There is this "weird" bonus xp that pokemon go gives when catching a Pokémon. Doesn't say why either in the game.

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So why is it given ?

  • Does this occur on every capture or only some?
    – Timmy Jim
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 2:40
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    Only some. But the question hasn't been asked before... Yes the answer is there, but I searched on here and never found my answer.
    – Karlyr
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 11:28

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There are only four ways to earn 100Xp from what I can gather:

  • The Excellent Throw! Bonus - awarded for Capturing a Pokemon when capture circle is smallest and the pokeball is thrown in that circle.
  • Capturing a Pokemon (which is clearly stated)
  • Catch 100th Pokemon of a Species - awarded for capturing 100 of a single species of Pokemon
  • Defeating a Pokemon at a Gym - gained for each Pokemon defeated at enemy Gym.

I'm confident what you did is Catch the 100th Pokemon of a Species since this is kind of lengthy to state at the XP screenshot you've shown. It likely the developers just worded it as "Bonus." You've also stated that you just finished catching a Pokemon and since "Pokemon Caught" is clearly worded (and so is the Excellent throw bonus when performed), the last option remaining is that you caught your 100th pokemon of that species (it doesn't appear based off your question that you defeated a pokemon at a gym).

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