Pokemon GO: How to Play with Your Buddy

Some challenges will require players to play with their Buddy in Pokemon GO. Here's how it works so you can complete your challenges.

The third and final week of pre-Pokemon GO Fest 2020 Timed Research Challenges have arrived and will give players some sweet rewards upon completion. The focus of this week’s challenges is friendship and will require you to play with your Buddy. Those who have played the game for a while now may have seen Buddy challenges before as well, but in case you’ve forgotten or don’t know what to do let’s quickly go over how to play with your Buddy in Pokemon GO.

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How to Play With Your Buddy in Pokemon GO

To complete your Timed Research Task and play with a Buddy, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps. Doing so will require your AR camera though, so hopefully that’s in working order. Thankfully, it isn’t very hard and will only take a few seconds of your time to complete. In the steps below, we’ll explain exactly how to play with your Buddy in Pokemon GO.

  • Select the picture of your Buddy in the bottom left corner of your screen
  • Tap “Play!”
  • With your AR camera, find an open space for you and your Buddy to play
  • Move your finger back and forth on your Pokemon until they react

See, we told you it wasn’t very hard! If you’re working through the week three Timed Research Challenges before Pokemon GO Fest 2020, one of the first tasks will be as simple as playing with your Buddy Pokemon to get a Pinap Berry reward. Others will task you with walking with a Buddy or earning hearts with them. To earn a heart with a buddy, you’ll need to feed them treats and fill up their hunger meter. When it fills up, you’ll receive an affection heart. The week three Timed Research challenge began on Friday, July 17 and will expire on July 22 at 10 PM local time, so be sure to complete them sooner rather than later. 

Related: Pokemon GO Fest 2020 Rewards

All that being said, in all likelihood future tasks will require players to play with a Buddy so if you’re reading this at a later date, the process is still the same! Playing with your Buddy in Pokemon GO is a quick and easy process, so be sure to check it off the list if you have it as a challenge. 

Pokemon GO Fest 2020 will be held virtually on July 25 and 26. Those that are interested in attending can purchase a ticket to the event and participate in the Day 1 and Day 2 challenges, and maybe even earn a new Mythical Pokemon. If you’d like to commemorate the festivities with a physical item, you can also purchase a Pokemon GO Fest 2020 t-shirt.

Once you’ve finished up the play with your Buddy challenges in Pokemon GO, there are still plenty of things to do. If you need some ideas, we have plenty of guides on our website to get you inspired. You can also check out the links in the list below.

Now that you know how to play with a Buddy in Pokemon GO, how many of the week three Research Challenges have you completed? Be sure to let us know on our Twitter or Facebook page.

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