Pokémon Go‘s finally implementing a crucial part of the Pokémon dream?hitting the road with your very best Pokémon Buddy.
Data miners uncovered the Buddy system a few weeks ago, but it’s finally rolling out this week. A few trainers have already gotten the latest update, while others are still anxiously checking the App Store. Past updates have a history of releasing in full on Tuesdays, so it’s safe to bet that almost everyone should gain access sometime within the next day or two.
Those who already have the app, however, have been able to detail exactly what happens when you select your very own Pokémon Buddy.
First, you’ll have to pick which Pokémon you want to accompany you. Don’t worry too much about this choice, since you can change it at any time. Simply select the picture of your trainer in the lower left corner, then open the menu (the spot where you normally go to check your Journal or customize your trainer). Then, pick the Pokémon you want to appear! Depending on the which Pokémon you choose, it might appear standing behind you, flying above your head, or riding on your shoulder.
From there, you’ll begin earning candy for your selected Buddy as you walk around. Much like egg hatching, there are different distances you’ll have to walk to earn one candy. Common Pokémon like Caterpie only require you to walk one kilometer to earn a candy, but rarer types like Lapras ask for a five kilometer walk. Also, heads up: If you swap out your Buddy in the middle of a walk, it’ll lose all progress it’s earned towards the next candy. If you’re going to switch out, it’s best to do so right after earning a candy when there’s no progress to lose.
Picking a buddy isn’t all about the candy, though?there’s at least one adorable Easter Egg. If you pick Pikachu as your Buddy, it’ll start out standing by your feet. Walk for 10 (uninterrupted) kilometers with Pikachu as your buddy, though, and the cute little electric rodent will hop up onto your shoulder for the rest of the walk. D’awwww. Credit for the discovery goes to the Pokémon Go community over on Reddit at /r/TheSilphRoad, with image credit going to VG 24/7.
Source: /r/TheSilphRoad on Reddit