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Pojo's Pokemon GO Tips
September 28, 2016

What is a Pokemon Buddy?

How Far do Pokemon Buddies have to walk for a single piece of Pokemon candy?  

In mid-September 2016, the Buddy Pokémon option was added into Pokémon GO.

You can pick your favorite Pokémon from your collection to become your buddy, opening up in-game rewards. Buddy Pokémon appear alongside your Trainer avatar on your profile screen, adding helpful bonuses such as awarding Candy for walking together. You also have the ability to change your Buddy Pokémon at any time.

Unfortunately, your Buddy Pokémon does not follow your avatar around like Pikachu does in Pokémon Yellow.  We hope they will add that in a future patch.  

When you assign a Pokémon as your buddy, it will collect candy for you.  If you assign Pikachu as your buddy, it will collect Pikachu Candy.  Rattata will pick up Rattata Candy.  Evolved Pokémon will pick up the base candy for their line (ex. Blastoise will pick up Squirtle Candy). 

You have to do a lot of walking to get candy, so be prepared for the grind.  Weaker Pokémon lines like Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Rattata, etc. will give you 1 candy for each km you walk.  The Charmander, Squirtle and Bulbasaur type lines will give you about 1 candy for every 3 km you walk.  And rarer Pokémon, near the end of the Pokédex, like Lapras, Snorlax, Vaporeon, Dragonite, etc. will give you 1 candy for every 5 km you walk. 

So if you equip Snorlax as your buddy, you will have to walk 3.11 miles to get one piece of Snorlax Candy.  That’s a lot of walking!  But considering how rare some of these Pokémon are in the wild, we think it’s a great idea to help you evolve Pokemon and power these guys up for Gym Battles!

Here is a chart of the Kilometers (and Miles) you have to walk for each piece of Buddy Candy for the original 151 Pokemon in Pokemon GO.

No. Name Km Miles
1 Bulbasaur 3 1.86
2 Ivysaur 3 1.86
3 Venusaur 3 1.86
4 Charmander 3 1.86
5 Charmeleon 3 1.86
6 Charizard 3 1.86
7 Squirtle 3 1.86
8 Wartortle 3 1.86
9 Blastoise 3 1.86
10 Caterpie 1 0.62
11 Metapod 1 0.62
12 Butterfree 1 0.62
13 Weedle 1 0.62
14 Kakuna 1 0.62
15 Beedrill 1 0.62
16 Pidgey 1 0.62
17 Pidgeotto 1 0.62
18 Pidgeot 1 0.62
19 Rattata 1 0.62
20 Raticate 1 0.62
21 Spearow 1 0.62
22 Fearow 1 0.62
23 Ekans 3 1.86
24 Arbok 3 1.86
25 Pikachu 1 0.62
26 Raichu 1 0.62
27 Sandshrew 3 1.86
28 Sandslash 3 1.86
29 Nidoran♀ 3 1.86
30 Nidorina 3 1.86
31 Nidoqueen 3 1.86
32 Nidoran♂ 3 1.86
33 Nidorino 3 1.86
34 Nidoking 3 1.86
35 Clefairy 1 0.62
36 Clefable 1 0.62
37 Vulpix 3 1.86
38 Ninetales 3 1.86
39 Jigglypuff 1 0.62
40 Wigglytuff 1 0.62
41 Zubat 1 0.62
42 Golbat 1 0.62
43 Oddish 3 1.86
44 Gloom 3 1.86
45 Vileplume 3 1.86
46 Paras 3 1.86
47 Parasect 3 1.86
48 Venonat 3 1.86
49 Venomoth 3 1.86
50 Diglett 3 1.86
51 Dugtrio 3 1.86
52 Meowth 3 1.86
53 Persian 3 1.86
54 Psyduck 3 1.86
55 Golduck 3 1.86
56 Mankey 3 1.86
57 Primeape 3 1.86
58 Growlithe 3 1.86
59 Arcanine 3 1.86
60 Poliwag 3 1.86
61 Poliwhirl 3 1.86
62 Poliwrath 3 1.86
63 Abra 3 1.86
64 Kadabra 3 1.86
65 Alakazam 3 1.86
66 Machop 3 1.86
67 Machoke 3 1.86
68 Machamp 3 1.86
69 Bellsprout 3 1.86
70 Weepinbell 3 1.86
71 Victreebel 3 1.86
72 Tentacool 3 1.86
73 Tentacruel 3 1.86
74 Geodude 1 0.62
75 Graveler 1 0.62
76 Golem 1 0.62
77 Ponyta 3 1.86
78 Rapidash 3 1.86
79 Slowpoke 3 1.86
80 Slowbro 3 1.86
81 Magnemite 3 1.86
82 Magneton 3 1.86
83 Farfetchd 3 1.86
84 Doduo 3 1.86
85 Dodrio 3 1.86
86 Seel 3 1.86
87 Dewgong 3 1.86
88 Grimer 3 1.86
89 Muk 3 1.86
90 Shellder 3 1.86
91 Cloyster 3 1.86
92 Gastly 3 1.86
93 Haunter 3 1.86
94 Gengar 3 1.86
95 Onix 5 3.11
96 Drowzee 3 1.86
97 Hypno 3 1.86
98 Krabby 3 1.86
99 Kingler 3 1.86
100 Voltorb 3 1.86
101 Electrode 3 1.86
102 Exeggcute 3 1.86
103 Exeggutor 3 1.86
104 Cubone 3 1.86
105 Marowak 3 1.86
106 Hitmonlee 5 3.11
107 Hitmonchan 5 3.11
108 Lickitung 3 1.86
109 Koffing 3 1.86
110 Weezing 3 1.86
111 Rhyhorn 3 1.86
112 Rhydon 3 1.86
113 Chansey 5 3.11
114 Tangela 3 1.86
115 Kangaskhan 3 1.86
116 Horsea 3 1.86
117 Seadra 3 1.86
118 Goldeen 3 1.86
119 Seaking 3 1.86
120 Staryu 3 1.86
121 Starmie 3 1.86
122 MrMime 5 3.11
123 Scyther 5 Big
124 Jynx 5 Big
125 Electabuzz 5 3.11
126 Magmar 5 3.11
127 Pinsir 5 3.11
128 Tauros 3 1.86
129 Magikarp 1 0.62
130 Gyarados 1 0.62
131 Lapras 5 3.11
132 Ditto 3 1.86
133 Eevee 5 3.11
134 Vaporeon 5 3.11
135 Jolteon 5 3.11
136 Flareon 5 3.11
137 Porygon 3 1.86
138 Omanyte 5 3.11
139 Omastar 5 3.11
140 Kabuto 5 3.11
141 Kabutops 5 3.11
142 Aerodactyl 5 3.11
143 Snorlax 5 3.11
144 Articuno 5 3.11
145 Zapdos 5 3.11
146 Moltres 5 3.11
147 Dratini 5 3.11
148 Dragonair 5 3.11
149 Dragonite 5 3.11
150 Mewtwo 5 3.11
151 Mew 5 3.11

 


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