Pokemon Go Stardust Strategy

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This strategy is based on Max possible CP of Pokemon per this Google sheet.

The max possible CP of a Pokemon ranges from 262 (Magikarp) to 4144 (Mewtwo) though generally the “fully evolved” max CP of Pokemon tends to be in the 1500-2500 range.

If you are building towards a strong fighting end game, the most important thing is to preserve stardust to power up only your strongest Pokemon because at higher levels, powering up is expensive stardust wise. You would not want to spend stardust on powering up a weak Pokemon you eventually discard for stronger mons.

Ultimately, most Pokemon will not be good fighters. Weak Pokemon are OK to catch to gain XP and Stardust but never waste stardust on them to power up.

The only ones worth powering up are:

# 003 – Venusaur
# 006 – Charizard
# 009 – Blastoise
# 059 – Arcanine
# 062 – Poliwrath
# 068 – Machamp
# 071 – Victreebel
# 080 – Slowbro
# 089 – Muk
# 103 – Exeggutor
# 130 – Gyarados
# 131 – Lapras
# 134 – Vaporeon
# 136 – Flareon
# 143 – Snorlax
# 144 – Articuno
# 145 – Zapdos
# 146 – Moltres
# 149 – Dragonite
# 150 – Mewto
# 151 – Mew

These all have potential max CP of 2500+. Some are extremely rare.

And of course only power up those that have high CP to start with (which you tend to collect when you are at level 20+) or you will use up a lot of stardust – possibly 200k or more – trying to max out. Use this calculator to estimate stardust cost to reach max CP.

Some of the Pokemon above can have high starting CP if you evolve from more common and less evolved Pokemon with relatively high CP.

These species all have potential to evolve into Pokemon on the list above:

# 001 – Bulbasaur
# 002 – Ivysaur
# 004 – Charmander
# 005 – Charmeleon
# 007 – Squirtle
# 008 – Wartortle
# 060 – Poliwag
# 061 – Poliwhirl
# 066 – Machop
# 067 – Machoke
# 069 – Bellsprout
# 070 – Weepinbell
# 079 – Slowpoke
# 102 – Exeggcute
# 129 – Magikarp
# 147 – Dratini
# 148 – Dragonair

In early stages of the game, as you are climbing levels, it is fine to evolve other species for gym training and XP. The Rattatas, Pidgeys and Weedles of the world will ultimately be useless for fighting gyms, but they will gain you XP and stardust.

Just NEVER use up stardust for these vermin. Save it for the prizefighters.

# – Name Max CP
# 150 – Mewto 4144
# 149 – Dragonite 3500
# 151 – Mew 3299
# 146 – Moltres 3240
# 145 – Zapdos 3114
# 143 – Snorlax 3112
# 059 – Arcanine 2983
# 131 – Lapras 2980
# 144 – Articuno 2978
# 103 – Exeggutor 2955
# 134 – Vaporeon 2816
# 130 – Gyarados 2688
# 136 – Flareon 2643
# 006 – Charizard 2602
# 089 – Muk 2602
# 080 – Slowbro 2597
# 068 – Machamp 2594
# 003 – Venusaur 2580
# 009 – Blastoise 2542
# 071 – Victreebel 2530
# 062 – Poliwrath 2505
# 045 – Vileplume 2492
# 031 – Nidoqueen 2485
# 034 – Nidoking 2475
# 036 – Clefable 2397
# 055 – Golduck 2386
# 076 – Golem 2303
# 126 – Magmar 2265
# 110 – Weezing 2250
# 112 – Rhydon 2243
# 139 – Omastar 2233
# 073 – Tentacruel 2220
# 078 – Rapidash 2199
# 038 – Ninetails 2188
# 097 – Hypno 2184
# 121 – Starmie 2182
# 040 – Wigglytuff 2177
# 142 – Aerodactyl 2165
# 087 – Dewgong 2145
# 135 – Jolteon 2140
# 141 – Kabutops 2130
# 127 – Pinsir 2121
# 125 – Electabuzz 2119
# 018 – Pidgeot 2091
# 094 – Gengar 2078
# 123 – Scyther 2073
# 091 – Cloyster 2052
# 115 – Kangaskahn 2043
# 119 – Seaking 2043
# 026 – Raichu 2028
# 042 – Golbat 1921
# 049 – Venomoth 1890
# 082 – Magneton 1879
# 057 – Primeape 1864
# 128 – Tauros 1844
# 085 – Dodrio 1836
# 099 – Kingler 1823
# 065 – Alakazam 1813
# 028 – Sandslash 1810
# 024 – Arbok 1767
# 067 – Machoke 1760
# 047 – Parasect 1747
# 148 – Dragonair 1747
# 022 – Fearow 1746
# 114 – Tangela 1739
# 070 – Weepinbell 1723
# 124 – Jynx 1716
# 117 – Seadra 1713
# 137 – Porygon 1691
# 044 – Gloom 1689
# 105 – Marowak 1656
# 101 – Electrode 1646
# 002 – Ivysaur 1632
# 053 – Persian 1631
# 108 – Lickitung 1626
# 008 – Wartortle 1582
# 005 – Charmeleon 1557
# 077 – Ponyta 1516
# 107 – Hitmonchan 1516
# 122 – Mr. Mime 1494
# 106 – Hitmonlee 1492
# 012 – Butterfree 1454
# 020 – Raticate 1444
# 015 – Beedrill 1439
# 075 – Graveler 1433
# 030 – Nidorina 1404
# 093 – Haunter 1380
# 033 – Nidorino 1372
# 061 – Poliwhirl 1340
# 058 – Growlithe 1335
# 088 – Grimer 1284
# 083 – Farfetch’d 1263
# 017 – Pidgeotto 1223
# 079 – Slowpoke 1218
# 035 – Clefairy 1200
# 111 – Rhyhorn 1182
# 051 – Dugtrio 1168
# 109 – Koffing 1151
# 043 – Oddish 1148
# 064 – Kadabra 1131
# 138 – Omanyte 1119
# 069 – Bellsprout 1117
# 054 – Psyduck 1109
# 086 – Seel 1107
# 140 – Kabuto 1104
# 102 – Exeggcute 1099
# 066 – Machop 1089
# 133 – Eevee 1077
# 096 – Drowsee 1075
# 001 – Bulbasaur 1071
# 048 – Venonat 1029
# 007 – Squirtle 1008
# 104 – Cubone 1006
# 147 – Dratini 983
# 118 – Goldeen 965
# 004 – Charmander 955
# 120 – Staryu 937
# 132 – Ditto 919
# 039 – Jigglypuff 917
# 046 – Paras 916
# 072 – Tentacool 905
# 081 – Magnemite 890
# 025 – Pikachu 887
# 056 – Mankey 878
# 029 – Nidoran (F) 876
# 095 – Onix 857
# 084 – Doduo 855
# 074 – Geodude 849
# 032 – Nidoran (M) 843
# 100 – Voltorb 839
# 037 – Vulpix 831
# 023 – Ekans 824
# 090 – Shellder 822
# 092 – Gastly 804
# 027 – Sandshrew 798
# 060 – Poliwag 795
# 116 – Horsea 794
# 098 – Krabby 792
# 052 – Meowth 756
# 021 – Spearow 686
# 016 – Pidgey 679
# 113 – Chansey 675
# 041 – Zubat 642
# 063 – Abra 600
# 019 – Rattata 581
# 014 – Kakuna 485
# 011 – Metapod 477
# 050 – Diglett 456
# 013 – Weedle 449
# 010 – Caterpie 443
# 129 – Magikarp 262