Stardust (GO)

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Stardust in Pokémon GO

Stardust (Japanese: ほしのすな Star Sand) is a type of currency in Pokémon GO. It can be used to Power Up Pokémon, trade Pokémon, purify Shadow Pokémon, and add a second Charged Attack to Pokémon.

Obtaining Stardust

There are several ways to earn Stardust:

Name Stardust
Catching Pokémon
Unevolved Pokémon GO Stardust icon.png100
Second-stage Pokémon GO Stardust icon.png300
Third-stage Pokémon GO Stardust icon.png500
Weather bonus ×1.25
Bonus: Expert Handler GO Stardust icon.png25
Bonus: First catch of the day GO Stardust icon.png1,800
Bonus: Streak bonus (seventh day in a row catching a Pokémon) GO Stardust icon.png9,000
Hatching Eggs
Hatch a 2 km Egg GO Stardust icon.png400 - 800
Hatch a 5 km Egg GO Stardust icon.png800 - 1,600
Hatch a 7 km Egg GO Stardust icon.png800 - 1,600
Hatch a 10 km Egg GO Stardust icon.png1,600 - 3,200
Hatch a 12 km Egg GO Stardust icon.png3,200 - 6,400
At Gyms
Feed a Pokémon a Berry GO Stardust icon.png30
Complete a Raid Battle GO Stardust icon.png1,000
Trainer Battles
Train in Great League GO Stardust icon.png300 (×0 - 2)
Train in Ultra League GO Stardust icon.png400 (×0 - 2)
Train in Master League GO Stardust icon.png500 (×0 - 2)
Battle against other player GO Stardust icon.png500 (×0 - 2)
Team GO Rocket Battles
Defeat a Team GO Rocket Grunt GO Stardust icon.png500
Defeat a Team GO Rocket Leader GO Stardust icon.png1,000
Defeat Giovanni GO Stardust icon.png5,000
Weekly Adventure Sync rewards
Walk 25 km GO Stardust icon.png3,000
Walk 50 km (not including 25 km reward) GO Stardust icon.png10,000*
Walk 100 km (not including 25 or 50 km rewards) GO Stardust icon.png20,000*
Open a Gift GO Stardust icon.png100 (×0 - 3)

An evolved Pokémon generally yields GO Stardust icon.png200 more than its previous stage. However, Pokémon that can evolve from Baby Pokémon, except Togetic and Lucario, are considered to be unevolved Pokémon so they only award GO Stardust icon.png100 when caught, and their evolved forms only award GO Stardust icon.png300 when caught.

Certain Pokémon species yield higher Stardust on capture, overriding the values in the above table. These Pokémon are:

Stardust Pokémon
GO Stardust icon.png500 ParasMeowthDelibirdShroomishFoongusMorelull
GO Stardust icon.png700* ParasectPersianBreloomAmoongussShiinotic
GO Stardust icon.png750 Meowth (Alolan Form)StaryuSableyeCombeeTrubbish
GO Stardust icon.png950* Persian (Alolan Form)StarmieVespiquenGarbodor
GO Stardust icon.png1,000 ShellderChimecho
GO Stardust icon.png1,200* Cloyster
GO Stardust icon.png2,100 Audino

The completion of certain Field Research and Special Research tasks awards Stardust at varying amounts. Unlocking a Research Breakthrough awards GO Stardust icon.png2,000.

Stardust can also be earned for participating in GO Battle League. Stardust is rewarded upon winning a certain number of battles, completing a set of five battles, and the end of a season, with the amount varying based on the player's performance.

If the player has a Star Piece active, all Stardust earned is temporarily increased by 50%.


Power Up

Main article: Power Up → Levels

Powering Up a Pokémon requires both Stardust and Candy, the amount required increasing with the Pokémon's current Power Up level (which increases every time it is Powered Up). The amount of Stardust and Candy required for the next Power Up is shown on the Pokémon's summary screen and increases every four Power Up levels.


Main article: Trade (GO)

Trading Pokémon costs both players Stardust. While all regular trades cost GO Stardust icon.png100, Special Trades (Legendary, Mythical, and Shiny Pokémon) cost much more Stardust. The cost of Special Trades decreases the higher the Friendship level between the players.

New Attack

Main article: Move (GO)

The player can spend Stardust and Candy to teach a Pokémon a second Charged Attack. In addition, Caterpie, Metapod, Weedle, Kakuna, Magikarp, Ditto, Wynaut, Wobbuffet, Smeargle, Wurmple, Silcoon, Cascoon, Taillow, Feebas, Beldum and Kricketot cannot learn a second Charged Attack, unless they are Shadow or Purified, thus have Frustration or Return.

The cost varies depending on the Pokémon species and largely corresponds with the distance needed to walk for a Buddy Pokémon to find a Candy. In addition Shadow Pokémon, compared to their base forms, requires 1.2× Stardust and Candy to learn a second Charged Attack, while Purified Pokémon require 0.8× the base amounts.

Buddy distance Stardust Candy
1 km GO Stardust icon.png10,000 Candy25
3 km GO Stardust icon.png50,000 Candy50
5 km GO Stardust icon.png75,000 Candy75
20 km GO Stardust icon.png100,000 Candy100

In addition, these are the exceptions to the above:


Main article: Shadow Pokémon (GO) → Purification

Shadow Pokémon can be purified using both Stardust and Candy, with the amount required depends on the Shadow Pokémon's species.


GO Stardust icon.png
Stardust icon


  • Previously, Shadow Pokémon did not give bonus Stardust if caught (for example, Shadow Sableye only gave 100 Stardust instead of 750). This was changed in an unspecified update.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 星星沙子 Sīngsīng Sājí
Mandarin 星星沙子 Xīngxīng Shāzi
France Flag.png French Poussière Étoile
Germany Flag.png German Sternenstaub
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Debu Bintang
Italy Flag.png Italian Polvere di stella
South Korea Flag.png Korean 별의모래 Byeol-ui Morae
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Poeira estelar
Spain Flag.png Spanish Polvoestelar
Thailand Flag.png Thai สตาร์ดัสต์ Stardust
Turkey Flag.png Turkish Yıldız Tozu

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