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Buddy Pokémon

With the Pokémon Go Buddy System, every Trainer has the opportunity to pick a Pokémon from their collection that will appear alongside their Trainer profile picture. Each player can have one active Buddy, but can switch his or her Buddy at any given time.

This Pokémon will not only show beside the player’s Trainer avatar (visible on the bottom left of the screen) it will also help to grant new rewards and experiences.

Once a Buddy Pokémon is chosen it will become your active Buddy. During this time, Candy will be gained by walking a certain distance with that Pokémon. For example, walking 2 kilometers with Bulbasaur as your active Buddy will award you with 1 Bulbasaur Candy.

Note: The Maximum Speed while traveling straight ahead is 12.5 MPH. Anything over this speed limit will not count towards your Candy reward. 

Each Pokémon species is different when it comes to distance requirements to earn 1 Candy. The distance requirements may be 1km, 2km or 3km depending on the Pokémon species. The chart below lists the Buddy System distance requirements for every Pokémon, the distance required for Evolution and the Size of each Pokémon.

Chart Descriptions
#1. Distance Needed = Shows the distance (kilometers) required to earn 1 Candy. For example, using Caterpie as your Buddy will award 1 Caterpie Candy for each 1km traveled. Charmander requires 2km traveled to earn 1 Charmander Candy and Dratini requires 3km to earn 1 Dratini Candy. 

Note: The average person can walk 1km in 10 minutes, so you can earn 1 Candy every 10 - 30 minutes depending on your travel speed and the Buddy Pokémon you are using. 

#2. Distance Needed for Evolution = Shows the distance (kilometers) required to earn enough Candy for each species' evolution. For example, Bulbasaur requires 25 Candy to evolve into Ivysaur. Therefore, assuming you have 0 Bulbasaur Candy to start, it would take a total of 50 km traveled to earn enough Bulbasaur Candy to evolve (2km * 25 Candy required = 50km needed). 

#3. Time Required for Evolution = Calculates the time is would take for an average person using the Buddy System to collect enough Candy to evolve their Buddy Pokémon (assuming the average person takes 10 minutes to walk 1 kilometer). For example, to evolve a Squirtle, a person would need to walk 50km to gain the 25 Candy required. That 50 kilometers would take a total of 500 minutes, which equates to about 8.3 hours walked.

#4. Size = The size of each Pokémon will determine how it will show on your screen. There are four different ways you can see your Buddy. These include Medium, Big, Shoulder & Flying.

This update was announced by Niantic on September 2nd. More information to follow soon!

Feel free to comment below with any questions, comments or ideas. Thanks!

#PicPokémonDistance Needed to Earn 1 Candy (km)Distance Needed for Evolution (km)Time Required for Evolution (Hours)Size
#001
Bulbasaur3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#002
Ivysaur3km300km50 hrBig
#003
Venusaur3km--Big
#004
Charmander3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#005
Charmeleon3km300km50 hrMedium
#006
Charizard3km--Big
#007
Squirtle3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#008
Wartortle3km300km50 hrMedium
#009
Blastoise3km--Big
#010
Caterpie1km12km2 hrShoulder
#011
Metapod1km50km8.3 hrMedium
#012
Butterfree1km--Flying
#013
Weedle1km12km2 hrShoulder
#014
Kakuna1km50km8.3 hrMedium
#015
Beedrill1km--Flying
#016
Pidgey1km12km2 hrShoulder
#017
Pidgeotto1km50km8.3 hrFlying
#018
Pidgeot1km--Flying
#019
Rattata1km25km4.1 hrMedium
#020
Raticate1km--Medium
#021
Spearow1km50km8.3 hrShoulder
#022
Fearow1km--Flying
#023
Ekans3km150km25 hrMedium
#024
Arbok3km--Big
#025
Pikachu1km50km8.3 hrShoulder
#026
Raichu1km--Medium
#027
Sandshrew3km150km25 hrMedium
#028
Sandslash3km--Medium
#029
Nidoran♀3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#030
Nidorina3km300km50 hrMedium
#031
Nidoqueen3km--Big
#032
Nidoran♂3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#033
Nidorino3km300km50 hrMedium
#034
Nidoking3km--Big
#035
Clefairy1km50km8.3 hrMedium
#036
Clefable1km--Big
#037
Vulpix3km150km25 hrMedium
#038
Ninetales3km--Big
#039
Jigglypuff1km50km8.3 hrMedium
#040
Wigglytuff1km--Big
#041
Zubat1km50km8.3 hrFlying
#042
Golbat1km--Flying
#043
Oddish3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#044
Gloom3km300km50 hrMedium
#045
Vileplume3km--Big
#046
Paras3km150km25 hrMedium
#047
Parasect3km--Medium
#048
Venonat3km150km25 hrMedium
#049
Venomoth3km--Flying
#050
Diglett3km150km25 hrMedium
#051
Dugtrio3km--Big
#052
Meowth3km150km25 hrMedium
#053
Persian3km--Medium
#054
Psyduck3km150km25 hrMedium
#055
Golduck3km--Big
#056
Mankey3km150km25 hrMedium
#057
Primeape3km--Big
#058
Growlithe3km150km25 hrMedium
#059
Arcanine3km--Big
#060
Poliwag3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#061
Poliwhirl3km300km50 hrBig
#062
Poliwrath3km--Big
#063
Abra3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#064
Kadabra3km300km50 hrBig
#065
Alakazam3km--Big
#066
Machop3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#067
Machoke3km300km50 hrBig
#068
Machamp3km--Big
#069
Bellsprout3km75km12.5 hrMedium
#070
Weepinbell3km300km50 hrBig
#071
Victreebel3km--Big
#072
Tentacool3km150km25 hrMedium
#073
Tentacruel3km--Big
#074
Geodude1km25km4.1 hrMedium
#075
Graveler1km100km16.6 hrBig
#076
Golem1km--Big
#077
Ponyta3km150km25 hrMedium
#078
Rapidash3km--Big
#079
Slowpoke3km150km25 hrMedium
#080
Slowbro3km--Big
#081
Magnemite3km150km25 hrFlying
#082
Magneton3km--Big
#083
Farfetch'd3km--Medium
#084
Doduo3km150km25 hrMedium
#085
Dodrio3km--Big
#086
Seel3km150km25 hrMedium
#087
Dewgong3km--Medium
#088
Grimer3km150km25 hrMedium
#089
Muk3km--Big
#090
Shellder3km150km25 hrMedium
#091
Cloyster3km--Big
#092
Gastly3km75km12.5 hrFlying
#093
Haunter3km300km50 hrFlying
#094
Gengar3km--Big
#095
Onix5km--Big
#096
Drowzee3km150km25 hrBig
#097
Hypno3km--Big
#098
Krabby3km150km25 hrMedium
#099
Kingler3km--Big
#100
Voltorb3km150km25 hrMedium
#101
Electrode3km--Big
#102
Exeggcute3km150km25 hrMedium
#103
Exeggutor3km--Big
#104
Cubone3km150km25 hrMedium
#105
Marowak3km--Medium
#106
Hitmonlee5km--Big
#107
Hitmonchan5km--Big
#108
Lickitung3km--Medium
#109
Koffing3km150km25 hrBig
#110
Weezing3km--Big
#111
Rhyhorn3km150km25 hrBig
#112
Rhydon3km--Big
#113
Chansey5km--Big
#114
Tangela3km--Medium
#115
Kangaskhan3km--Big
#116
Horsea3km150km25 hrMedium
#117
Seadra3km--Big
#118
Goldeen3km150km25 hrMedium
#119
Seaking3km--Big
#120
Staryu3km150km25 hrMedium
#121
Starmie3km--Big
#122
Mr. Mime5km--Medium
#123
Scyther5km--Big
#124
Jynx5km--Big
#125
Electabuzz5km--Medium
#126
Magmar5km--Big
#127
Pinsir5km--Big
#128
Tauros3km--Big
#129
Magikarp1km400km66.6Medium
#130
Gyarados1km--Big
#131
Lapras5km--Big
#132
Ditto3km--Medium
#133
Eevee5km125km20.8Shoulder
#134
Vaporeon5km--Medium
#135
Jolteon5km--Medium
#136
Flareon5km--Medium
#137
Porygon3km--Big
#138
Omanyte5km250km41.6 hrMedium
#139
Omastar5km--Big
#140
Kabuto5km250km41.6 hrMedium
#141
Kabutops5km--Big
#142
Aerodactyl5km--Big
#143
Snorlax5km--Big
#144
Articuno5km--Flying
#145
Zapdos5km--Flying
#146
Moltres5km--Big
#147
Dratini5km125km20.8 hrMedium
#148
Dragonair5km500km83.3 hrBig
#149
Dragonite5km--Big
#150
Mewtwo5km--Big
#151
Mew5km--Medium

7 comments :

Anonymous said...

Has there been any confirmation or news as to whether or not this system will require a certain item that we consume when used, (akin to incubators), for a Pokemon to be our buddy or if it is just a passive thing we always have

Pnizlak said...

The buddy system is not working right when it takes away candy when it say a you earn one.

Spykke said...

There is no item needed, just go to your trainer window where you would see your Exp and badges. In the bottom right you can select it from the menu (along with journal and customize).

I do want to point out that your distance per candy is off, the values are actually 1km, 3km, and 5km,

All the 2km distance that you have should be 3km. Also included in this are the three starting pokemon and their evolutions. All the 3km distance you have need to be shifted to 5km.

The distance groupings are kept paired with the egg group they come from. 2km egg = 1k candy distance (excpetion being starters), 5km egg = 3km candy distance, 10km egg = 5km candy distance

Toxic Team said...

It says dratini is 3km to get candy but it is 5km to get only 1 candy. I'm using it now and have already earned one candy:-)

Toxic Team said...

And to comment for the person whos candy disappeared i don't know why unless you changed the buddy before earning your candy it shouldn't do that so I'd contact niantic. :-)

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love the Pokemon Buddy program. I've already evolved two pokemon that needed 10 and 22 candies! Also, if you switch your buddy before you use the candy (ie: evolve or power up), you will lose them. On my 3rd buddy now.

Anonymous said...

I love this site! Some of us out here are still playing and this is my "go to" database for all things Pokemon--great job!

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