The new buddy system for Pokémon Go has arrived. You can do a lot of new, fun stuff to interact with your favorite Pokémon companions while you play the game.
A great thing for you and your buddy to do together is play. To do this, you need to click on their icon in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and then hit the Play button. Doing this will take you to an AR environment of whatever your phone points.
Now, there’s a specific thing you need to play with your Pokémon. It’s not tapping them to have them do a quick animation (which is difficult to tell). What you need to do is pet your Pokémon.
To do this, you need to hold your finger on the screen and go back and forth over them. Visually, your Pokémon should extremely happy about the movement and that you’re spending time with them. You’ll also notice small sparkles coming up from their body, indicating it’s working.
Eventually, you’ll see a heart pop up over their head, and you will have had played with them for the day. Doing this increases their overall happiness toward you and develops your relationship as Pokémon and Pokémon trainer.