Assume my goal is to have one Pokemon at max strength, as opposed to multiple Pokemon that are only average strength.

Also assume that I will not be spending real money.

Which resource will become the limiting factor in my Pokemon's growth? Stardust or Candies? In other words, which will I run out of first when maxing out a single Pokemon?

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    Depends on how you play.
    – ave
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 23:22

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Stardust is shared amongst all of your Pokemon, and upgrading a weak Pokemon can prevent you from upgrading a stronger one. However Candies are per Pokemon evolution chain, which means the rarity completely depend on the rarity of the Pokemon.

It's generally best to save your Stardust for your stronger Pokemons (or ones you really want to play with). Especially as you'll find higher CP Pokemon as you level up.


It entirely depends on the rarity of the Pokemon you are trying to max out, but generally id say stardust will be your limiting factor. If you are trying to max a more rare Pokemon you might have trouble finding others and therefore be limited by candies. If your Pokemon is rather common you shouldn't have an issue getting as many candies as you need.

  • It's definitely stardust, this is one common resource for all pokemon, vs candy which is specific to the evolution line. Obviously you won't be missing pidgey candies if you're powering up a rattata, but you will still need stardust for both! Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 23:30

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