How to get Best Buddy status in Pokemon Go

Best Buddy Hearts Pokemon GoNiantic / The Pokemon Company

One of the most exciting features in Pokemon Go is the Buddy system that lets you take your favorite Pokemon and play with them out in the world! Players can earn Hearts to level up their partner, and you’ll get various rewards as they become your Best Buddy.

Pokemon Go includes different levels of friendship that players can develop with their Buddy as they earn Hearts in the game, these range from Good Buddy to Best Buddy. The bonus rewards given out for reaching Best Buddy status can be extremely helpful to trainers.

But what are the different Buddy levels, and more importantly, what’s the fastest way to make a Pokemon your Best Buddy in Pokemon Go? Here’s what you need to know to quickly get a Best Buddy.


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An image of Eevee and their trainer in Pokemon Go with best buddy statusNiantic / The Pokemon Company
Traveling around with your Buddy is one of the best parts of Pokemon Go.

How to get Best Buddy in Pokemon Go

This handy infographic from g47onik provides a surefire way to make a Pokemon your Best Buddy, getting them excited without having to use a Poffin.

An information graph of the fastest way to get best buddy status in Pokemon goReddit: g47onik
Fastest way to get Best Buddy status in Pokemon Go.

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Feed your Buddy 3 berries.
  2. Play with your Buddy.
  3. Take a snapshot of your Buddy.
  4. Finish 3 battles with Buddy in your party (PvP, Gym Battle, Training).

Once you’ve done this, you have to repeat the following process three times:

  1. Take a 2km walk or wait 30 minutes.
  2. Feed your Buddy one berry.
  3. Play with your Buddy.
  4. Take a snapshot of your Buddy.
  5. Finish one battle with Buddy in your party (PvP, Gym Battle, Training).

According to g47onik, after completing 1-4 steps, your Buddy in Pokemon Go will be Excited, allowing you to then complete a second batch of hearts in one day.

How many hearts for Best Buddy in Pokemon Go?

To earn Best Buddy with your chosen ‘mon, you’ll need to earn 300 Hearts. Completing the above process each day for 12-13 days will allow you to reach Best Buddy status, providing you also spin new Pokestops.

Pokemon Go Buddy level rewards

As mentioned before, you’ll earn extra rewards based on your level of friendship with your Buddy.

Here are the levels, requirements, and rewards with each Buddy level:

Buddy Status Requirements Reward
Good Buddy 1 Heart N/A
Great Buddy 70 Hearts Your Buddy will find presents for you!
Ultra Buddy 150 Hearts Your Buddy will bring you Souvenirs.
Best Buddy 300 Hearts CP boost for your Buddy in combat!

So, it’s definitely worth working with your Buddy for a few days to reach Best Buddy status, because the rewards could come in incredibly handy.

This infographic from Pokemon Go Hub shows everything you need to know.

An image of the Pokemon go buddy levels and rewardsPokemon GO Hub
All Pokemon Go Buddy levels and rewards

Even better, do this with some of your strongest Pokemon and they’ll become an even more valuable asset in battles and, more importantly, raids. Using the quick system above, you could be in for some seriously handy rewards.


So, there you have it. Everything you need to know about the fastest way to get Best Buddy in Pokemon Go, and how many hearts to get it.

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