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How to Add Friends & Raise Friendship Level in Pokemon GO

Having friends can make Pokemon GO even more fun! Here’s how to add friends in Pokemon GO as well as raise friendship levels.

Everything is better with friends, and Pokemon GO is no different. Whether that’s sending Gifts to each other or entering Raids remotely, being friends with other trainers has lots of benefits.

We’re going to cover everything you need to know about making friends in Pokemon GO, including how to find some new friends if you don’t have a local Pokemon GO community.

How to Add Trainers in Pokemon GO

To add friends in Pokemon GO you need to obtain your friends Trainer Code and copy it in the add friend section.

The trainer code and section to add friends are both on the same page, therefore both friends should follow the steps below:

  • Tap on your Avatar in the bottom left corner of the screen
  • Press on the Friends tab in the top right
  • Press the Add Friend button

To add your friend:

  • Copy and paste your friends Trainer Code in the ‘Add Friend’ box (they’ll need to share it with you first).

For a friend to add you:

  • Copy and share your Trainer Code with your friend and they will need to follow the process above.
Screenshot guide of how to add friends or find trainer code in Pokemon GO

After this friend request is accepted, you and the other player will become friends! There are a few things that you can do as friends, including sending gifts. However, the best thing to do with friends is to trade in Pokemon GO.

Friendship Levels

What Are Friendship Levels in Pokemon GO?

There are four Friendship Levels in Pokemon GO, these being:

  • Good Friend
  • Great Friend
  • Ultra Friend
  • Best Friend

There’s technically a fifth Friendship Level called Lucky Friend, and we’ll go over that in a moment. Having a higher level of friendship with another trainer has plenty of rewards and benefits that come with it.

How to Raise Friendship Level in Pokemon GO

There are 5 ways to raise your Friendship Levels in Pokemon GO:

  1. Sending and opening Gifts
  2. Trading Pokemon
  3. Battling in a Gym together
  4. Battling in a Raid together
  5. Battling each other

You’re limited to raising your Friendship Level once per day, per friend.

After you’ve raised your Friendship Level for the day, you’ll need to wait until tomorrow before you can further progress the friendship. You can tell which Friendship Levels you’ve raised today by which friends have halos around their Avatars.

Two friends in Pokemon GO, one with a halo and one without
The friend above has a light blue halo around their Avatar, whereas the one below does not.

What Rewards / Benefits Are There From Friendship Levels?

There are a few benefits to having friends with higher levels, such as a trade discount or bonus damage in Raids. For all of the information on benefits, look at the table below:

Friendship LevelXP RewardRaid BallsRaid / Gym Attack BonusTrade Discount
Good Friend (1 Day)3000N/A3%0%
Great Friend (7 Days)10000+15%20%
Ultra Friend (30 Days)50000+27%92%
Best Friend (90 Days)100000+410%96%
XP Reward indicates the amount of XP you and your friend are given towards your Trainer Level

It pays to keep raising the Friendship Level between yourself and other trainers, as the bonuses are plentiful.

Since raiding becomes easier with friends, check out our ultimate Raid guide for Pokemon GO to make use of these bonuses!

What are Lucky Friends in Pokemon GO?

Lucky Friends are a rare Friendship Level that can appear randomly. These will give you a guaranteed Lucky Pokemon if you trade with each other.

Lucky Pokemon require 50% less Stardust to power up, so you’ll want to get as many of these as you can!

Bunch of Pokemon on pathway

After becoming Best Friends with another trainer, if you do any of the normal actions to raise your Friendship Level, there’s a 1.17% chance you could become Lucky Friends, according to The Silph Road website.

After you’ve done a trade, you’ll become Best Friends again. You can become Lucky Friends again in the future.

How to Find Trainers to Befriend in Pokemon GO

There are a few ways to find friends in Pokemon GO, including:

Of course, you won’t be able to participate in trading with friends online, as trading has a strict trading distance. But you can still get plenty of other benefits for making friends with other trainers.

There are also some great benefits to having friends during special events – here’s everything you need to know about Community Days in Pokemon GO!

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Comments 1

chilesKharma

Thursday 13th of October 2022

always walking..and when I see some people who are glued to their phone screen..I always ask if they have enough friends..usually we'll swap codes..playing now 16 months..level 43 almost 44..176 friends..67 best friends..it works..

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