Version 0.37 of Pokemon Go introduced the buddy system, which allows you to designate one of your Pokemon as a "buddy", allowing you to earn candy corresponding to that Pokemon as you walk.

Your designated buddy Pokemon appears with your avatar in one of the in-game menus. However, the position of these Pokemon as they appear with your avatar depends on the Pokemon's size - some smaller Pokemon even sit on your avatar's shoulder! My question is: of the Pokemon currently available in Pokemon Go, which ones will sit on your shoulder? (And what positions do the other Pokemon appear in, while we're at it?)


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Here's a list by position:

Shoulder: Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Spearow, Pikachu*, Eevee, Plusle, Minun

Stands by your side: Bulbasaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Squirtle, Wartortle, Metapod, Kakuna, Rattata, Raticate, Ekans, Raichu, Sandshrew, Sandslash, Nidoran Female, Nidorina, Nidoran Male, Nidorino, Clefairy, Vulpix, Jigglypuff, Oddish, Gloom, Paras, Parasect, Venonat, Diglett, Meowth, Persian, Psyduck, Mankey, Growlithe, Poliwag, Abra, Machop, Bellsprout, Tentacool, Geodude, Ponyta, Slowpoke, Farfetchd, Doduo, Seel, Dewgong, Grimer, Shellder, Krabby, Voltorb, Exeggcute, Cubone, Marowak, Lickitung, Tangela, Horsea, Goldeen, Staryu, Mr. Mime, Electabuzz, Magikarp, Ditto, Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Omanyte, Kabuto, Dratini, Mew**

Stands behind you: Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, Arbok, Nidoqueen, Nidoking, Clefable, Ninetales, Wigglytuff, Vileplume, Dugtrio, Golduck, Primeape, Arcanine, Poliwhirl, Poliwrath, Kadabra, Alakazam, Machoke, Machamp, Weepinbell, Victreebel, Tentacruel, Graveler, Golem, Rapidash, Slowbro, Magneton, Dodrio, Muk, Cloyster, Gengar, Onix, Drowzee, Hypno, Kingler, Electrode, Exeggutor, Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan, Koffing, Weezing, Rhyhorn, Rhydon, Chansey, Kangaskhan, Seadra, Seaking, Starmie, Scyther, Jynx, Magmar, Pinsir, Tauros, Gyarados, Lapras, Porygon, Omastar, Kabutops, Aerodactyl, Snorlax, Moltres**, Dragonair, Dragonite, Mewtwo**

Flies behind you: Butterfree, Beedrill, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot, Fearow, Zubat, Golbat, Venomoth, Magnemite, Gastly, Haunter, Articuno**, Zapdos**

*Pikachu is a special case: it will stand by your side when first selected as your buddy, but will move to your shoulder once you've received 10 candies from it.

**These Pokemon are not currently available: information for these Pokemon is based off of datamining the app.


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    As someone else commented on a similar question, Pikachu will move to your shoulder after finding 10 candies, not after walking 10km (which will typically, but not always, be the same).
    – hertitu
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 10:23
  • Can't wait for wailord!
    – Pyritie
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 11:36
  • You can either get 10 Pikachu candies or walk 10k with Pikachu to get her/him on your shoulder. Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 4:03
  • What about if I remove pikachu I add him again later. Do I need to get 10 candies again or he will go straight to the shoulder. Commented Jan 17, 2017 at 13:38
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    Sunkern will also ride on your shoulder Commented Feb 28, 2018 at 18:24

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