Buddy Pokémon are now available in Pokémon Go, thanks to a new update that Niantic rolled out earlier today. The Buddy feature lets you to choose a Pokémon from your collection to be your trainer’s personal companion, allowing you to earn additional candy and in-game rewards while you explore with your Buddy Pokémon.
To select a Buddy Pokémon, tap on your trainer profile image in the lower left corner. Tap the three-bar button on the right, then select Buddy. You can then pick your favorite Pokémon from your collection list to have as your new companion. Once you have selected a Buddy Pokémon, it will appear next to your trainer in your profile as well as next to your trainer icon.
You can earn additional Candy for walking certain distances with your Buddy. The amount of Candy you can earn depends on the species of your Buddy Pokémon. Some Pokémon species require only a 1 km travel distance, while others may require 3 km or 5 km to earn their Candy. You can check out the travel distance breakdown for each Buddy Pokémon species over at the Poké Assistant website.
In addition to the new Buddy Pokémon feature, the update also comes with a handful of bug fixes, text adjustments, and overall performance improvements. The update also adds support for Pokémon Go Plus, the wearable companion accessory that connects to the Pokémon Go app via your smartphone’s Bluetooth. After being delayed earlier this year, Pokémon Go Plus is set to release on September 16th. Along with this new companion device, Pokémon Go will also be available for Apple Watch devices near the end of 2016.
Which Pokémon did you choose as your Buddy? For us, it was a toss-up between Persian and Jolteon, purely for the cuteness factor. Let us know if you’re still catching 'em all in Pokémon Go!