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The introduction of a 'Friendship' system in Pokémon GO was one of the biggest changes since the game began. Making a new friend is the very first task of the recent Jump-Start Research quest, so many of us are scrambling to find someone we haven't already added over the past year. That's where our community list below might come in handy.

Adding friends has other benefits, too. Not only can you trade monsters with other players (and fill those pesky gaps in your Pokédex), receive 7km eggs with Gifts and battle other trainers, but it's also possible to gain loads of valuable experience points by exchanging gifts and trading with one another, and when you get past level 30 - where earning enough XP to level-up becomes a bit of a grind - this really comes in handy.

Don't believe us? Check out the stats below to see what we mean:


Friendship Level Bonuses
Friend Nothing (default status)
Good Friend 3,000 XP
Ability to Trade and send / receive Gifts
Great Friend 10,000 XP
Small Stardust discount when Trading
Small Gym and Raid attack bonus
+1 Raid capture balls
Ultra Friend 50,000 XP
Medium Stardust discount on Trading
Medium Gym and Raid attack bonus
+2 Raid capture balls
Best Friend 100,000 XP
Large Stardust discount on Trading
Large Gym and Raid attack bonus
+4 Raid capture balls

As you can see, it takes a while to earn 'best friend' status, but when you consider that a maximising your friendship level with just one person can bag you a whopping 164,000 XP (and that's not including any bonuses you might get from using a Lucky Egg) it becomes clear that this is a quick route to easy XP. Now take into account that you can have 200 friends at any one time, and once you've become 'best friends', you can remove that friend and add another, continuing the process. The end result is loads and loads of lovely XP.

However, there are caveats. Not only is there a limit on how many gifts you yourself can open in a single day (12), you can only send one gift to the same friend in a 24 hour period - and it's only possible to send 100 gifts in a day, too. Even so, this is a much more effective means of gaining XP than catching monsters, leveling up Pokémon, spinning Pokéstops and taking part in raid and gym battles - plus, gifts are handed out pretty regularly at Pokéstops so as long as you're doing plenty of walking, you shouldn't run out of them.

Of course, Niantic may well alter this system in the future (an easy way would be to reduce the number of gifts given out at Pokéstops, for example) but for the time being, it's the best way to boost your XP level.

Pokemon GO Friends

With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to give our readers a single place where they can easily find new friends to add.

If you're not sure how to share your own friend code, allow us to help. Simply tap on your trainer icon on the main screen, and then tap the 'Friends' tab in the top-right corner of the screen. From here, you can see your current list of friends, as well as the 'Add Friend' icon. Tapping this will not only give you a box into which you can input codes for new friends, but also your own friend code. You can share this on social networks or copy the code and paste it elsewhere - such as in the box below!

Pokémon GO Friend Codes

We've had 1000s of users add their friend codes, here are 250 of them at random (reload the page for another 250 at random):

