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Buddy Pokémon

A buddy Pokémon is a companion that joins you along your journey.

You’ll earn Candy as you travel with your buddy. Some Pokémon require longer distances to gain Candy.

Remember to keep the Pokémon GO app open while you walk. Kilometers walked when the Pokémon GO app is closed won’t count toward earning Candy. A notification will appear when your buddy finds Candy.

Selecting a buddy Pokémon:

  1. In Map View, touch the Trainer Profile icon.
  2. Open the Menu 
  3. Touch Buddy 
  4. Select a buddy from your list of Pokémon.

Changing your buddy Pokémon:

  1. In Map View, touch the Trainer Profile icon.
  2. Open the Menu 
  3. Touch Buddy
  4. Touch Swap 
  5. Select a new buddy from your list of Pokémon.

Note: You can swap buddies at any time, although you will lose any progress made towards gaining Candy.