Pokemon Go's Buddy update is now available

Pal around with Pikachu, and put him to work.

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Eager players data-mined Pokemon Go earlier this month and uncovered plans for the game's Buddy system, which Niantic rolled out today (via GameSpot).

The developer explain how buddies work in an earlier blog. "You will be able to pick your favorite Pokemon from your collection to become your buddy, opening up unique in-game rewards and experiences. Buddy Pokemon will appear alongside your Trainer avatar on your profile screen, adding helpful bonuses such as awarding Candy for walking together. You’ll also have the ability to change your Buddy Pokemon at any time."

Today's update also patched in support for Pokemon Go Plus, a wearable device scheduled for release next week. During Apple's iPhone event last week, we learned that the game will be released on Apple Watch by the end of 2016.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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