Gerd brought up an interesting point in another thread that I thought deserved its own discussion. He said:
“I am pretty sure the reason it has taken you a little longer than me and Ghost is the amount of Gym battling you have always done. I had always had stints where I focused on battling. But you always battled more than us. Niantic should have always rewarded gym battlers more. They just didn’t.”
That may be part of it, as my hunting-to-battling ratio is certainly quite small these days (I have all pokemon that I can obtain, except for unown, and have been at that stage for months, so hunting is less fun, and I’m left with doing gyms for entertainment). However, Niantic used to reward you with XP for battling, or at least for prestiging, so I did used to gain decent XP just from doing gyms. I was neck and neck with Ghost for most of the time, until we hit level 38, and now it’s taking more than “a little longer” for me to reach 40, and Gerd, you were always way, way ahead of the rest of us XP-wise. I mean, you hit 40 a half a year ahead of Ghost, and it could even be a full year ahead of when I actually hit it. Battling does little for me XP-wise these days.
Playing styles differ, and the numbers should reveal the main reason Gerd ended up so far ahead of all of us. I suspect it has to do with the fact that he always had a “catch-everything” style of play. For most of my poke-career, I ignored commons. I mostly play in an area with few pokestops but lots of spawns, so if I try to catch everything, I run out of pokeballs quickly along the route I used to take daily on my bike. If I ignored commons, I could catch the interesting stuff while still more-or-less maintaining supplies. I’d still have to go to Walter Hall once a week to resupply, and since that park is a long drive from my house, I didn’t want to have to go there very often. When I started going for the type medals, I started catching more commons — that $#@*&^ Youngster badge. I saw the XP gain from catching the commons, but it also meant I had to go on resupply runs more often, which took more time from my week. Spinning stops also gives you decent XP, and I noticed that the days I went to Walter Hall to resupply, my daily XP went way up. Gerd, Ghost, and I have always run more incubators than most people, which definitely contributes to the level we’re at today. Ghost went all Rambo-insane on the raids when he came out, and I suspect the raid XP, combined with a switch to the “catch-everything” style (aided by the Go Plus), are the reasons for his big acceleration in XP past what I’ve been getting. Anyway, it’s worth a numbers check. We had an older post from February (?) that had numbers for the different medals. It would be interesting to go back and see Gerd’s in comparison to Ghost’s and mine today, and how others in the sub at various trainer levels compare to see how people predominantly gain their XP.