The latest revealing of the Buddy System has made the players excited about having a Buddy Pokemon walking with you that unlocks new rewards in the form of candies.

Edit: The new app update is now publicly available as a new version – 0.37.0 for Android and 1.7.0 for iOS. More about the app update here.

With the help of this chart, you can know plan a pre-strategy of which Pokemon you can have as a Buddy for short walks, while which to have for comparatively longer walks, and get the perfect number of candies you require. One of the biggest advantages of this Buddy System is, you’ll no longer have to carelessly toss your starter Pokemon even if they’re rare just to get its candy.

As you know, the Buddy System has 4 sizes of Pokemon – Medium, Big, Shoulder and Flying, which decides the position of Pokemon besides you.

The Distance in the Chart below refers to the Distance you need to walk to obtain 1 candy of a Pokemon.

Buddy System Pokemon Walking Distance and Size

No.NameDistance (km)Size
1Bulbasaur3Medium
2Ivysaur3Big
3Venusaur3Big
4Charmander3Medium
5Charmeleon3Medium
6Charizard3Big
7Squirtle3Medium
8Wartortle3Medium
9Blastoise3Big
10Caterpie1Shoulder
11Metapod1Medium
12Butterfree1Flying
13Weedle1Shoulder
14Kakuna1Medium
15Beedrill1Flying
16Pidgey1Shoulder
17Pidgeotto1Flying
18Pidgeot1Flying
19Rattata1Medium
20Raticate1Medium
21Spearow1Shoulder
22Fearow1Flying
23Ekans3Medium
24Arbok3Big
25Pikachu1Shoulder
26Raichu1Medium
27Sandshrew3Medium
28Sandslash3Medium
29NidoranFemale3Medium
30Nidorina3Medium
31Nidoqueen3Big
32NidoranMale3Medium
33Nidorino3Medium
34Nidoking3Big
35Clefairy1Medium
36Clefable1Big
37Vulpix3Medium
38Ninetales3Big
39Jigglypuff1Medium
40Wigglytuff1Big
41Zubat1Flying
42Golbat1Flying
43Oddish3Medium
44Gloom3Medium
45Vileplume3Big
46Paras3Medium
47Parasect3Medium
48Venonat3Medium
49Venomoth3Flying
50Diglett3Medium
51Dugtrio3Big
52Meowth3Medium
53Persian3Medium
54Psyduck3Medium
55Golduck3Big
56Mankey3Medium
57Primeape3Big
58Growlithe3Medium
59Arcanine3Big
60Poliwag3Medium
61Poliwhirl3Big
62Poliwrath3Big
63Abra3Medium
64Kadabra3Big
65Alakazam3Big
66Machop3Medium
67Machoke3Big
68Machamp3Big
69Bellsprout3Medium
70Weepinbell3Big
71Victreebel3Big
72Tentacool3Medium
73Tentacruel3Big
74Geodude1Medium
75Graveler1Big
76Golem1Big
77Ponyta3Medium
78Rapidash3Big
79Slowpoke3Medium
80Slowbro3Big
81Magnemite3Flying
82Magneton3Big
83Farfetchd3Medium
84Doduo3Medium
85Dodrio3Big
86Seel3Medium
87Dewgong3Medium
88Grimer3Medium
89Muk3Big
90Shellder3Medium
91Cloyster3Big
92Gastly3Flying
93Haunter3Flying
94Gengar3Big
95Onix5Big
96Drowzee3Big
97Hypno3Big
98Krabby3Medium
99Kingler3Big
100Voltorb3Medium
101Electrode3Big
102Exeggcute3Medium
103Exeggutor3Big
104Cubone3Medium
105Marowak3Medium
106Hitmonlee5Big
107Hitmonchan5Big
108Lickitung3Medium
109Koffing3Big
110Weezing3Big
111Rhyhorn3Big
112Rhydon3Big
113Chansey5Big
114Tangela3Medium
115Kangaskhan3Big
116Horsea3Medium
117Seadra3Big
118Goldeen3Medium
119Seaking3Big
120Staryu3Medium
121Starmie3Big
122Mr. Mime5Medium
123Scyther5Big
124Jynx5Big
125Electabuzz5Medium
126Magmar5Big
127Pinsir5Big
128Tauros3Big
129Magikarp1Medium
130Gyarados1Big
131Lapras5Big
132Ditto3Medium
133Eevee5Shoulder
134Vaporeon5Medium
135Jolteon5Medium
136Flareon5Medium
137Porygon3Big
138Omanyte5Medium
139Omastar5Big
140Kabuto5Medium
141Kabutops5Big
142Aerodactyl5Big
143Snorlax5Big
144Articuno5Flying
145Zapdos5Flying
146Moltres5Big
147Dratini5Medium
148Dragonair5Big
149Dragonite5Big
150Mewtwo5Big
151Mew5Medium

Correlation between the Candy Distance in Buddy System and Egg Hatching Distance

There’s a very close correlation between the Distance you need to walk to obtain a Candy in the Buddy System and the distance you need to walk to hatch an Egg.

Here’s its conclusive correlation in a short table:

Walking distancePokemon
1 kmHatching from 2 km eggs except starters
3 kmHatching from 5 km eggs + starters + Ditto
5 kmHatching from 10 km eggs + Legendary Pokemon

Legendary Pokemon can also become your buddies!

After mining the game data of the new update – 0.37.0, the GAME_MASTER file contains the distance requirements for Ditto, Legendary Pokemon, Mew and Mewtwo. This gives a hint that these Pokemon can also become our buddies if we catch them sometime in the future!

In your opinion, which is the best Pokemon to keep as a buddy? Let us know in the comments below.