"Pokemon Let's Go" Candy Guide

Updated on December 31, 2018
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Dilbert is an avid gamer who's passion for Pokemon was reignited by Pokemon Go and now Pokemon Let's Go in turn.

Pokemon Let's Go Candy Guide

Awakening Values

As you likely already know, Pokemon gain stats every time they level. However, in Pokemon Let's Go there is another avenue to bolster your Pokemon's stats that is separate from leveling up. These stats are referred to as "Awakening Values" or AVs. Each stat that a Pokemon has can be boosted by up to +200 from Awakening Values. These AVs can be applied at any point to a Pokemon, regardless of level. In theory, you could take a level 1 Pokemon and boost each of their stats by +200.

One method by which your Pokemon can get Awakening Values is simply to level up. Every time your Pokemon levels up, they will get +1 AV to a random stat. You'll know which stat received the AV as it will be shown as a yellow +1.

However, the primary mechanism for boosting AVs is Candy.

How Candy Boosts AVs

Each time you use Candy, it will boost your Pokemon's AVs by 1. If you're using a specific type of Candy, it will boost that specific stat by 1, but may cost more than 1 Candy depending on how many AVs you currently have. To add to this complexity, specific candy also has different levels that can be used at different levels for the Pokemon and have different Candy costs. Additionally, if you're using a Pokemon's exclusive Candy, it will boost all stats by +1 AV, and it will never cost more than 1. I know this is hard to follow, so I'll break it down in a chart.

Candy
Boost
Maximum Boost
Cost
Cost to Max Boost
Cost to Max From Lower Levels
Stat Specific Candy
+1 to the specific stat
+50
1 up to 20
426 Candy
N/A
Stat Specific Candy L
+1 to the specific stat
+100
1 up to 4
218 Candy
168 Candy
Stat Specific Candy XL
+1 to the specific stat
+200
1 up to 12
545 Candy
445 Candy
Pokemon Specific Candy
+1 to all stats
+200
Always 1
200 Candy
N/A

Maxing Your AVs

This chart can be a little difficult to unpack so I'll summarize:

  • It takes 545 XL Candy to max a specific stat on a Pokemon, or 3270 total XL Candy to max all stats.
  • It takes 1039 total Candy to max a specific stat on a Pokemon if you're using lower levels to reach the max boost first. This totals to 6234 Candy to max all stats.
  • It takes 200 Pokemon Specific to max all stats.

Obviously, the Candy requirements for pumping your Pokemon via stat specific Candy are ridiculous. It is very costly to max out a Pokemon's AVs unless you're using Pokemon specific Candy.

How to Get Various Types of Candy: Specific Stats

While there are plenty of ways you'll scoop up random pieces of Candy, none of them are very significant next to the thousands you'll need. However, Pokemon specific Candy is also quite rare to come by so you will likely find yourself trying to grind for stat specific Candy to strategically apply where you see fit on your individual Pokemon.

There are six types of Candy, one for each stat. Different types of Pokemon will drop different types of Candy. The best way to farm a bunch is to rack up a high Catch Combo on a Pokemon that drops the Candy of the stat you want to boost. Check out my guide on Catch Combos if you're not sure what this is.

  • Mighty Candy
    Increases Attack Stat
    Drops from: Beedrill, Ekans, Arbok, Nidoran♂, Nidorino, Nidoking, Paras, Parasect, Dugtrio, Mankey, Primeape, Growlithe, Arcanine, Machop, Machoke, Machamp, Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebel, Farfetch'd, Doduo, Dodrio, Muk, Muk, Krabby, Kingler, Hitmonlee, Rhydon, Goldeen, Seaking, Scyther, Pinsir, Tauros, Gyarados, Flareon, Kabutops, Dratini, Dragonair, Dragonite, Meltan, Melmetal

