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Pokemon Go features a handy Buddy System that lets you take a Pokemon along with you on journies. In this Pokemon Go Buddy System guide we'll tell you all you need to know.
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Pokémon GO's Buddy System lets you choose one Pokémon to accompany your avatar as you walk. As long as your Buddy is with you, it'll earn Candies according to the distance you travel together. This is a good way to power up and evolve rare Pokémon that you don't often see in the wild.
By walking an Eevee for 10 kilometers and then evolving it while it’s still your buddy, you can obtain an Espeon (if it evolved during the day) or an Umbreon (if it evolved during the night). You can also use the naming trick if you’ve not already used it before, but you can check out our Eevee guide for more information on that.
Powering up your Pokémon via Pokémon GO's buddy system is quite a bit like hatching an egg. Both require a lot of walking, so start stretching.
Tap your avatar's icon on the bottom-left corner of the screen, then tap on the menu icon that's on the bottom-right corner. Choose "Buddy" from the menu. If it's your first time choosing a Buddy, you'll be asked to pick one from your PokéDex (you can only buddy-up with Pokémon you've caught).
When you've successfully chosen a Buddy, you should see its icon next to your avatar's icon on the main screen. Viewing your avatar's profile will show your Buddy paired up with you, too.
If you already have a Buddy and you want to change out for a new one, tap on the arrow icon that appears in the bottom-right corner of your Buddy's profile. You'll open up your PokéDex, and can then switch out your Buddy.
Be warned, though: Any distance you've clocked during a current session with your Buddy will be erased if you switch out, though total distance is still recorded. For instance, if your Buddy is a Growlithe and you've walked two of the three kilometers necessary to earn a Candy, the counter sets to zero if you switch out for a new Buddy. However, if you've walked a total of 20 kilometers with that particular Growlithe, that record remains.
The distance you must walk to earn one Candy varies between Pokémon. Whereas walking one kilometer with a Caterpie will earn you a Candy, you need to walk five kilometers with a Dragonite to earn a Candy.
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