Anytime I caught Pokemon, it gave me 100 stardust. As far as I know, this is a set number you get regardless of what is being caught. Also, I've yet to see another way to get stardust.

So, when I captured an Eevee today, I was confused by my stardust total.

5256 stardust

Somehow I managed to get 5,256 stardust. Since I've only ever noticed stardust increment in 100s, I'm guessing I missed something. Are there other ways of getting stardust or am I wrong in thinking each successful capture always gives 100?


Via PokemonGo DB, it describes the three sources to obtain Stardust

In Pokémon Go, Stardust can be collected by capturing wild Pokémon and hatching Eggs. Unlike Candy, which is used to Power Up and Evolve a Pokémon specific to its evolution line, Stardust can be used to Power Up any captured Pokémon.

Players with defending Pokémon at a Gym, will get a 'Defender Bonus' and be rewarded with Stardust and Pokécoins

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Hatching eggs provides you with stardust as well, and the amount isn't necessarily fixed. When you hatch your next egg, pay attention to the items you receive in the top-right. You'll get stardust and candy, and the stardust amount will likely be some amount that isn't a nice even number.

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    I had thought it was CP related.. but a 150 CP Psyduck hatched to give me 800 starfust, and a 80 CP Staryu hatched to give me 1256 – user106385 Jul 12 '16 at 6:15

There are three ways to get stardust:

  1. Catching pokemon.(100 Stardust each catch)
  2. Hatching pokemon.(random amount)
  3. Gym defender bonus. (500 Stardust per 21 hours you hold a gym, can be recieved the first time immediately after you add your Pokemon to the gym)

Reference: http://au.ign.com/wikis/pokemon-go/Stardust

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  • Hatching pokemon is not mentioned in your source, but I will confirm that I have received stardust from hatching – Wondercricket Jul 11 '16 at 23:09
  • @Wondercricket I used the two I can personally confirm as answers, I added the gym part as that was something I found but I have been unable to confirm that myself. – Theyna Jul 11 '16 at 23:23
  • @Theyna I feel like there was an update that made it so evolved versions gave more when caught. Or perhaps that's just candies. If you can confirm and update your answer, it would be appreciated. – Batophobia Mar 23 '17 at 19:20

You get stardust from defending a gym, which is collected every 21 hours as long as you have at least one Pokémon in a gym.

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