In case you missed it over the weekend, Niantic are still adding features to their beloved Pokemon GO.
The buddy feature will enable you to select a pokemon as your buddy – that you can change at any time – who will show up next to your portrait on your character screen. Walking around with your lil’ pal will grant you candy to evolve/level him up, which means gone are the days of catching mass ‘mons to max out your Pokedex.
To put it into perspective, if you choose a Dratini as your buddy, he’ll show up on your character screen, and if you walk around with him for long enough (it’s unknown what the km-to-candy ratio will be) you’ll soon have enough candy for that coveted Dragonite.
Who knows, maybe this and trading will bring a few people back to catch ’em all.