Pokémon Go: Buddyquest

In very late 2019, Niantic released a new feature in Pokémon Go: the updated Buddy System. Instead of just saying you have a buddy, and it being able to give you candy, your Pokémon could now join you on the map! It rules, I'm so happy they added this, it's so cute.

At the same time, they added progression to buddies. If you get your buddy to the highest level possible, they got a ribbon! And unlike Lucky Pokémon, where only you know if they're lucky, it won't show up in gyms or anything… these do. And thus, my quest to seek Best Buddies started.

I originally intended this to be a compilation of every Best Buddy I'd ever seen, on the internet or in the game itself, but I found out that already exists. So now, this is an archive of all the Best Buddies I've seen, personally, in-game.

Every username is blanked out to the best of my ability. I don't want these to be traceable, since Pokémon Go is so heavily tied to real-world locations. Pokémon are in approximate dex order, except that evolutionary lines are sorted to be by each other.

08/31/23 update: As it turns out... there's a way to make Best Buddies within 2 weeks, as opposed to my previous estimate that it takes about 3 months. That's probably where at least some of the newer ones are coming from. I haven't tried it yet, but I want to, so I guess I'll update this page when I have news on that.

(Also, note: Neocities has a tendency to load images slowly if there's too many on one page, like this one. Broken images are not my fault this time! Refresh and they should load properly.)

#003, Venusaur

I cheered when I saw this. The final Kanto starter!! The ribbon placement is a bit awkward. I love it.

Added 03/17/24

#006, Charizard

I've seen a lot of Best Buddy Charizards around. I want one of my own…

Added 02/05/23

#009, Blastoise

I'm so glad this person went with the glasses.

Added 02/05/23

#010, Caterpie

Added 02/05/23

#025, Pikachu (British)

Was honestly surprised to see a Best Buddy Pikachu! Although it's shiny and costumed, so I suppose it makes sense. Officially, this is the World Championships 2022 Pikachu, but it took place in London that year, so my name is technically right.

Added 11/04/23

#025, Pikachu (Witch)

Another shiny, costumed Pikachu buddy! I... think this is the same person as the British Pikachu? Cool!

Added 02/19/24

#025, Pikachu (TCG)

This one's from a different person! Cute.

Added 05/21/24

#033, Nidorino (Party)

My newest Best Buddy, Jamborino the Party Hat Nidorino!! They released this alongside a Party Hat Gengar, for the RB opening. And I think that's absolutely wonderful. Also I'm proud of his name. This is my newest beloved little guy.

Added 03/24/24

#038a, Alolan Ninetales

It's always wild to see Best Buddies in the Battle League. You KNOW these guys are loved.

Added 02/05/23

#038a, Alolan Ninetales (Shadow)

There's a Buddy Ninetales in a gym! I love how Shadow A!Ninetales looks, like a cruel ice queen...

Added 05/21/24

#169, Crobat

Exciting to see!! I love shiny Crobat, too, such good colors.

Added 03/30/24

#045, Vileplume

The ribbon matches the flower!

Added 07/29/23

#047, Parasect

This is Tandem! I named her after a bagel shop, back in 2016 when I caught her. I've stayed very attached to her after all these years, since I caught her when it was really weird to see evolved Pokémon in the wild… and now she's a Best Buddy! (Also, her ribbon is clipping a little.)

Added 02/11/23

#049, Venomoth

A fun bug!! From the same person who brought Best Bud Beautifly.

Added 05/21/24

#863, Perrserker

Added 02/05/23

#059, Arcanine

Added 02/05/24

#065, Alakazam

Um, I took a screenshot of another Best Buddy Alakazam, thinking it was new, and had completely forgotten it was already on the page. Huh. I updated the screenshot anyway.

Added 02/05/23

#068, Machamp

Added 02/05/23

#076a, Alolan Golem

Added 11/04/23

#078g, Galarian Rapidash

That's... the best spot you could put the ribbon? Really?

Added 11/04/23

#079, Slowpoke (2020)

I almost missed this, I'm so glad I didn't. It's in the 0!!

Added 05/06/24

#199g, Galarian Slowking

A surprising one, I gotta say! Makes sense, though, since you have to have it as your buddy to evolve it.

Added 02/05/23

#462, Magnezone

Added 02/05/23

#865, Sirfetch'd

Added 04/28/24

#087, Dewgong

Saw this one in the same gym as the Walrein and Marill on this page, I'm still really excited about that. Absolute jackpot of a gym for this page.

