Experience, or EXP (Exp. Points in game), is required for Pokémon to level up and increase their attack power. Each level will increase their attack power by a small amount, and the max level is 10. However, as of the 3DS update v1.3 and Mobile update v1.6, certain Pokémon max levels can be raised by using Raise Max Levels.
EXP can be obtained by using Exp. Boosters S/M/L on Pokémon, or from attempting stages. The Pokémon that are used to attempt the stage will receive EXP based on the specific stage and the percentage of the target's HP they managed to deplete. Thus, if the player clears the stage, their current team's members will each receive the full stage EXP.
Additionally, the Pokémon that matched the most icons will receive the crown bonus, meaning they will receive double the stage EXP. The crown bonus is not awarded if the player fails to clear the stage.
The EXP given per stage follows these rules:
- Main Stages: Usually, EXP = Moves provided to clear the stage
- Expert Stages: 10
- Special Stages: Usually 5
Received EXP can also be increased by using the item Exp. Points x1.5.
This table shows the required EXP for leveling up, which depends on the Pokémon's base power and its current level: