Pokémon Go: 60 Million XP (Level 40 a Third Time)

Around 1400 on 12-23, I passed 60000000 XP, through obtaining a best-friendship. I have thus now accumulated three Level 40-equivalents of XP. Paragraphs on thoughts in this post will not be anywhere as extensive as they were with the previous two multiples of Level 40 XP equivalence.

Thoughts first before the charts this time, since they’re short; after all, only 95 days have passed since 40 million XP.

Ironically, I apparently rank among the most prolific in friendship interactions despite being strongly critical of most friendship-related features in Pokémon Go. I’m not sure how that happened. I am still of the belief that much of what Niantic produced in terms of interactions with friends are very poorly conceived, particularly with the emptiness of the gifting action; see my 40 million XP post for expounding on that.

Now that PvP battling has been introduced, I have yet another friendship interaction for which I have to gripe about mechanical decisions. There’s already a sort of battling in the game, gym battling; why couldn’t the two sorts of battling be more consistent, and have more shared features? The dodge mechanic in gym battling is, to me, a really great feature; it makes it so that this game has some aspect of tight-timing strategy, which normal Pokémon games do not provide. As such, dodging gives gym battles a feeling of involved action, as much as the feature has been somewhat glitchy. In PvP battles, instead of dodging, there’s these newfangled protect shields? What’s the deal with that? They do add some element of strategizing, but why couldn’t we still have the dodging mechanic and also the protect shields? And why does nearly everything else in the interface have to be different from the gym battle interface? We don’t get health bars in the same place, the charge meter for the charge move operates differently, and notifications of attacks occur in different locations. Shouldn’t it even be easier for Niantic to make if elements were reused?

Voltorb was for a long while my most-frequently-caught non-Ditto Pokémon for which I had a perfect catch rate, but this ended when I finally missed one between 50 million and 55 million XP. My perfect streak for catching Grimer also ended between 45 million and 50 million XP, but due to a glitch. I have since then also legitimately missed a Grimer. Remoraid took Voltorb’s spot as most-frequently-caught non-Ditto Pokémon for which I have a perfect catch rate, until my total catches for Snorunt overtook it.

That’s all for thought; charts now ensue.

Here’s XP versus time; the large dots denote multiples of 20 million XP.

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Here’s a general statistics table. I lost data on the size of my Pokédex upon reaching 45M XP.

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Here’s these statistics as a chart in multiples of amount for the gold badge.

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And here’s that in multiples of quantity at Level 30.

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At first, I thought the Distance Walked line disappeared. Then, I realized it tracked along PokéStop Visits that closely. It makes sense that they’re close together, but it’s even still incredible that they manage to be that close.

Here’s a table of catches by type.

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Here’s that as a chart.

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My catch totals from types other than the six most common types (Normal, Flying, Water, Poison, Bug, and Psychic) are only finally catching up to my catch totals in Normal and Flying when I was Level 30.

Here’s the gyms chart. The columns from left to right are, as usual, battles won, hours defended, and berries fed.

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Here’s my progression of gold gyms, with days starting with the beginning of the new gym system.

#1: Alchemist at MIT, on Day 28

#2: Transparent Horizon, on Day 53
#3: Kresge Auditorium, on Day 54

#4: Vine Wall Art At No 6, on Day 82
#5: In Memory of Dorothy P. Simmons, on Day 94
#6: Cosmic Ray Chandeliers, on Day 102

#7: Community of Cambridge Super Awesome Mural!, on Day 137 [removed gym]

#8: Officer Sean Collier Memorial and Plaque, on Day 173
#9: DeWolfe Boathouse, on Day 190
#10: Martin Annis Crossing, on Day 191

#11: Smoot Plaques on Mass Ave Bridge, on Day 213
#12: Miracle of Science, on Day 227
#13: Fort Washington, on Day 241

#14: This is Where We Live Work Create Mural, Day 259
#15: Column of Faces, Day 265

#16: Jimmy Johnson Street Hockey Court, Day 288
#17: Not Art, Day 295
#18: The Apple Tree at MIT, Day 295

