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Trading is a gameplay feature in Pokémon GO.[1] It enables trainers who are in close proximity to one another to trade Pokémon.[2]

Trading

Trading Pokémon can be done between two friends that are in 100 m from each other in real life. All trades require both trainers to use Stardust. If swapping Pokémon already found within their Pokédexes, only a minimal amount of Stardust is required. This allows Trainers to freely trade most Pokémon that they encounter within reasonable limits, as Stardust is an important resource. Trading is special, and although several mechanics are in place to ensure that Trainers don’t take unfair advantage of it, there are also plenty of rewards to make these mechanics feel unique and personal.[3]

Trainer level 10 is required for trading.

Process

The stats of the Pokémon will change randomly within a range when traded. Before a Trainer completes a trade, they will see the range of CP and HP that the Pokémon could potentially have when the trade is complete.

There's a thoughtful calculation to deciding that range:

  1. Check Friend's Trainer level to confirm the Pokémon is not powered up past what would ordinarily be obtainable for someone at that level.
  2. Assign new, fully random stat values with a minimum based on Friendship level, and that base increases the higher that level is.

In other words, as a Trainer's Friendship level increases with a friend, they will have a slightly better chance of receiving a strong Pokémon when trading. A Pokémon that may not be great in battle may excel in battle once traded to a friend, or it could become even worse.

Possible IV Ranges post-trade[4]

  • Good Friends: 1-15
  • Great Friends: 2-15
  • Ultra Friends: 3-15
  • Best Friends: 5-15
  • Lucky Friends: 12-15

Re-trading

In order to bar Trainers from continually re-rolling a Pokémon's stats through trade, a traded Pokémon cannot be traded again. This feature promotes trading without giving a significant advantage to one Trainer over another.[3] Trainers are currently limited to 100 trades per day.

Special trades

Special trades are all trades involving Legendary Pokémon, Shiny Pokémon, Purified Pokémon and Pokémon that have not been registered in the Pokédex.

Special Trades can only be done once per day to limit the number of times a single Trainer can make Special Trades with all of their friends. Special Trading does become more accessible over time. As the Friendship level between two Trainers increases, the amount of Stardust needed to complete a Special Trade will significantly decrease.[3]

New friends, making high-value Special Trades of Legendary Pokémon, Shiny Pokémon, and Pokémon not currently in a Trainer's Pokédex, will have to spend a large portion of their Stardust to prevent exploitation and the creation of a black market, which would devalue the hard work of Trainers who have managed to encounter and catch rare or powerful Pokémon.[3]

Banned trades

The following Pokémon are not allowed to trade.[5]

Lucky Pokémon

Main article: Lucky Pokémon

When trading Pokémon, there is a chance that Pokémon can become a Lucky Pokémon. Lucky Pokémon require less Stardust to power up.

Candies

When you trade away a Pokémon, you get 1 of their candy as if you transferred it to the professor. Candy increases if the Pokémon were caught far apart. 2 candies are given if caught at least 10 km apart, and 3 candies over 100 km (which is the maximum; you do not get any more no matter how further they were caught apart).

Trading costs

Performing any Pokémon trade costs specific amount of stardust which depends on friendship levels and kind of trade (either it is regular or special trade).

Below there is a table with all possible costs for Pokémon trades.
Regular Pokémon term includes regular Pokémon, region-exclusive Pokémon, baby Pokémon and starter Pokémon.
New Pokémon term means that Pokémon is not registered in trainer's Pokédex prior the trade. It also includes Pokémon's particular form — new letter form of Unown, event costumed Pikachu, Alolan form of Pokémon or Castform weather form. A shiny that has not been registered also count as new; the cost is the same whether you have registered the base form.

Level Regular Pokémon Shiny or Legendary Pokémon
Registered New Registered New
Good Friend 100 20,000 20,000 1,000,000
Great Friend 100 16,000 16,000 800,000
Ultra Friend 100 1,600 1,600 80,000
Best Friend 100 800 800 40,000

It is noticeable that costs for not registered regular Pokémon are the same as for already registered Shiny or Legendary Pokémon. Additionally, the friendship discount applies only to special trades and the value of regular trade is 100 regardless the friendship level.

Trade evolution

Since January 10th, 2020, certain Pokémon result in no candy cost to evolve if it is previously traded.[6]

Trading lower evolution (e.g. Machop) first also applies to this benefit.

