Pokemon GO Buddy Up Event: What You Need to Know

Pokemon GO Buddy Up Event has Houndoom ready to go
Pokemon GO Buddy Up Event has Houndoom ready to go / Niantic Labs, The Pokémon Company

Pokemon GO Buddy Up event ensures that your favorite buddy Pokemon loses out while you're stuck inside.

Niantic has implemented a new event for trainers and their buddy Pokemon. Together, from 8 a.m. ET on Apr. 21 to 10 p.m. ET on Apr. 27, pairs can earn special rewards for working together. If you haven't had a chance to get cute snapshots of a real live Pokemon living in your house—now's the time. Partner up and make sure you've got enough berries on hand.

Pokemon GO Buddy Up Event

Spending time with your buddy Pokemon this week unlocks special rewards such as decreased walking distance for earning candies and hearts as well as items found by your new friend along the way. During this time, all distances and requirements for hearts and candies will be halved. Your buddy will also be joining you on the map for twice as long.

Buddy Pokemon will have an increased chance to bring you surprises this week. It's not unlikely that you'll be given a slightly singed souvenir from your friendly neighborhood Houndoom or a mossy-covered potion from the Turtwig in your garden. You may even get a "new kind of gift" according to Niantic.

This event's featured Pokemon are Illumise and Volbeat with a shiny chance as well as Alolan Meowth, Chansey, Eevee, Feebas, Lillipup, and Joltik. Additionally, for the first time ever, Woobat will be spawning in the wild after completing exclusive research tasks. Trainers can also earn twice the experience for evolving their Pokemon for the duration of the event.