Friends (Japanese: フレンド Friends) are a feature that was first introduced in Pokémon GO on June 22, 2018, that allow players to connect with other players. Players can send Friend Requests by inputting the other players' unique 12-digit Trainer Code, by scanning the corresponding QR code, or by inviting Facebook friends (since November 2018) who have linked their accounts to Pokémon GO. If the request is accepted, the players will become Friends and be listed on each other's on the Friend List (Japanese: フレンドリスト Friend List). Friend Requests expire after 7 days if they are not accepted.
Players can view their friend's Trainer Profile through the Friend List. The Trainer Profile lets a Friend see the following:
- Buddy Pokémon
- Trainer level and total XP
- Number of Gym Battles won
- Number of Pokémon caught
- Total walking distance
- Most recently caught Pokémon (can be disabled in Settings)
The list can be sorted (including reverse-sorted) alphabetically (name or nickname), by Friendship level, or Gift. The Friend List has a limit of 400 friends (before April 6, 2021 the max amount of friends was 200).
Friends can be removed from the Friend List at any time without the other player being notified. Once removed, any bonuses no longer apply. If the player is re-added as a friend, the Friendship level will be restored if re-added during a limited period of time after removal.
The Friends feature is not available for players under the age of 13.
Players who are friends can interact with each other in a variety of ways. As Friendship level increases, more features are unlocked.
- Main article: Gift
Players can send and receive Gifts from friends. Only one Gift can be sent and received from a friend each day. A player can only open up to 20 Gifts each day, but can send as many Gifts as they have available. Sending a Gift gives 200 XP.
Gifts are randomly obtained by spinning PokéStops. The player can hold a maximum of 10 Gifts at one time*, although the Gifts do not take up any inventory space.
- Main article: Trade (GO)
Players are able to trade with registered friends. Players cannot trade unless both Trainers are at level 10 or higher, have the required amount of Stardust, and are a close proximity to each other. Mythical Pokémon (except Meltan and Melmetal), Pokémon that have been traded before, and Pokémon marked as the player's favorites cannot be traded. Both traders must also be within a close enough distance of each other.
Players are able to battle another player through the Friend List regardless of the distance between them if they are Ultra or Best Friends.
Gyms and raids
Players who are friends deal bonus damage if participating in the same Gym or Raid Battle, which increases with Friendship level. If raiding with a Great Friend or higher, bonus Premier Balls are awarded. Friends who are Ultra Friends or higher can send each other EX Raid invitations.
The Friendship level measures how much a player has interacted with a specific friend and provides benefits for both players when playing together after reaching specific milestones. The Friendship level with each friend can be increased once per day by performing one of the following activities:
- Open a Gift
- Trade a Pokémon
- Battle each other in a Trainer Battle
- Battle together in a Gym or Raid Battle
- Send an EX Raid invitation
Once a day, Best Friends who perform one of these activities have a chance of becoming Lucky Friends, which guarantees Lucky Pokémon on the next trade.
Remote Raid invitations
|Remote Trainer Battles
EX Raid invitations
|Milestone XP reward
|Stardust discount for Special Trades
|Guaranteed IVs per stat for trades
|Attack bonus for Gym / Raid Battles
|Premier Ball bonus for raids
In November 2018, a search feature was added to the Friends List in which players could filter for friends whose names or nicknames begin with the inputted text. In May 2020, key terms were introduced to the search feature for the Friends List. They work the same way as search queries for the Pokémon Box.
- Key terms
friendlevel— filters based on Friendship level
friendlevel1— Good Friends
friendlevel2— Great Friends
friendlevel3— Ultra Friends
friendlevel4— Best Friends
- This term also works with ranged queries (e.g.
friendlevel1-3filters for Good to Ultra Friends, and
friendlevel3-filters for Ultra Friends or higher)
lucky— filters for Lucky Friends
interactable— filters for friends that the player has not yet had a daily interaction with
giftable— filters for friends that the player can currently send a Gift to
;— union of conditions (e.g.
foo,luckyfilters for friends whose names/nicknames begin with "foo" and for any Lucky Friends)
|— intersection of conditions (e.g.
foo&friendlevel3filters for Ultra Friends whose names/nicknames begin with "foo")
!— complement of the condition (e.g.
!interactablefilters for friends that the player has already had a daily interaction with)
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