Pokemon Go: What you Should Know About Badges

Pokemon Go: What you Should Know About Badges


When you Receive the New Update fro Pokemon Go you should check out which badges you have. Click on your Avatar Sprite at the lower left hand side of the screen and scroll down to see your badges. Pokemon Go: What you Should Know About Badges

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The purpose of achievement badges

Achievement badges are awarded to you when you reach certain milestones in the game. Before the 0.41.2 Android and 1.11.2 iOS update, the badges were only used to track your stats, so you could easily see how you were doing and brag to your friends. Now, when you complete a badges for catching certain types of Pokemon you get a catch bonus.

Catch bonuses can help you snag rare Pokemon. For example, if you get the gold Bird Keeper achievement, you’ll get a +3 flying-type catch bonus. This means you’ll be more likely to catch a Charizard, Aerodactyl or a Farfetch’d.

Gaining achievement levels

Once you gain an achievement, it isn’t over. All achievement badges have various levels. The higher the level, the better the catch bonus:

  • Bronze gives you a +1 catch bonus
  • Silver gives you a +2 bonus
  • Gold gives you a +3 bonus

To go up levels, you must catch more Pokemon of the same type: 10 Pokemon will get you bronze level, 50 Pokemon gets you silver, 200 gets you gold.

The Android and iOS update made it so you can easily see what type of Pokemon you’re catching, while you’re in the process of catching it. An icon will pop up above the Pokemon that will display its type as soon as you start to battle and disappears after a few seconds.

Here are the icons and how they correspond with each type:

Green bug icon = bug-type
Grey circle icon = normal-type
Purple wing icon = flying-type
Pink ring-shaped icon = poison-type
Drop of water icon = water-type
Green leaf icon = grass-type
Mountain icon = ground-type
Orange flame icon = fire-type
Lightning bolt icon = electric-type
Red swirl icon = psychic-type
Fist icon = fighting-type
Rock icon = rock-type
Ghost icon = ghost-type
Nut icon = steel-type
Snowflake = ice-type
Dragon icon = dragon-type
Star icon = fairy-type
These icons will also let you know where you’re at in your achievement level. For example, if the icon is surrounded with a silver circle, that means you have gotten your silver achievement level, but haven’t reached your gold, yet. No ring around your icon means that you haven’t completed any of the levels.

What about Pokemon that are two different types? If a Pokemon has more than one type, there will be more than one icon displayed over it. Your bonus will be the average of your bonuses for each type.

“For example, Pidgey is both Normal and Flying type. Your bonus in this case would be the average of your normal-type and flying-type bonuses,” according to Niantic.

Badge meanings

Some of the badge meanings are pretty obvious, while others are not. Here’s a rundown of many of the badges and their meanings. If you don’t see all of these badges, don’t worry. Once you have completed a badge it often disappears from the list. Some achievement badges don’t appear on the list at all.

Only some badges give you a catch bonus. The ones that give you a catch bonus are:

Schoolkid: This is an easy award to achieve bronze. All you need to do is catch 10 normal-type Pokemon. This is another time catching all of those Rattatas pays off. Some normal Pokemon include Rattata, Tauros, Eevee, Snorlax, Meowth and Porygon.
Bird Keeper: If Pidgeys are the bane of your Pokemon Go existence, take heart. Each Pidgey capture counts toward this badge. You’ll need Pidgeys, or any flying-type Pokemon, to get bronze.
Punk Girl: You get this by catching poison-type Pokemon. While some say that these can be found around bogs, wetlands, lakes and moors, I’ve found that they appear randomly.
Bug Catcher: This is the one time in life when you need more bugs. You get this when you capture bug-type Pokemon. Grassy areas such as parks, playgrounds and farms are good places to look for bug types.
Swimmer: Catch water types and you’ll get this award. Some of the best places to find water types are by ponds, lakes, beaches and fountains.
Gardener: Grass-type Pokemon are found typically in rural areas. You’ll need 10 grass types to get bronze. Look for them in rural areas, forests and parks. They’ve also been found in parking lots.
Ruin Maniac: This award is given to you when you get ground-type Pokemon. Finding these Pokemon is simple, they’re pretty much everywhere the ground is found.
Kindler: Nabbing fire-type Pokemon will get you this badge. While no one is sure about the best places to find fire types, some say to try by gas stations, fire departments and residential areas.
Rocker: Nope, this one isn’t for rock types. You need electric-types to get this badge. Dry, concrete covered areas are the best places to look for this type.
Psychic: Psychic-types are needed to get this award. You’ll find the bulk of these around hospitals, but you may also find them in parks or in grassy areas.
Black Belt: Got fighting-type Pokemon? This badge counts how many you’ve gotten and awards you when you reach 10. These types are said to be found around stadiums, arenas and real-life gyms.
Hiker: Rock types get you bronze with this badge.
Hex Maniac: Catch ghost type Pokemon and you’ll get this badge. Ghost types come out at night, so plan a nighttime Pokehunt with your friends.
Depot Agent: Steel type Pokemon are needed to get bronze with this badge.
Skier: You’ll need to catch ice type Pokemon for this badge. This award is much easier to get if you live near cold parts of the world. You can also find them in grassy areas, though, if you’re in a warmer area.
Dragon Tamer: If you’re lucky enough to find 10 dragon type Pokemon you’ll get bronze with this badge.
Fairy Tale Girl: Catch fairy type Pokemon to get this award. You can find this type at town landmarks.

There are many other badges you can obtain without the need to catch Pokemon, such as the jogger Badge or The Breeder Badge. Pokemon Go: What you Should Know About Badges