Here’s how to set your new buddy in Pokémon Go, and how much candy it will earn

Be sure to check your Pokémon Go app today, as Niantic has finally released the buddy update. If you’re just catching up, this feature allows you to choose a specific Pokémon as your loyal companion, earning candy for its species and evolutions as you walk around town. Even better, Pokémon masters The Silph Road have broken down exactly how far you’ll need to walk to earn said candy, so you can pick and plan your routes. You can see them all below. But, first things first. 

How do I choose a buddy Pokémon in Pokémon Go? 

Begin by tapping your trainer icon in the lower-left corner of your screen. Then, tap the menu button in the bottom-right corner. You should see “Buddy” as an available option – if you don’t, make sure you have the latest update from your phone’s app store.

 

The Pokémon will then appear standing next to your trainer in the trainer screen and appear in a nice little bubble on the bottom left of your map view. You’ll also see that buddy logo next to the Pokémon on the screen where you can see all the ‘mon you’ve caught. Excuse Meowth in the below pic. I think it’s asleep. We’d walked all the way from my flat after all. 

 

Do I need to have Pokémon Go open on my phone?

Yes, yes and yes. Just like hatching eggs, you’ll need to have the app open and running while you walk around. If you want to save your battery you can turn on battery saving mode and your phone will go dark while it’s at your side. 

Which Pokémon should I choose as my buddy? 

This might sound harsh but don’t just pick your favorite Pokémon for walks. The Buddy system is ideal for tough-to-catch Pokémon that you want to evolve with candy. Dependent on who you want to level up it’s going to take a while but you are guaranteed candy for walking.

 

For example, the three starters (Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle) are not only relatively rare, but they require a good amount of candy to evolve into their more powerful forms. By setting one of these as your buddy, you’ll progress toward evolving them while you’re out walking or hunting for other Pokémon. Yay for multitasking!

So, with that information in hand, here’s a breakdown of how far you’ll need to walk with each Pokémon to earn one candy. Now, no cheating.

How far do I have to walk for each Pokémon in Pokémon Go? 

1 KM:

Beedrill

Butterfree

Caterpie

Clefable

Clefairy

Fearow

Geodude

Golbat

Golem

Graveler

Gyarados

Jigglypuff

Kakuna

Magikarp

Metapod

Pidgeot

Pidgeotto

Pidgey

Pikachu

Raichu

Raticate

Rattata

Spearow

Weedle

Wigglytuff

Zubat

       

3 KM:

Abra

Alakazam

Arbok

Arcanine

Bellsprout

Blastoise

Bulbasaur

Charizard

Charmander

Charmeleon

Cloyster

Cubone

Dewgong

Diglett

Dodrio

Doduo

Drowzee

Dugtrio

Ekans

Exeggcute

Exeggutor

Farfetch’d

Gastly

Gengar

Gloom

Goldeen

Golduck

Grime

Growlithe

Haunter

Horsea

Hypno

Ivysaur

Kadabra

Kangaskhan

Kingler

Koffing

Krabby

Lickitung

Machamp

Machoke

Machop

Magnemite

Magneton

Mankey

Marowak

Meowth

Muk

Nidoking

Nidoqueen

Nidoran (f)

Nidorina

Nidorino

Ninetales

Oddish

Paras

Parasect

Persian

Poliwag

Poliwhirl

Poliwrath

Ponyta

Porygon

Primeape

Psyduck

Rapidash

Rhydon

Rhyhorn

Sandshrew

Sandslash

Seadra

Seaking

Seel

Shellder

Slowbro

Slowpoke

Squirtle

Starmie

Staryu

Tangela

Tauro

Tentacool

Tentacruel

Venomoth

Venonat

Venusaur

Victreebel

Vileplume

Voltorb

Vulpix

Wartortle

Weepinbell

Weezing

   

5 KM:

Aerodactyl

Chansey

Dragonair

Dragonite

Dratini

Eevee

Electabuzz

Flareon

Hitmonchan

Hitmonlee

Jolteon

Jynx

Kabuto

Kabutops

Lapras

Magmar

Mr. Mim

Omanyte

Omastar

Onix

Pinsir

Scyther

Snorlax

Vaporeon

 

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