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At the top of the buddy Pokemon page, there's a text indicating the total distance walked with your current buddy. Right now, I have my starter Pokemon as my buddy and got 19 kilometers walked with him. If I change my Buddy Pokemon, and then later switch it back to my starter, will this distance have reset or will it still be at 19 kilometers and continue from there?

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No, the total distance travelled will stay the same. The current progress towards the next reward will be reset, however.

I tried switching my Lapras out today and decided to make him my buddy again and his total distance started at 10.0 km, just as it was when I switched him out.

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The total distance walked will not change, although current progress towards a candy will.

See screenshots. Deathturtle has 54.3km total and 0.3km progress towards candy. Switching the buddy for a Vulpix then back to Deathturtle resets the progress to 0km but retains the 54.4km total.

(I'm not sure where the extra .1km came from, I didn't move during these screenshots, perhaps a round up)

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    Walking distances aren't updated in real-time, but periodically. Additionally, GPS location tends to wander a bit, especially if you are in or next to tall buildings. So, a combination of the two could account for suddenly finding an extra 0.1km.
    – Ellesedil
    Commented Sep 21, 2016 at 16:15
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    Upvote for sacrificing 0.3 km.
    – Jerry
    Commented Oct 27, 2016 at 6:54

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