Ever dreamed of becoming a Pokemon trainer, leaving home, and travelling all around the world in search of strong, unique, and awesome Pokemon? Me too. And although Pokemon GO is the closest we’ve got to realizing that dream, it still falls a little bit short.
But, that could all be about to change very soon. You see, there’s an update coming. Yes, I know, there are updates every two weeks, but this update is different. It’s not a lame gimmick like the appraisal feature or the grass on the sightings list. No, this update is going to add the ability to assign your favorite Pokemon as a “buddy” and allow it to walk alongside you in-game.
The new data comes from Aeon Lucid; a developer over at GitHub, who has data-mined the latest update of Pokemon GO and found the hidden lines of code that have hinted at the new feature. And while I don’t know a single thing about code or how it works, I’m gonna do my best to tell you what it means.
The first interesting piece of code makes reference to buddy_medium,buddy_shoulder, buddy_big, and buddy_flying. This indicates that, depending on your Pokemon’s size and/or ability to fly, it could appear differently on the map compared to other Pokemon.
Small Pokemon (like Pikachu) will probably be on your shoulder, medium and big Pokemon (like Charmeleon and Snorlax) will probably be walking next to the player, and flying Pokemon (like Pidgeot) will probably be flying overhead. Makes sense, right?