UsernamePokemon Go Friend Code
LeakdLeakd8243-7624-3804
Mridenour77Mridenour773259-2169-0794
Subject_rcSubject_rc3377-0277-9753
busymcwearybusymcweary1049-4972-4663
scorpiotazboyscorpiotazboy2461-4363-3819
BigKuntryNelsonBigKuntryNelson8822-4177-4259
IrsyadaaliIrsyadaali8479-0633-6193
Elliekat3Elliekat30106-5757-0688
JasperianJasperian0068-7053-5584
MurdocwillisMurdocwillis0564-1056-8584
HorixionHorixion4099-9009-8774
TheEpinephrinTheEpinephrin0051-8629-3886
0zsopoki0zsopoki7425-2525-8796
000000000000001l000000000000001l1085-0058-3707
BiggityB05BiggityB053719-3820-8027
jgram34jgram344750-0252-7705
SpordeeSpordee1058-8957-1532
Black12345Black123456842-4755-4183
UniPrimeUniPrime2666-6083-9451
Duncan1016Duncan10169518-5884-6434
JaymeAnn13JaymeAnn133370-7309-9051
DesireehDesireeh7354-2791-8268
CorneliusbraedonCorneliusbraedon7072-4878-3413
AndytAndyt1072-3970-4919
Chobbs09Chobbs093898-1857-2037
HenryLBHenryLB4077-2287-6099
HeatherleeMaddenHeatherleeMadden3258-3121-3741
kaox79kaox797908-1101-1844
Mitmit89Mitmit896686-1917-5369
--ShadowKitzune--ShadowKitzune2622-6307-1032
Nicholask42Nicholask425752-5156-2365
marije015marije0157304-7150-7488
HopnpopHopnpop8621-3007-3617
Stangblue66Stangblue668743-6097-5641
nymuse25nymuse257842-5064-3647
SUPAMUMUTOSUPAMUMUTO2903-0956-1098
PokegoPokego6283-2457-9848
FireBall4AllFireBall4All6455-0873-6215
afrobandit24afrobandit249272-1863-5873
Warshadow420Warshadow4200452-7039-0803
TkeittTkeitt2627-2036-9907
01084cakeyjo01084cakeyjo9264-0042-6134
Fuffy80Fuffy806682-3376-5066
Sbry22Sbry223117-4361-9812
TravymurderTravymurder5755-2537-2917
NeggurbNeggurb0212-8589-6934
KindlycatchingKindlycatching1043-0663-6767
SicbrutlebrySicbrutlebry8186-0783-7087
almagesteralmagester8926-1217-3673
ZannykinsZannykins1833-7478-6968
KolinkKolink2617-6984-0795
sherlene19sherlene199802-3748-4888
George7114George71147992-7258-8001
Squeeks001Squeeks0014780-8942-9916
lyngdal66lyngdal663648-9353-0919
VagrantAshVagrantAsh1831-7747-2790
guacamole22guacamole220232-7983-7681
Asuna_LunaAsuna_Luna3443-3977-7956
MavricklionMavricklion2235-8259-1159
bh1222bh12225434-4205-3967
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Beerman316Beerman3162597-6654-1653
Janeson64Janeson642369-4098-3506
Roxychick32687Roxychick326876835-0392-4732
Sallad70Sallad704625-2658-1151
EmberBlaineEmberBlaine6399-6080-0682
BunJimonBunJimon2887-6262-4002
OrakiahOrakiah8588-0460-5355
elleffseeelleffsee8362-4213-4279
HewatermanHewaterman3631-6635-6280
NaterDawgNaterDawg1069-8644-7977
EeveelutionsForLEeveelutionsForL1262-1276-4151
Nelson8828Nelson88281836-9524-2290
JzwashbJzwashb2501-0066-3936
digi70digi704569-4477-0744
astew1987astew19871284-8700-8706
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Xrey17Xrey173959-6286-4510
BeigeKingsBeigeKings8592-4988-3137
RazmatazleRazmatazle3036-0754-6286
Cindyy423Cindyy4235827-0102-8251
takjartakjar1234-8790-9087
cjdoty1992cjdoty19924327-7970-9987
JotasJuniorJotasJunior1412-1104-4226
aya7aya7aya7aya73390-8747-6815
Logi55Logi554706-8886-6858
Dmcmissy329Dmcmissy3299469-1654-6982
LemonadeCafeLemonadeCafe2802-7982-5874
KrinnenGamesKrinnenGames5957-6741-4184
PenguinMageePenguinMagee4760-9456-1748
Ruthella2Ruthella23309-4642-3707
DrBobcatDrBobcat6120-3470-9019
AznbbymamaAznbbymama8134-8432-8186
GENGAR717GENGAR7176207-5556-2489
ShiroiTakaShiroiTaka7233-9253-2351
Hoboman16Hoboman169782-0757-7595
WanadererWanaderer4350-6869-2312
ademelo88ademelo881141-4133-6159
SillyummSillyumm8058-6904-9632
AngryjewcurlAngryjewcurl9710-3377-1730
CoreydobbyCoreydobby6464-2128-4540
0-0-00-0-02684-8054-4023
Bryan4757Bryan47572384-4378-2146
_________39_________395090-6727-8214
ttsstr5ttsstr56376-3298-3852
kirby376kirby3763688-0392-9881
MarkdwowwMarkdwoww1696-8655-6156
PlotfallPlotfall7984-8312-9218
Romeo-75Romeo-750265-4611-1539
WulfenGard94WulfenGard940030-6366-4869
Aero1957Aero19572609-3092-9212
Aibg2Aibg27732-9411-5073
eilleenyeilleeny0327-1721-3560
Alex1581Alex15814102-7848-1029
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thepriceistonythepriceistony2189-3150-1603
5gdrth5gdrth3825-8495-4294
asonkasonk5138-7926-2769
CaffeCaffe2102-2458-0013
MestmotionsMestmotions3680-2109-2958
0-00-04039-2884-5520
JayzzJayzz5188-5065-9238
GwenoviaGwenovia3036-6301-9153
ZoranVakulaZoranVakula6501-7328-2342
26ACEHOOD2626ACEHOOD262068-7712-7339
MehranMehran9625-9991-7770
checazzo2018checazzo20186302-1152-3157
scandal665scandal6650532-2170-1543
MindyjesseyMindyjessey0077-6752-5202
Lee86Lee861514-3753-8340
ClownbootsClownboots7343-8688-3499
DerekgreubelDerekgreubel5330-2471-2086
Madhatter89Madhatter892528-6334-0536
ELM97ELM970026-9896-8603
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LigadoMstRLigadoMstR9325-6300-9801
NESWestNESWest1496-0558-4481
Wink-and-BlinkWink-and-Blink3129-0262-4386
0Pablipuff0Pablipuff5247-9705-3014
EiciaEicia2913-1635-3944
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SinnohGeekSinnohGeek5162-0256-1522
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Kinglevi99Kinglevi993045-7623-0768
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-----Djordan23-------Djordan23--6293-5171-9732
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Add Your Pokemon Go Friend Code

