Niantic wasn’t messing round when it raised Pokémon Go’s stage cap from 40 to 50 late final yr. When the sport launched in 2016, trainers had been in a position to ascend by means of the primary 40 ranges with decided taking part in, leaving many to surprise if Niantic would create further endgame content material for them, aside from the regular drip of recent Pokémon to catch.
I used to be one of many trainers that made “brief” work of the outdated stage cap. I consider I reached 40 in my third yr of taking part in, which required 20 million complete expertise factors to advance from 1 to 40. That took some taking part in and grinding. I did not thoughts; I totally loved getting exterior to raid and meet up with mates to hit up Pokémon Go hotspots on Group Days.
When information hit that Niantic was elevating the extent cap to 50, I used to be giddy. As somebody who nonetheless performs the sport day by day, I favored the sound of getting one other factor to do. Niantic has executed an incredible job of supporting Pokémon Go within the final couple of years, and whereas there is not a scarcity of recent content material or occasions to take part in, extra is all the time higher. I did not put a lot thought into the necessities wanted to hit every of the brand new ranges. I simply thought it was cool that every of those new ranges got here with new duties.
With the expertise factors I had netted after reaching stage 40, I used to be in a position to attain stage 42 with ease. I accomplished the required duties, and cashed within the extra expertise. To achieve stage 43, I want 9 million extra XP. That one stage is roughly half of your complete XP I wanted to maneuver from stage 1 to 40. That is nuts. Proper now, I am sitting at simply over 2 million XP, and I do not assume I will attain stage 43 till someday subsequent yr.
After that, to achieve stage 44, I will want one other 11 million XP, with stage 45 asking for 13 million. The quantity retains leaping in loopy methods with stage 50 asking me to acquire one other 30 million XP.
To maneuver from stage 42 to 50, I’ll want an extra 140.5 million XP. In over 5 years of taking part in, my grand complete is 35,649,963 XP. If I sustain my present tempo, which has hardly modified in any respect in these 5 years, I’ll probably hit stage 50 in simply over 20 years. In 2041, I’ll be part of the Pokémon GO elite. I may also probably be eyeing retirement, or maybe be transferring to a Mars colony.
Some trainers already reached stage 50. One of many folks I generally raid with is as much as stage 47, and he’s ALWAYS on the sport, even raiding on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 A.M. to eight:00 A.M. I do know I’ll by no means put that a lot time into this recreation.
Except Niantic adjustments how XP is handed out, I doubt I’ll ever attain stage 50. Sure, there’s an opportunity I’ll nonetheless be taking part in 20 years from now, however the thought of residing on Mars appears about as lifelike as this recreation persevering with that lengthy with new content material that retains me engaged.
Realizing I’ve an almost not possible process in entrance of me hasn’t soured me on Pokémon Go in any respect. I nonetheless adore the sport, and am principally centered on filling out the Pokédex, and having enjoyable taking part in with my mates. That is greater than sufficient to maintain me occupied and coming again for extra. I am unable to look ahead to subsequent month’s Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto occasion, which can give me an excellent shot at increasing my rely of shiny gen-one critters.
For those who nonetheless play Pokémon Go, check out your XP totals, do some math, and let me know within the feedback part beneath how lengthy it’s going to take you to achieve stage 50.