If there's one positive thing you can say about the semi-controversial Pokemon Let's Go games, it's that they let you walk with your partner Pokemon. Actually, they let you walk with two of your Pokemon (Pikachu/Eevee and another monster of choice), making it a wonderful time for those that just want to bind with their Pocket Monsters. Niantic, realizing that this system is popular with fans, has announced Pokemon GO Buddy Adventure, which lets you walk with your favorite.
This isn't just a cute little feature either since increasing your Pokemon Buddy rank (of course) will add a number of benefits to the game. Your Pokemon Buddy can help you catch monsters, inform you of interesting areas on the map, and even bring you some items/souvenirs. It's still a really cute feature but we're glad Niantic decided to add some benefits to the gameplay.
Here are the tiers for Pokemon GO Buddy Adventure (Via Niantic):
Good Buddy:Your buddy can join you on your map view! You'll also see how your buddy feels on the buddy profile page.
Great Buddy:Having a hard time catching a Pokémon? Your buddy may help you out in Pokémon encounters! It can also bring you items that can help you in your Pokémon GO journey.
Ultra Buddy:Your buddy will help you explore the world around you by letting you know about interesting places nearby! Your buddy will also bring you Souvenirs, which you can keep track of on the buddy profile page.
Best Buddy:Become Best Buddies, and your buddy will sport a Best Buddy Ribbon to show off to everyone just how close you two are! Pokémon that you're Best Buddies with can get a CP boost in combat as long as they're still assigned as your Buddy Pokémon.
Like the mainline games, fans can increase the affection of your buddies by playing with them, feeding them, and using them in Pokemon battles. We expect this feature to get a lot of use from fans since Pokemon Sword and Shield doesn't let you walk with your favorite for some reason.
Pokemon GO is now available on iOS and Android.