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The Best Pokemon You Can Use as a Buddy in Pokemon GO

The Best Pokemon You Can Use as a Buddy in Pokemon GO
Any day now, Niantic is expected to roll out an update for Pokemon Go that will add Buddy Pokemon into the game. With the Buddy system, you’ll be able to choose any of the Pokemon in your collection to appear alongside your avatar, which will award them with candy that you can then use to evolve them.

It should be a fun addition to Pokemon Go, but as with most of the game’s other features, there appears to be some strategy to choosing a buddy as well.

Pokemon Go Hub has made a Buddy Pokemon Tier List, ranking all 142 Pokemon currently in the game based on their efficiency as Buddies. The formulas that the team used take into account the value of walking a given Pokemon, the potential CP outcome, a Pokemon’s spawn rate and the time it takes to evolve a Pokemon just by walking.

Pokemon
Evolution Multi
Candy / Evolution
KM for 1 Candy
Raw Value
Spawn rate
Spawn adjusted Val
Value
Tier
Charmeleon
1.96
100
2
1.96
0.01%
16333.33333
163
Tier 1
Grimer
2.87
50
2
5.74
0.05%
11038.46154
110
Tier 1
Dragonair
2.18
100
3
2.18
0.02%
10900
109
Tier 1
Kadabra
1.93
100
2
1.93
0.03%
7148.148148
71
Tier 1
Wartortle
1.79
100
2
1.79
0.03%
5264.705882
53
Tier 1
Machoke
1.59
100
2
1.59
0.03%
4676.470588
47
Tier 2.5
Kabuto
2.04
50
3
4.08
0.10%
4080
41
Tier 2.5
Ivysaur
1.64
100
2
1.64
0.04%
3904.761905
39
Tier 2.5
Metapod
3.37
50
1
6.74
0.19%
3604.278075
36
Tier 2.5
Charmander
2.27
25
2
9.08
0.25%
3588.932806
36
Tier 2.5
Omanyte
2.46
50
3
4.92
0.14%
3514.285714
35
Tier 2.5
Haunter
1.59
100
2
1.59
0.05%
3057.692308
31
Tier 2.5
Koffing
2.86
50
2
5.72
0.20%
2860
29
Tier 2
Dratini
2.2
25
3
8.8
0.30%
2933.333333
29
Tier 2
Weepinbell
1.95
100
2
1.95
0.07%
2708.333333
27
Tier 2
Vulpix
2.86
50
2
5.72
0.22%
2600
26
Tier 2
Gloom
1.62
100
2
1.62
0.06%
2531.25
25
Tier 2
Abra
2.53
25
2
10.12
0.42%
2409.52381
24
Tier 2
Pikachu
2.42
50
1
4.84
0.21%
2304.761905
23
Tier 2
Graveler
1.62
100
1
1.62
0.07%
2281.690141
23
Tier 2
Nidorino
1.72
100
2
1.72
0.08%
2072.289157
21
Tier 2
Nidorina
1.73
100
2
1.73
0.09%
1965.909091
20
Tier 2
Diglett
3.27
50
2
6.54
0.40%
1635
16
Tier 3
Kakuna
3.27
50
1
6.54
0.44%
1486.363636
15
Tier 3
Poliwhirl
1.89
100
2
1.89
0.13%
1453.846154
15
Tier 3
Machop
1.67
25
2
6.68
0.49%
1363.265306
14
Tier 3
Jigglypuff
2.44
50
1
4.88
0.39%
1251.282051
13
Tier 3
Seel
1.83
50
2
3.66
0.28%
1307.142857
13
Tier 3
Squirtle
1.76
25
2
7.04
0.58%
1213.793103
12
Tier 3
Bulbasaur
1.96
25
2
7.84
0.69%
1136.231884
11
Tier 3
Shellder
2.6
50
2
