Pokemon Go is making a lot of updates in order to keep fans and hopefully bring back a few of the ones that they've lost. While it was already reported that we will get a "buddy system" in a future update to the game, there has been some insight into what that could look like thanks to some interested players.
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Pokemon Go Hub looked into what we already have and then broke down where the game could go. The new system will allow users walk with one Pokemon at a time, similar to how you can carry around PokeEggs. When you carry it around, you will be rewarded with a certain number of candies. This is a great way to evolve rarer finds or those with high candy requirements (looking at you, MagiKarp).
The hope is that the buddy Pokemon will appear on-screen as well. The team found that there is a code for "medium," "big," "flying" and "shoulder"-bound Pokémon. There are hopes that this means that any Pokemon can be a buddy, rather than just a select few like was suggested.
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The game has currently hit a stall because people just aren't travelling enough to actually play the game. In order to get the upgrades, you sometimes have to travel far and wide.