Now that the new Pokemon Go buddy feature is available, there’s one big question on the top of players’ minds. What is the fastest that you can travel while walking your Pokemon buddy and still have the distance count in the game?
Here’s what you need to know.
The Speed Limit Is Likely the Same as the Speed Limit for Hatching Eggs
To be on the safe side, keep your speed limit around 10.5 km/hour, which is approximately 6.5 miles per hour. Here’s why.
Pokemon Go is going to track the distance you’ve traveled for walking Pokemon in the same way that it tracks the distance you’ve traveled for hatching eggs. Although this is helping it get the feature out faster, it also means that some of the errors you’ve encountered while hatching eggs will be carried over when you’re walking your Pokemon. The app is going to get data on how far you’ve walked from the server side, which Pokemon Go Hub reported is similar to how the app currently determines how far you’ve walked for hatching eggs.
This also means that the speed limit for hatching eggs will likely be the same speed limit for walking your Pokemon buddy.
The discussion recently came up again on Reddit, where trainers helped crowd source the speed limit answer. Prior to the latest update, the maximum speed for counting everything in Pokemon Go, including hatching eggs, was 10.5 km/hour. This is approximately 6.5 miles per hour. The original speed limit was around 15.5 km/hour.
Since the latest update, some trainers have said that the speed limit has increased to being faster than 10.5, but less than 13.5 to 15.5 km/hour. This finding is being disputed, however. On Reddit, one trainer said he tested the theory that the speed limit is faster and found that it is still at 10.5 km/hr.
If you want to be on the safe side, then keep your speed closer to 10.5 km/hour. The latest observations that the speed has increased have not been confirmed.
You Can Use an App to Track Your Speed
Although a 10.5 km/hour speed limit may seem slow, remember that Niantic’s last game, Ingress, had a speed limit of 8 km/hour.
It can be easy to go faster than 10.5 km/hour if you’re biking. That’s why apps might be helpful. You can set up an app on your phone that alerts you if you’re traveling faster than this. For example, Digihud on Android provides this feature. You can also try a speedometer overlay app that will tell you how fast you’re traveling while you’re using Pokemon Go. One type of app that works this way is called SpeedOverlay for Android.
But remember: just because you’re traveling below the speed limit doesn’t mean that all your distance will be counted. You’ll need to make sure you’re not walking in a circle or backtracking over your previous steps, which Pokemon Go will sometimes not register in your travels.