Pokémon Go: "Buddy System" Coming Soon

One of the big selling points of Pokémon Yellow was the fact that Pikachu would follow your character around just like it does in the anime. It made players feel like they were in Ash Ketchum’s shoes,  going on an adventure with everyone’s favorite electric mouse. That feature came back in a much bigger way in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, where the functionality was expanded to include every Pokémon character in the game. Some time this fall, you’ll be able to explore the entire world with your favourite Pokémon thanks to an update coming to Pokémon Go for iOS and Android.

Check out Niantic’s press release:

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It’s been a busy summer and, in addition to battling bots and fixing bugs, we’ve also been busy working on some new features for our Pokémon GO Trainers. As you know, we recently released the new Pokémon Appraisal feature, which helps Trainers identify which Pokémon has the most potential for battle. Today we wanted to let you know about a new feature for the game that is just around the corner.

The next addition to Pokémon GO will be Buddy Pokémon. You will be able to pick your favorite Pokémon from your collection to become your buddy, opening up unique in-game rewards and experiences. Buddy Pokémon 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 Pokémon at any time.

We’ve got a lot more in the works this fall. Stay tuned here for all the details.