Be sure to check your Pokemon Go app today, as Niantic has finally released the buddy update. If you're just catching up, this feature allows you to choose a specific Pokemon as your loyal companion, earning candy for its species and evolutions as you walk around town. Even better, fan site Pokemon Go Hub has broken down exactly how far you'll need to walk to earn said candy, so you can pick and plan your routes.
First thing's first: how to choose your buddy Pokemon. Begin by tapping your trainer icon in the lower-left corner of your screen. Then, tap the menu button in the bottom-right corner. You should see "Buddy" as an available option - if you don't, make sure you have the latest update from your phone's app store.
Now, which Pokemon should you pick? The Buddy system is ideal for tough-to-catch Pokemon that you want to evolve. For example, the three starters (Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle) are not only relatively rare, but they require a good amount of candy to evolve into their more powerful forms. By setting one of these as your buddy, you'll progress toward evolving them while you're out walking or hunting for other Pokemon. Yay for multitasking!
So, with that information in hand, here's a breakdown of how far you'll need to walk with each Pokemon to earn one candy:
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