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All the Stardust

No matter where you look or which way you turn in Pokémon GO, Stardust is probably the hottest commodities sought after by all Trainers. It’s a necessity in just about everything you do pertaining to the game.

Since Pokémon GO’s inception, the ways of obtaining the sweet, sweet dust have evolved exponentially. So why is there still an outcry, by Trainers, for MORE?!

Well, as said above, as the game evolves…so does the need, the requirement, of Stardust. Whether it’s to gain a new charged move, power up a Pokémon, or stay competitive, it will require the dust!

How do we farm, collect, obtain the shiny stuff? Well…it will be a bit different for everyone. However, below, we have compiled some of the most efficient and gainful ways for Trainers of any level to boost their dust numbers.

Stardust - All the ways to obtain

  • Catching Pokémon
  • Feeding Gym Defenders
  • Opening Gifts
  • Hatching Eggs
  • Raids
  • Field/Special Research Tasks
  • Trainer Battles
  • Team Leader Battles
  • GO Battle League Battles
  • Events
  • Team GO Rocket

Stardust Boosters

  • Star Piece
  • Weather Boosted Pokémon


Amounts Gained per each method

  • 100 Stardust per base-level Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 300 Stardust per 1st-evolution Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 500 Stardust per 2nd-evolution Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • +600 Stardust for each Daily Catch Bonus.
  • +3,000 Stardust for the 7-day Weekly Catch Bonus.


  • 125 Stardust per Weather-boosted base-level Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 375 Stardust per Weather-boosted 1st-evolution Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 625 Stardust per Weather-boosted 2nd-evolution Pokémon caught in the wild.
  • 20 Stardust per Berry fed to a friendly Pokémon on a Gym.

    (Maximum 10 Pokémon, 10 Berries each every 30min for a total of 2,000 dust per half-hour without Star Piece)

  • 400-800 Stardust per 2 KM Egg hatched.
  • 800-1,600 Stardust per 5/7 KM Egg hatched.
  • 1,600-3,200 Stardust per 10 KM Egg hatched.
  • 1,000 Stardust per Raid Boss beaten.

Stardust Events vary on amounts. You can almost guarantee x3 dust in the Community Day rotations. There are other events that also boast x2 dust as well.

  • 0-300 per Gift opened (in lots of 100)
  • 20 Gifts per day (normally)
  • 25KM walked – 1,000
  • 50KM walked (5,000 + 25km) – 6,000
  • 100KM walked (10,000 + 50km)16,000

The possibility of:

  • 300 for Great League
  • 400 for Ultra League
  • 500 for Master League

per Battle won up to three battles

  • 100-4,000 Stardust for completing certain Field Research tasks
  • 2,000 Stardust for completing seven days of Field Research (Breakthrough)
  • 2,000-10,000 Stardust for completing Special Research tasks (e.g. Mew quest)
  • 500 Stardust per Grunt beaten.
  • 1,000 per TGR Leader beaten.
  • 5,000 per Giovanni beaten.
  • TGR Special Research gives:
    Step 1: 500 Stardust
    Step 2: 1,000 Stardust
    Step 3: 1,500 Stardust
    Step 4: 2,000 Stardust
    Step 5: 3,000 Stardust
  • Basic Ranks 1-10: 300 – 2,800
  • Premium Ranks 1-10: 900 – 4,800

Star Piece: Each Star Piece will last a total of 30min and give you 1.5x the amount of Stardust based on the method of obtaining it.

Weather Boost: You will receive 25% more Stardust for each weather boosted Pokémon you catch. (without a Star Piece)

Fastest Way to Gain Stardust

Many will argue the fastest way to gain dust. It really all depends on your location and whether or not the opportunity to farm a massive amount of spawns during an event is an option.

The fastest, simplest way to obtain dust, in our opinion, is catching.

Raids are nice, but it takes a lot of raid passes, which people may not have.

Eggs are nice too but take incubators and time (too much time….) Feeding gyms berries is slow as hecky hecky, and the best you can get is 30 per berry (with star piece) per 60 berries in a full gym, and while it adds up, your berries do not (especially with buddy system).

TGR Grunt hunting is ok but limited in a time frame and requires time to search.

Gifts and PvP can be like bonuses for your day, just be sure to open as many as allowed per day.

If you have a hoard of Star Pieces, drop one every time you plan to play at least a solid 30min and ALWAYS during dust events.

If you are on a budget, I’d highly recommend saving those boosters for times that there are x2 or x3 bonuses.

Most Bang for Your Buck

Although we are having a hard time justifying what we are about to say, there are facts supporting such, so we feel obligated to share it with you! HAHAHA
Eggs are probably the method to give you the most bang for your buck. Yes, yes, even more so than Raids.
Walking 10km can seem like a grueling task at times, but so can finding friends to raid with and tracking down a raid worth doing. There aren’t many Trainers who are willing to use Premium Raid Passes on T1, T2, and even some T5s. Besides, Raids only offer 1,000 Stardust per Raid. Which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t much.
Now, 10KM Eggs, however, give you anywhere between 1,600 – 3,200 Stardust a pop! That’s why you see many Trainers stock up on all 10KM Eggs and use their Super Incubators to hatch all at once using a Star Piece! The possibilities are endless.
You may ask, “What if I don’t have Super Incubators, what if I only have my infinite?” Well, just think, if you hatch a 10KM or even a 5KM in your infinite Incubator, you will still get more dust than you would if you were to use your daily Raid Pass on a Raid.

Work Smarter Not Harder

Tips for working smarter not harder include:
  • Star Piece: be sure to use your Star Pieces during events, raid trains, or even just popping one when camping some lures.
  • Stack Research Encounters: Remember to stack research encounters for events that give x2 or x3 the amount of dust while using a Star Piece. Talk about some easy dust earned!
  • Pokémon GO Plus / Gotcha: If you have a device, run it. It can definitely help catch Pokémon while you are manually catching, especially in high-density areas
  • Sync Up Multiple Rewards: By syncing up your 7th -Day Catch Streak, 7th-Day Spin Streak, Adventure Sync Rewards, and stacked Research Tasks to claim them all on a Monday at 9:00a.m. local time, with a Star Piece, can prove to be a HUGE payoff. It will also allow you to efficiently use your Star Pieces if you are running low.

Rural doesn't have to mean Dust Poor

Just because you are a rural player, doesn’t mean you should give up on the dust farming. You just have to plan a little more. 

  • If you travel to an area with high-density spawns, plan to play, and play hard, catching, raiding, and hatching the largest eggs you have while using a Star Piece.
  • Always stack Research Task Encounters to catch while running that Star Piece. Especially ones that are evolved catches.
  • Open as many gifts as allowed at the time.
  • GBL, GBL, and maybe some more GBL.

a Little Dusty

Keep in mind, at the time this article was written, COVID-19 had not forced self-isolation as well as social distancing. For tips on how to still enjoy Pokémon GO during these trying times, check out our article: Promoting Social Distancing in Pokémon GO

Best of luck to all Trainers out there grinding for that sparkly wonder. We are all rooting for you!

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Motha of 3 | G2G Media Co-Founder | Designer | Creator | Lvl40 PoGo Player


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