Pokemon Go Buddy System

With the 0.37.0 update, trainers can now assign a Pokemon as a walking buddy.

Aside from providing companionship, your buddy would occasionally find candies of its Pokemon species, which you can use to power up or evolve your buddy or others of its kind.

The Buddy System

To assign a new buddy, click on your trainer portrait, then select Buddy from the bottom right soft button.

On the buddy status screen, you can check the how far you have walked with your current buddy, or swap out your buddy with a different Pokemon. After assigning a Pokemon as your buddy, it'll begin appearing with your trainer portrait. Smaller Pokemon could even rest on your shoulders!

Note that buddy Pokemon must be with you at all times, thus cannot be assigned as a gym defender.

Your buddy will also have its own icon on the main screen. It keeps track of how far you traveled together. Every set distance, 1 to 5 km depending on its species (see table below), it'll find one Pokemon candy.

Occasionally, your buddy may find two candy per set distance traveled. The mechanism behind it is still unknown.

Evolving with Buddies

Ever wonder how long it'll take to evolve a Pokemon using only buddy candies?

Buddies share the same 10.5 km speed limit as hatching eggs. If you never receive any bonus candies, and always travel at speed limit, below are the minimum distance and time required to fully evolving a Pokemon using solely Buddy candies:

Time (Hours)Distance Traveled (km)Pokemon
25Rattata
50Spearow Pikachu Clefairy Jigglypuff Zubat
62Caterpie Weedle Pidgey
11½125Eevee
14150Ekans Sandshrew Vulpix Paras Venonat Diglett Meowth Psyduck Mankey Growlithe Tentacool Ponyta Slowpoke Magnemite Doduo Seel Grimer Shellder Drowzee Krabby Voltorb Exeggcute Cubone Koffin Rhyhorn Horsea Goldeen Staryu
11½125Geodude
23250Omanyte Kabuto
35375Bulbasaur Charmander Squirtle Nidoran♀ Nidoran♂ Oddish Poliwag Abra Machop Bellsprout Gastly
37400Magikarp
58625Dratini
The Starter Buddy Challenge

Up for a real challenge? Try fully evolving and powering up your starting Pokemon, using only candies from the buddy system! This is how long it'll take at the minimum:

Pokemon Level 20 Level 30 Level 35 Level 40
Bulbasaur 543 km
337miles
52 hours
741 km
461 miles
71 hours
933 km
580 miles
89 hours
1287 km
800 miles
123 hours
Charmander 543 km
337miles
52 hours
741 km
461 miles
71 hours
933 km
580 miles
89 hours
1287 km
800 miles
123 hours
Squirtle 543 km
337miles
52 hours
741 km
461 miles
71 hours
933 km
580 miles
89 hours
1287 km
800 miles
123 hours
Pikachu 106 km
66 miles
10 hours
172 km
107 miles
17 hours
236 km
147 miles
23 hours
354 km
220 miles
34 hours

If you took up this challenge, let us know! GamePress would love to follow your progress!

Buddy Challenge Hall of Fame
Achieved onTrainerBuddyLevelWalked
2016/11/03nwamaddoxSprouts McGee
(Bulbasaur)
30750km
Easter Egg

While Pikachu is a shoulder-sized buddy, it would refuse to rest on your shoulder initially. Pikachu wants to find ten Pikachu candies on its own first before climbing onto your shoulder.

Source: /u/deadsoulinside

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