Added 03/03/24

#089a, Alolan Muk

There wasn't a very good angle on this guy, but I loved seeing them anyway. Wonderful weirdo.

Added 07/29/23

#094, Gengar

A barrette!

Added 02/05/23

#208, Steelix

Another barely-visible-from-the-front barrette. Oh well.

Added 02/05/24

#097, Hypno

This is like... way up there on the list of weirdest Best Buddies I've seen. I have to assume this person got it to Best Buddy status because it's a shiny shadow? Also I love that the ribbon hides itself in Hypno's neck fluff.

Added 07/29/23

#103a, Alolan Exeggutor

I can't believe I saw this one. Hilarious. Wonderful. 10/10.

Added 02/05/23

#104, Cubone

Another shiny shadow! Very cute.

Added 05/21/24

#463, Lickilicky

Ah, a Baron Alberto fan!

Added 07/29/23

#463, Lickilicky (#2)

I want it to be known that there's two, visibly separate, Best Buddy Lickilickies in my general area.

Added 03/17/24

#112, Rhydon

Probably unevolved to fit CP requirements in Battle League, if I had to guess.

Added 02/05/23

#464, Rhyperior

I've seen quite a few of these.

Added 02/05/23

#440, Happiny

The littlest girl!

Added 07/29/23

#113, Chansey

Added 02/05/23

#242, Blissey

I see these and Chansey constantly. I've seen every possible variant of Chansey and Blissey with Best Buddy ribbons.

Added 02/05/23

#465, Tangrowth

Another fun surprise! I realized while editing this that I think Tangrowth's lil face is very funny and charming.

Added 11/13/23

#115, Kangaskhan

Added 02/27/23

#230, Kingdra

Added 07/29/23

#123, Scyther

Added 02/05/23

#212, Scizor

Added 02/05/23

#466, Electivire

Much more visible than Magmortar's!

Added 04/16/23

#467, Magmortar

It's so hard to see the ribbon…

Added 02/05/23

#128, Tauros

Added 11/04/23

#130, Gyarados

A very common best buddy, since Magikarp needs so much candy to evolve.

Added 02/05/23

#131, Lapras

This is my mom's! Lapras is her favorite Pokémon.

Added 02/05/23

#131, Lapras (Bow)

The badge got moved up a little to accommodate the bow! Also, this is from the same guy with at least 2 best bud costumed Pikachu.

Added 05/21/24

#132, Ditto

Added 02/05/23

#134, Vaporeon

I really enjoy the weird placement on the fin. It's fun.

Added 02/05/23

#196, Espeon

Added 02/05/23

#197, Umbreon

Added 02/05/23

#470, Leafeon

I saw two of these within a month! But this shiny, flowered one is more fun.

Added 08/31/23

#471, Glaceon

Added 02/05/24

#700, Sylveon

One of the most common Best Buddies, and another buddy evolution! Not a surprise, especially with Sylveon's sheer popularity.

Added 02/05/23

#474, Porygon-Z

I could've sworn I already had this on the page. But I didn't?

Added 11/13/23

#142, Aerodactyl

You'll notice that this is an extremely weird screenshot. This is because… the Best Buddy ribbon was only visible from a very specific angle? Because Aerodactyl's jaw was blocking it from view otherwise? And this is the best screenshot I got.

Added 04/16/23

#446, Munchlax

Just a lil guy!

Added 02/05/24

#143, Snorlax

Added 02/05/23

#143, Snorlax (Cowboy)

This felt like an important enough difference to put on the page. Anyway, why is the ribbon placement slightly different from regular Snorlax's?

Added 02/19/24

#147, Dratini

Surprised I saw one of these before a Dragonair, honestly.

Added 05/21/24

#149, Dragonite

Added 02/05/23

#149, Dragonite

Say hello to Litehaus! She's an XXL Dragonite I caught in the wild, just, randomly, in the middle of the night. I love her. I wanna use her to compare ribbon placement on XXL Pokémon as opposed to regular-sized Pokémon.

Added 02/05/24

#150, Mewtwo

I replaced this image during an update (07/29/23), and then realized that my cousin has two Best Buddy Mewtwo. One shiny, one shadow. Huh.

Added 02/05/23

#157, Typhlosion

Added 08/31/23

#160, Feraligatr

Added 04/28/24

#468, Togekiss

Added 02/05/23

#181, Ampharos

Another Best Buddy I'm surprised I didn't see sooner. Cute! I like that the ribbon is gigantic.

