When a Pokémon is evolved into a new Pokédex entry, 500 experience points are granted on top of the usual 500 for evolving a Pokémon. Do these points also get awarded for a different gender evolution of the same Pokémon type, which appears as a silhouette in the evolution button?

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No. You only get the bonus 500 experience for the first time you catch or evolve a Pokémon, regardless of gender. You do not get 500 experience for each variant of a particular Pokémon, as they are all part of the same species.

Case in point, I just evolved a Gastly into a Haunter for the first time since the Pokédex update:

haunter pokedex entry

gastly before evolving

experience gain

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    Is that your 666 CP Gastly? ;) Aug 23, 2017 at 13:57
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    @Kaizerwolf yeah I realized why I was keeping it after I evolved it :(
    – Vemonus
    Aug 23, 2017 at 13:57

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