# How much stardust is needed to power up a pokemon?

I realize the stardust amount changes by the CP of the pokemon, and maybe its trainer level?

I would love to see a table which shows stardust a pokemon needs at various CP levels.

Stardust cost per Pokemon "level" (Powering up increases level by 1, stardust increases every 4 "levels."):
Levels 1 to 20:

200 stardust, 1 candy
400 stardust, 1 candy
600 stardust, 1 candy
800 stardust, 1 candy
1000 stardust, 1 candy

Levels 21 to 40:

1300 stardust, 2 candy
1600 stardust, 2 candy
1900 stardust, 2 candy
2200 stardust, 2 candy
2500 stardust, 2 candy

Level 41 to 43:

3000 stardust, 3 candy

source

Note: Pokémon you catch are not necessarily at "level" 1. For example, I caught a 701 CP Pinsir and it is roughly "level" 13

• Many sources use a half level notation, saying a power up increases the level by 0.5 and the max level is 40 or your Trainer level + 1.5, whichever is lower. I think that's a more intuitive notation since it means the Pokemon's maximum level is close to your Trainer level instead of twice as high and a little more. Commented Aug 17, 2016 at 4:49

I don't believe stardust changes with trainer level, only with how much you've powered up the pokemon. That being said the higher trainer you are the more CP you get from evolving so it is best to wait on evolving your pokemon until you have a higher trainer level which will save you candy and stardust.

Based on a data dump of an earlier version of the game, the upgrade costs are the following, but these have probably not changed in recent updates. They are per level, and a level requires 2 power ups (this is often denoted as half levels, so each power up increases the Pokemon's level by 0.5).

A Pokemon's CP depends on 3 things:

• Its level (not your Trainer level)
• Its Individual values, of which there are 3 and which are different for each individual Pokemon
• Its base stats, which are different for each species

The formula for a Pokemon's current CP is

(Attack * Defense^0.5 * Stamina^0.5 * CP_Multiplier^2) / 10

In order to determine the upgrade cost per CP, you have to use this formula to calculate the Pokemon's CP at each level. The table below includes example CP values for an `average Snorlax (Base Stats 180/180/320, IVs 7/7/7)`

``````Level Stardust Candies Ex. CP
1      200       1     41
2      200       1    128
3      400       1    215
4      400       1    302
5      600       1    390
6      600       1    477
7      800       1    564
8      800       1    651
9     1000       1    738
10     1000       1    825
11     1300       2    908
12     1300       2    990
13     1600       2   1073
14     1600       2   1155
15     1900       2   1238
16     1900       2   1320
17     2200       2   1403
18     2200       2   1485
19     2500       2   1568
20     2500       2   1650
21     3000       3   1733
22     3000       3   1815
23     3500       3   1898
24     3500       3   1980
25     4000       3   2063
26     4000       4   2146
27     4500       4   2228
28     4500       4   2311
29     5000       4   2393
30     5000       4   2476
31     6000       6   2517
32     6000       6   2558
33     7000       8   2599
34     7000       8   2641
35     8000      10   2682
36     8000      10   2723
37     9000      12   2764
38     9000      12   2806
39    10000      15   2847
40    10000      15   2888
``````

As you can see, there are always 2 levels with the same cost, so the cost changes every 4 power ups.

According to the same data dump, a Pokemon's level can be up to 2 higher than the Trainer level, but no higher than 40 (which is also the maximum Trainer level).