‘Pokemon Go’s Upcoming ‘Buddy System’ Will Let You Walk Your Pokemon for Candy
Thanks to data miners, Pokemon Go players might finally be able to interact with their favorite Pokemon in a future update. Niantic Labs, the developer behind the hugely popular augmented reality mobile game, has finally acknowledged an upcoming feature that will allow you to have more one-on-one time with Pokemon.
Known as the Pokemon Go’s “Buddy system”, it was first spotted on AeonLucid’s PogoProtos, the biggest Github repository for studying Pokemon GO network traffic. The Buddy system was introduced in the code base in 0.35.0 update.
Here’s Niantic, explaining how it’ll generally work:
“The next addition to Pokemon Go will be Buddy Pokemon. You will be able to pick your favorite Pokemon from your collection to become your buddy, opening up unique in-game rewards and experiences. Buddy Pokemon will appear alongside your Trainer avatar on your profile screen, adding helpful bonuses such as awarding Candy for walking together. You’ll also have the ability to change your Buddy Pokemon at any time.”
Besides the above, you can walk only one Pokemon at a time, and though you can walk them multiple times, there will be a daily limit on how much candy you can get for it. This should also come with some new kind of animation, which shows your Buddy Pokemon following you around onscreen.
While Niantic did not disclose when the Buddy Pokemon feature will go live, it however did tease that its release is “right around the corner.”
Pokemon Go, which met huge success when it was launched, has been struggling to maintain its popularity, as it lost more than 10 million daily active users from its mid-July peak. As a result, it now becomes more important for developer Niantic Labs to come up with constant dose of updates to keep the interest of the remaining players alive in the game.