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CP (Combat Power)

CP (Combat Power) is a measure of how powerful a Pokémon is. The higher CP value of a Pokémon the more damage that Pokémon will deal in Battle. During Wild Pokémon encounters, the CP value will be shown above the Pokémon's head. Each Pokémon's CP value can also be seen in the Pokedex, which can be accessed through the main menu.


Increasing CP
Once a Pokémon has been captured its CP can be increased by using one or both of the following methods.

Evolution: Acquiring enough Candy from a specific Pokémon evolution line will allow a player to evolve his or her Pokémon. Evolving a Pokémon will change it into a different, more powerful species with different Moves. Evolved Pokémon will also receive an increase to maximum HP.

Power Up: Acquiring enough Candy and Stardust will allow a player to 'Power Up' Pokémon. While evolving a Pokém
on changes the species of Pokémon, Powering Up a Pokémon will keep the species as is while boosting the Pokémon's CP and HP permanently. Stardust can be used on any species of Pokémon.


Other Information About CP
- Pokémon of the same species can have different CP levels. For example, one Wild Squirtle may have a CP of 278, while another Wild Squirtle may have a CP of 254.

- Higher level Trainers are capable of finding and capturing higher CP Pokemon.

- Pokémon of higher level Trainers will have greater potential CP levels than that of lower level Trainers.

- Leveling Up will increase the potential CP of all captured Pokémon slightly.

- During battle, the Pokémon with a higher CP level will usually have the advantage (Type Effectiveness aside).

- Evolved Pokémon will generally have greater CP than Wild Pokemon of the same species.

- When visiting Gyms, the CP of defending Pokémon can be seen before deciding whether or not to challenge that Gym.

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

Is it necessary to max the CP of a pokemon before evolving it in order to get the best evolution possible?

Anonymous said...

I also have this question: Is it better to evolve, then max CP, or max CP then evolve? Or does it not matter.

Anonymous said...

It is better to max CP then evolve not because you'll end up with more CP on the same Pokemon, but it will be cheaper in Stardust

Anonymous said...

Actually it is not. The relative progress on the max level (the arch above the pokemon) stays the same for your evolved pokemon and also does the cost to buff it up with candies and dust (which increases based on the percentage of the max level you reached...). So since the max level of a pokemon is gated by your trainer level it is actually best to level your trainer as much as possible before evolving the pokemon.

Anonymous said...

this really makes the game pretty stupid. would have been much better if you could level your pokemons separately from yourself. Now pretty much the correct strategy is evolving only for XP and wait until you are a trainer level 40 because thats when you can catch pokemons that are worthwile to power up and evolve. Basically pokemons you cath at lower level are all trash.

Anonymous said...

I've been thinking, what does cp actually do for your Pokemon other then give it hp? I have a 650 wigglytuff with 140hp should I consider powering it up? It's attacks are 10 and special is 50 how much does cp actually do

J. Hilweh said...

That's what I was wondering. What are the real factors in figuring out the combat power???

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