Pokémon GO: Medals

When Pokémon GO first introduced Medals into the game, they were the game’s version of Achievements.  The Medals were a nice acknowledgement that you had done something significant in-game.

In October of 2016, Niantic changed what the Medal notifications looked like – and changed how the Medals worked.  They were still a nice recognition of things you had achieved.  Now,  some of the Medals are also something a player could earn that would improve his or her gameplay.

In this blog, I have screenshots of the Medals I earned back when they functioned like Achievements.  I also have added what the “new” Medals look like.  I will add to this blog whenever I earn a new Medal.

I’m going to start this blog with a “before” and “after”.

Pokemon GO Achievements

The screenshot above is what the Medals looked like when they were first added to the game.

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The screenshot above is what the Medals look like after Niantic changed them.

The visual differences are interesting.  The important thing to know about Medals is that earning some of them will give you a catch bonus.  Specific Medals will make it easier for you to catch a certain type of Pokémon.  I earned some of the Medals before the change was made – so I’m going to include screenshots of both in this blog.


KANTO

Registered 5 Pokemon in the PokedexThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Kanto Medal used to look like.

“Registred 5 Pokémon in the Pokédex.”

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This is what the Bronze Kanto Medal looks like now.

Registered 50 Pokemon in the PokedexThis is what the notification that I earned the Silver Kanto Medal used to look like.

“Registred 50 Pokémon in the Pokédex.”

This is what the Silver Kanto Medal looks like now.

This is what the notification that I earned the Gold Kanto Medal looked like.

This is what the Gold Kanto Medal looks like.

“Register 100 Kanto region Pokémon in the Pokédex.”


SCHOOLKID

Caught 10 Normal Type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Schoolkid Medal used to look like.

“Caught 10 Normal-type Pokémon.”

schoolkid-bronze-medal

This is what the Bronze Schoolkid Medal looks like now.

It gives players a +1 Normal-type catch bonus.

Caught 50 Normal type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Silver Schoolkid Medal used to look like.

“Caught 50 Normal-type Pokémon.”

silver-schoolkid-medalThis is what the Silver Schoolkid Medal looks like now.

It gives players a +2 Normal-type catch bonus.

gold-school-kid-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Gold Schoolkid Medal looked like.

“Catch 200 Normal-type Pokémon.”

schoolkid-gold-medalThis is what the Gold Schoolkid Medal looks like.

“Catch 200 Normal-type Pokémon”.

It gives players a +3 Normal-type catch bonus.


COLLECTOR

Captured 30 PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Collector Medal used to look like.

“Captured 30 Pokémon.”

bronze-collector-medal

This is what the Bronze Collector Medal looks like now.

silver-collector-medalThis is what the notification that I earned the Silver Collector Medal used to look like.

“Captured 500 Pokémon.”

silver-collector-medal

This is what the Silver Collector Medal looks like now.

There is a Gold Collector Medal (but I don’t have it yet.)


BIRD KEEPER

Caught 10 Flying type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Bird Keeper Medal used to look like.

“Caught 10 Flying-type Pokémon.”

bronze-bird-keeper-medal

This is what the Bronze Bird Keeper Medal looks like now.

It gives players a +1 Flying-type catch bonus.

caught 50 Flying type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Silver Bird Keeper Medal used to look like.

silver-bird-keeper-medal

This is what the Silver Bird Keeper Medal looks like now.

It gives players a +2 Flying-type catch bonus.

gold-bird-keeper-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Gold Bird Keeper Medal looks like.

“Catch 200 Flying-type Pokémon.”

gold-bird-keeper-medal

This is what the Gold Bird Keeper Medal looks like.

It gives players a +3 Flying-type catch bonus.


BUG CATCHER

Caught 10 Bug type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Bug Catcher Medal used to look like.

“Caught 10 Bug-type Pokémon.”

bronze-bug-catcher-medal

This is what the Bronze Bug Catcher Medal looks like now.

It gives players a +1 Bug-type catch bonus.

silver-bug-catcher-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Silver Bug Catcher Medal used to look like.

“Caught 50 Bug-type Pokémon.”

silver-bug-catcher-medal

This is what the Silver Bug Catcher Medal looks like.

It gives players a +2 Bug type catch bonus.

This is what the notification that I earned the Gold Bug Catcher Medal looked like.

“Catch 200 Bug-type Pokémon.”

This is what the Gold Bug Catcher Medal looks like.

It gives players a +3 Bug-type catch bonus.


YOUNGSTER

Caught 3 Tiny RattataThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Youngster Medal used to look like.