#19: Police Memorial, Day 342
#20: Putnam School, Day 351

#21: Danny Lewin Park, Day 387
#22: Cambridge Public Library – O’C, Day 387
#23: Flapper Mermaid, Day 388
#24: Dewey Library, Day 394
#25: Polygon Rope Gym, Day 398
#26: Vellucci Fountain at Cambridgeside Galleria, Day 399

#27: Skating Rink, Day 419
#28: Meadhall, Day 436
#29: Sloan School Spring Sculpture, Day 439

#30: Galaxy: Earth Sphere, Day 451

#31: Cow Mascot, [data lost: Day 452-468]
#32: Bao Nation Mural, [data lost: Day 468-494]

#33: Branch Hair Mural, Day 495 [renamed Wall Mural]

#34: The Big 186, Day 519

#35: Statue of Dante Alighieri, Day 541

Here’s a chart of Pokémon species by CP.

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For the first time, Machamp leads this chart.

Here’s a chart of catch rates per species for species without a prior evolution earlier in the Pokédex.

catch_ratesAnd here’s the contents of my bag upon reaching milestones. I lost my data on quantities at 45 million XP and for Metal Coat at 50 million XP.

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Here’s that as a chart.

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Pokémon Go: a 0xGG Journey to Level 40 Twice Over

Still zero money spent. Still zero third-party apps. Still 0xGG.

0. Contents [topp]

0. Contents [topp]
1. Introduction and General Statistics [ints]
1a. Preface [egbd]
1b. Level 40 Again [eity]
1c. General Statistics [gens]
2. Gym Statistics [dazz]
2a. Gold Gym Timeline [psyc]
2b. Stats per Gym [hype]
3. Notes [gbdf]
3a. Maintenance of Established Goals and Play Style [zer0]
3b. Thoughts on the Current Gym Coin Reward System [$$$$]
3c. MILOTIC IS SO BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLL [^_/~]
3d. Raid Optimization [3553]
3e. Espeon [4eon]
3f. Cars [4to5]
3g. Squirtle Community Day at Tufts University [shvl]
3h. Screenshots of Notable and Funny Moments [pics]
4. Thoughts on New Gameplay Elements [argh]
4a. Intricacies and Curiosities in Weather [boom]
4b. Nothing Good About It: Utterly Perverting the Concept of Friendship [xxxp]
4c. Devaluation of Rarity [unon]
5. Other Statistics [##%%]
5a. Bag Contents [brry]
5b. Most Represented Pokémon Species by Total CP [++cp]
5c. Catch Rates [%cch]

1. Introduction and General Statistics [ints]

1a. Preface [egbd]

Due to a variety of factors, this is a ridiculously long post, and also took me a ridiculously long time to write (even more the latter, due to factors like getting sick over the course of writing this post). In fact, while writing this post, I’ve earned another over 4.4 million XP above two Level 40s worth of XP, or in other words, almost as much as where I’d make the next post given my pattern (every 5 million XP) so far.

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As such, I will not make a 45 million XP update, and I might not even make a 50 million XP update. If I decide to opt out of the latter, see you again at Level 40 times 3, at 60 million XP.

Like my Level 40 post, this post will contain not only the usual deluge of tables and charts, but also plenty of thoughts and opinions on the game (sections 3 and 4).

Use the bracketed entities in section headers with Ctrl+f to quickly navigate to the section you wish to read.

1b. Level 40 Again [eity]

At 1858 on 09-19 (2 minutes before ESP worksession!), I reached 40000000 XP, via spinning the PokéStop for the Alchemist at MIT gym, just southeast of the MIT SIPB PokéStop, the first Stop I spun and the Stop that took me to Level 40. Since Level 40 comes at 20000000 XP, I’ve now accumulated two Level 40 equivalents in XP.

Since that was Day 754 of me playing Pokémon Go, and I reached Level 40 on Day 543, the second 20 million XP took me 211 days.

Here’s a chart of XP over time.

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1c. General Statistics [gens]

Here’s a table of general statistics at 12 snapshots in time so far.