Before you share your code here, it's worth noting that you'll be sharing your username, recent activity and other basic info with other players. Furthermore, when giving a gift the other player will be shown the location where a gift was found. If you have any concerns about your privacy then you might want to think twice before posting (it's worth noting that Niantic has disabled the friend system for all players under the age of 13).

We've already had 4,000 replies and counting on our forum, so if you are interested, add your code above and join the list!

So there you have it - post your friend code above and get ready to bag some easy XP!


This article is part of our Pokémon GO walkthrough and guide series. We have articles that take you through the basics, covering How To Catch Pokémon: Throwing Tips, Poké Balls, & Capture Rates, How To Redeem Pokémon GO Promo Codes, How To Check A Pokémon's IVs Using An IV Calculator, How Trading Works, How To Track Pokémon Using Maps And Trackers, What Star Pieces And Stardust Do And How To Get Them, How Player Vs. Player Trainer Battles Work, and How To Complete Field Research And Research Breakthroughs And All Rewards.

We cover regular weekly and monthly Pokémon GO events, such as Spotlight Hour Times And Bonus Hour Times, and Community Days. We also have charts, including a Type Chart With Effectiveness And Weakness For All Types, an Egg Chart Explaining 2km, 5km, 7km, & 10km Eggs, and a Buddy Chart Explaining How To Earn Candy.

Elsewhere we cover Friend Code And Sharing Them For Easy XP and Which Pokémon GO 'Auto Catch' Companion Device Is The Best, plus more advanced tactics and info such as All Fast Moves And Charge Moves, How To Get TMs, And How It All Works, Shiny Pokémon And How To Catch Them, Glacial Lures, Magnetic Lures, Mossy Lures in Pokémon GO (And Their Exclusive Evolutions), How To Get Lots Of Candy Fast, How Lucky Pokémon Work & How To Catch Them, How To Catch All 27 Regional Pokémon, the Best Attackers And Best Defenders, All Raid Bosses And Best Counters Listed By Tier, What EX Raids Are And How To Get EX Raid Passes, What A Super Incubators Does And How To Get One, and How Get Mega Energy.

Pocket Monster-wise, we have specific guides for How To Get Pangoro, Sylveon, Glaceon, Aromatisse, Slurpuff, Sirfetch’d, Galarian Cofagrigus And More, How To Get Sylveon, Leafeon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon, Vaporeon, Jolteon And Flareon, How To Evolve Wurmple Into Silcoon Or Cascoon, How To Get Tyrogue, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan And Hitmontop, How To Use The Weather To Get Each Castform Form, How To Catch And Evolve Into Galarian Slowbro, How To Catch Smeargle, How To Find And Evolve Burmy, How To Catch Spinda, Where To Find Unown, How To Catch Ditto, and The Rarest Pokémon Including Wild, Shiny, Mythical And Regional Catches.

We also cover timed research and special events, including Mew's 'A Mythical Discovery', Jirachi's 'A Thousand-Year Slumber', Celebi's 'A Ripple In Time', and Regigigas' 'A Colossal Discovery'. Other (past) event guides include Twitch Codes List - Pokémon World Championship 2022, How To Battle A Challenger (World Championships 2022), How To Battle Fashion Challengers, 'A Spooky Message' Spiritomb Quest, Kanto Event FAQ, and the Summer Tour 2018 Chicago GO Fest And Dortmund And Yokosuka Safari Zones.

Finally, there's our WIP Pokémon GO Pokédex, which currently goes up to 400 Pokémon: #1-50 | #51-100 | #101-150 | #151-200 | #201-250 | #251-300 | #301-350 | #351-400.