Added 04/28/24

#183, Marill

Added 03/03/24

#184, Azumarill

Only saw this once, in the Battle League. But there's gotta be more of them, they're so cute…

Added 02/05/23

#430, Honchkrow

This is... my dad's buddy! He has a whole collection of dark-type Best Buddies.

Added 07/29/23

#429, Mismagius

Added 02/05/23

#201, Unown G

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to see a Best Buddy Unown in the wild. The ribbon floats!

Added 07/29/23

#201, Unown X

God, I hope I see more of these. What a delight they are.

Added 07/29/23

#202, Wobbuffet

While going through screenshots for this page, I realized that there's a player nearby who has TWO Best Buddy Wobbuffet, one male and one female. Huh. Good for them.

Added 02/05/23

#904, Overqwil

They're a raid evolution and they take forever, I still don't have one, but I was still surprised to see a Best Buddy. Look how much space on the screen they take up. I love it.

Added 07/29/23

#213, Shuckle

Added 11/04/23

#213, Shuckle (Shadow)

Sometimes, the expression change really makes the Shadow Pokémon.

Added 05/06/24

#214, Heracross

In the time between me seeing this Heracross and adding it to the page, I saw a second Best Buddy Heracross, and that one was female. Similar to Wobbuffet, weirdly enough! But it was two different people this time. Wild that I saw them for the first time within a few days of each other.

Added 04/16/23

#214, Heracross (Shiny)

There's something delightful about how the shiny coloration matches the ribbon.

Added 05/06/24

#461, Weavile

Added 05/06/24

#903, Sneasler

This was right next to a shiny Weavile! Also, I think the smallness of the ribbon leaves something to be desired.

Added 05/06/24

#217, Ursaring

I bet more Best Buddy Ursaluna are gonna start popping up…

Added 02/05/23

#901, Ursaluna

There they are! Weird that there's too much stuff on the face and the ribbon gets pushed to become an... earring?

Added 07/29/23

#473, Mamoswine

Added 02/05/23

#222, Corsola

Added 05/21/24

#229, Houndoom

This Houndoom is purified, which is why the ribbon looks a little weird.

Added 02/05/23

#234, Stantler (Sleigh Bells)

Almost missed this due to the ribbon being slightly obscured!

Added 05/21/24

#241, Miltank

Now this was a surprise. This person's username had "cow" in it, so I gotta assume they like cows.

Added 07/29/23

#248, Tyranitar

Added 02/05/23

#250, Ho-Oh

Added 02/05/23

#254, Sceptile

Added 02/05/23

#260, Swampert

Added 02/05/23

#862, Obstagoon

The ribbon placement on the arm is so fun.

Added 07/29/23

#265, Wurmple

Partywurm is one of my own Best Buddies, and I love her so much. Her power is incalculable

Added 02/05/23

#267, Beautifly

An absolute shock, honestly. I was SO excited to see this. I think this might be from the same person with the Best Buddy Lickilicky? Thank you for your service.

Added 04/28/24

#282, Gardevoir

I've seen two of these! One was purified, this one isn't. Kinda surprised it took that long.

Added 07/29/23

#475, Gallade

Added 02/05/24

#286, Breloom

Added 02/05/23

#289, Slaking

Slaking is one of the highest-CP Pokémon in Go that isn't a legendary, so you see them in gyms a lot.

Added 02/05/23

#295, Exploud

This is such a weird one! I was very excited to see it.

Added 02/05/23

#302, Sableye

Another one of my Dad's buddies! He has a bunch of Dark-type buddies.

Added 11/13/23

#306, Aggron

Surprised it took me so long to see one of these! I guess they've been outclassed in the past few years.

Added 11/04/23

#407, Roserade

Added 07/29/23

#321, Wailord

Added 02/05/23

#324, Torkoal

This was a real surprise! I didn't think anyone liked Torkoal that much.

Added 11/04/23

#327, Spinda

Did you know there's a few Pokémon Go-exclusive Spinda patterns? Now you do!

Added 02/05/24

#331, Cacnea

A really fun one! Uniquely challenging to get a good screenshot of. Cacnea moves around a lot, which obscures the ribbon, and that's not even accounting for the way the shadows move...

Added 05/21/24

#334, Altaria

A slightly better angle of Altaria's barrette. This specific one was in this gym for... about 40 days? I guess no one wanted to go there in the cold.

Added 02/05/23

#335, Zangoose

Added 02/05/23

#350, Milotic

Surprised I didn't see this sooner, too. Another 'friendship' evolution.

