Posted by Jeremy Meisnitzer on September 2nd, 2016 | 02:34 PM
Niantic has announced a new feature that will allow you to set a Pokémon as your buddy and have it follow you around. Doing this provides bonuses such as extra candy.
Earlier in the week data miners found hints that this feature was in the game code, but now Niantic has officially confirmed it. Unfortunately, they did not say when it will be released and only teased that it is "right around the corner." You can read the full press release below.
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.
The Pokémon GO Development Team