Pokémon Go‘s recently added Friends system has allowed trainers to finally trade in-game items and Pokémon. However, a large number of players have been unable to make progress toward these and the greater benefits of the new feature due to a bug.
With Friends, a trainer can connect with a fellow player to perform simple tasks once per day, including battling together in a raid or sending Gifts to one another, to raise their Friendship Levels. According to Niantic’s official support page for the mobile game, though, a current issue has caused Friendship Levels to either be out of sync “or not increase once per day as intended.”
While the developer confirmed it is “actively working on a resolution,” it explained that there is a workaround players can use to possibly remedy the situation. Trainers afflicted with the problem can try completing more than one activity per day with a friend, which might bring the Friendship Level to the right stage. However, this quick fix isn’t guaranteed to work, so players will have to wait for Niantic to roll out a proper solution.
While having a higher Friendship Level might seem unimportant, the developer offered an incentive to those that reach a better tier. The Friends system is broken into four categories—Good, Great, Ultra, and Best Friends—with each offering progressively better bonuses. Once two players reach a new tier of Friends, the Stardust cost for trading Pokémon decreases, they receive more Premiere Balls in raids, and Pokémon get attack boosts in battles. The trading cost change is especially significant, as trading a Legendary, shiny, or region-exclusive creature goes from costing one million Stardust at the lowest Friendship Level to only 40 thousand Stardust as Best Friends.
It’s unclear if Niantic will be able to bring players’ Friendship Levels to the right stage or if those affected by the issue will have to start over fresh. Hopefully, the former will happen, as reaching new tiers can take several weeks to accomplish.
Pokémon Go is available for iOS and Android.
Source: Pokémon Go Support