Niantic introduces ‘Buddy Pokemon’ system for players in Pokémon GO

Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs, recently announced the introduction of 'Buddy Pokémon' in the game

By: Tech Desk | Published:September 4, 2016 4:37 pm
Pokemon, Pokemon GO, Pokemon GO update, Buddy pokemon, new feature pokemon GO, Niantic, Niantic labs, Pokemon go blocking, mobile games, technology, technology news A buddy pokémon will appear alongside you avatar on your profile screen, and will help open new in-game rewards (Image: Pokemon GO Live)

Pokémon Go creator Niantic Labs, recently announced the introduction of ‘Buddy Pokémon’ in the game. A user will have the ability to pick one of their favourite Pokémon from their collection to become their buddy. A buddy pokémon will appear alongside you avatar on your profile screen, and will help open new in-game rewards and experiences.

Among other things, you will receive candy for walking together with your Buddy Pokémon. This will be an easier way to collect candies to evolve your Pokémon. Every pokémon has its own unique candy. The player has the ability to change the Buddy Pokémon any time they want.

Most of Niantic’s updates have been focused on bug fixes, and to combat bots. The company last month banned third-party app makers from providing users the ability to find pokémon on their maps. The company claimed that this was causing undue strain on their servers, which were already overwhelmed by the sheer number of users logging on to them to play.

Just last month, Niantic blocked accounts that were getting unauthorised access to the game’s servers. This includes accounts that were involved in data scraping operations, and had bots active. The company claimed that such operations on the servers act similar to a DDoS (Denial of Service) attack. The last update of the game was v1.5.0 for iOS and 0.35.0 for Android.

The augmented reality game was an instant hit when it was launched in July this year, and became one of the most played mobile games in a very short duration. According to an Axiom Capital Management report on Bloomberg, the daily active users on the game have seen a decline from near 45 million around mid July to 30 million around mid August.