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Friendship is an gameplay feature in Pokémon GO, which allows Trainers for wider range of cooperation within a game, including gifting and trading. [1] [2]

Background

Once a Trainer shares their Trainer Code with someone, that person can then send them a Friend Request. After two Trainers have become friends, they'll be able to send each other Gifts. Gifts are initially obtained by spinning the Photo Disc at a PokéStop or Gym.[3]

Friends list

The Friends list is a contains a Trainer's friends. Each Trainer can have up to 200 friends. The list is sorted in order of friendship level and friends who sent you a Gift recently will appear at the top. The rest of your friends will be sorted by friends you have known the longest. There is no way to sort the list manually and you cannot favorite friends.

Friendship levels

Friends will be able to help each other directly in Gyms and Raid Battles by activating bonuses. Great Friends will receive not only an Attack bonus to help them take down a Raid Boss at a much faster rate, but also extra Premier Balls to catch the Pokémon when the battle is complete. This adds more rewards and incentives for actions they’re already taking and can be especially beneficial for smaller groups of Trainers that battle together. When tight-knit friends take on a Raid Boss, even a small group can be mighty.[3]

Gifting

Main article: Items – Gift

When receiving a Gift from a friend, Trainers will see a postcard from the PokéStop or Gym where the friend acquired the Gift.[3] Trainers will also be rewarded with XP for sending Gifts.[4]

Trading

Main article: Trading

Gallery

Preview of Friends and Gifting

Trivia

References