Pokémon Go Buddy vs Evolution vs Hatching Distance Guide

Chris Stead 26 September 2016

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The new Pokémon Go buddy system gives you a chance to evolve your Pokémon faster by providing easier access to Candy, if you know the distances required.

A recently added feature to the 500 million selling Pokémon Go mobile game is the buddy system. It allows you to nominate any of your captured Pokémon to be your "buddy," travelling by your Trainer's side as you walk through the real world. Each buddy has a different walking milestone and when you reach that distance, you are rewarded with a Candy of that Pokémon type. This is handy, because you need to collect these Candy specific to each Pokémon to evolve them into higher forms, where they become far more powerful.

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In the below chart, we have made deciding which Pokémon to buddy-up with a simple process. You can not only see how many kilometres you have to walk with a specific Pokémon to get one Candy, but how many kilometres you need to walk to earn enough Candy to evolve that Pokémon, and even how many of that type of Pokémon you could potentially hatch during that time. Dive in and enjoy.

PokemonKM per Candy as BuddyCandies to EvolveDistance to EvolveKM to HatchHatch RatePokemon Hatched in Time Reaching Evolution Goal
Abra3257552.30%0.345
Aerodactyl500104.20%0
Alakazam30000.00%0
Arbok30000.00%0
Arcanine30000.00%0
Beedrill10000.00%0
Bellsprout3257553.30%0.495
Blastoise30000.00%0
Bulbasaur3257529.80%3.675
Butterfree10000.00%0
Caterpie11212210.30%0.618
Chansey500103.70%0
Charizard30000.00%0
Charmander3257525.40%2.025
Charmeleon310030000.00%0
Clefable10000.00%0
Clefairy1505021.40%0.35
Cloyster30000.00%0
Cubone35015052.10%0.63
Dewgong30000.00%0
Diglett35015051.10%0.33
Dodrio30000.00%0
Doduo35015051.40%0.42
Dragonair510050000.00%0
Dragonite50000.00%0
Dratini525125103.50%0.4375
Drowzee35015051.90%0.57
Dugtrio30000.00%0
Eevee5251251017.70%2.2125
Ekans35015053.80%1.14
Electabuzz500107.40%0
Electrode30000.00%0
Exeggcute35015051.70%0.51
Exeggutor30000.00%0
Farfetch'd30051.90%0
Fearow10000.00%0
Flareon50000
Gastly3257551.80%0.27
Gengar30000.00%0
Geodude1252523.90%0.4875
Gloom310030000.00%0
Golbat10000.00%0
Goldeen35015052.60%0.78
Golduck30000.00%0
Golem10000.00%0
Graveler110010000.00%0
Grimer35015050.50%0.15
Growlithe35015053.50%1.05
Gyarados10000.00%0
Haunter310030000.00%0
Hitmonchan500102.80%0
Hitmonlee500103.30%0
Horsea35015051.60%0.48
Hypno30000.00%0
Ivysaur310030000.00%0
Jigglypuff1505021.70%0.425
Jolteon50000.00%0
Jynx500107.20%0
Kabuto550250103.30%0.825
Kabutops50000.00%0
Kadabra310030000.00%0
Kakuna1505000.00%0
Kangaskhan30051.90%0
Kingler30000.00%0
Koffing35015050.30%0.09
Krabby35015053.00%0.9
Lapras500104.30%0
Lickitung30050.70%0
Machamp30000.00%0
Machoke310030000.00%0
Machop3257551.80%0.27
Magikarp140040028.60%17.2
Magmar500108.80%0
Magnemite35015052.20%0.66
Magneton30000.00%0
Mankey35015051.40%0.42
Marowak30000.00%0
Meowth35015053.60%1.08
Metapod1505000.00%0
Mr. Mime50051.90%0
Muk30000.00%0
Nidoking30000.00%0
Nidoqueen30000.00%0
Nidoran (f)3257553.80%0.57
Nidoran (m)3257554.20%0.63
Nidorina310030000.00%0
Nidorino310030000.00%0
Ninetales30000.00%0
Oddish3257554.00%0.6
Omanyte550250103.20%0.8
Omastar50000.00%0
Onix500107.00%0
Paras35015054.10%1.23
Parasect30000.00%0
Persian30000.00%0
Pidgeot10000.00%0
Pidgeotto1505000.00%0
Pidgey11212211.40%0.684
Pikachu1505024.70%1.175
Pinsir500107.60%0
Poliwag3257553.00%0.45
Poliwhirl310030000.00%0
Poliwrath30000.00%0
Ponyta35015054.60%1.38
Porygon30051.00%0
Primeape30000.00%0
Psyduck35015052.40%0.72
Raichu10000.00%0
Rapidash30000.00%0
Raticate10000.00%0
Rattata12525210.40%1.3
Rhydon30000.00%0
Rhyhorn35015052.30%0.69
Sandshrew35015054.10%1.23
Sandslash30000.00%0
Scyther500106.40%0
Seadra30000.00%0
Seaking30000.00%0
Seel35015051.30%0.39
Shellder35015051.60%0.48
Slowbro30000.00%0
Slowpoke35015051.80%0.54
Snorlax500105.10%0
Spearow1505023.30%0.825
Squirtle3257524.80%1.8
Starmie30000.00%0
Staryu35015053.00%0.9
Tangela30051.00%0
Tauros30051.90%0
Tentacool35015053.80%1.14
Tentacruel30000.00%0
Vaporeon50000.00%0
Venomoth30000.00%0
Venonat35015052.00%0.6
Venusaur30000.00%0
Victreebel30000.00%0
Vileplume30000.00%0
Voltorb35015052.00%0.6
Vulpix35015052.80%0.84
Wartortle310030000.00%0
Weedle11212212.30%0.738
Weepinbell310030000.00%0
Weezing30000.00%0
Wigglytuff10000.00%0
Zubat1505028.30%2.075

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