Niantic wasn’t messing round when it raised Pokémon Go’s level cap from 40 to 50 late final yr. When the sport launched in 2016, trainers had been in a position to ascend by the primary 40 ranges with decided enjoying, leaving many to marvel 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I used to be one of many trainers that made “brief” work of the outdated stage cap.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 enjoying, which required 20 million whole expertise factors to advance from 1 to 40. That took some enjoying and grinding. I did not thoughts; I completely loved getting exterior to raid and meet up with mates to hit up Pokémon Go hotspots on Neighborhood 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 appreciated the sound of getting one other factor to do. Niantic has carried out 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 events to participate 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 succeed in stage 43, I want 9 million extra XP. That one stage is roughly half of the whole 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 suppose I am going to attain stage 43 till someday subsequent yr.
After that, to succeed in stage 44, I am going to 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 a further 140.5 million XP. In over 5 years of enjoying, my grand whole is 35,649,963 XP. If I sustain my present tempo, which has hardly modified in any respect in these 5 years, I’ll seemingly hit stage 50 in simply over 20 years. In 2041, I’ll be a part of the Pokémon GO elite. I can even seemingly be eyeing retirement, or maybe be transferring to a Mars colony.
Some trainers already reached stage 50. One of many individuals I typically 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.
Until Niantic modifications how XP is handed out, I doubt I’ll ever attain stage 50. Sure, there’s an opportunity I’ll nonetheless be enjoying 20 years from now, however the thought of residing on Mars appears about as real looking as this recreation persevering with that lengthy with new content material that retains me engaged.
Figuring out I’ve a virtually not possible process in entrance of me hasn’t soured me on Pokémon Go in any respect. I nonetheless adore the sport, and am largely centered on filling out the Pokédex, and having enjoyable enjoying with my mates. That is greater than sufficient to maintain me occupied and coming again for extra. I am unable to look forward to subsequent month’s Pokémon Go Tour: Kanto event, which is able to give me an amazing shot at increasing my depend of shiny gen-one critters.
In the event you nonetheless play Pokémon Go, check out your XP totals, do some math, and let me know within the feedback part beneath how lengthy it should take you to succeed in stage 50.