Poppy is the author of "A Bard's Lament" and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
Stardust in Pokémon Go
Pokémon Go continues to entertain thousands of players across the world with more generations of Pokémon, a continuing free-to-play availability, and events or new features frequently added. Veteran and new fans alike are enjoying reaching the top level (40), collecting Pokémon, and trading and battling in the "real" world from their devices.
One vital part of Pokémon Go is using an item called Stardust. Though it is used to sell at high prices in the original video games, Stardust in Go can be used to power up your Pokémon, trade rare or Shinies to other players, and purify Shadow Pokémon. Here are eight ways you can get Stardust quickly.
1. Catch Pokémon
Any serious player of Go is catching as many Pokémon as they can. However, some people stop when they've caught enough of one type to collect all of the evolved forms or avoid catching weak or common ones.
If you need Stardust fast, however, catch as many Pokémon as you can, whenever you can! You can snag 100 Stardust for any Pokémon you catch, so it soon adds up. It never hurts to have spare of the same Pokémon for extra Candies or to trade. And there's always the chance of a Shiny!
2. Make Friends and Swap Gifts
Making friends is a fairly new feature on Go and one that you should be taking advantage of! Gifts sometimes appear at Pokéstops and these can be sent to friends to increase your friendship level. They can also send you Gifts back once every 24 hours. You can open 20 gifts per day.
Many Gifts contain Stardust, so add friends and start sending and receiving! This is also a great way to top up on Pokéballs.
Don't have any friends who play Go? No worries! If you have a Twitter account, you can tweet your friend code (click on your avatar's face on the bottom left, then tap "Friends," then "Add Friend") and use these hashtags:
After tweeting this, I got over 100 friend requests! Give it a try.
3. Battle in Raids
Raids are exciting events that pop up at Pokéstops near you, giving trainers the chance to band together to take down and catch rare or strong Pokémon. Battle in these raids (and win) to gain a couple of thousand Stardust!
You will also get items such as TMs and berries and a nice chunk of experience points, not to mention a chance to catch the Pokémon you managed to beat.
4. Complete Research Tasks
The professor assigns Field Research to all Pokémon trainers, and completing them will net you neat rewards. Tasks can include catching certain kinds of Pokémon, using berries, landing special types of throws, or joining raids.
Successfully completing tasks can help you rake in the Stardust, as well as unlocking special Pokémon encounters and rare items.
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5. Feed Pokémon Berries at Gyms
When you started playing Pokémon Go, you were asked to choose your team. Your character is in this team for the duration of the game. When you encounter a gym controlled by an opposing team, you can battle there to weaken their Pokémon and take over.
If a gym is already under the control of your team, great job! Feed berries to the Pokémon at the gyms. It will heal them, give them a Combat Power boost, and net you some of that valuable Stardust. The more berries you feed, the bigger the rewards! Each Pokémon can accept ten berries at a time from you.
6. Battle Team Leaders
You can battle the leaders of Team Mystic, Team Valor, and Team Instinct any time you like by selecting the white "Nearby" bar on the bottom right of the screen and selecting "Battle." You can train by challenging Blanche, Candela, or Spark to a battle. Winning against them will land you some Stardust.
The best thing about this feature is that you don't need to join an event or be near a PokéStop to do it.
7. Battle Team Rocket Members
A fairly new feature of Pokémon GO is the ability to find and challenge Team Rocket Grunts who have appeared at PokéStops. Not only will winning give you some items and a chance to catch a Shadow Pokémon, but you'll get some Stardust for your efforts as well.
8. Use Star Pieces
Star Pieces are purchasable items from the Pokémon Go Shop that boost your Stardust gains by 50% for half an hour. Use one right before you feed berries to friendly Pokémon at gyms or joining a raid battle to maximize your Stardust profits!
This is a way to seriously boost your Stardust amount, but the item is rare, so use it wisely!
Stardust is essential for leveling up your Pokémon and giving them the edge in raids and gym battles! With these tricks, you'll have enough Stardust to create an impressive team and trade special and Shiny Pokémon to your heart's content. Enjoy, and never stop trying to catch 'em all!
© 2019 Poppy
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 03, 2019:
Glad to help, Luke! Each Pokemon can have ten berries a day so that's a lot of Stardust! I usually give them pinap berries since I rarely use them when catching Pokemon.
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on June 03, 2019:
Hi, Penny! Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.
Luke St Clair on May 30, 2019:
I didn't know about the berries at the gym feature! It's settled, I'm going to get back into this game.
Penny Leigh Sebring from Fort Collins on May 28, 2019:
Good advice! Thank you for the comprehensive information.