  • Smart Candy
    Increases Sp. Atk Stat
    Drops from: Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmeleon, Charizard, Butterfree, Oddish, Gloom, Vileplume, Venomoth, Psyduck, Golduck, Abra, Kadabra, Alakazam, Magnemite, Magneton, Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, Exeggutor, Exeggutor, Horsea, Seadra, Jynx, Magmar, Porygon, Zapdos, Moltres, Mewtwo

  • Tough Candy
    Increases Defense Stat
    Drops from: Squirtle, Wartortle, Metapod, Kakuna, Sandshrew, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Sandslash, Parasect, Poliwrath, Geodude, Geodude, Graveler, Graveler, Golem, Golem, Slowbro, Shellder, Cloyster, Onix, Exeggcute, Cubone, Marowak, Marowak, Koffing, Weezing, Rhyhorn, Tangela, Seadra, Omanyte, Omastar, Kabuto

  • Quick Candy
    Increases Speed Stat
    Drops from: Vulpix, Ninetales, Ninetales, Zubat, Golbat, Venomoth, Diglett, Diglett, Dugtrio, Meowth, Meowth, Persian, Persian, Poliwag, Poliwhirl, Ponyta, Rapidash, Voltorb, Electrode, Staryu, Starmie, Electabuzz, Tauros, Magikarp, Jolteon, Aerodactyl

  • Courage Candy
    Increases Sp. Def Stat
    Drops from: Ivysaur, Venusaur, Wartortle, Blastoise, Butterfree, Beedrill, Ninetales, Venonat, Tentacool, Tentacruel, Seel, Dewgong, Drowzee, Hypno, Hitmonchan, Mr.Mime, Eevee, Articuno

  • Health Candy
    Increases HP
    Drops from: Caterpie, Nidoran♀, Nidorina, Nidoqueen, Clefairy, Clefable, Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Slowpoke, Grimer, Grimer, Muk, Muk, Lickitung, Chansey, Kangaskhan, Lapras, Ditto, Vaporeon, Snorlax, Mew

It's also worth noting you get a lot of Candy for transferring Pokemon to the professor as well! Don't forget to empty your Pokebox of unwanted catches and get the rewards.

Chansey Chaining with a Lot of Health Candy

How to Get Various Types of Candy: Specific Pokemon

Candy for specific Pokemon can also be found by chaining catch combos, but there are several other ways to get them as well. You can get Pokemon specific Candy by:

  • Chaining catch combos of a specific type of Pokemon
  • Transferring Pokemon to the professor (usually when you do high amounts)
  • Walking your Pokemon in the Poke Ball Plus.
  • You'll also get bonus Candy for the Pokemon you have out of its Pokeball when you return the Pokemon you're walking in the Poke Ball Plus. (Yes, that means you can double your rewards)

As you may know, people who own a Poke Ball Plus can place their Pokemon into the ball and walk them around as well as interact with them. Doing so will grant them rewards when they return the Pokemon back to the game. Some of the rewards will include Candy specifically for the Pokemon you walk around. This is the only way to get Pokemon specific Candy for a lot of Pokemon, including the one time only options such as Mewtwo. For more information on using the Poke Ball Plus check out my guide.

Doubled Candy Rewards from a Poke Ball Plus

Candy for both the Pokemon I walked as well as the one out of my Pokeball in the regular game.
Candy for both the Pokemon I walked as well as the one out of my Pokeball in the regular game.

Rare Candy

While called Candy, Rare Candy is a bit different than all other Candy we've already covered. You may know Rare Candy from previous versions of Pokemon. Simply put, Rare Candy levels up your Pokemon once, regardless of what level is currently is.

That means the most effective use of a Rare Candy is to bring a Pokemon from level 99 to 100. Ideally, you're aiming to either use Rare Candy to max out Pokemon around 90 to 95, bringing them up to 100. Otherwise, you'd use Rare Candy to level up a few times to get over a place where you're stuck. For example, you're stuck on a gym leader, and the proper counter is under-leveled, so you use some Rare Candy to push you over the edge and actually be able to beat the leader.

Rare Candy is hard to come by, but can also be granted from walking a Pokemon in a Poke Ball Plus. It is not very common otherwise.

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