What You Need To Know About Pokemon GO's New Buddy System

Pokemon GO's anticipated new buddy system rolled out over the last few days. Yesterday, everybody received access to patch 1.7 for iOS and 0.37 for Android. Now, when you walk around and collect Pokemon, you can choose a "buddy" Pokemon that acquires candy of its Pokemon type after you hit certain distance benchmarks. Pokemon GO

Here's how it works: Click your player icon on the bottom left of the main screen and go to the menu on the bottom right. Then, hit "buddy". There, you'll have the option to choose a "buddy" Pokemon. Once selected, you must walk somewhere between one and five kilometres to earn a piece of candy for that Pokemon. Bulbasaur, for example, needs to walk 3km to earn a Bulbasaur candy. A master list of buddy Pokemons' candy-per-kilometre stats can be found here.

(To evolve a Bulbasaur into an Ivysaur, you'll need to walk about 75km. To evolve that Ivysaur into a Venusaur, 300km should do the trick — a bit over the distance from Sydney to Canberra.)

It's like you're Ash exploring the world with Pikachu, except (disappointingly) you can't actually see the Pokemon following you around. The monster appears in a little icon next to your player icon, unless it's actually Pikachu, who — true to form — does walk with you.

The buddy system solves the issue of not encountering enough unique Pokemon to evolve one you already caught. If you travelled somewhere and caught an Oddish, what if you returned home and found yourself in an Oddish desert? Now, you can assign Oddish to be your buddy, and — slowly — evolve him without needing to hunt down too many more Oddishes.

Along with the new buddy system, Pokemon GO's latest update "made it easier to select smaller Pokemon on the screen", fixed an issue where eggs hatched without an egg-hatching animation and added support for Pokemon GO Plus, a wrist companion accessory that lets you catch Pokemon and collect items without using your phone.


    Haven't we already had a bunch of articles about exactly this both before and after it was released?

    Looks like I'll be walking to Canberra then. brb

    What you need to know about the buddy system...nothing, it doesn't fix the candy problem to evolve pokemon.

    Move along, nothing to see here.

    I move to get Alex (or Mark, even) to try this out. But only until the battery on the device dies. No chargers. It's already unfeasible to "wait" for only the rarer characters so you can level up to their final evolutions unless you actively seek them out or get an egg hatch that goes your way.

    How many times would the app kill a fully charged phone in a trip from Sydney to Canberra anyway?

    Yeah I vote Mark.

    Tried the buddy system out yesterday, I walk to and from stations every day to work, which is about 1k each way. The little km thing has not moved from 0 / 3 once.
    To be fair, I did buddy up with a Diglett to test if he could walk with you. Intentional?

      Yeah, it's buggy.


    Updated and got denied access due to root. No problem I thought, unrooted the phone (only just did it recently) but still doesn't work. Re-rooted the phone and uninstalled Pokemon Go.


      There are solutions - I had to flash my stock rom to unroot before applying them though. Unrooting didn't work for me either

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