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Pokemon Go: How to make the most of buddy candy, distance and tips

Published: 12/Mar/2019 12:23 Updated: 15/Sep/2019 20:29

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon Go buddy system is an excellent way to get specific species’ candy without having to find them in the wild, or elsewhere. It’s important to understand how it works to make the most of it, though.

It was introduced in September, 2017 allowing you to earn candy for a specific Pokemon by simply walking with it.

How to get buddy candy?

To get buddy candy for a specific Pokemon, you will need to select it as your buddy. This can be achieved using the following steps:

  1. Tap your trainer avatar (in the bottom-left of the main screen)
  2. Tap the buddy icon
  3. Tap the Pokemon you want as your buddy

Choose a Pokemon that you actually need candy for, not one that just looks cute to walk with. If you don’t want any additional candy, then, yes, you can just choose your favorite.

It is important to note that if you have already selected a buddy Pokemon, that changing them will cause any progress you have made towards the next candy to be lost.

You can navigate to the buddy menu (right) by clicking on the trainer avatar in the bottom left (left)…

Don’t waste your walking

It is important to note that if you have already selected a buddy Pokemon, that changing them will cause any progress you have made towards the next candy to be lost.

A notification will appear each time your buddy Pokemon earns a candy. It is at this point it would be best to change your buddy Pokemon, should you wish to do so, as no walking distance is wasted.

It is also wise to avoid evolving your buddy Pokemon. This is because when it evolves it counts as new Pokemon, erasing the distance you have currently travelled with it.

Buddy distance – how far to walk?

Buddy candy is rewarded after walking a certain distance with your selected buddy Pokemon. The distance required to walk varies between different species.

Generally, the rarer the Pokemon, the further you will need to walk to generate a candy as they are naturally harder to find in the wild.

For example the likes of Pidgey are just 1km per candy whereas a rarer Pokemon such as Magmar are 5km. All legendary Pokemon such as Articuno and Lugia are 20km. Pokemon of the same evolution line, for example Charmander, Charmeleon and Charizard, always require the same walking distance.

Buddy tips – which to select?

You should always a select a Pokemon to buddy up with that you need candy for. This could be because it’s a powerful Pokemon which you want to power up or you could be close to evolving it. Basically you should have a goal in mind for that Pokemon.

How far you need to walk to earn that candy also needs to be considered. For example if you have an average IV legendary Pokemon, it isn’t worth walking the 20km to earn a candy. In contrast, if you are one candy away from being able to evolve a high IV Vulpix, then it’s worth selecting it.

Species such as Magikarp and Swablu need a lot of candy to evolve, so they are two Pokemon that would make an ideal buddy. However, don’t prematurely evolve Magikarp as evolving the harmless fish is one of the special research tasks from the sixth stage of “A Mythical Discovery”. If you already have, you’ll need to find another 400 Magikarp candy!

Switching your buddy Pokemon so close to getting a candy isn’t a good idea…

Which buddy Pokemon sit on your shoulder?

A lot of Pokemon Go trainers ask the question which buddy Pokemon sit on your shoulder. Well, here is that list. Pikachu is special whereby it will move to your shoulder after walking 10km.

  • Pikachu (after 10km)
  • Caterpie
  • Weedle
  • Pidgey
  • Spearow
  • Eevee
  • Natu
  • Sunkern
  • Murkrow
  • Wurmple
  • Plusle
  • Minun

There are also Pokemon which can be held in your arms. They are as follows:

  • Pichu
  • Cleffa
  • Togepi
  • Smoochum
  • Elekid
  • Magby

Pokemon players put on notice as ‘Temtem’ confirmed for PS5

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:04 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 17:05

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon inspired game Temtem is now coming to the PS5 as an early access console debut exclusive.

Temtem is an increasingly popular MMORPG game which was first made available on the PC back in January 2020. It had already been announced for next-gen consoles – PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

However, it is PlayStation players that will get to experience Temtem first though, as it will come to the PS5 on December 8. Releases dates for the Xbox systems and Nintendo Switch have yet to be announced, but it will be launching at some point in 2021.

The official PlayStation blog confirmed that the game will feature crossplay between the PS5 and PC. Presumably, this means it will feature crossplay between all consoles when it is eventually released universally.

Unfortunately, Temtem won’t be free. The standard edition will cost $37.49 and the deluxe edition $57.49. You can find the differences between the two versions below:

Temem Standard Deluxe Version Differences
PlayStation Blog
It’ll cost you an extra 20$ for the Early Access – Camo Outfit…

Pokemon clone?

Any time a game comes out where there are various different creatures to collect and put them into battle together, comparisons to Pokemon are naturally drawn. Attempts to emulate the franchise should come as no surprise given how incredibly successful it has been.

One thing that Crema is trying to differentiate from Pokemon, is that of the game’s difficulty. “Temtem also offers some more activities, catering to the more hardcore players out there. Attempt to take on Dojo leaders in new increasingly difficult battles in weekly challenges, hunt for ultra-rare, specially colored Temtems called Lumas at the Saipark, or fish for one of the many (10,368 to be exact!) variations of Koish at the Nuru Lodge,” the PlayStation blog shared.

This is in addition to ranked battles. The developers promise that these battles will be determined by skill rather than luck.

While it’s certain that Pokemon will remain at the top of the mountain, Temtem proves that there is room for a competitor. They’ve certainly got the console advantage, but time will tell if they can even lay a glove on the monster that is the Pokemon franchise.