Niantic continues to add new features to Pokémon GO. They recently released the Pokémon Appraisal feature, which gives players some advice about each of their Pokémon. Soon, players will get to choose a Buddy Pokémon. Niantic says that the Buddy feature 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.
Nothing more has been officially stated about exactly what Buddy Pokémon will do for the player. We can speculate a bit based on what we already know about how the game works. Right now, the Candy in the game is specific to one type of Pokémon and cannot be used on any other kind. Niantic says the Buddy Pokémon will give players Candy. Could the Candy from the Buddy Pokémon be used to evolve that Pokémon? We will have to wait and see.