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Pokémon GO Buddy System Update Lets Pikachu Ride on Your Shoulder


Pokémon GO Buddy System is finally applied in the newest update of the game. The buddy system makes trainer can walk with their chosen Pokémon and earn candies to make it grow.

Pokemon GO Buddy System

Niantic releases the announcement as follows:

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.37.0 for Android and 1.7.0 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

  • Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
  • Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
  • Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
  • Pokémon GO Plus support
  • Minor text fixes.

We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon GO. Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon GO. Remember to download Pokémon GO from the official Google Play Store or iTunes App Store only.

It is also reported that there is an easter egg in the new buddy system. Reported from The Silph Road, trainers who choose Pikachu as their walking buddy will see that the Pokémon will ride on the trainers’ shoulders in trainer details screen. However, the Pikachu needs to be walked around for 10 km to get him ride onto your shoulder.

Pokemon GO Buddy System - pikachu easter egg.jpg

Pokémon GO is available now for Android and iOS. The game is free with some in-app purchases feature. Read more post related to Pokémon GO here!


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