Pokemon Go Buddy System Update Rolling Out, Also Blocks Rooted Devices

Even though Pokémon GO is the most downloaded game of all time, the company still sees a decline in user data base everyday. Niantic Labs have taken note of the situation and they’re implementing some changes to retain the number. The company is now reversing bans and adding some previously announced features like support for Pokémon GO Plus and Buddy Pokémon. Moreover, the update is not positive all around. See what’s new in the details mentioned below.

Pokemon Go update 0.37.0, or 1.7.0 on iOS devices, is rolling out now across Google Play and the Apple App Store. This is the highly anticipated patch that adds in a buddy system, allowing trainers to choose a Pokemon to travel around with them. That Pokemon will then give the trainer candies at certain intervals of travel. However, while many are happy to finally have this and a few other fixes for Pokemon Go, the update also added some security features that are problematic for others.


The distance you’d have to walk with your buddy Pokemon to gain candies has been disclosed as well.  Looks like it’s 1 candy for every X km traveled (distance depends on Pokemon). For instance, Lapras, Scyther, and Dragonair are 5km. Haunter, Weezing, and starters are 3km. While some — like Jiggly Puff — are only 1km.

Here’s the full changelog:

  • Implemented Buddy Pokémon: Trainers will now be able to choose one of their Pokémon to be their buddy. A Trainer can earn Candy for their Buddy Pokémon by walking a certain distance.
  • Made it easier to select smaller Pokémon on the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Eggs would sometimes hatch without displaying the animation.
  • Improved performance reliability when a device switches networks to no longer cause the application to hang or stop updating.
  • Pokémon GO Plus support
  • Minor text fixes.

Rooted and jailbroken devices are no longer supported, with Niantic even going so far as to actively block them from being able to launch the app. Some have found ways around this, of course, but for thousands of users of Pokemon Go this will be a huge hassle, and with little benefit as far as the larger user population is concerned. Theoretically this allows Niantic to block more bots from accessing the game, but it’s possible that the cost will be greater than the reward.

Pokémon GO Plus support is also part of the update which will assist users in finding Pokémon and Pokéstops. The accessory was unveiled in June and will be available in most countries by September 16.

It also sounds like they’ve finally been patching a few annoying bugs and although it wasn’t mentioned in the changelog, we hope the annoying way sounds gets muted whenever you receive a notification has been fixed as well. It could take awhile before you see the update hit the Play Store on your Android device, so don’t freak out if you don’t see it right away. Sideload the app from APKMirror: Pokémon GO 0.37.0

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