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Pokemon GO Gets Buddy System in Latest Update

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Go get a buddy.

The newest update for Pokemon GO has been deployed world over, and it brings with it the buddy system we heard about not too long ago. The buddy system allows you to pick a Pokemon as your ‘buddy’. Do this, and that Pokemon will appear next to you on your profile page. Think of that Pokemon as being to you what Pikachu is to Ash.

Apart from that, designating a Pokemon as your buddy also lets you earn Candy for that Pokemon by walking far enough. A picture of the Pokemon will also appear on the world map, just in case you forget who your buddy is.


The update has been pushed out as version 0.37.0 on Android and 1.7.0 on iOS. Here’s the full changelog:

  • Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
  • Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
  • Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
  • Pokémon GO Plus support
  • Minor text fixes.

Apart from listing the changes implemented, Niantic re-affirms its commitment to “eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokemon GO”, over at the official update post.

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