Everything You Need to Know about Your PokemonGo Buddy

November 15th, 2016 | Tips and Tricks

PokemonGo Buddy SnorlaxWhen you assign a PokemonGo buddy, it walks with you and collects candies on the way. Candies are helpful when you want to power up, or evolve a pokemon of the same kind. I chose Snorlax as my buddy because Snorlax is very rare and buddying Snorlax is one slow but sure way to collect enough candies to power up my Snorlax for gym battles.

When you reach your goal and have collected enough candies, you can swap your buddy for someone else. Current progress will be lost but any candies that you already collected are yours to keep.

If your goal is evolutions, as opposed to power ups, then the easiest way to choose your best buddy is to write down all the pokemon you still don’t have, and the amount of candies required for each evolution. You can then work out how many kilometers you need to walk to get there, using PokemonGo Buddy Candy Distance Chart.

I am currently level 26 and here’s my list of pokemon that I still don’t have but can get by walking a buddy (as opposed to catching them in the wild):

Ivysaur 8 more Bulbasaur candies 24 km
Venusaur 100 Bulbasaur candies 300 km
Charizard 83 Charmander candies 249 km
Blastoise 71 Squirtle candies 213 km
Arbok 26 Ekans candies 78 km
Ninetales 27 Vulpix candies 81 km
Wigglytuff 5 Jigglypuff candies 5 km
Dugtrio 35 Diglett candies 105 km
Arcanine 17 Growlithe candies 51 km
Alakazam 91 Kadabra candies 273 km
Machamp 60 Machoke candies 180 km
Golem 100 Graveler candies 100 km
Rapidash 28 Ponyta candies 84 km
Dodrio 50 Doduo candies 150 km
Muk 47 Grimer candies 141 km
Electrode 36 Voltorb candies 108 km
Exeggutor 28 Exeggcute candies 84 km
Weezing 21 Koffing candies 63 km
Gyarados 25 Magikarp candies 25 km
Kabutops 27 Kabuto candies 135 km
Dragonite 62 Dratini candies 310 km

So, in my case, my closest bets to new evolutions are Jigglypuff,¬†Bulbasaur and¬†Magikarp. Growlithe is also an attractive choice because Arcanine would be very helpful in gym battles, so I reckon he’s well worth the 51km of walking.

Can You Place Your PokemonGo Buddy at a Gym?

Your buddy follows you everywhere. Unfortunately this means that you can’t assign him to the gym as a defender. You can still use your buddy in battles, though.


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