"Pokémon GO" Buddy Adventure Guide

Updated on December 23, 2019
Jowy2000 profile image

Sigbog is an avid Level 40 "Pokémon GO" player and raider with lots of knowledge and experience to draw from.

"Pokemon GO" Buddy Adventure Guide

Everything you need to know about the Buddy Adventure feature!
Everything you need to know about the Buddy Adventure feature!

Buddy Adventure in Pokémon GO

Pokémon GO continues to aim to satisfy childhood hopes and dreams by adding a new feature allowing players to have a more meaningful relationship with their Buddy Pokémon. Now, your Buddy Pokémon will be much more engaging as well as offer more benefits to you as a player. You'll have new experiences in AR+, the world map, and even in combat as this features touches many areas of the game.

Interacting With Your Buddy Pokémon

Your Buddy Pokémon will now be so much more than just a selection that shows up in your profile and occasionally drops you candy. Now there are many more ways they will show up in your game:

  • It will follow you around in the world map view
  • It may help you out in Pokémon encounters
  • It will occasionally bring you items and even Souvenirs
  • It will let you know about nearby interesting places

Niantic has also teased the possibility of being able to see your and other player's Pokémon in AR+ sometime in the future. Just think of the group photos!

However, you'll have to build a relationship with your Buddy in order to get all these benefits and perks.

Your Buddy Will Now Be on the Map!

They'll finally hang out with you on more than just your profile!
They'll finally hang out with you on more than just your profile!

The New Buddy Affection System

Similar to the Friend system, Buddy Pokémon will have various buddy levels that each come with perks. These levels include:

  • Good Buddy (Requires 1 heart)
    The introduction level, they will simply follow you around on the map plus you will be able to see and impact their mood
  • Great Buddy (Requires 70 hearts)
    Buddy Pokémon will now help you in encounters and bring you items
  • Ultra Buddy (Requires 150 hearts)
    At this point, they will notify you of nearby special locations and potentially bring you Souvenirs
  • Best Buddy (Requires 300 hearts)
    You will unlock a Best Buddy ribbon and will have boosted CP in combat while they are assigned as your buddy

In order to improve your buddy level, you must do activities with your Pokémon to earn hearts. These activities can be done daily and include:

  • Walking around together (1 heart per 2km walked, limit 3 times per day)
  • Giving a berry to your buddy (Takes 3 regular berries or 2 golden razz berries for a heart, limit 3 hearts per day, but won't work if your Pokemon's mood is maxed)
  • Playing together (1 heart per day, simply open up AR+ and tickle it a bit)
  • Battling together (limit 1 heart per day)
  • Take a snapshot of them (limit 1 heart per day)
  • Visiting new stops (limit 1 heart per day)

This means you can get up to 10 hearts per day, meaning if you earn each heart per day you'll reach Best Buddy level in 1 month.

Buddy Activity Screen

You'll have to work to get a Best Buddy!
You'll have to work to get a Best Buddy!

Buddy Mood

Along with the buddy level system, your buddy will also have a mood. Doing activities will increase your buddy level and also simultaneously increase your buddy's mood, leading to short term positive affects. Improving your buddy's mood can lead to the following benefits:

  • Buddy distance to find a Candy can be cut in half
  • Affection hearts earned per buddy activity increased
  • Trainers can earn bonus hearts

Your Pokémon's mood is signified by a face on your Buddy's profile. You'll find that mood slowly decays over time so you'll have to re-open the game and play with your Buddy or feed it occasionally throughout the day.

Souvenirs

Souvenirs are a new item to Pokémon GO, but thus far don't appear to do anything new. They're simply a neat new collection mechanic. Occasionally your Buddy Pokémon will bring you Souvenirs as long as you're Ultra Buddies or higher. The Souvenirs can be seen on the Buddy profile page. In the classic video games, many of these items simply exist to be sold, but this is not the case in Pokémon GO. Perhaps they'll have a more concrete user in the future.

Final Thoughts

Overall this new feature is exciting and finally adds a little flavor to the idea of going on an adventure with your Buddy in a way that didn't exist with the old Buddy system. It's certainly not a dramatic re-defining of Pokémon GO, but it's a nice addition to the game and a further enhancement to the solo experience of playing.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)