Pokemon Go Buddy Candy

Pokémon GO's "Buddy" system allows you to assign a Pokémon to walk at your side and earn candies as a reward – this is really handy, as candies are required to evolve 'mon.

The Buddy mechanic makes it possible to gain candies for any monster – even those rare ones that you've hatched from an egg, captured in a raid or can't find nearby.

The catch is that the distance required to earn candy varies between 'mon. To help you quickly decide which Pokémon you should make your walking partner, we present to you the following table which shows all of the available monsters and the distance needed.

Pokémon GO Buddy Distance - How It Works

To add a monster as your 'Buddy', tap your Trainer icon in the corner, select the icon in the bottom right corner and you'll see that it's listed there. Pick the Pokémon you want as your buddy and you'll see a distance listed in kilometers – this is how long you'll have to walk before you get a candy for that Pokémon.

1km Buddy Pokémon

Gen 1 Pokémon

  • Beedrill
  • Butterfree
  • Caterpie
  • Clefable
  • Clefairy
  • Fearow
  • Geodude
  • Golbat
  • Golem
  • Graveler
  • Gyarados
  • Jigglypuff
  • Kakuna
  • Magikarp
  • Metapod
  • Pidgeot
  • Pidgeotto
  • Pidgey
  • Pikachu
  • Raichu
  • Raticate
  • Rattata
  • Spearow
  • Weedle
  • Wigglytuff
  • Zubat

Gen 2 Pokémon

  • Ariados
  • Cleffa
  • Crobat
  • Furret
  • Hoothoot
  • Igglybuff
  • Ledian
  • Ledyba
  • Magcargo
  • Noctowl
  • Octillery
  • Pichu
  • Remoraid
  • Sentret
  • Slugma
  • Spinarak

Gen 3 Pokémon

  • Aggron
  • Altaria
  • Aron
  • Barboach
  • Beautifly
  • Cascoon
  • Dustox
  • Exploud
  • Grumpig
  • Gulpin
  • Lairon
  • Linoone
  • Loudred
  • Masquerain
  • Mightyena
  • Poochyena
  • Silcoon
  • Spoink
  • Swablu
  • Surskit
  • Swalot
  • Swellow
  • Taillow
  • Wailmer
  • Wailord
  • Whiscash
  • Whismur
  • Wurmple
  • Zigzagoon

Gen 4 Pokémon

  • Bidoof
  • Bibarel
  • Burmy
  • Cherubi
  • Cherrim
  • Kricketune
  • Kriketot
  • Mothim
  • Staraptor
  • Staravia
  • Starly
  • Wormadam

Gen 5 Pokémon

  • Basculin (both Red and Blue-striped form)
  • Cottonee
  • Crustle
  • Dwebble
  • Eelektrik
  • Eelektross
  • Emolga
  • Herdier
  • Leavanny
  • Liepard
  • Liligant
  • Lillipup
  • Maractus
  • Patrat
  • Petili
  • Pidove
  • Purrloin
  • Scolipede
  • Sewaddle
  • Stoutland
  • Swadloon
  • Swoobat
  • Tranquil
  • Tynamo
  • Unfezant
  • Venipede
  • Watchog
  • Whimsicott
  • Whirlipede
  • Woobat

Gen 6 Pokémon

  • Bunnelby
  • Diggersby
  • Fletchinder
  • Fletchling
  • Talonflame

Gen 7 Pokémon

  • Bewear
  • Golisopod
  • Gumshoos
  • Pikipek
  • Stufful
  • Toucannon
  • Trumbeak
  • Wimpod
  • Yungoos

Gen 8 Pokémon

  • Greedent
  • Obstagoon
  • Skwovet

3km Buddy Pokémon

Gen 1 Pokémon

  • Abra
  • Alakazam
  • Arbok
  • Arcanine
  • Bellsprout
  • Blastoise
  • Bulbasaur
  • Charizard
  • Charmander
  • Charmeleon
  • Cloyster
  • Cubone
  • Dewgong
  • Diglett
  • Ditto
  • Dodrio
  • Doduo
  • Drowzee
  • Dugtrio
  • Ekans
  • Electrode
  • Exeggcute
  • Exeggutor
  • Gastly
  • Gengar
  • Gloom
  • Goldeen
  • Golduck
  • Grimer
  • Growlithe
  • Haunter
  • Horsea
  • Hypno
  • Ivysaur
  • Kadabra
  • Kangaskhan
  • Kingler
  • Koffing
  • Krabby
  • Lickitung
  • Machamp
  • Machoke
  • Machop
  • Magnemite
  • Magneton
  • Mankey
  • Marowak
  • Meowth
  • Muk
  • Nidoking
  • Nidoqueen
  • Nidoran♀
  • Nidoran♂
  • Nidorina
  • Nidorino
  • Ninetails
  • Oddish
  • Paras
  • Parasect
  • Persian
  • Poliwag
  • Poliwhirl
  • Poliwrath
  • Ponyta
  • Porygon
  • Primeape
  • Psyduck
  • Rapidash
  • Rhydon
  • Rhyhorn
  • Sandshrew
  • Sandslash
  • Seadra
  • Seaking
  • Seel
  • Shellder
  • Slowbro
  • Slowpoke
  • Squirtle
  • Starmie
  • Staryu
  • Tangela
  • Tauros
  • Tentacool
  • Tentacruel
  • Venomoth
  • Venonat
  • Venusaur
  • Victreebel
  • Vileplume
  • Voltorb
  • Vulpix
  • Wartortle
  • Weepinbell
  • Weezing

