Pokémon GO Trainers may soon be able to choose a “Buddy Pokémon” to accompany them on their adventure, according to the game’s current code.
The latest Pokémon GO update, released on August 23 for both Android and iOS, implemented Pokémon Appraisal and squashed a Gym-related bug. However, one dataminer has since sifted through the update’s entire code base which reveals a new buddy system-like feature.
A new file called “BuddyPokemon.proto” references multiple instances and instructions for Buddy Pokémon. And from the looks of it, Trainers will be rewarded with Candy upon walking a certain distance with their partnered Pocket Monster, making the hunt for the sweets a bit more enjoyable.
In addition, Buddy Pokémon seem to come in different shapes and sizes; the code mentions “Medium,” “Shoulder,” “Big,” and “Flying.” Two other code functions, “SetBuddyPokemonMessage” and “GetBuddyWalkedMessage,” are present, but currently do not have instructions associated to them.
Niantic Labs has not yet announced any plans to implement this type of feature. However, we are looking forward to having a Wailord perched high atop one of our shoulders. If that’s ever possible.
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