“Caught 3 tiny Rattata.”

I remember being really excited when I earned this one because I was unaware that this Medal existed.

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This is one of the Tiny Rattata that I caught.

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This is what the Bronze Youngster Medal looks like now.

There is a Silver Youngster Medal and a Gold Youngster Medal (but I don’t have them yet.)


SCIENTIST

Evolved 3 PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Scientist Medal used to look like.

“Evolved 3 Pokémon.”

bronze-scientist-medalThis is what the Bronze Scientist Medal looks like now.

I failed to take a screenshot of what the Silver Scientist notification looked like.

silver-scientist-medal

This is what the Silver Scientist Medal looks like now.

“Evolve 20 Pokémon.”

There is a Gold Scientist Medal (but I do not have it yet.)


GARDENER

Caught 10 Grass type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Gardener Medal used to look like.

“Caught 10 Grass-type Pokémon.”

bronze-gardner-medal

This is what the Bronze Gardener Medal looks like.

It gives a player a +1 Grass-type catch bonus.

silver-gardener-medal-notification

This is what the notification that I earned the Silver Gardener Medal used to look like.

“Caught 50 Grass-type Pokémon.”

silver-gardener-medal

This is what the Silver Gardener Medal looks like.

It gives a player a +2 Grass-type catch bonus.

This is what the notification that I earned the Gold Gardner medal looked like.

This is what the Gold Gardner medal looks like.

It gives players +3 Grass-type catch bonus.


RUIN MANIAC

Caught 10 Ground type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Ruin Maniac Award looked like.

“Caught 10 Ground-type Pokémon.”

bronze-ruin-maniac-medal

This is what the Bronze Ruin Maniac Medal looks like.

It gives players a +1 Ground-type catch bonus.

silver-ruin-maniac-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Silver Ruin Maniac Medal looks like.

“Catch 50 Ground-type Pokémon.”

silver-ruin-maniac-medal

This is what the Silver Ruin Maniac Medal looks like.

It gives players a +2 Ground-type catch bonus.

There is a Gold Ruin Manic Medal (but I do not have it yet.)


JOGGER

Walked 10.00 kmThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Jogger Medal looked like.

“Walked 10.00 km.”

bronze-jogger-medal

This is what the Bronze Jogger Medal looks like.

This is what the notification that I earned the Silver Jogger Medal looked like.

This is what the Silver Jogger Medal looks like.

There is  a Gold Jogger Medal (but I don’t have it yet.)


BACKPACKER

Visited 100 PokestopsThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Backpacker Medal looked like.

“Visited 100 PokéStops.”

bronze-backpacker-medal

This is what the Bronze Backpacker Medal looks like.

This is what the notification that I earned the Silver Backpacker Medal looks like.

“Visit 1000 PokéStops.”

This is what the Silver Backpacker Medal looks like.

There is a Gold Backpacker Medal (but I don’t have it yet.)


PUNK GIRL

I failed to take a screenshot of the notification that I earned the Bronze Punk Girl Medal.

bronze-punk-girl-medal

This is what the Bronze Punk Girl Medal looks like.

“Catch 10 Poison-type Pokémon.”

It gives a player a +1 Poison-type catch bonus.

Caught 50 Poison type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Silver Punk Girl Medal looked like.

silver-punk-girl-medal

This is what the Silver Punk Girl Medal looks like.

It gives players a +2 Poison-type catch bonus.gold-punk-girl-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Gold Punk Girl Medal looks like.

“Catch 200 Poison-type Pokémon.”

gold-punk-girl-medal

This is what the Gold Punk Girl Medal looks like.

It gives players a +3 Poison-type catch bonus.


KINDLER

Caught 10 Fire type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Kindler Medal looked like.

“Caught 10 Fire-type Pokémon.”

bronze-kindler-medalThis is what the Bronze Kindler Medal looks like.

It gives players a +1 Fire-type catch bonus.

silver-kindler-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Silver Kindler Medal looks like.

silver-kindler-medalThis is what the Silver Kindler Medal looks like.

It gives players a +2 Fire-type catch bonus.

There is a Gold Kindler Medal (but I do not have it yet.)


BREEDER

Hatched 10 EggsThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Breeder Medal looked like.

“Hatched 10 Eggs”

bronze-breeder-medal

This is what the Bronze Breeder Medal looks like.

There is a Silver Breeder Medal and a Gold Breeder Medal (but I haven’t got them yet).


HIKER

Caught 10 Rock type PokemonThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Hiker Medal looked liked.