Gen 2 Pokémon

  • Aipom
  • Azumarill
  • Bayleef
  • Bellossom
  • Chikorita
  • Chinchou
  • Corsola
  • Croconaw
  • Cyndaquil
  • Dolphan
  • Dunsparce
  • Feraligatr
  • Girafarig
  • Granbull
  • Heracross
  • Hoppip
  • Houndoom
  • Houndour
  • Jumpluff
  • Kingdra
  • Lanturn
  • Maganium
  • Marill
  • Misdreavus
  • Murkrow
  • Natu
  • Phanpy
  • Piloswine
  • Politoed
  • Porygon2
  • Quagsire
  • Quilava
  • Quilfish
  • Shuckle
  • Skiploom
  • Slowking
  • Smeargle
  • Sneasel
  • Snubbull
  • Stantler
  • Sunflora
  • Sunkern
  • Swinub
  • Teddiursa
  • Togepi
  • Togetic
  • Totodile
  • Tyhlosion
  • Ursaring
  • Wobbuffet
  • Wooper
  • Xatu
  • Yanma

Gen 3 Pokémon

  • Anorith
  • Armaldo
  • Azurill
  • Baltoy
  • Banette
  • Blaziken
  • Breloom
  • Cacnea
  • Cacturne
  • Camerupt
  • Carvanha
  • Clamperl
  • Claydol
  • Combusken
  • Corphish
  • Cradily
  • Crawdaunt
  • Delcatty
  • Dusclops
  • Duskull
  • Electrike
  • Glalie
  • Gorebyss
  • Grovyle
  • Hariyama
  • Huntail
  • Illumise
  • Lileep
  • Lombre
  • Lotad
  • Ludicolo
  • Lunatone
  • Luvdisc
  • Makuhita
  • Manectric
  • Marshtomp
  • Medicham
  • Meditite
  • Minun
  • Mudkip
  • Nosepass
  • Numel
  • Nuzleaf
  • Pelipper
  • Plusle
  • Roselia
  • Sceptile
  • Sealeo
  • Seedot
  • Seviper
  • Sharpedo
  • Shiftry
  • Shroomish
  • Shuppet
  • Skitty
  • Snorunt
  • Solrock
  • Spheal
  • Spinda
  • Swampert
  • Torchic
  • Torkoal
  • Treecko
  • Volbeat
  • Walrein
  • Wingull
  • Wynaut
  • Zangoose

Gen 4 Pokémon

  • Abomasnow
  • Ambipom
  • Bronzong
  • Bronzor
  • Budew
  • Buizel
  • Buneary
  • Combee
  • Chimchar
  • Croagunk
  • Dusknoir
  • Empoleon
  • Finneon
  • Floatzel
  • Froslass
  • Gastrodon
  • Glameow
  • Grotle
  • Hippopotas
  • Hippowdon
  • Honchkrow
  • Infernape
  • Lickilicky
  • Lopunny
  • Lumineon
  • Magnezone
  • Mamoswine
  • Mismagius
  • Monferno
  • Piplup
  • Porygon-Z
  • Probopass
  • Prinplup
  • Purugly
  • Roserade
  • Rhyperior
  • Shellos
  • Skuntank
  • Snover
  • Stunky
  • Tangrowth
  • Togekiss
  • Torterra
  • Toxicroak
  • Turtwig
  • Vespiquen
  • Weavile
  • Yanmega

Gen 5 Pokémon

  • Accelgor
  • Amoonguss
  • Audino
  • Beartic
  • Beheeyem
  • Blitzle
  • Boldore
  • Bouffalant
  • Cinccino
  • Cofagrigus
  • Cubchoo
  • Darumaka
  • Darmanitan
  • Deerling
  • Dewott
  • Drilbur
  • Ducklett
  • Duosion
  • Durant
  • Elgyem
  • Emboar
  • Escavalier
  • Excadrill
  • Ferroseed
  • Ferrothorn
  • Foongus
  • Galvantula
  • Garbodor
  • Gigalith
  • Gothita
  • Gothorita
  • Gothitelle
  • Heatmor
  • Joltik
  • Karrablast
  • Mienfoo
  • Mienshao
  • Minccino
  • Oshawott
  • Palpitoad
  • Panpour
  • Pansage
  • Pansear
  • Pignite
  • Reuniclus
  • Roggenrola
  • Samurott
  • Scraggy
  • Scrafty
  • Seismitoad
  • Serperior
  • Servine
  • Shelmet
  • Simipour
  • Simisage
  • Simisear
  • Snivy
  • Solosis
  • Swanna
  • Sawsbuck
  • Tepig
  • Trubbish
  • Tympole
  • Vanillite
  • Vanillish
  • Vanilluxe
  • Yamask
  • Zebstrika

