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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
MikeySoCoolMikeySoCool6462-4720-2090
KrinnenGamesKrinnenGames5957-6741-4184
GrymstaGrymsta6549-6070-0348
BloodWolf1224BloodWolf12243382-2684-4042
adammitten1990adammitten19908571-9235-6955
LordkingmikkeLordkingmikke3306-5857-3410
asonkasonk5138-7926-2769
Radtrainer21Radtrainer214085-7345-0705
houstonmarkhoustonmark8675-2071-6932
SomastamaSomastama6824-3471-4623
WolfyNeko2526WolfyNeko25269661-0776-9251
AzrealsBladeAzrealsBlade5231-2059-9217
AtownAtown2586-5527-7371
DisDis3423-1952-0576
brittytringesbrittytringes7789-1197-7664
LIONNICK07LIONNICK075324-3892-9860
CosmicasdCosmicasd0108-0512-6300
uiufaupouiufaupo0068-8244-7054
Vixster84Vixster843346-9149-5898
NotAtreus69NotAtreus692964-8001-4745
ItsTaliyaItsTaliya6441-5957-8476
EvanidasEvanidas0851-1564-8876
erscrerscr1829-8815-7292
Chlo-Jo9390Chlo-Jo93901718-1146-8326
Bigggame78Bigggame785831-6515-8528
RumpuncherRumpuncher2470-2084-6539
rapuraarapuraa1027-7011-0470
Panth3r1i1yPanth3r1i1y3851-7047-2983
SawrayheySawrayhey3901-6331-0444
LupaloLupalo6831-5502-9154
BashStashBashStash4998-1412-9378
MattjtpMattjtp0060-3790-7023
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Gabby925Gabby9253324-5303-5109
NivulpisNivulpis4127-7422-4970
CazadorCazador3731-5493-8239
KorudragonKorudragon4940-6583-7451
SweetonnaSweetonna5800-8794-9578
Tinna54Tinna549485-0751-3773
DodidididodoDodidididodo8996-6287-2930
pantherg21pantherg219324-5564-9266
kqquilikqquili0350-3145-7366
Arcaios26Arcaios265084-3410-7949
BiotinBiotin0929-0635-3240
UsciUsci9884-5896-7549
Gatesy8383Gatesy83831771-5697-6502
ZombieLiamZombieLiam8737-7217-2760
FunpsizeFunpsize9918-9700-0632
zerotr0idzerotr0id8111-8629-9937
Clarence03Clarence033719-3682-3633
EdgarysusyEdgarysusy5675-0039-3335
FandabidoziFandabidozi3559-3655-7711
FricgusarFricgusar5640-3951-1655
--00--009498-8527-0410
TheBooredGeekTheBooredGeek0211-3589-6116
MurdocwillisMurdocwillis0564-1056-8584
Am009812Am0098124350-8325-5126
rtrogers12345rtrogers123450323-7930-8661
LucariwouLucariwou1602-8151-6726
KetchemgoneKetchemgone9716-2833-8308
penguinjavapenguinjava1036-8408-1721
ColepoolColepool9134-1860-7825
MommyNeedsWineMommyNeedsWine2289-0199-1472
Stef800Stef8007824-2142-5650
dukeshedevilldukeshedevill6150-7094-0565
rook1425rook14252790-3824-2565
Timmie96Timmie965478-2703-0297
stefanbkstefanbk6241-8893-8433
ChiefcatchemallChiefcatchemall6778-4880-2244
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FrancesB2005FrancesB20057789-5224-5189
Lizzychan55Lizzychan556595-3306-4622
JbizlJbizl9110-5652-5499
lserrano71lserrano718829-1734-3369
dollasignxdollasignx0152-1690-1749
PaptortPaptort6136-2653-7438
Aqua2201Aqua22015849-9164-9164
Ridgerunner1977Ridgerunner19778223-3709-5343
SkilzsSkilzs0730-2720-0921
Rukia2019Rukia20196242-8726-8881
Tkwolff87Tkwolff876209-0928-2363
VolctarVolctar9527-5524-5834
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NiCiambelli08NiCiambelli081258-5572-9107
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FuegoFuego2269-2022-4429
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FiorellistarFiorellistar8836-4498-7211
