How to add friends on Pokémon Go (friendship levels)

Having friends on Pokémon Go goes beyond tracking the progress of the people you know. It is possible to exchange, battle and send gifts, but it is also through friendship that you get stronger monsters (the lucky ones). Check out the methods for adding friends and what friendship levels are available in Pokémon Go.

Pokémon GO: Hidden Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

Add friends on Pokémon Go

There are three ways to add friends: by a 12-number code, by scanning the QR Code or by connecting to Facebook.

  1. Touch your avatar to open the player profile;
  2. Scroll left to access the friends page;
  3. Touch “Add friends”.

On this next screen is where your numeric code is – to send to another player – and also the field to put the code of the friend you want to add. If adding by this method, type and then tap send.

Below the code field is the option to add via Facebook, to search your friends list for those who also play Pokémon Go.

To add via QR Code, select the “QR Code” tab and scan your friend’s code with the camera.

Note: it is possible to have a maximum of 200 friends on the list. After that, you will need to delete some to add new ones.

Friendship levels in Pokémon Go

The longer a player interacts with friends within the game, the more friendship features are unlocked, from legendary exchanges for a lower cost of Star Dust to the guarantee of a Lucky Pokémon for each after an exchange.

Understand the levels of friendship between players:

Type Requirements Bonus
Friendship none
  • Exchanges are released, provided you already have the species registered (except Mythic)
Beautiful Friendship Play together for 1 day
  • Special exchanges released*
Great friendship Play together for 7 days
  • Small reduction in cost Stardust for Exchanges;
  • Additional Gift Ball when participating in a Raid with a friend;
  • Small attack reinforcement when battling together
Ultra-friendship Play together for 30 days
  • Median reduction in the cost of stardust during exchanges;
  • 2 Gifted Balls when participating in Raid with friend;
  • Medium attack reinforcement when battling together;
  • Possibility to share RAID EX invitation
Unparalleled friendship Play together for 90 days
  • Big reduction in the cost of Star Dust during Exchanges;
  • 4 Balls Presented while participating in Raid with friend;
  • Great attack boost when battling together;
  • Possibility to share RAID EX invitation

*Special exchange: Pokémon that are not saved in Pokédex, Legendary, Shiny and different forms (Alola, costumed, Unkown) are special exchanges. You can only do one per day.

And the Lucky Friendship?

After reaching the level of “Friendship without equal”, future interactions (exchange, gifts or battles) will be able to give both players the status of “Lucky Friendship”. This means that, on the next exchange, both Pokémon became Lucky Pokémon.

A notification is sent to let the player know that their friendship has become Lucky. After the exchange is made between them, their status is zeroed and needs to be conquered again.

With information: Niantic support