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Here’s a comparison of the change in quantity of these statistics over the second 20 million XP versus over the first 20 million XP, both in total and normalized per day. Note that Berries Fed at Gyms, Hours Defended at Gyms, Raids Won, and Legendary Raids Won are statistics not available for increasing for much of the timespan of the first 20 million XP.

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Here’s this data as a couple of charts.

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Here’s a table of total catches per type at these snapshots.

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Here’s that as a chart.

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Upon level up, all of my Pokémon were fully healed. My six strongest by CP:

Kyogre (CP 3760)
Groudon (CP 3696)
Slaking (CP 3682)
Tyranitar (CP 3670)
Mewtwo (CP 3622)
Ho-Oh (CP 3613)

Continue reading “Pokémon Go: a 0xGG Journey to Level 40 Twice Over”

Pokémon Go: Stats at 35 Million XP

This August 11 (Day 715 of playing), I won a gym battle to reach 35 million XP.

Here’s a chart of XP versus time at level-ups starting with Level 29 and every 5 million XP after level cap.

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My buddy at the moment was Chansey.

Gold Gyms

Day numbers in this section reflect days since the motivation-based gym system began.

#1: Alchemist at MIT, on Day 28

#2: Transparent Horizon, on Day 53
#3: Kresge Auditorium, on Day 54

#4: Vine Wall Art At No 6, on Day 82
#5: In Memory of Dorothy P. Simmons, on Day 94
#6: Cosmic Ray Chandeliers, on Day 102

#7: Community of Cambridge Super Awesome Mural!, on Day 137 [removed gym]

#8: Officer Sean Collier Memorial and Plaque, on Day 173
#9: DeWolfe Boathouse, on Day 190
#10: Martin Annis Crossing, on Day 191

#11: Smoot Plaques on Mass Ave Bridge, on Day 213
#12: Miracle of Science, on Day 227
#13: Fort Washington, on Day 241

#14: This is Where We Live Work Create Mural, Day 259
#15: Column of Faces, Day 265

#16: Jimmy Johnson Street Hockey Court, Day 288
#17: Not Art, Day 295
#18: The Apple Tree at MIT, Day 295

#19: Police Memorial, Day 342
#20: Putnam School, Day 351

#21: Danny Lewin Park, Day 387
#22: Cambridge Public Library – O’C, Day 387
#23: Flapper Mermaid, Day 388
#24: Dewey Library, Day 394
#25: Polygon Rope Gym, Day 398
#26: Vellucci Fountain at Cambridgeside Galleria, Day 399

Gym Stats

Here’s a table of my stats at my top gyms. The three columns from left to right are battles won, hours defended, and berries fed.

Orange highlighting indicates where hours defended alone is enough for a gold badge (≥500).
Magenta highlighting indicates where berries fed alone is enough for a gold badge (≥3000).
Tan highlighting indicates where hours defended and berries fed together are enough for a gold badge.

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General Statistics

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Catch Statistics

Here are my catch statistics for all non-legendary species for which there is no earlier evolution with an earlier Pokédex number. Apparently last time I did this I left out Machop, Bellsprout, and Lapras. My apologies to them; please don’t hurt me. They’re included this time.

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Here’s my catch statistics for legendary Pokémon.

Mewtwo: 5/5=100.0%
Mew: 1/1=100.0%
Registeel: 1/1=100.0%

Moltres: 5/6≈83.3%

Articuno: 9/13≈69.2%
Zapdos: 10/15≈66.7%
Entei: 3/5=60.0%

Ho-Oh: 7/16≈43.8%
Kyogre: 9/21≈42.9%
Rayquaza: 10/24≈41.7%
Regice: 5/12≈41.7%
Raikou: 4/11≈36.4%
Latias: 1/3≈33.3%
Groudon: 3/10=10.0%

Latios: 2/11≈22.2%
Lugia: 3/16≈18.8%

Suicune: 0/5=0.0%

Here’s a table and chart over time for common species.