Added 07/29/23

#354, Banette

A friend's buddy I missed on my first sweep of screenshots! Her name is Best Girl.

Added 03/31/23

#359, Absol

Added 02/05/23

#365, Walrein

Considering I saw this with the Dewgong... I wonder if whatever group of people who put them in the same gym really like seals? That's cute.

Added 03/03/24

#373, Salamence

In the same tier as, like, Gyarados and Tyranitar as common Gym Pokémon. They're big strong dragons!

Added 07/29/23

#375, Metang

Added 02/05/23

#376, Metagross

Another best buddy I see a lot of.

Added 02/05/23

#380, Latias

Added 02/05/23

#388, Grotle

A surprise I found on my friends list! Very cute.

Added 11/13/23

#389, Torterra

This guy's SO cute. I want one of my own…

Added 02/05/23

#398, Staraptor

There might be two of these in my area? Wild.

Added 02/05/23

#403, Shinx

This is Tuxedo! A lucky catch after a raid, now a best friend. My favorite dapper young lad.

Added 02/05/23

#405, Luxray

Added 02/05/23

#408, Cranidos

Added 02/05/23

#409, Rampardos

Added 02/05/23

#426, Drifblim

The ribbon is SO BIG on this guy, I love it.

Added 02/05/23

#428, Lopunny

The ribbon placement is like this because the place it'd typically go is covered up. But I don't like it.

Added 02/05/23

#434, Stunky

This is not my buddy, this is my dad's! I asked him to send me a screenshot because he's planning to evolve it and I know I'll never see this again.

Added 11/13/23

#442, Spiritomb

This was so funny and delightful that I couldn't just choose one of my screenshots. I saw the ribbon's weird behavior and knew I had to get a video to put on the site. I adore that it's completely static and clipping into the trainer. Wonderful buddy.

Added 11/04/23

#443, Gible

Added 02/05/23

#444, Gabite

Added 11/04/23

#445, Garchomp

Another very common sight.

Added 02/05/23

#447, Riolu

A total surprise!! This lil guy was almost entirely hidden behind bigger Pokémon.

Added 03/17/24

#448, Lucario

Added 02/05/23

#450, Hippowdon (Female)

I got 2 angles of Hippowdon (zoomed-in and not) and neither were especially good. Oh well.

Added 02/19/24

#450, Hippowdon (Male)

Two of them!

Added 04/28/24

#460, Abomasnow

THIS is a real surprise! I've never known anyone to like Abomasnow this much. Good for this guy!

Added 02/05/23

#497, Serperior

I can't believe I saw all the Unova starters as Best Buddies before I saw a Best Buddy Venusaur.

Added 02/05/24

#500, Emboar

Added 08/31/23

#503, Samurott

Added 02/05/23

#526, Gigalith

I've been considering making my beloved perfect-IV Gigalith a Best Buddy myself! I love them, I was glad to see one in the wild.

Added 07/29/23

#530, Excadrill

Added 02/05/24

#534, Conkeldurr

I've seen 2 of these, one shiny and one not. Makes sense, they're basically raid-only so of course people made them buddies to get more candies.

Added 07/29/23

#544, Whirlipede

My first Best Buddy, my good friend Wheel! I love her. No, I'm not evolving her. She's so funny like this.

Added 02/05/23

#555, Darmanitan

Added 07/29/23

#560, Scrafty

Added 02/05/23

#563, Cofagrigus

This one is technically cheating in the rules, because this is my mom's screenshot! She was on a work trip and sent me this screenshot of a gym, and I noticed a Best Buddy Cofagrigus in there. Thanks, Mom!

Added 04/16/23

#564, Tirtouga

Honestly, I don't know how I noticed this one.

Added 02/05/23

#567, Archeops

A few weeks ago, I made a comment like "there have been a lot of Archeops in gyms recently, I hope I see a Best Buddy one soon." And I did!

Added 05/21/24

#571, Zoroark

I expected to see this one eventually, but it was still exciting!

Added 05/06/24

#595, Joltik

Unbelievably exciting. It's SO tiny. This is something I would do.

Added 05/06/24

#604, Eelektross

I only managed to notice this because I'm dedicated to the Best Buddy cause. It's too bad the angle isn't better, but I appreciate this person who loves their Eelektross. Maybe they're a Subway Masters fan.

