Lucky Pokémon Mewtwo preview

Lucky Mewtwo with label and altered background

Lucky Pokémon are special Pokémon that have minimum IVs of 12/12/12 and costs half as much Stardust to power up. [1]


When trading Pokémon, there is a chance that Pokémon can become a Lucky Pokémon. The Stardust cost for powering it up will be reduced by 50%[2], which means they can reach a higher CP much faster than other Pokémon.[3]

When traded, both Pokémon always either remain normal, or become lucky.


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Lucky Pokémon have a green label below their name, indicating that they are lucky. Their background also features shimmering effects on their Pokémon Profile and in the Pokédex. The number of each Lucky Pokémon a Trainer has obtained of one specific Pokémon is tracked in the Pokédex.[3]



  • Although Pokémon turn into Lucky Pokémon at random when traded, the longer a Pokémon has been held onto, the greater the chances that they will become Lucky Pokémon.[1]
  • Before September 5th, 2018, Lucky Pokémon had a minimum IV floor of 10/10/10.
  • The sparkly effect of a Lucky Pokémon on the Pokédex actually extends slightly into the entries immediately before and after it.
  • The background of Shadow Pokémon completely override that of Lucky Pokémon on the same Pokémon.[4] However, Shadow Lucky Pokémon can no longer be obtained as Shadow Pokémon were made untradeable.
  • The background from types used to be visible behind the Lucky Pokémon effect; this has since been changed and the type background cannot be seen on a Lucky Pokémon.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lucky Pokémon. Niantic Support. Retrieved on 2018-07-23.
  2. Stardust discount for Lucky Pokemon is actually 50% /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-07-23.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lucky Pokémon Are Ready for a New Adventure!. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-07-23.
  4. Lucky Shadow has no shiny background, check the text before transfer!. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2019-07-27.
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