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How to Get Rare Candy in Pokémon Go

Have you found Rare Candy in Pokémon Go yet?

Rare Candy has always been an important item in the Pokémon world. Using one of them on your Pokémon is the easiest way to power them up. In the classic Pokémon games, you can obtain Rare Candy in unusual places when you explore, like the ground, in trash cans, or in dark caves.

Rare Candy is still as rare and important in Pokémon Go, but the mobile game offers varied and easier ways to obtain them. Unlike Candy, Rare Candy can be used on any kind of Pokémon. You just need to obtain it and convert it.

An image of a player finding Rare Candy in Pokémon FireRed.

To help you on your search for Rare Candy in Pokémon Go, check out our guide with some tips and tricks to help you get the elusive item.

What is Rare Candy?

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Rare Candy in Pokémon Go was first introduced through Raid Battles. The game added new items as rewards when winning Raid Battles, including Technical Machines (TMs) and Rare Candy.

Before that, you could only earn Candy for a Pokémon by hatching, catching, evolving, or walking it. The Candy you earned was also specific only to that Pokémon. For very rare Pokémon like Larvitar (and its evolutions Pupitar and Tyranitar), and Dratini (including Dragonair and Dragonite), it could take as long as several weeks or months to get the candy for them to evolve or power up.

Best Ways to Get Rare Candy in Pokémon Go

Raid Battles

An image of Raid Battles to earn Rare Candy in Pokémon Go.

The best and easiest way to obtain Rare Candy is by winning Raid Battles. You win these battles by beating the raid boss. You can do this by teaming up with other Pokémon Go players and rightfully beating them up. The higher the tier and the more powerful a Raid Boss is, the more Rare Candy you can get. Beating common Pokémon like a Tier 1 Magikarp may get you 1-2 Rare Candies. On the other hand, defeating a Tier 5 Legendary Pokémon can get you up to 12 Rare Candies.

Special Research Tasks

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Completing Special Research Tasks is another way to get Rare Candy. Doing one does not guarantee a Rare Candy, but you can get lucky and receive the item as a reward. 

Make sure you check tasks often to see your possible rewards, especially during a holiday, event, or when a new feature is added to the game. Special events do not expire unless stated in the mission requirements, so you will have enough time to complete them.

Do this consistently since Research is one of the easiest tasks to do in Pokémon Go. You will only have to check your device for a few minutes every day to accomplish this.


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A different but established method of collecting Rare Candy is simply by walking long distances. The game rewards players depending on how far they have traveled while playing the game.

Keep in mind that you cannot cheat this game mechanic. The distance only registers walking, so if you are playing it in a vehicle, the app will notify you that you are moving too fast.

Rewards are usually given weekly, and if you manage to get more than 25km each week, there’s a chance that you will get rewarded with Rare Candy. If you walk 5km, you will receive 20 Poke Balls, for 25km, you will get 10 Great Balls, 1,000 Stardust, and you will have a one-out-of-three chance to get 3 Rare Candies. For 50km, you can get 5 Ultra Balls, 5,000 Stardust, and will have a one-out-of-three chance to earn 5 Rare Candies. 

You should do this often since walking is also very beneficial to your physical and mental health. The more you walk, the higher your chances of getting really good rewards. However, remember to keep your eyes on the road and not walk into potentially dangerous places.

Special Bonuses

An image of the Pokémon Go Fest in 2020 where you could earn Rare Candy in Pokémon Go.

During the Pokémon GO Fest in 2020, Trainers could get one to three Rare Candies by opening gifts from their friends. Given that there is a limit of opening 30 gifts a day, that meant a trainer could obtain between 30 to 90 Rare Candies a day.

The game also gave a makeup day for it, so Trainers were given another chance to take advantage of the rewards. The event was not free, and it required a pass that cost $14.99 to obtain.

This event had mostly positive reactions from the community, so watch out if Pokémon Go might have a similar event again.


An image of PokéStops in Pokémon Go.

Spinning PokéStops can give you a chance to be granted field research tasks that can reward you with one to three Rare Candies. These tasks differ in levels of difficulty.

An example of an easy task is having to catch nine species of Pokémon, while harder tasks can require you to catch rare or elusive Pokémon like Mew or a Shiny Marill. Some missions may take more time to complete than others, but the rewards will always be equivalent to how much hard work you put in. 

You Might Ask (FAQs)

Is Rare Candy different from Candy?

Yes, Rare Candy is a different item from Candy. While their purpose is pretty much the same, Candy only works on the specific Pokémon in its description. Rare Candy will work for any Pokémon that you wish to use it on.

Can you buy Candy and Rare Candy in Pokémon Go?

Unfortunately, no. Unlike items like Lucky Eggs, Incubators, Incense, and others, you cannot buy Candy or Rare Candy in the game’s shop. You can only get Candy and Rare Candy through the different methods stated above.

How much Rare Candy can I own?

Strictly speaking, there is no limit to how much Rare Candy you can have. However, Pokémon Go only gives you a bag capacity of 1,500, so you will be limited to that number. You will probably have way less than 1,500 slots for Rare Candies because of other items you may carry.

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