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Pokemon Go Buddy Adventure guide – Levels, hearts, the Poffin, more

Published: 23/Dec/2019 22:32 Updated: 27/Dec/2019 13:43

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go Buddy System has been revamped as part of a huge update to the existing feature.

The original Buddy System was a welcome addition to Pokemon Go when it first arrived all the way back in September 2016. The concept was simple: select one of your Pokemon as a buddy and earn candy every time you walk a certain distance. Basic, but pleasing.

Now Niantic has given the popular feature a massive update, allowing you to become even better buddies with your Pokemon. As your friendship grows so do the in-game benefits. However, be warned, it’s quite a grind to get to the highest “Best Buddy” level.

@PokemonGoAppWho’s your Buddy in Pokemon Go?

Raise your Buddy levels

There are now buddy levels with the introduction of the new system. They follow the same hierarchical structure that Pokemon Go friends do: Good, Great, Ultra and Best.

Your buddy level is measured by hearts, something which you can earn by interacting with your Buddy Pokemon and generally making it happy. Here are the benefits of attaining each buddy level and how many hearts are needed to get to each of them:

Buddy Level Hearts required Benefits
Good Buddy 1 Your buddy can join you on your map view! You’ll also see how your buddy feels on the buddy profile page.
Great Buddy 70 Having a hard time catching a Pokemon? Your buddy may help you out in Pokemon encounters! It can also bring you items that can help you in your Pokemon Go journey.
Ultra Buddy 150 Your buddy will help you explore the world around you by letting you know about interesting places nearby! Your buddy will also bring you Souvenirs, which you can keep track of on the buddy profile page.
Best Buddy 300 Become Best Buddies, and your buddy will sport a Best Buddy Ribbon to show off to everyone just how close you two are! Pokemon that you’re Best Buddies with can get a CP boost in combat as long as they’re still assigned as your Buddy Pokémon.

How to earn hearts

There are currently six ways to gain affection with your Pokemon Go Buddy, otherwise known as hearts. The maximum you can earn is 10 a day but this can be increased to 20 if your Pokemon is excited (more on that below).

Activity Details Heart limit per day
Walk together You can earn a heart for every 2km you walk with your buddy. Walking distance is only counted while your buddy is walking with you on the map. 3
Give your buddy a treat When your buddy is hungry, give it a treat (berry). A heart is earned when your buddy is full. 3
Play together Play with your buddy in AR mode. 1
Battle together Battling in gyms, raids, against other trainers or against Team Rocket will earn you a heart. 1
Take a snapshot Take a snapshot with your buddy. 1
Visit a new place Spin a PokeStop or Gym you haven’t visited before. 1

How to get your buddy excited

One of the more frequently asked questions from Pokemon Go trainers regarding the new Buddy Adventure system is how to get your buddy excited. There’s a reason it’s been such a popular question and that’s because it isn’t easy to do.

There is a simple way to do it, however. If you give your buddy a Poffin, which is a new item in Pokemon Go, it will automatically boost their mode to excited.

Poffins aren’t like other berries though, which can easily be found by spinning PokeStops among other methods. Instead, they have to be bought in the PokeShop for the relatively expensive cost of 100 PokeCoins.

A Poffin is the only known way to get your Buddy excited in Pokemon Go…

Trainers are all too aware of how hard PokeCoins are to earn without buying them with real money. After all, you can only earn a maximum of 50 a day and that’s by battling in gyms.

How long does it take to reach the Good, Great, Ultra and Best Buddy levels?

Assuming you’re an active Pokemon Go player, and that you’re not willing to buy a Poffin or jump through hoops to get your buddy Pokemon excited otherwise, you can earn 10 hearts a day. This means you can earn each buddy level in the following time:

  • Good Buddy: Straight away
  • Great Buddy: 7 days
  • Ultra Buddy: 15 days
  • Best Buddy: 30 days

If you are willing to invest in a Poffin then you can halve each of these times.

There you have it, everything you need to know about the new Pokemon Go Buddy Adventure System. It is also worth noting that you can use multiple buddies and, therefore, have numerous Best Buddy companions if you’re willing to put the time in.


Pokemon Go January 19 Spotlight Hour: Shroomish, 2x bonus, more

Published: 18/Jan/2021 12:47

by Daniel Megarry


Pokemon Go is celebrating its third Spotlight Hour for January 2021 by focusing on Gen 3 species Shroomish. The event will feature plenty of the ‘mon to catch, as well as bonus XP.

For January’s third Spotlight Hour, Niantic are looking back at the Hoenn region’s Shroomish. It was first introduced in Gameboy Advance titles Ruby and Sapphire, which marked the franchise’s third generation.

The one-hour Spotlight event will give players a chance to stock up on candy for the mushroom-inspired ‘mon, which is useful as collecting a total of 50 candies will allow them to evolve their Shroomish into a Breloom.

Here’s everything you need to know about the limited-time Spotlight Hour that takes place on January 19.

Shroomish in Pokemon
The Pokemon Company
Shroomish gets the Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour on January 19.

Pokemon Go Shroomish Spotlight Hour start time

Each Tuesday, the mobile title honors a single ‘mon for an hour. During those 60 minutes, fans will see a major boost in spawn rates which will allow them to stock up on Candy, as well as getting a chance to score a Shiny variant.

Gen III’s Shroomish is getting a Spotlight Hour on January 19. The limited-time event officially kicks off 6PM and ends at 7PM. It should be noted that it is based on each player’s local time, so make sure to show up based on your own clock.

It’s good to be prepared for these Spotlight Hours, as 60 minutes isn’t much time at all and you don’t want to waste it by visiting PokeStops. Stock up on Pokeballs and berries beforehand, and you’ll be good to go.

Using a lure is also a good idea if you have one spare as it will increase the amount of Pokemon you encounter in the wild for half an hour.

Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour bonus

The Shroomish Spotlight Hour coincides with this month’s Mystery Bonus. On January 19, players can get double catch Candy during the celebration.

Players looking to evolve their Shroomish into a Breloom should take advantage of this, as they will earn double the Candy when they catch Shroomish, allowing them to evolve their favorite creature in less time.

Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021 Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

Unfortunately, Shroomish isn’t currently available as a Shiny variant in Pokemon Go, but we’re hoping that will change soon.

Just like previous years, each month will have a total of four Spotlight Hours that will run every Tuesday. Next up will be the elephant-inspired Phanpy on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

January is jam-packed with events in Pokemon Go. Shroomish’s Spotlight Hour launches on the same day as the Hoenn celebration event, which highlights Gen 3 Pokemon including Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip.