Pokemon Go: How to Play With Your Buddy Pokemon
Here's how to complete tasks that ask you to play with your Buddy Pokemon.
In Pokemon Go, you may sometimes come across Research tasks that ask you to “play” with your Buddy Pokemon. For instance, one of the Johto tasks in the Throwback Challenge event ask you to play with your Buddy.
But how do you actually play with your Buddy? Thankfully, it’s a really simple process, and we’re here to show you how it works!
When you want to play with your Buddy Pokemon, you’ll need to interact with it through the game’s AR camera view. To do this, first tap on your Buddy’s picture when viewing the world map.
Then tap the large “Play!” button.
Follow the directions to find a suitable location where you can “place” the Pokemon in front of you on the screen. From there, as Eurogamer reported, all you have to do is rub your finger back and forth on your Pokemon to cause them to react. This should count as “playing” with your Buddy. If you have an active task that wants to you play with your Buddy, you'll see a notifcation appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen when you've successfully "played" with them.
Keep in mind that swiping on your Pokemon may also cause them to react and move, but this doesn’t count as actually “playing” with them.
And that’s all there is to it! Happy gaming!
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