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Pokemon Go Walking Distances for Evolving Buddy Pokemon

If you are like me then you really only use the Buddy system on Pokemon Go for evolving your Pokemon at a faster rate, especially if it means filling in a blank on your Pokedex.

I currently have 117 Pokemon in my Pokedex out of the 142 that are available locally. But I have the necessary Pokemon that I can evolve 18 more if I am willing and have the time to put in the kilometers walking and cycling. That would eventually bring my total to 135, thus I would only need 7 more rare Pokemon to complete my collection of 142.

Note - It is also possible to get some more hatching eggs. But that is a topic for another post.

The chart below is mostly for my own usage. But feel free to use it.

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Evolving rare Pokemon takes a long time since they take 5 km to get a candy, and often require large numbers of candy. Instead I have been focused on common and uncommon Pokemon that are close to evolving and I only need to do 50 km or less to finish the job.

Not sure which Pokemon to Evolve? Determine their stats first and use a labeling system so you know which ones are the best. Then evolve your best Pokemon which are close to being ready to evolve.

Wait before you evolve! For two reasons:

1. Get a better quality Pokemon that has better stats. That way you are not wasting candy evolving a Pokemon that doesn't deserve it. Patience is better than "Evolving Regret".
2. Wait until you have 60 to 70 Pokemon that are ready to evolve. Then use a Lucky Egg to get double XP for all those Pokemon. You are looking at 60,000 to 70,000 XP instead of 30,000 to 35,000 XP.

Double your chances when walking. Don't just pick a Pokemon you want to evolve, go visit places where that type of Pokemon is likely to appear. For example if you are trying to evolve a Magikarp then you should be taking long walks near a river or a lake, to increase your chances of finding more Magikarp.

When at home try to keep the app on with the "Sightings" box open while doing other activities (such as blogging, chatting on facebook, etc) and if one of the Pokemon you are looking for appears in the Sightings box, run outside and catch it. This way you walk more km, but you also catch those Pokemon more often when they randomly appear near your home.

If you are just looking to use your Buddy to get more XP, then consider the following: Any pokemon you evolve gives you 500 xp, regardless of the type. Thus if you are just trying to get more XP, then focus on the really easy to evolve Pokemons: Pidgeys, Weedles and Caterpies.

If your focus is more on gym combat, then evolve the Pokemon with the best stats that you feel will be best in combat. Once evolved, then keep walking to train your Pokemon until it is capped out. This way you get a really awesome combatant with the best possible stats you can find.

Do not evolve your buddy if you are still collecting candy using it. All current progress will be lost if you evolve it. That means if you were 0.3 km away from getting another candy, you should go walk 300 meters, get your candy and THEN evolve your buddy.



NOTES

I only list Pokemon that can be evolved here. Pokemon that cannot be evolved or have been fully evolved are not included in this chart.

I have organized the chart by rarity (common, uncommon, rare), types and tiers, and then alphabetically last.

kmpC = kilometers per Candy

#C = Number of Candy required to Evolve

#km~#C = The number of kilometers needed to get the full amount of Candy needed to evolve.


PokemonkmpC#C#km~#C
COMMON POKE-EVOLVERS, Type 1, Tier 1
Caterpie11212
Pidgey11212
Weedle11212
Geodude12525
Rattata12525
Clefairy15050
Jigglypuff15050
Kakuna15050
Pikachu15050
Spearow15050
Zubat15050
Magikarp1400400
COMMON POKE-EVOLVERS, Type 1, Tier 2
Graveler1100100
Metapod15050
Pidgeotto15050
PokemonkmpC#C#km~#C
UNCOMMON POKE-EVOLVERS, Type 1 / Tier 1
Abra32575
Bellsprout32575
Bulbasaur32575
Charmander32575
Gastly32575
Machop32575
Nidoran♀32575
Nidoran♂32575
Oddish32575
Poliwag32575
Squirtle32575
UNCOMMON POKE-EVOLVERS, Type 2
Cubone350150
Diglett350150
Doduo350150
Drowzee350150
Ekans350150
Exeggcute350150
Goldeen350150
Grimer350150
Growlithe350150
Horsea350150
Koffing350150
Krabby350150
Magnemite350150
Mankey350150
Meowth350150
Paras350150
Ponyta350150
Psyduck350150
Rhyhorn350150
Sandshrew350150
Seel350150
Shellder350150
Slowpoke350150
Staryu350150
Tentacool350150
Venonat350150
Voltorb350150
Vulpix350150
UNCOMMON POKE-EVOLVERS, Type 1 / Tier 2
Charmeleon3100300
Gloom3100300
Haunter3100300
Ivysaur3100300
Kadabra3100300
Machoke3100300
Nidorina3100300
Nidorino3100300
Poliwhirl3100300
Wartortle3100300
Weepinbell3100300
PokemonkmpC#C#km~#C
RARE POKE-EVOLVERS, Type 1 / Tier 1
Dratini525125
Eevee525125
RARE POKE-EVOLVERS, Type 2
Kabuto550250
Omanyte550250
RARE POKE-EVOLVERS, Type 1 / Tier 2
Dragonair5100500


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