Gen 6 Pokémon

  • Avalugg
  • Barbaracle
  • Bergmite
  • Binacle
  • Braixen
  • Chesnaught
  • Chespin
  • Clauncher
  • Clawitzer
  • Dedenne
  • Delphox
  • Dragalge
  • Espurr
  • Falbébe
  • Fennekin
  • Floette
  • Florges
  • Froakie
  • Frogadier
  • Greninja
  • Helioptile
  • Heliolisk
  • Inkay
  • Klefki
  • Litleo
  • Malamar
  • Meowstic
  • Pancham
  • Pangoro
  • Pyroar
  • Quilladin
  • Skrelp

Gen 7 Pokémon

  • Araquanid
  • Brionne
  • Comfey
  • Dartrix
  • Decidueye
  • Dewpider
  • Fomantis
  • Incineroar
  • Litten
  • Lurantis
  • Oranguru
  • Oricorio
  • Popplio
  • Primarina
  • Rowlet
  • Salandit
  • Salazzle
  • Torracat

Gen 8 Pokémon

  • Dubwool
  • Perrserker
  • Runerigus
  • Sirfetch'd
  • Wooloo

5km Buddy Pokémon

Gen 1 Pokémon

  • Aerodactyl
  • Chansey
  • Dragonair
  • Dragonite
  • Dratini
  • Eevee
  • Electabuzz
  • Flareon
  • Hitmonchan
  • Hitmonlee
  • Jolteon
  • Jynx
  • Kabuto
  • Kabutops
  • Lapras
  • Magmar
  • Mr. Mime
  • Omanyte
  • Omastar
  • Onix
  • Pinsir
  • Scyther
  • Snorlax
  • Vaporeon

Gen 2 Pokémon

  • Ampharos
  • Blissey
  • Delibird
  • Elkid
  • Espeon
  • Farfetch'd
  • Flaaffy
  • Forretress
  • Gligar
  • Hitmontop
  • Larvitar
  • Magby
  • Mantine
  • Mareep
  • Miltank
  • Pineco
  • Pupitar
  • Scizor
  • Skarmory
  • Smoochum
  • Steelix
  • Sudowoodo
  • Tyranitar
  • Tyrogue
  • Umbreon
  • Unown

Gen 3 Pokémon

  • Absol
  • Bagon
  • Beldum
  • Castform
  • Chimecho
  • Feebas
  • Flygon
  • Gardevoir
  • Kecleon
  • Kirlia
  • Mawile
  • Metagross
  • Metang
  • Milotic
  • Nincada
  • Ninjask
  • Ralts
  • Relicanth
  • Sableye
  • Salamence
  • Shedinja
  • Shelgon
  • Slaking
  • Slakoth
  • Trapinch
  • Tropius
  • Vibrava
  • Vigoroth

Gen 4 Pokémon

  • Bastiodon
  • Bonsly
  • Carnivine
  • Chatot
  • Chingling
  • Cranidos
  • Drapion
  • Drifblim
  • Driloon
  • Electivire
  • Gallade
  • Garchomp
  • Gabite
  • Gibile
  • Glaceon
  • Gliscor
  • Happiny
  • Leafeon
  • Lucario
  • Luxio
  • Luxray
  • Magmortar
  • Mantyke
  • Munchlax
  • Pachirisu
  • Rampardos
  • Riolu
  • Shieldon
  • Shinx
  • Skorupi
  • Spiritomb

Gen 5 Pokémon

  • Chandelure
  • Deino
  • Golett
  • Golurk
  • Hydreigon
  • Klang
  • Klink
  • Klinklang
  • Lampent
  • Litwick
  • Zweilous

Gen 6 Pokémon

  • Amaura
  • Aurorus
  • Furfrou
  • Gourgeist
  • Noibat
  • Noivern
  • Phantump
  • Pumpkaboo
  • Trevenant
  • Tyrunt
  • Tyrantrum

Gen 7 Pokémon

  • Hakamo-o
  • Jangmo-o
  • Kommo-o
  • Lycanroc
  • Rockruff

Gen 8 Pokémon

  • Falinks
  • Mr. Rime

20km Buddy Pokémon (Legendaries)

  • Articuno
  • Azelf
  • Celebi
  • Cobalion
  • Cresselia
  • Darkrai
  • Deoxys
  • Dialga
  • Entei
  • Giratina
  • Groudon
  • Heatran
  • Ho-Oh
  • Jirachi
  • Kyogre
  • Latias
  • Latios
  • Lugia
  • Melmetal
  • Meltan
  • Mesprit
  • Mew
  • Mewtwo
  • Moltres
  • Palkia
  • Raikou
  • Rayquaza
  • Regice
  • Regigigas
  • Regirock
  • Registeel
  • Suicune
  • Uxie
  • Zapdos

How are you getting on with the Buddy system? What tactics do you recommend for players? Let us know by posting a comment below.

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