Buddy Pokémon

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A Buddy Pokémon

A Buddy Pokémon (Japanese: 相棒ポケモン Partner Pokémon) is a walking Pokémon in Pokémon GO. They allow the player to earn Candy for the Buddy Pokémon's family by walking with them. They walk alongside the player, similar to partner Pokémon in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Buddy Pokémon were added to Pokémon GO in version 0.37.0 (labeled 1.7.0 on the iOS App Store), which was released on September 13, 2016.


The player earns Candy after walking a certain distance while the same Pokémon is equipped as their Buddy Pokémon. The distance required (1 km, 3 km, 5 km, or 20 km) depends on the Pokémon's evolutionary family. The player can only have one Buddy Pokémon at a time, and can only swap their Buddy Pokémon up to 20 times per day. Prior to the launch of Buddy Adventure, changing or evolving the Buddy Pokémon resets the distance until the next Candy is obtained. Additionally, a Buddy Pokémon cannot be transferred, traded, or placed in a Gym.

Starting in version 0.49.1 (labelled 1.19.1 on the iOS App Store) of Pokémon GO, which was released on December 8, 2016, the total Candy collected by a particular Pokémon as a Buddy Pokémon is displayed on the Buddy information screen, and the total distance walked with a Pokémon as a Buddy Pokémon is listed on that Pokémon's information screen.

Originally, the distance corresponded to half of the Pokémon's family's Egg distance (rounded to the nearest whole number), but since the introduction of Buddy Pokémon, Egg distances have changed often, whereas buddy distance has not changed. Aside from baby Pokémon and starter Pokémon, all Pokémon with the same buddy distance require the same amount of Stardust and Candy to learn a second Charged Attack. The cost to purify a Shadow Pokémon also corresponds to its buddy distance.

For a list of Pokémon by their Buddy distance and other properties, see List of Pokémon by Buddy Pokémon properties


Certain Pokémon can evolve if it has walked with the player for a certain distance as their Buddy Pokémon.

This evolution mechanic does not override the ability of Eevee's nickname or a nearby Mossy or Glacial Lure Module to cause it to evolve into a particular Eeveelution.

Previous evolution Buddy evolution Later evolution
Galarian Slowpoke is the lowest in its line Slowpoke
GO Psychic.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Slowpoke Candy50
Catch 30 Poison-type Pokémon
GO Poison.png GO Psychic.png
Galarian Slowbro does not evolve
GO Buddy icon.png + Slowpoke Candy50
Catch 30 Psychic-type Pokémon
GO Poison.png GO Psychic.png
Galarian Slowking does not evolve
Happiny is the lowest in its line Happiny
GO Normal.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Chansey Candy25
Walk 15 km
GO Normal.png
Chansey Candy50
GO Normal.png
Mime Jr. is the lowest in its line Mime Jr.
Mime Jr.
GO Psychic.png GO Fairy.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Mr. Mime Candy50
Walk 15 km
Mr. Mime
Mr. Mime
GO Psychic.png GO Fairy.png
Mr. Mime does not evolve
Eevee is the lowest in its line Eevee
GO Normal.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Day mode + Eevee Candy25
Walk 10km
(evolve during day mode)
GO Psychic.png
Espeon does not evolve
GO Buddy icon.png + Night mode + Eevee Candy25
Walk 10km
(evolve during night mode)
GO Dark.png
Umbreon does not evolve
GO Buddy icon.png + GO Heart Double.png70 + Eevee Candy25
GO Fairy.png
Sylveon does not evolve
Bonsly is the lowest in its line Bonsly
GO Rock.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Sudowoodo Candy50
Walk 15 km
GO Rock.png
Sudowoodo does not evolve
Feebas is the lowest in its line Feebas
GO Water.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Feebas Candy100
Walk 20 km
GO Water.png
Milotic does not evolve
Woobat is the lowest in its line Woobat
GO Psychic.png GO Flying.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Woobat Candy50
Walk 1 km
GO Psychic.png GO Flying.png
Swoobat does not evolve
Pancham is the lowest in its line Pancham
GO Fighting.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Pancham Candy50
Catch 32 Dark-type Pokémon
GO Fighting.png GO Dark.png
Pangoro does not evolve
Spritzee is the lowest in its line Spritzee
GO Fairy.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Spritzee Candy50
Use an Incense
GO Fairy.png
Aromatisse does not evolve
Swirlix is the lowest in its line Swirlix
GO Fairy.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Swirlix Candy50
Give your buddy 25 treats
GO Fairy.png
Slurpuff does not evolve
Galarian Farfetch'd is the lowest in its line Farfetch'd
GO Fighting.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Farfetch'd Candy50
Make 10 Excellent Throws
GO Fighting.png
Sirfetch'd does not evolve
Galarian Yamask is the lowest in its line Yamask
GO Ground.png GO Ghost.png
GO Buddy icon.png + Yamask Candy50
Win 10 Raids
GO Ground.png GO Ghost.png
Runerigus does not evolve


Each species of Pokémon has a defined Buddy position. Medium Pokémon stand beside to the player, while large Pokémon stand behind the player. Flying Pokémon will fly or float next to the player.

