The go-to place where most trainers farm experience in Pokémon Crystal is the Elite Four, thanks to their strong Pokémon and PokéDollar rewards.
That said, you don’t have to clear all of Johto to start farming EXP.
There are many other places to grind on the way to becoming a Pokémon Champion. We’ll examine some of the best spots and explain why they’re the best for each stage of the game.
Best EXP. Farming Locations
The best EXP. Farming location changes as your Pokémon level up.
We’re looking for:
- Convenient locations close to Pokémon Centers
- Wild Pokémon near your Pokémon’s level
- Trainer Battles near your party’s level
Take a look at our picks for best grinding locations in the average playthrough:
|Best EXP. Farming Spots|
|Location||Ideal Level||Wild Pokémon||Benefits|
|Sprout Tower & Union Cave||7+||
|Routes 38 & 39||16+||
|Routes 40 & 41||22+||
Route 40 (Surfing)
Route 41 (Surfing)
|Elite Four & Champion Lance||40+||
|Mt. Silver & Silver Cave||45+||
Mt. Silver (Outside)
Silver Cave (All Areas)
Tips for Better EXP. Farming
1. Battle Every Trainer (& Rematch)
One of the most important things to remember when farming experience is that Trainer Battles are always better than fighting Pokémon out in the wild.
Therefore, you should battle every trainer you see.
Remember to get their phone numbers to rematch them.
Tip: Get a trainer’s contact by talking to them again after defeating them in a Pokémon battle. Then wait for them to call you with a rematch challenge!
Trainer Pokémon become more powerful with each rematch. Some trainers will power up a single time, while others will improve their teams up to four times.
Trainers also increase the prize money you’ll earn with each rematch.
2. Get the EXP. Share ASAP
The EXP. Share is a held item that splits any incoming EXP in half and distributes it between the holder and whatever Pokémon got the EXP in the first place.
Suppose my Feraligatr beats a Dragonite and gets 200 EXP, but my Sandshrew holds the EXP. Share. In this case, both Feraligatr and Sandshrew would get 100 EXP.
This allows you to give new, low-level Pokémon in your party half the experience from high-level battles fought by your stronger Pokémon.
You can get the EXP. Share from Mr. Pokémon at his house in Route 30. He’ll trade it for a Red Scale, which you can get from the Gyarados at the Lake of Rage.
Tip: An EXP. Share is also a reward from the Lucky Number Radio Show.
3. Save Your Rare Candies For Higher Levels
When a Pokémon eats a Rare Candy, their EXP bar gets filled up, and they gain a level.
Pokémon level up faster at lower levels, so spending your few Rare Candies so early is a waste.
Instead, you should save them for later. What that means depends on your objectives.
If you just want to clear the game, saving some Rare Candies to help your party get to Level 50 to defeat the Elite Four can be a good idea.
But if you want to beat Champion Red on Mt. Silver or get your Pokémon to Level 100, I wouldn’t waste any Rare Candy until Level 80.
Duplication Glitch for EXP. Share & Rare Candy
Contrary to popular belief, duplicating items in Pokémon Crystal is possible, just like in Pokémon Gold and Silver. It’s just a little bit harder to pull off.
You need to:
- Make a Pokémon in your party hold the item you want to duplicate.
- Deposit that Pokémon into a box in Bill’s PC.
- From the PC menu, change boxes. The game will attempt to save.
- Turn off the power or yank the cartridge just as the words “Saving… Don’t turn off the power.” finish rendering.
If you do this correctly, your Pokémon will be duplicated. The original will remain in your party, while the copy will be in the box you put it in.
This can be done with multiple Pokémon, allowing you to duplicate several items simultaneously.
Do this with the EXP. Share a few times, and you’ll have enough for everyone in your party! You’ll be able to train them all at the same time if you want to.
Note: 50% of the EXP goes to the Pokémon that fought in the battle, while the other 50% is evenly split among all EXP. Share holders.
Another fantastic idea, if you don’t mind cheating a little, is to duplicate Rare Candies.
If you give five Pokémon in your party a Rare Candy to hold before depositing them all in Bill’s PC, you could copy five at a time.
If you learn how to do it correctly, this could solve all of your leveling problems. It’s excellent to help train a high-enough level team to take on Red’s team (Level 80+).
Note: Duplicate Pokémon and Items at your own risk. It’s unusual, but you could lose your Pokémon, the items, and even lose access to one of the Boxes in Bill’s PC.