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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 community stunned after card collection worth millions surfaces

Published: 27/Nov/2020 21:06

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Trading Card Game hobby was rocked in November when a man rediscovered his mind-blowing complete collection of the rare 1999 Base Set. The fan has stacks of every character, including hundreds of Charizards.

Despite releasing decades ago, the Pokemon TCG has seen a major explosion in value in 2020. Cards once traded on playgrounds and stuffed into 90s children’s binders are now selling for as much as a sports car. 

A man went viral after discovering their collection may be one of the most complete sets to ever exist. The fan’s unfathomable amount of rare collectibles could actually have an impact on the future of the hobby’s prices.

Screenshot of Pokemon Trading Card Game collection worth millions.
YouTube: PokeMans Alex
A jaw-dropping Pokemon card collection surfaced on YouTube.

Pokemon fan discovers TCG collection is worth millions

Pokemon cards have never been more popular this year as the collectible hobby has now even taken over platforms such as YouTube and Twitch. Celebrities such as former rapper Logic are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars to scoop up the rare Nintendo items. 

On November 22, a video went viral online of a man showing off his mind-blowing collection that has many collectors turning their heads. “Literally got all of my Pokemons stuff out of the loft from my recent move,” YouTuber PokeMans Alex explained before showing off his astonishing collection.

Holding up a stack of rare holographic cards from the 1999 base set, the fan exclaimed, “As you can see they are mint, and have not been touched for so long.” The TCG collector then revealed his unprecedented number of Charizards. “I don’t know if you are ready for this,” he warned, before holding up a stack of 111 cards of the rare starter ‘mon.

(Charizard cards start at 07:56)

To put that into perspective, in October a PSA graded 10 of the same item is now selling for $30k alone. The content creator emptied over seven binders on his table to reveal a 1999 base set that was not only complete, but also had stacks of over 50 of the same card for every single character.“I’m ready to put all of these away back in the safe where they are now gonna stay,” he said.

Veteran Pokemon card YouTuber PokeRev reacted to the video on November 26 and exclaimed, “Did you open all these packs as a kid? It’s just an insane amount of holo cards. When we were kids, just to get a couple holos from the base set was really good. But to have thousands is insane!”

Other famous collectors such as British rapper Randolph commented, “Unreal mate.” Gaming YouTuber Ali A wrote, “How did you originally collect SO many cards!? Are you looking to sell any of them?”

Screenshot of YouTube comments reacting to million dollar Pokemon card collection.
Other famous Pokemon collectors took notice of the insane set.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear just how much the YouTuber’s incredible Pokemon haul is worth. None of the collectibles have actually been looked at by professional grading companies PSA or Beckett. And the majority of its value revolves around its condition and score.

A set of this magnitude is unprecedented and could have a severe impact on what TCG cards are worth in the future. A big factor in an item’s selling price hinges on it having a low population. PokeMans Alex’s collection could soon flood the market should he decide to get things graded.