Pokémon with a position of "Shoulder" or "Baby" sit on the player's shoulder or ride in their arms, respectively. Pikachu initially stands beside the player, but moves to their arms if it collects a total of 10 Pikachu Candy.

Buddy Adventure

Buddy Profile

On December 17, 2019, Buddy Adventure was launched to further expand features for Buddy Pokémon.


There are several activities players may partake in with their Buddy Pokémon. Interacting with a buddy may increase its Affection, which increases its Buddy Level, and reward Emotion Points (EP), which improves its Mood.

Each activity has a maximum daily limit of Affection hearts that can be earned, which is reset every day at midnight, local time. Accumulating enough Affection hearts will increase the Buddy Level, unlocking various Perks specific to that buddy. Without an Excited Mood or Bonuses, a buddy can earn up to 12 Affection hearts per day.

Every activity also has an associated amount of EP and a cooldown. After earning EP from an activity, the player must wait out a cooldown period before earning more EP from that same activity. If a buddy accumulates enough EP, it will temporarily reach an Excited Mood, during which the maximum daily Affection is doubled for all activity categories except "Bonus", and the buddy will earn double Affection per action; this effectively increases the total maximum possible Affection to 24 hearts per day, without Bonus activities.

The following lists all the Buddy Activities that can earn Affection hearts and EP. Activities in italics denote that the buddy must be walking in the overworld map to count towards points for Affection and Mood.

Activities Details Max Daily Affection Emotion Points (EP) EP Cooldown (minutes)
Walk together Walk 2 km with buddy GO Heart Double.pngGO Heart Double.pngGO Heart Double.png 4 0
Give your buddy a treat Feed buddy one treat GO Heart Double.pngGO Heart Double.pngGO Heart Double.png 2 30
Play together Play with buddy by petting it in AR mode GO Heart Double.png 2 30
Battle together Buddy participates in a Gym, Raid, Trainer, team leader, or Team GO Rocket Battle.

Buddy only has to have been present in the team that battled to count, even if it was never sent out.

For Gym, Raid, Trainer, and team leader battles, the battle must be completed to count. For Team GO Rocket Battles, the user only has to attempt the battle; quitting it will still count.

GO Heart Double.pngGO Heart Double.pngGO Heart Double.png 2 30
Take a snapshot Take a snapshot of buddy in AR mode GO Heart Double.png 2 30
Visit a new place Spin a PokéStop that hasn't been visited before. GO Heart Double.png 2 30
Bonus Each of the following earns one Affection heart and is not affected by an Excited Mood:
  • Receive a Present from buddy
  • Receive a Souvenir from buddy
  • Spin a PokéStop found by buddy
GO Heart.pngGO Heart.pngGO Heart.png 4 0

Buddy Levels

Best Buddy Ribbon

Similar to Friendship Levels, players can perform various related activities to increase a Buddy Pokémon's Buddy Level. As the Buddy Level increases, Perks are unlocked for having that same Pokémon as the Buddy. If a Pokémon that has been a buddy is traded, then its Affection and Buddy Levels will be reset.

Buddy Level Affection Unlocked Perks Perk Details
Friendship Level 0.png
0 Earn Candies Receive one Candy per buddy distance walked.
Good Buddy
Friendship Level 1 GO.png
1 Adventuring Buddy Buddy can walk with the player on the overworld map once fed full.
Readable Mood Buddy view shows a face icon to indicate mood.
Great Buddy
Friendship Level 2 GO.png
70 Catch Assist For any kind of wild encounter, if a wild Pokémon knocks away a thrown Poké Ball, buddy has a 20% chance of knocking it back to the same spot it would have hit.
Find Presents Buddy may bring a bundle of Berries (Razz, Nanab, or Pinap), Hyper Potions, or Revives. Opening a present rewards affection.
Ultra Buddy
Friendship Level 3 GO.png
150 Find Locations Buddy may draw attention to a nearby PokéStop it finds interesting. Spinning it rewards bonus items and affection.
Find Souvenirs Buddy may bring a Souvenir. Receiving a Souvenir rewards affection.
Best Buddy
Friendship Level 4 GO.png
300 CP Boost Buddy's CP is increased by one power up level (up to Lv. 51) if set as the current buddy.
Best Buddy Ribbon Best Buddy Ribbon is placed onto the buddy's model. The ribbon can also be seen as an icon in the Pokémon Box.