“Caught 10 Rock-type Pokémon.”

bronze-hiker-medalThis is what the Bronze Hiker Medal looks like.

It gives players a +1 Rock-type catch bonus.

This is what the notification that I earned the Silver Hiker Medal looked liked.

“Catch 50 Rock-type Pokémon.”

This is what the Bronze Hiker Medal looks like.

It gives players a +2 Rock-type catch bonus.

There is a Gold Hiker Medal (but I do have it yet.)


ROCKER

This is what the notification for the Bronze Rocker Medal looks like.

“Catch 10 Electric-type Pokémon.”

This is what the Bronze Rocker Medal looks like.

It gives players a +1 Electric-type catch bonus.

There are Silver and Gold Rocker Medals (but I don’t have them yet.)


DELINQUENT

This is what the notification for the Bronze Delinquent Medal looked like.

“Catch 10 Dark-type Pokémon.”

This is what the Bronze Delinquent Medal looks like.

It gives players a +1 Dark-type catch bonus.

There are Silver and Gold Delinquent Medals (but I don’t have them yet.)


SWIMMER

bronze-swimmer-medal-notificationThis is what the notification for the Bronze Swimmer Medal looked like.

“Caught 10 Water-type Pokémon.”

bronze-swimmer-medal

This is what the Bronze Swimmer Medal looks like.

It gives players a +1 Water-type catch bonus.

This is what the notification for the Silver Swimmer looks like.

“Catch 50 Water-type Pokémon.”

It gives players a +2 Water-type catch bonus.

There is a Gold Swimmer Medal (but I don’t have it yet.)


BLACK BELT

I failed to get a screenshot of the notification that I earned the Bronze Black Belt Medal.

bronze-black-belt-medal

This is what the Bronze Black Belt Medal looks like.

It gives players a +1 Fighting-type catch bonus.

There is a Silver Black Belt Medal, and a Gold Black Belt Medal (but I do not have them yet.)


PSYCHIC

bronze-psychic-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Psychic Medal looked like.

“Catch 10 Psychic-type Pokémon.”

bronze-psychic-medalThis is what the Bronze Psychic Medal looks like.

It gives players a +1 Psychic-type catch bonus.

This is what the notification that I earned the Silver Psychic Medal looked like.

“Catch 50 Psychic-type Pokémon.”

It gives players a +2 Psychic-type catch bonus.

This is what the Silver Psychic Medal looks like.

There is a Gold Psychic Medal (but I do not have it yet.)


FAIRY TALE GIRL

bronze-fairy-tale-girl-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Fairy Tale Girl Medal looked like.

“Catch 10 Fairy-type Pokémon.”

bronze-fairy-tale-girl-medal

This is what the Fairy Tale Girl Medal looks like.

It gives players a +1 Fairy-type catch bonus.

There is a Silver Fairy Tale Girl Medal and a Gold Fairy Tale Girl Medal (but I don’t got them yet.)


PIKACHU FAN

bronze-pikachu-fan-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Pikachu Fan Medal looked like.

“Catch 3 Pikachu.”

bronze-pikachu-fan-medal

This is what the Bronze Pikachu Fan Medal looks like.

There is a Silver Pikachu Fan Medal and a Gold Pikachu Fan Medal (but I do not have those yet.)


BATTLE GIRL

I failed to get a screenshot of the notification that I earned the Bronze Battle Girl Medal.

bronze-battle-girl-medalThis is what the Bronze Battle Girl Medal looks like.

“Win 10 Gym Battles.”

There is a Silver Battle Girl Medal and a Gold Battle Girl Medal (but I don’t have them yet.)


ACE TRAINER

bronze-ace-trainer-medal-notificationThis is what the notification that I earned the Bronze Ace Trainer Medal looks like.

“Train 10 times.”

bronze-ace-trainer-medal

This is what the Bronze Ace Trainer Medal looks like.

There is a Silver Ace Trainer Medal and a Gold Ace Trainer Medal (but I don’t have them yet.)


 JOHTO

This is what the notification that I earned the Johto Bronze Medal looks like.

This is what the Bronze Johto Medal looks like.

This is what the notification that I earned the Silver Johto Medal looks like.

“Register 30 Pokémon first discovered in the Johto region to the Pokédex.

This is what the Silver Johto Medal looks like.

There is a Gold Johto Medal (but I don’t have it yet.)

Posted by Jen (1114 Posts)

Jen is a cofounder of No Market. She is podcaster and a professional freelance writer living in San Luis Obispo, CA. She contributes to many of the channels here at No Market. She also co-hosts the Shattred Soulstone podcasts.


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