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Buddy Up! Event Infopedia

The Buddy Up! event is themed around helping you build up levels with your Pokémon Buddies. But, that’s not all this event has to offer. Let’s take a closer look at all the ways you can go about getting the most out of this event.

Tue., Apr. 21, 2020, @ 8:00am
Mon., Apr. 27, 2020, @ 10:00pm (local time)
 NEW: Volbeat/Illumise available worldwide! 
WOOBAT: The Woo will be in Research Tasks AND in the wild during the event and then in the wild and 2 km Eggs AFTER!
WILD: Alolan Meowth, Woobat, Chansey, Eevee, Feebas, Lillipup, and Joltik.
5KM EGGS: Volbeat, Illumise, Alolan Meowth, Eevee, Feebas, Lillipup, and Joltik.
SHINY: Volbeat/Illumnise, Alolan Meowth, Chansey, Eevee, Feebas, and Lillipup.
FIELD RESEARCH: Event exclusive Field Research featuring Stardust, Alolan Meowth, Volbeat, Illumise, and Woobat!
New Buddy Prizes
Half Distance for Buddy Candy
Easier to Excite your Buddy
Buddy to join your adventure 2x as long
2x XP for Evolving

Buddy Up! Increased Spawns

Niantic specifically mentioned a handful of Pokémon as having increased spawn during the Buddy Up! event. Here is a list of the Pokémon that were mentioned, if anymore are reported as having increased spawns we will update this list accordingly.

Volbeat*Illumise*Alolan Meowth*
LillipupFeebas Joltik
Lillipup*Woobat Joltik

Buddy Up! Egg Pool

5km eggs will be featured during the Buddy Up! event. Niantic has mentioned the following Pokémon as being in 5km eggs during the event. If/when we get reports of any addition Pokémon in these eggs we will update accordingly.

5km Egg Pool
Volbeat*Illumise*Alolan Meowth*

Volbeat & Illumise

Volbeat and Illumise are normally region-locked Pokémon. But, during the Buddy Up! event, they will both be available to everyone, no matter where in the world you are! Oh, and lest we forget, their SHINY variants will also be available!

Normal Shiny
Shiny Volbeat Sprite Shiny Volbeat Sprite
Shiny Volbeat Sprite Shiny Volbeat Sprite

Woobat in the Wild

Woobat will make its debut as a wild spawn during the Buddy Up! event. Previously released during February the Research Breakthrough encounter, but now, it will also be found in the wild for the duration of this event, and in 2km eggs afterward.

*Woobat takes 50 candy to evolve into Swoobat.

Buddy Up! Field Research

Exclusive Field Research tasks will be available to complete during the Buddy Up! event. Trainers will have the opportunity to complete tasks that reward Volbeat, Illumise, Alolan Meowth, and Woobat. Once reports of specific tasks start rolling in we will update this section with them.

Alolan Mewoth Volbeat Illumise
Alolan Meowth* Volbeat* Illumise*
Earn a candy walking with your buddy.Feebas
Give your buddy a treatVolbeat
Take a snapshot of your buddy.Volbeat
Play with your buddy.Volbeat
Task Research provided by TSR.

Buddy Up! Bonuses

A handful of added bonuses are also available during this event. Buddies will bring more items, gifts, and souvenirs. They will also earn hearts faster, become excited more easily, and stay on the map twice as long as usual. Finally, Trainers will receive 2x XP for evolving all Pokémon.

More Surprises!

Buddies are getting a pretty big overhaul. Buddies will be bringing you more items/gifts/souvenirs and the turn around period has been shortened! Also, your buddy may now bring a new kind of gift!

Earn Hearts Faster!

The walking distance required for buddies to earn candy and hearts has been cut in half!

More Excitement!

Your buddies will get excited much easier now! And when you feed your buddies Berries and Poffins, they will join you on the map for twice as long.

2x XP for Evolving

2x XP for Evolving Pokémon, whether not they are your buddies or not!

Stay Safe, Buddies!

At first glance, you might think this event is just… “meh” if you aren’t all that into the Buddy system. But, once you look at everything that is involved in this event, it becomes apparent that there is so much more to it than just increasing your friendship with Buddies. Increased spawns, most of which have a chance at being shiny are involved. 5km eggs, which will only be 2.5km in normal Incubators, and 1.67km in Super Incubators. Woobat gets introduced into the wild, and Volbeat and Illumise will be available worldwide, with the chance of being shiny. Finally special Field Research tasks, with encounters that also have a chance at being shiny.

Stay safe out there Trainers, and respect all your local guidelines concerning Covid-19.

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