Added 07/29/23

#609, Chandelure

Added 02/05/23

#610, Axew

Added 02/05/23

#612, Haxorus

Added 02/05/23

#620, Mienshao

This is Chi! I initially made her my buddy to get candy to evolve her, but by the time I could, she had so many buddy points that I figured it'd be fun to finish the job.

Added 11/04/23

#621, Druddigon

Shiny Druddigon is so pretty. I love seeing them in gyms in general.

Added 07/29/23

#630, Mandibuzz

Another huge surprise, another best buddy I look at and go "oh, I'm never gonna see one of these again."

Added 11/04/23

#633, Deino

Updated this image (05/21/24) to actually be my own Best Buddy Deino, Shoka! She's named for the NTWEWY character, of course.

Added 02/05/23

#634, Zweilous

With so many of these, I have the first and final stages of the line, but not the middle. Thank god Zweilous is at least here.

Added 02/05/23

#635, Hydreigon

This one's pretty common, too.

Added 02/05/23

#636, Larvesta

Added 02/27/24

#637, Volcarona

I saw this only, like, a few weeks after their release in Pokémon Go. How?

Added 08/31/23

#643, Reshiram

Another screenshot from my dad. Thanks, Dad!

Added 02/05/24

#644, Zekrom

Added 02/05/23

#655, Delphox

Didn't expect to see one of these before Greninja! The colors fit perfectly.

Added 11/04/23

#658, Greninja

I got this screenshot from my dad (again) and realized... this ribbon isn't visible from the front at all. I may well have seen a Best Buddy Greninja but been unable to tell because the tongue-scarf hides the ribbon. What a shame.

Added 03/03/24

#665, Spewpa

This is Confetti! Named for Spewpa's 'attacking' animation. I think they're cute, and I needed more Scatterbug candy, so this seemed like a fun solution. He's very tiny in gyms, but I love him anyway.

Added 08/31/23

#666, Vivillon

The person who has this one got it within, like… a month? How. Also, the ribbon is WAY too tiny…

Added 02/05/23

#674, Pancham

Added 02/05/23

#675, Pangoro

These two actually aren't the same Pancham! Pancham is another buddy evolution, so it makes sense that a bunch of them got to Best Buddy status.

Added 02/05/23

#683, Aromatisse

This was a fun one to see! I love this shiny, too.

Added 08/31/23

#691, Dragalge

Added 05/06/24

#697, Tyrantrum

Added 02/05/23

#701, Hawlucha

Added 02/05/24

#706, Goodra

It's a shame the ribbon is barely visible from the front.

Added 02/05/23

#713, Avalugg

Another surprise! I think the Bergmite line is adorable, but they're not brought up much. So this was a big surprise to see! I love it.

Added 04/16/23

#715, Noivern

Added 02/05/23

#727, Incineroar

Added 11/04/23

#730, Primarina

Added 11/04/23

#733, Toucannon

This may look lower-quality than the others, and that's because... Toucannon is extremely zoomed-out in gyms? I dunno why that is. This is the best I could do.

Added 11/04/23

#738, Vikavolt

Added 02/05/24

#745, Midnight Lycanroc

This is Moonstruck! I raised her to Best Buddy status on a whim. She's so fun.

Added 02/05/23

#758, Salazzle

Another extremely zoomed-out Pokémon.

Added 03/30/24

#760, Bewear

Added 07/29/23

#767, Wimpod

I love Wimpod so much they're so cute. Baby

Added 07/29/23

#768, Golisopod

I was SO HAPPY to see this one. I love Golisopod. What a sweetheart.

Added 02/11/23

#770, Palossand

Can you see it? No? I almost didn't. It's on the shovel, right under the heart, and gets covered by the heart when it's animated. I don't think that's what I would've gone with.

Added 05/21/24

#784, Kommo-o

Added 02/05/23

#809, Melmetal

Added 02/05/23

#889, Zamazenta

Added 02/05/23

#893, Zarude

Huh!

Added 11/04/23

#923, Pawmot

Wow, that ribbon is tiny.

Added 11/13/23

#965, Varoom

I wish the eyes were visible. This is a problem with a lot of front-facing Pokémon... anyway, I guess this person hasn't gotten enough candy to evolve this guy yet.

Added 05/21/24

#998, Baxcalibur

Again, someone got this done very quickly. Sidenote, a lot of the more recent additions to Pokémon Go have really nice idle poses?

Added 02/05/24

#1000, Gholdengo

Yeahhhh!!! I still don't have one of these in Pokémon Go.

Added 04/28/24




Created Last Updated
February 5th, 2023 May 21st, 2024