Pokemon Go trade gift and friend bannerSource: Niantic

They say life is better with friends and in Pokémon Go, that is definitely the truth. There are plenty of benefits to making friends in Pokémon Go and adding friends couldn't be easier!

Why should I make friends in Pokémon Go?

Loads of Experience Points

Aside from the fact that playing games with friends, in general, is much more fun, there are plenty of in-game benefits to having Pokémon friends. For starters, Pokémon Go rewards players with tons of XP for having friends and increasing their friendship levels. Even better, if friends time their activity right, a Lucky Egg can double the XP.

  • Good Friends get 3k XP
  • Great Friends get 10k XP
  • Ultra Friends get 50k XP
  • Best Friends get 100k XP

Presents!

Friends can also send each other Gifts once per day and players can open 20 of these gifts each day. Collected from Pokéstop disc spins, players can hold up to 10 Gifts at a time. Gifts can contain many useful items, including:

  • Poké Balls, Great Balls and Ultra Balls
  • Potions, Super Potions and Hyper Potions
  • Revives and Max Revives
  • Pinap Berries
  • Evolution items such as King's Rock and Up-Grade
  • Stardust
  • 7 KM Eggs that feature Alolan variant Pokémon and baby Pokémon

Raid Bonuses

In addition to gifts, Pokémon friends get bonuses during Raids that increase the damage inflicted upon the Raid Boss as well as provide additional Premier Balls when catching the Raid Boss. This means if you raid with friends, you beat the Raid Bosses faster and get more chances to try to catch it. Given the low catch rates on some of the Legendary Raids, every extra Premier Ball you can get is crucial!

  • Good Friends get a 3% attack bonus
  • Great Friends get a 5% attack bonus and one extra Premier Ball
  • Ultra Friends get a 7% attack bonus and two extra Premier Balls
  • Best Friends get a 10% attack bonus and four extra Premier Balls

Trading

One of the core features of most every Pokémon game, trading in Pokémon Go can only be done between friends. Whether you're looking for a Regional Exclusive or helping out a friend who missed an event, you're going to want to use this feather. Trading, like so many features in Pokémon Go, costs Stardust but the better a friendship, the lower the cost.

  • Great Friends get a 20% Stardust discount on trades
  • Ultra Friends get a 92% Stardust discount on trades
  • Best Friends get a 96% Stardust discount on trades and the chance to get Lucky Pokémon from trades

Trainer Battles

Another feature that having friends makes even better is the PVP battle system. Unlike trading, you can battle another player in person without being friends but if you make it to Ultra or Best Friend status, you can battle each other remotely at any time. Trainer Battles not only give experience battling but come with some great potential rewards, including:

  • Stardust
  • Rare Candies
  • Sinnoh Stones
  • Charged and Fast TMs

Research Rewards

As if all of that weren't enough, there are also a number of Special Research tasks that require making friends. While Special Research isn't critical to gameplay, it is often the only way to get certain special Pokémon.

Where is my friend code anyway?

Now that you know how beneficial friendship in Pokémon Go is, I bet you're eager to add as many friends as you can. Fortunately, finding your code to add friends is super easy and can be done in two different ways.

  1. From the main screen, click on your avatar in the bottom left corner to open the profile screen.
  2. Select Friends from your profile screen.
  3. Select Add Friend.

    Pokemon Go Friend Codes 1Source: iMore/Casian Holly

  4. Select Share my Trainer Code to post your code directly to any social media or messenger app already installed on your phone.

  5. Or select Copy my Trainer Code to copy the code to the clipboard where you can then paste it elsewhere.
  6. Or select QR Code to generate a QR Code that can be scanned within the app to add friends in person.

    Pokemon Go Friend Codes 2Source: iMore/Casian Holly

Voila! You have your friend code in a number of easy to share forms.

What if I don't know other Pokémon Go players?

While many of the benefits to having friends are gained by playing together in person, some of us just aren't lucky enough to have a bunch of local friends who play Pokémon Go (or, in my case, a big family with kids who all love the game as much as their father and I!) Fortunately, the internet is a great tool for connecting with other Pokémon Go players, both locally and from around the world. Social platforms, like Facebook or Reddit, are great for finding groups and communities of like-minded individuals. In my own area, there are nearly a dozen local Facebook groups spread across the county, including a few that are even team-specific. Likewise, there are international groups that exist solely for exchanging Friend Codes.

Questions about making friends in Pokémon Go?

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