Pokemon Go might be a ‘slimmed down’ version of the Pokemon experience, but when push comes to shove it is still a Pokemon game, and that means there’s a fair slice of levelling up and other RPG-style character progression, built into the way the game advances.
Significantly different for Pokemon Go is the nature of leveling up; rather than strictly gaining experience for your Pokemon, XP/EXP is mainly based around the player, represented in a trainer level that grows across the board as you perform in-game tasks.
Your trainer level is vital for catching better Pokemon and making those you have more powerful. When you level up Pokemon in your possession have a chance to get boosted along with you, and higher level trainers will encounter different Pokemon in the wild.
Location is important, but a level 3 player is likely to encounter Pokemon with CP (Combat Point) levels of 10 or so, while a level 10 player in the same area will encounter the exact same Pokemon with CP levels in the hundreds – so trainer level is important.
On top of all that, higher level players will get access to more in-game equipment with which to battle and train Pokemon – basically, player level is used as a gatekeeper to much of Pokemon Go’s content.
As with any RPG sometimes the level grind can be a little intense – and that’s where we come in. Here’s some tips to try to speed up the grind and keep you from getting too frustrated at capturing Ratatta over and over again outside your house.