Even though it has barely been out a fortnight, Pokémon GO has already broken records for its popularity. Despite bug upon bug, glitch upon glitch and the servers almost constantly down, it has become one of the most downloaded mobile apps ever released. It has been mentioned in both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s campaign speeches. It has been Googled so many times that, at one point, it was more commonly sought after than porn and the search for ‘Pokémon’ on porn websites is becoming worryingly common as people just can’t get it off the brain. People are going crazy for this game, with countless fans storming through it, levelling up as high as they can and catching ’em all.
But given there are a lot of people hitting high levels already – the question has to be asked: how long can this last? Can you just level up indefinitely? Is there a cap at which you just stop getting better? Is it soon?
For anyone who hasn’t already played that far yet – which, let’s face it, is still most people who weren’t already blessed with lots of free time and a great data plan – the ability to level up gets more difficult once you hit double figures. The stretch between levels gets longer once you hit level 15 and longer still when you get to level 20.
Pokémon GO‘s data reveals that the highest level you can reach in the game is level 40. For those already pushing the late teens, that might seem pretty close.
But it’s really not.
To reach level 10, you have to get a total of 10,000 XP, which isn’t all that difficult and a lot of people have got there already. To get to level 15, you need 20,000 XP. If you want to get to level 20, you’ll need to rack up a full 100,000 XP, and you’ll need to get to 500,000 XP to get to level 30.
In case you’re still concerned that you’ll max out your game too fast, don’t worry.
To reach the current limit of level 40 – and the wealth of prizes that we can only imagine come with it at this point – you need a total of 25,000,000 XP. You’ve got plenty of time.