5.2
0.52%
1000
10
Tier 3
Doduo
2.29
50
2
4.58
0.52%
880.7692308
9
Tier 3
Gastly
1.87
25
2
7.48
0.79%
946.835443
9
Tier 3
Exeggcute
2.74
50
2
5.48
0.78%
702.5641026
7
Tier 3
Tentacool
2.73
50
2
5.46
0.81%
674.0740741
7
Tier 3
Geodude
1.78
25
1
7.12
1.19%
598.3193277
6
Tier 3
Magnemite
2.2
50
2
4.4
0.71%
619.7183099
6
Tier 3
Voltorb
1.96
50
2
3.92
0.65%
603.0769231
6
Tier 3
Rhyhorn
1.98
50
2
3.96
0.63%
628.5714286
6
Tier 3
Oddish
1.52
25
2
6.08
1.02%
596.0784314
6
Tier 3
Bellsprout
1.74
25
2
6.96
1.15%
605.2173913
6
Tier 3
Cubone
1.8
50
2
3.6
0.61%
590.1639344
6
Tier 3
Ponyta
1.49
50
2
2.98
0.51%
584.3137255
6
Tier 3
Meowth
2.25
50
2
4.5
0.86%
523.255814
5
Tier 4
Nidoran F
1.7
25
2
6.8
1.31%
519.0839695
5
Tier 4
Nidoran M
1.7
25
2
6.8
1.31%
519.0839695
5
Tier 4
Mankey
2.15
50
2
4.3
0.92%
467.3913043
5
Tier 4
Growlithe
2.31
50
2
4.62
0.92%
502.173913
5
Tier 4
Clefairy
1.99
50
1
3.98
0.92%
432.6086957
4
Tier 4
Pidgeotto
1.85
50
1
3.7
1.02%
362.745098
4
Tier 4
Caterpie
1.3
12
1
10.83333333
3.03%
357.299912
4
Tier 4
Sandshrew
2.35
50
2
4.7
1.11%
423.4234234
4
Tier 4
Slowpoke
2.2
50
2
4.4
1.05%
419.047619
4
Tier 4
Horsea
2.22
50
2
4.44
1.13%
392.920354
4
Tier 4
Eevee -> Flareon
2.56
25
3
10.24
2.75%
372.3636364
4
Tier 4
Poliwag
1.81
25
2
7.24
2.19%
330.5936073
3
Tier 4
Eevee -> Jolteon
2.14
25
3
8.56
2.75%
311.2727273
3
Tier 4
Staryu
2.39
50
2
4.78
1.95%
245.1282051
2
Tier 4
Ekans
2.22
50
2
4.44
2.27%
195.5947137
2
Tier 4
Paras
1.94
50
2
3.88
2.36%
164.4067797
2
Tier 4
Psyduck
2.26
50
2
4.52
2.54%
177.9527559
2
Tier 4
Krabby
2.33
50
2
4.66
2.12%
219.8113208
2
Tier 4
Goldeen
2.19
50
2
4.38
2.18%
200.9174312
2
Tier 4
Venonat
1.86
50
2
3.72
2.28%
163.1578947
2
Tier 4
Magikarp
10.5
400
1
2.625
4.78%
54.91631799
1
Tier 4
Spearow
2.64
50
1
5.28
4.73%
111.627907
1
Tier 4
Zubat
3.13
50
1
6.26
6.52%
96.01226994
1
Tier 4
Weedle
1.13
12
1
9.416666667
7.12%
132.2565543
1
Tier 4
Pidgey
1.9
12
1
15.83333333
15.98%
99.08218607
1
Tier 4
Rattata
2.62
25
1
10.48
13.05%
80.30651341
1
Tier 4
Drowzee
2.06
50
2
4.12
3.21%
128.3489097
1
Tier 4

According to the data, Charmeleon, Grimer, Dragonair, Kadabra and Wartortle are the five most efficient buddies in the game. Charizard, Dragonite and Blastoise are three of the strongest Pokemon in the game, and it only costs 50 candy to evolve Grimer into Muk, which is surprising for such a relatively rare Pokemon.

As for the least efficient Pokemon, you probably won’t be surprised to see Pidgey, Rattata, Weedle, Zubat and Magikarp circling the drain at the bottom of the list, but somehow Drowzee managed to beat them all out as the absolute worst Buddy.