The popular mobile game Pokemon Go recently introduced the Friend List feature. This new feature allows you to be friends in-game with your friends who also play the game. The Friend List brings with it benefits like giving gifts, trading and a lot more.
As with a lot of new features, this Friend List feature of Pokemon Go isn’t entirely free of bugs. Users complained of Friendship Levels being out of sync in the game. According to the Niantic support forum, this issue has now been resolved successfully.
“We’ve resolved the issue. Once you complete an activity with your friend, your Friendship Level will be back in sync.” Niantic says on the support forum.
The way Friendship works in Pokemon Go is that you have to invest time every day interacting with your friend in-game. This could be by exchanging gifts or trading Pokemon. There are four levels of friendship in Pokemon Go: Good Friends, Great Friends, Ultra Friends and Best Friends. As you maintain the streak of daily interaction, your friendship levels keep going up. This unlocks new powers and gives the friends benefits for battles.
The Problem With Syncing
The major problem with this feature, as explained by a Pokemon Go fan, was that “It seems that only the person who opens the gift first, enters the battle first, or selects the pokemon to trade first has friendship points increased on their end…” The fan goes on to point out that “The other person’s friendship level will stay as is until they do these actions first some day. That’s what is causing the imbalance”
Players of the game had figured out a frustrating but concrete workaround for this bug. Between the two friends, only one would keep doing the gift giving every day, until the other friend (recipient of the gifts) reaches an increased Friendship level. Once that happens, the two friends switch roles, and the recipient gives gifts the next day. This updates both the friends to the same Friendship level.
While the workaround was a possibility, it was a fairly frustrating one at that. That is why it’s great that the bug is now resolved. All users have to do to sync their friendship levels now is complete an activity with each other.