New 'Pokémon Go' Buddy Adventure Feature Coming Soon

One of the most beloved features in Pokémon games is when a Pokémon can follow you in the overworld and it's about to come to Pokémon Go.

Niantic just announced that a new feature called Buddy Adventure is coming to Pokémon Go. Once this feature is pushed, trainers will be able to interact with their Buddy Pokémon in new ways including having your Pokémon follow you and have them give you more items using the AR+ feature.

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Feed your Buddy Pokémon a Berry and they'll become a "Good" Buddy. As you interact and walk with your Buddy Pokémon more and more, their status will increase. Here's each Buddy Pokémon level and what they do.

  • Good Buddy: Your buddy can join you on your map view! You'll also see how your buddy feels on the buddy profile page.
  • Great Buddy: Having a hard time catching a Pokémon? Your buddy may help you out in Pokémon encounters! It can also bring you items that can help you in your Pokémon GO journey.
  • Ultra Buddy: Your buddy will help you explore the world around you by letting you know about interesting places nearby! Your buddy will also bring you Souvenirs, which you can keep track of on the buddy profile page.
  • Best Buddy: Become Best Buddies, and your buddy will sport a Best Buddy Ribbon to show off to everyone just how close you two are! Pokémon that you're Best Buddies with can get a CP boost in combat as long as they're still assigned as your Buddy Pokémon.
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Growing your Buddy Pokémon's affection is a huge part of this new Pokémon Go feature. Affection is measured in hearts, which you can view in the new Buddy profile. By walking, battling, petting, feeding and taking snapshot with your buddy will increase that Pokémon's affection towards you.

As your Buddy Pokémon's affection increases, it's mood will be better and give trainers the following perks:

  • The distance it takes for your buddy to find Candy will be cut in half.
  • The number of hearts earned per action will double.
  • Trainers can earn bonus hearts!

The release of the new Buddy Adventure feature is unknown, but it's something Pokémon Go trainers can look forward to in 2020. And while the Buddy Adventure feature will come soon, trainers will also be able to meet your friend's buddies too in the overworld.

Using a shared AR experience mode, you can sync up with up to two other trainers with AR+ to take a group photo with your buddies together.

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