Buddy Adventure is a new Pokémon GO feature that allows players to become best buddies with their favorite Pokémon buddy and unlock various bonuses along the way. In this guide, we’re breaking down how the feature works, how to level up your Buddy Pokémon and how to optimize your play time to get the most of this feature.
Your friendship with a Buddy Pokémon can level up four times, starting with Good Buddy and ending with Best Buddy. Each friendship level requires collecting a set amount of Affection Hearts, which are earned by interacting with your Buddy and playing the game with that Pokémon assigned as your Buddy.
There are four different Buddy Levels:
|Buddy Level||Affection Hearts Needed|
|Good Buddy||❤️ x1|
|Great Buddy||❤️ x70|
|Ultra Buddy||❤️ x150|
|Best Buddy||❤️ x300|
You can earn up to 10 Hearts a day to increase your friendship level. If your Buddy’s mood is “Excited” you can earn up to 20 Affection Hearts. You can reach the Best Buddy status in 30 days (or less) if you complete your daily tasks every day.
You can collect Affection Hearts by doing the following activities:
After acquiring the first set of 10 hearts, you can unlock the second set by reaching certain thresholds with each Activity category. These thresholds are still being researched, but it seems that they’re 200 snapshots, 20 new places to visit and a combination of other ones.
You can forcibly unlock additional 10 Hearts with use of Poffin without having completed any hearts (source).
Here’s how to get your Buddy excited:
Here are the activities you can do to get to Excited Mood:
Each buddy friendship level unlocks different bonuses (stronger level include lower level bonuses as well):
Interacting with your buddy improves their Mood. Mood decreases over time, which requires you to keep interacting with your buddy to keep their Mood up.
There are five possible moods:
Excited, the most positive Mood, increases the number of possible Affection hearts you can earn that day. While your buddy is Excited, you’ll see double heart icons next to each activity. The walking distance required to collect a Candy will also be reduced while your buddy is Excited.
Feeding your Buddy Berries will fill up its Hunger meter. As time goes on, your Buddy will get hungry and its mood will reduce. There are 6 segments in the Hunger meter and each segment lasts for 30 minutes. Your Buddy will deplete the entire Hunger meter in 3 hours.
Depending on the type of Berry you use, the Hunger meter will fill up differently:
Swapping out your Buddy will make it Hungry instantly, which can be useful to quickly collect Affection Hearts for this category. Be careful, as walking distance will be reset on swap.
Your Buddy will become hungry even if the game is not running.
Poffin is a new premium item that fills your buddy’s hunger meter automatically and boosts their Mood to Excited. Poffins can be purchased from the Shop using 100 PokéCoins. Poffin will also keep your Buddy full, stay on the Map, and stay Excited for longer (early research suggests 6 hours).
Although it’s not necessary to buy Poffins, if you plan to level up multiple Buddies at the same time, it could be useful to have a few in your inventory.
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