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Pokémon

Here’s my strongest Pokémon by CP upon reaching 35 million XP.
Groudon (CP 3696)
Slaking (CP 3682)
Tyranitar (CP 3670)
Mewtwo (CP 3622)
Ho-Oh (CP 3613)
Tyranitar (CP 3612)

(Strongest Pokémon upon reaching 30 million XP)
Tyranitar (CP 3670)
Groudon (CP 3668)
Tyranitar (CP 3604)
Tyranitar (CP 3587)
Ho-Oh (CP 3585)
Rayquaza (CP 3582)

This time, like last time, I actually had quite a few Pokémon not at full health (or even fainted) when I reached this milestone, but this time, it was because I just finished a gym battle.

Bag Contents

Finally, how’s the state of my bag as I reach XP milestones?

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Between reaching 30 million XP and reaching 35 million XP, I’ve peaked above 400 of each of Max Potions and Golden Razz Berries briefly.

Pokémon Go: Stats at 30 Million XP

This July 07 (Day 680 of playing), I completed a raid to reach 30 million XP.

Here’s a chart of XP versus time at level-ups and every 5 million XP after level cap.

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My buddy at the moment was Tyranitar.

Gold Gyms

Day numbers in this section reflect days since the motivation-based gym system began.

#1: Alchemist at MIT, on Day 28

#2: Transparent Horizon, on Day 53
#3: Kresge Auditorium, on Day 54

#4: Vine Wall Art At No 6, on Day 82
#5: In Memory of Dorothy P. Simmons, on Day 94
#6: Cosmic Ray Chandeliers, on Day 102

#7: Community of Cambridge Super Awesome Mural!, on Day 137 [removed gym]

#8: Officer Sean Collier Memorial and Plaque, on Day 173
#9: DeWolfe Boathouse, on Day 190
#10: Martin Annis Crossing, on Day 191

#11: Smoot Plaques on Mass Ave Bridge, on Day 213
#12: Miracle of Science, on Day 227
#13: Fort Washington, on Day 241

#14: This is Where We Live Work Create Mural, Day 259
#15: Column of Faces, Day 265

#16: Jimmy Johnson Street Hockey Court, Day 288
#17: Not Art, Day 295
#18: The Apple Tree at MIT, Day 295

#19: Police Memorial, Day 342
#20: Putnam School, Day 351

Gym Stats

Here’s a table of my stats at my top gyms.

Orange highlighting indicates where hours defended alone is enough for a gold badge (≥500).
Magenta highlighting indicates where berries fed alone is enough for a gold badge (≥3000).
Tan highlighting indicates where hours defended and berries fed together are enough for a gold badge.

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Continue reading “Pokémon Go: Stats at 30 Million XP”

Meta: A Month of Many Records

This past June has been an incredibly successful month on this blog in views, mostly due to this post. It was simultaneously the month with the most views so far and the month with views from the greatest number of different WordPress-recognized countries.

For 27 different countries—the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, Botswana (trivial case), Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji—this was the month of the most views so far. For many other countries, this was the month of the second most.

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Another record this month interestingly set: the lowest percentage of views coming from the United States of any month so far, at only 51.4%.

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Guessing Populations

I decided to sit down and guess the current populations of (a) each US state and (b) each sovereign country. Given how often I work with this sort of data, I’d expect to be pretty good at this by now. I think I definitely did do pretty well, at least for the US. Below’s a map summary of results of where my guesses landed, although, of course, if you wish to try this yourself, you should probably not continue reading yet.

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North Dakota turned out to be the state for which I most overestimated the population, at 131% of the actual population. I attribute this to overconsidering the effect of its recent boom. I’m not sure how to explain how I underestimated Connecticut’s population so substantially; it was the extreme in the other direction, at 61% of the actual population.

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I was really, really shocked when I consulted the list of actual populations and found out Madagascar was over 6 times as populous as I guessed it would be. Kuwait was a mighty surprise too. The most populous country that I failed to guess the population to within 80% to 125% of the actual was Argentina.

Interestingly, my knowledge that Bahrain was ridiculously densely populated didn’t end up actually helping me, because I had no good mental estimator of how large Bahrain as an island was anyway.