 times
- Make 3 Excellent Throws
- Use 200 berries to help catch Pokemon
The third one was the one I got done first, having seen some excellent candidates for the throws, such as Poliwrath. I’d already walked my two Eevees in preparation to evolve, and I grumbled that I had to pay for Glaceon and Leafeon (the Lure Modules), and it took a few tries to finally get Jolteon to finish the random evolutions. I was glad to have stored a lot of Ralts, and have quite a few Minccino and Misdreavus nearby, as well as my hefty item stash.
The berries was easy enough, although I was kinda running low afterwards! But on the same day as I hit 41, I quickly hit 42 after evolving my last Eevee into Umbreon!
To Level 43
For this, I needed to have at least 9 million XP ready, and the following tasks:
- Earn 100,000 Stardust
- Use 200 Super-effective charged attacks
- Catch 5 Legendary Pokemon
- Earn 5 Platinum Medals
The last one was already completed, because of how much time I’d spent playing the game. I was so glad that Meltan counted towards the Legendary Pokemon total, and that I already had a Meltan Box ready to go. Swinub Spotlight Hour really hurt my ball inventory, as more often than not, they were super-aggressive.
The super-effective charged attacks came courtesy of Master League training versus Candela. I was able to assemble the optimal team (Blastoise, Tyranitar and Golem) to get five attacks each training session.
Due to the aforementioned lack of balls, I had to add friends, get more gifts and do everything in my power to make sure that I was able to reach that goal. And I did, and funnily enough, a Mawile raid was the one to tip me over the edge.
To Level 44
For this, I needed to have at least 11 million XP ready, and the following tasks:
- Win 30 Trainer Battles in the Great League
- Win 30 Trainer Battles in the Ultra League
- Win 30 Trainer Battles in the Master League
- Battle in the Go Battle League 20 times
Now I’m not the only person who doesn’t like the idea of PvP, but I admit that this is a hellishly easy task. My trick was to do the GBL battles first, and then finish off what was left of the wins I needed for the Great League. My main team for this was as follows:
- Registeel with Metal Claw and Focus Blast
- Azumarill with Bubble, Ice Beam and Play Rough
- Diggersby with Mud Shot, Fire Punch and Earthquake
I also played around with Galarian Stunfisk, which had Metal Claw, Flash Cannon and Earthquake, before dropping it for Altaria, and changing Azumarill’s moveset a little. I also used up the rest of my Premium passes for this, because I figured I could get more later down the line, plus I was able to get some rewards from them! Out of the 20 battles I played, I did win 13 of them and reached Rank 4 (played another match so I could get the set rewards), so it wasn’t too bad, all things considered.
As for the trainer battles, I had to grab Connor’s phone to do the Master League battles, as my alternate account couldn’t access Master League yet (but I don’t use it that much anyway). My alternate account handled the rest with ease! Except that my tablet that I use the alternate account on has performance issues. I only needed the one last battle to level up and I had to restart the game on that end because of an ‘error 6’.
To Level 45
For this, I needed to have at least 13 million XP ready, and the following tasks:
- Defeat 100 Team GO Rocket Grunts
- Purify 100 Shadow Pokemon
- Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader 50 times
- Earn 10 Platinum Medals
The last one had auto-completed, and I’d already stacked up 23 Shadow Pokemon ready to be purified. Some of these were Golbats, which were minimal. Others…were a bit hefty.
This was also a stage where I wanted to take everything slowly. I’d already started the Level 43 Special Research, and, at the time I figured that I would gain access to the Level 45 version before I’d finished the previous one. At least having to catch 430 Pokemon would allow me to accrue the Stardust I needed to purify the Pokemon. I didn’t struggle with Stardust in the end, and then it was probably the easiest task to finish off when I’d had the Shadow Pokemon stacked (plus the tag function helped so much).
I was very happy to take this one slowly, so that I could also gather more XP for the later tasks. Plus the Meowth balloons that kept appearing slowed me down more, as Jessie and James don’t count towards the grunt tally. Boo! However, they did help with obtaining the radars that I needed in order to get the Leaders.
Strangely, I did actually finish the Level 43 Special Research, because I had a lengthy Boxing Day walk around Central Park to chase up some of the grunts and do the Raids in the meantime.
It took a while to finish the tasks to level up, because even though I managed to get all 100 grunts, the tasks themselves were disproportionate, meaning that I had to battle twice as many grunts as needed originally just to be able to battle the leaders. The UK went back into lockdown as well, which impacted the progress. I was starting to lose patience with how slowly I was completing the tasks, the leaders part especially.
However, the week commencing 25th January, I decided to go hard for once. The Johto catching challenge went on at this time, and I was getting the hang of the fast catch ‘feature’, and I ended the Tuesday with a nice five leaders remaining. This coincided with the Johto Research, with the GO Rocket leaders being the focal point of the challenge. And on the Wednesday, I finally beat the rest of the leaders that I needed to level up.
Overall, these were balanced for the most part. However, I’m certain the tasks assume that you’re in the best-case scenario, where you live in a huge city rammed with Pokestops/Gyms, and are not in lockdown. This is especially true for the GO Rocket tasks. Overall, the PvP task was the quickest to finish, considering the tasks involved, so I sat at my desk and did the tasks within a matter of hours. The GO Rocket tasks took a month overall to do.
Part 2 won’t be out for a long while yet, because I’ve gotten to the stage where I need to start grinding for XP again.