KoklumKoklum7709-7784-1291
mx439mx4396591-1122-9254
Raiyanbin913Raiyanbin9131395-1595-5857
MarkushaMarkusha8465-7792-3015
3fingersneat3fingersneat2896-7904-5602
BAMBOOZLERBAMBOOZLER1494-4923-0679
Nasir317Nasir3174938-4932-5352
yungskiesyungskies7601-6219-0418
TwitchgrainTwitchgrain2339-7027-4745
-_-_-_-_--_-_-_-_-7709-7958-7941
MorronickMorronick1897-6936-4397
JmzamoraJmzamora2647-3836-0264
AWizardJesusAWizardJesus2774-1562-4026
WangstadWangstad0000-8021-9148
---Kanatar1---Kanatar14404-3837-0613
muhdazharyusofmuhdazharyusof8965-0066-4417
TettonicTettonic3619-1197-4654
DerakDerak9547-8734-9444
GgooGgoo3428-9080-1726
checazzo2018checazzo20186302-1152-3157
CHutch10CHutch103917-7542-5344
minseoki08minseoki081965-6960-2279
YeyezmanYeyezman3371-2797-3554
mystiknzmystiknz3471-1596-7328
ArcaneArcane4698-8719-1317
Unit_DTHUnit_DTH5139-5684-6595
0000Betooo220000Betooo220192-6093-3637
Evenstar1985Evenstar19858542-7416-3606
MetalandonMetalandon4780-2601-3486
Khris5150Khris51508859-6875-2352
YessicaFletcherYessicaFletcher4623-4874-4907
Strawberry2502Strawberry25029137-8505-3956
ArluasArluas4917-0839-6019
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orion6248orion62489595-2856-9878
RedderekRedderek2359-0957-0111
Joshtree13Joshtree138677-7386-9561
GobataGobata2680-2698-8654
an1995an19951864-3772-5192
zonglf02zonglf028226-1273-7315
ScraggyfamilyScraggyfamily7042-1003-8128
Lucy12345Lucy123451393-3379-4973
PokeGoBadassPokeGoBadass6499-4096-1904
MikeFarmersMikeFarmers9015-4250-0079
CougiepopsCougiepops5703-5634-3388
JjustmeeJjustmee6520-5827-4309
LucarioBoy851LucarioBoy8515624-0310-2268
FlorikoFloriko6799-1098-8690
disasterpigdisasterpig8134-1718-9043
eoinzoom18eoinzoom180066-4742-2195
Rockstar0211Rockstar02113402-9971-6243
StanchTheFlowStanchTheFlow3762-2359-5288
HidefninjaHidefninja5996-7957-1724
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SlawocinSlawocin2368-6574-3438
ThemachinThemachin4074-8241-7144
TurkTurk8042-8816-7436
TheB4dW0lfTheB4dW0lf1753-5552-8618
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Noahhoule3Noahhoule37129-4492-7106
KyloDeanakinKyloDeanakin9492-3850-5392
PuarquePuarque2402-1419-9565
MyrdrallMyrdrall9506-3927-4943
almagesteralmagester8926-1217-3673
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Danz256Danz2567224-4241-8636
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cmillpt3cmillpt34353-1842-5454
Svg_carlosSvg_carlos6219-2295-4846
triciarootriciaroo0493-2054-0737
Jollle9431Jollle94316877-7560-1757
CrazyCatsCrazyCats5903-9153-7738
HylianMoonHylianMoon8526-6117-2912
EddieTheeFishEddieTheeFish4836-0031-4383
-addme4gifts--addme4gifts-9672-7335-3638
TortuemasterTortuemaster1968-8293-9480
FishtreesFishtrees5188-2493-0425
axelsplaxelspl3397-7814-5337
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MavricklionMavricklion2235-8259-1159
Jhill0321Jhill03210614-3929-3689
cawfalkirkcawfalkirk1722-1894-2658
TripzyRTripzyR0303-8019-1438
InsanekibblesInsanekibbles0301-9125-7747
TypothequeTypotheque8260-1084-8489
DanteKai89DanteKai892987-6019-7293
ChaoscharlotteChaoscharlotte7831-8743-1758
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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.