When you first start playing Pokmon Go, you’ll notice you’ll be occasionally interrupted by full-screen prompts telling you about a Medal you’ve just unlocked – not unlike the full-screen prompts you get when you increase a Trainer level.
These Medals are not only stat-trackers, which record everything you do in the game – from the distance walked to the number of Pokmon Types you have caught – but are also give you a Pokmon Go Catch Bonus as of the game’s October update, increasing your chances of catching Types based on the medals you’ve accrued.
How does Pokmon Go’s Catch Bonus work?
To get started, you can view all your Medals but tapping your Trainer icon in the bottom left corner of the map screen and scrolling down.
The Medals screen is sorted into two sets; the upper set displaying ‘traditional’ Medal goals – such as distance walked and how many big Magikarp you’ve caught – which don’t give you any bonuses, and the lower set grouping together all the Medals by Type, which reward Catch Bonuses.
The higher the Medal, the stronger the Catch Bonus for that Type; Bronze is worth +1, Silver is +2 and Gold is +3. If the Pokemon you’re facing has multiple types – such as the Flying / Normal Type Pidgey and its evolutions – then it’ll take the average of those two Catch Bonuses.
The question is, plus three what exactly? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery, and it currently has the Pokmon Go community scratching their heads. The leading theory is it’s a percentage increase, which might not sound a lot, but if it’s for the base capture rate before bonuses from using more powerful Pokballs and Razz Berrys are applied, it could be quite powerful for likes of Dragonite which are inherently tough to capture.
But in general, the Catch Bonus means the more Pokmon you catch, the higher your chances of catching Pokmon will be in the future, which is particularly handy when even low-level Pokmon become hard to grab at higher levels.
Pokmon Go Medals and Catch Bonuses list
Each Medal in Pokmon Go has Bronze, Silver and Gold requirements, and for the Type-specific Medal, a corresponding Catch Bonus, which are all listed below. Thanks to The Silph Road for helping us complete this list.
Type-specific Medals with Catch Bonuses:
|Medal||Activity||Bronze (Catch Bonus)||Silver (Catch Bonus)||Gold (Catch Bonus)|
|Schoolkid||Catch Normal-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Black Belt||Catch Fighting-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Bird Keeper||Catch Flying-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Punk Girl||Catch Poison-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Ruin Maniac||Catch Ground-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Hiker||Catch Rock-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Bug Catcher||Catch Bug-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Hex Maniac||Catch Ghost-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Depot Agent||Catch Steel-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Kindler||Catch Fire-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Swimmer||Catch Water-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Gardener||Catch Grass-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Rocker||Catch Electric-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Psychic||Catch Psychic-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Skier||Catch Ice-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Dragon Tamer||Catch Dragon-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Fairy Tale Girl||Catch Fairy-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
|Delinquent||Catch Dark-type Pokmon||10 (+1)||50 (+2)||200 (+3)|
Other Medals in Pokmon Go:
|Jogger||Walk long distances||10km||100km||1,000km|
|Kanto||Register Kanto Pokmon in the Pokdex||20||50||100|
|Fisherman||Capture Big Magikarp||3||50||300|
|Battle Girl||Win Gym battles||10||1000||1,000|
|Youngster||Catch tiny Rattata||3||50||300|
|Ace Trainer **||Train at Gyms||10||100||1,000|
|Johto||Register Johto region creatures||5||30||70|
|Berry Master||Feed Berries at Gyms||10||100||1000|
|Gym Leader||Defend Gyms for a number of hours||10||100||1000|
|Hoenn||Register Gen 3 Pokmon in the Pokdex||5||40||90|
** It’s worth noting that, as of summer 2017 and the removal of Gym training, you can no longer advance this medal.
Want more help with Pokmon Go? As well as our Pokmon Go tips, tricks and guides page, you can look up the Gen 2 Pokdex on how to catch the most recent creatures, using Special Items such as the Dragon Scale and other methods. The update also introduced changes to Eevee evolutions, Egg hatching distances, best Pokmon, moves and Buddy distances. Elsewhere, you can read about how Gyms, promo codes and the Pokmon Go Plus accessory works, and the many ways of earning experience with our XP chart.
Other things you should know about Catch Bonus and Medals in Pokemon Go
- While there are a total of 28 Medals in the game, each one will only display once you’ve started working towards it. For example, the final one in the list, ‘Pikachu’, won’t appear at all until you’ve caught your first Pikachu (if you want to start with a Pikachu in Pokmon Go, we have a handy guide for that) and the same applies to various Types and other objectives in the game.
- Once you have unlocked a Medal, you can then tap it to see your progress until the next Medal tier. Once you reach Gold, the figure will keep tracking your progress, allowing you to see exactly how many tiny Ratattas or Normal-type Pokmon you’ve accumulated in your illustrious Trainer career.
- Each Medal is named after Trainer classes in the main games (which are the characters you fight on Routes and in dungeons).