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How to use the new Pokémon Go buddy system

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I’M NOT YOUR BUDDY GUY! That’s a role that is reserved exclusively for my Voltorb. I’m slightly worried about ol’ Voltie though. He happens to have gotten smaller, isn’t eating and ignores my commands. Waitaminute, this is a regular Pokéball that I’ve been force-feeding for two weeks now. Where the f*** is my Voltorb?

ANYWAY, this week sees Pokémon Go update with a new Buddy System that allows you to explore the wilds with your bestest pocket monster by your side. A throwback to when that damn Pikachu wouldn’t leave you alone in Pokémon Yellow, the buddy system is actually useful thanks to it allowing your chosen Pokémon to earn you some candy as you walk around with the fella.

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To make use of it in Pokémon Go, all you have to do is tap on your trainer profile picture in the lower left hand corner of the screen. Tap on the icon that looks like three small bars on the lower right section then, and tap on “buddy”. You’ll now be able to choose a partner Pokémon from your collection and carry on with your journey.

The catch here, is that different Pokémon require different distances within which to gather candies for you. This ranges anywhere from 1km of walking to an entire five to collect a single candy. Pokeassistant has a handy list of just how far you’ll need to walk with any of the 151 Pokémon that you may have. The core trio of starter Pokemon for example, require 3KM of walking each to get a few candies, while Pikachu and Clefairy only need 1KM each.

It may be a lot of walking to evolve your pocket monsters, but you’ll also soon evolve your legs into their ultimate, muscley form at this rate. With Pokémon Go, every day is leg day.

Last Updated: September 14, 2016

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