A buddy's hunger can be gauged by its hunger meter, the circle around its icon at the lower-left corner of the map view. In order to walk with the buddy, it must be fed treats until the hunger meter is full. Each hunger point takes one hour to fully decay; so once fully fed, a buddy will walk with the player for six hours. Once that meter depletes completely, the buddy will return to its Poké Ball.

The hunger meter is broken up into six segments, each representing one hunger point. The amount of hunger points satisfied depends on the treat.

Treat Hunger Points
Razz BerryNanab BerryPinap Berry 2
Golden Razz BerrySilver Pinap Berry 3
Poffin 6


A Buddy's Mood is determined by the amount of Emotion Points it has accumulated from engaging in activities. Players can check a Buddy's Mood by viewing the Buddy screen or tapping an Adventuring Buddy on the map. Feeding a Poffin instantly puts the Buddy in an Excited Mood. Mood can decay over time, and players can maintain or improve it by engaging their buddy in further activities. Mood decays by about one EP every 30 minutes of non-interaction, regardless of whether that interaction was on an EP cooldown.

The following lists all the possible moods in increasing positivity, along with the minimum EP needed to maintain each mood.

GO Buddy mood normal.png GO Buddy mood happy.png GO Buddy mood smile.png GO Buddy mood fun.png GO Buddy mood excited.png
(2 EP)
(4 EP)
(8 EP)
(16 EP)
(32 EP)

If the Buddy Pokémon reaches an Excited Mood, it temporarily unlocks the following Perks:

  • Half the walking distance required to find a Candy
  • Double Affection hearts earned per action
  • Double the daily limit for Affection hearts per action


Once a Buddy Pokémon becomes an Ultra Buddy or higher, it may collect Souvenirs for the player, similar to gifts from a Partner Pokémon in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. However, these items are not placed into the player's Bag, but instead added to the Buddy Pokémon's information. A player may view the Souvenirs collected from a Buddy at the bottom of the Buddy screen.

Souvenir Description
GO Beach Glass.png Beach Glass Many Trainers like to carry a piece of beach glass like this as a lucky charm. Knowing this, some Pokémon like to collect pieces as gifts for their favorite Trainers.
GO Cactus Fruit.png Cactus Fruit A cactus fruit that bears some resemblance to fruit commonly found in the Desert Resort in the Unova region. A fun gift from a loving Pokémon.
GO Chalky Stone.png Chalky Stone A small, whitish stone picked up at the edge of the road. Your buddy thought you'd like it!
GO Confetti.png Confetti A colorful memento often found at special events. This confetti celebrates Team Mystic, Team Instinct, and Team Valor by using their identifying colors.
GO Flower Fruits.png Flower Fruits These fruits can't be eaten, but some Pokémon enjoy collecting them regardless.
GO Lone Earring.png Lone Earring A lone earring. Its sparkle probably inspired your Buddy Pokémon to gift it to you!
GO Marble.png Marble A marble with colored glass inside. Your buddy was probably drawn to its intricate pattern.
GO Mushroom.png Mushroom Mushrooms similar to these tend to grow on Mushroom Pokémon, such as Paras. Some Pokémon enjoy collecting these as gifts for their Trainers. (Don't eat them, though.)
GO Pikachu Visor Souvenir.png Pikachu Visor A stylish accessory worn by Trainers at special events to show their love of Pikachu. Pika Pika!
GO Pretty Leaf.png Pretty Leaf Many Pokémon like to collect these pretty leaves and gift them to their favorite Trainers.
GO Skipping Stone.png Skipping Stone A smooth stone that is the perfect shape for skipping on water. It appears to be a sentimental keepsake from your buddy!
GO Small Bouquet.png Small Bouquet A small bouquet that was made with heart and soul for a single Trainer. It made your buddy think of you!
GO Snowy Pinecone.png Snowy Pinecone A hefty pinecone that amuses some Pokémon. A surprisingly thoughtful gift from a friendly Pokémon.
GO Stretchy Spring.png Stretchy Spring A thin, small spring that's totally stretched out.
GO Torn Ticket.png Torn Ticket A ticket, torn from use and with faded text. Your buddy probably just thought it was neat!
GO Tropical Flower.png Tropical Flower This tropical flower looks similar to those found in the Alola region. Some Pokémon love to collect flowers!
GO Tropical Shell.png Tropical Shell A beautiful white shell that may have drifted from a sea in a warm region. Your buddy was probably drawn to its beauty!

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 夥伴寶可夢 Fóbuhn Pokémon
Mandarin 夥伴寶可夢 Huǒbàn Pokémon
France Flag.png French Copain Pokémon
Germany Flag.png German Kumpel-Pokémon
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokémon compagno
South Korea Flag.png Korean 파트너 포켓몬 Partner Pokémon
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Pokémon companheiro
Spain Flag.png Spanish Compañero Pokémon
Thailand Flag.png Thai โปเกมอนคู่หู Pokémon Khuhu

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