Buddy Up event research task rewards explained in Pokémon Go

Everything you need to know about the Buddy Up event bonuses in Pokémon Go. 

Buddy Up event research tasks are a series of limited-time challenges in Pokémon Go that are themed around becoming better friends with your Pokémon buddy.

These tasks can be found by spinning PokéStops, alongside the current roster of monthly Research Tasks, which are currently available. If you're looking for a specific task, then you might have to visit a number of different PokéStops!

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Buddy Up event research task rewards in Pokémon Go

Below you'll find the Buddy Up event research tasks and their rewards, which are available between Tuesday, April 21st to Monday, April 27th, starting at 8am (local time) and 10pm (local time).

Although you can only find these research tasks during this time period, you can complete and claim the rewards if you hold onto the challenges once the event ends.

Buddy Up event research task list:

  • Give your buddy a treat - Alolan Meowth
  • Take a snapshot of your buddy - Volbeat
  • Play with your buddy - Illumise
  • Earn a candy walking with your buddy - Woobat

Thank you to SilphScience from reddit for the help with information!


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What else do you need to know about the Buddy Up event in Pokémon Go?

As the name Buddy Up event suggests, this event in Pokémon Go is all about becoming better friends with your Pokémon buddy and there are multiple bonuses to help you achieve this goal.

This doubling the time your buddy will stay on the map and halving the distance it takes for you to receive both hearts and candy. It's also easier for your buddy to become excited and they are more likely to bring your souvenirs or gifts.

All of this will help grow closer to your buddy Pokémon and that special Best Buddy ribbon.

On top of all these buddy bonuses, you will also receive double evolution XP throughout the event.

Aside from the buddy bonuses, the main reason to take part in the Buddy Up event in Pokémon Go is that both Volbeat and Illumise can be caught anywhere across the world.

Usually both of these Pokémon can only be found in specific regions; Europe, Asia and Oceania for Volbeat and the Americas and Africa for Illumise. Thanks to the Buddy Up event, these two bug-type Pokémon have managed to spread their wings, allowing everyone to add a rare regional exclusive Pokémon to their Pokédex.

If you're really lucky, then you might find a shiny Volbeat or Illumise.

Volbeat and Illumise are usually regional exclusive Pokémon.

The spawn rates for Alolan Meowth, Chansey, Eevee, Feebas, Joltik and Woobat have also been increased. This means that you have the chance to add some more rare Pokémon to your Pokédex and, in the case of Chansey, train a powerful gym defender.

Finally, the following Pokémon are more likely to hatch from 5km eggs throughout this event:

  • Alolan Meowth
  • Eevee
  • Volbeat
  • Illumise
  • Feebas
  • Lillipup
  • Joltik

Good luck with the Buddy Up event!

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