Following Pokémon can evolve with the trade discount:

Shiny Pokémon.png

27.
Abra
#063 Abra
25 Abra candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Kadabra
#064 Kadabra
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
100 Abra candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Alakazam
#065 Alakazam
200 20pxArrow Bothways Dark.png
Alakazam
Mega Alakazam
27.
Abra
#063 Abra
25 Abra candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Kadabra
#064 Kadabra
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
100 Abra candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Alakazam
#065 Alakazam
200 20pxArrow Bothways Dark.png
Alakazam
Mega Alakazam

Shiny Pokémon.png

28.
Machop
#066 Machop
25 Machop candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Machoke
#067 Machoke
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
100 Machop candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Machamp
#068 Machamp
28.
Machop
#066 Machop
25 Machop candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Machoke
#067 Machoke
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
100 Machop candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Machamp
#068 Machamp

Shiny Pokémon.png

40.
Gastly
#092 Gastly
25 Gastly candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Haunter
#093 Haunter
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
100 Gastly candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Gengar
#094 Gengar
200 Gengar mega energy.pngArrow Bothways Dark.png
Gengar
Mega Gengar
40.
Gastly
#092 Gastly
25 Gastly candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Haunter
#093 Haunter
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
100 Gastly candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Gengar
#094 Gengar
200 Gengar mega energy.pngArrow Bothways Dark.png
Gengar
Mega Gengar

Shiny Pokémon.png

261.
Roggenrola
#524 Roggenrola
50 Roggenrola candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Boldore
#525 Boldore
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
200 Roggenrola candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Gigalith
#526 Gigalith
261.
Roggenrola
#524 Roggenrola
50 Roggenrola candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Boldore
#525 Boldore
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
200 Roggenrola candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Gigalith
#526 Gigalith

Shiny Pokémon.png

265.
Timburr
#532 Timburr
50 Timburr candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Gurdurr
#533 Gurdurr
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
200 Timburr candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Conkeldurr
#534 Conkeldurr
265.
Timburr
#532 Timburr
50 Timburr candy.pngArrow Dark.png
Gurdurr
#533 Gurdurr
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
200 Timburr candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Conkeldurr
#534 Conkeldurr

Shiny Pokémon.png

292.
Karrablast
#588 Karrablast
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
200 Karrablast candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Escavalier
#589 Escavalier
292.
Karrablast
#588 Karrablast
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
200 Karrablast candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Escavalier
#589 Escavalier

Shiny Pokémon.png

305.
Shelmet
#616 Shelmet
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
200 Shelmet candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Accelgor
#617 Accelgor
305.
Shelmet
#616 Shelmet
Icon Friendship Trade.png
or
200 Shelmet candy.png
Arrow Dark.png
Accelgor
#617 Accelgor

Trading tips

Following tips are displayed on the trading page during the waiting for another trainer to connect the trade.

  • You can only trade with friends who are nearby.
  • Special Trades can only occur once a day.
  • You can't trade a Pokémon that has been traded previously.
  • The stats of the traded Pokémon will randomly change after trading.
  • You can find the trading rules using the Help button located above.
  • If your friend’s Trainer level is lower than yours, the traded Pokémon’s potential CP and HP will be adjusted.
  • Pokémon not yet registered in your Pokédex require a Special Trade.
  • Your Friendship level must reach Good Friend in order to complete a Special Trade.
  • You'll receive bonus Candy if the locations where the traded Pokémon were caught are far apart (up to around 100 km).
  • The amount of Stardust required for trading drastically reduces as your Friendship level increases.
  • Shiny Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon, and Pokémon not currently in your Pokédex require a Special Trade.
  • Completing a Special Trade requires a large amount of Stardust.
  • Your Friendship level with a friend increases when you trade Pokémon to each other frequently.
  • Mythical Pokémon can't be traded.

Development

2016

Trading has existed in the game's data as early as August 2016[1], where it was interpreted as an "online marketplace".

2017

In March 2017, Niantic gave more information about the upcoming mechanic. They stated that "the person needs to be in your proximity" in order for trading to occur.[2]

2018

On June 18th, 2018, one of the most anticipated game features by players was finally announced to be released soon. [7] [8]

Gallery

Trivia

  • Trading a Legendary Pokémon to a Friend can lower one or more of its Individual Values below 10. This also includes Egg (baby Pokémon) and Raid-exclusives.[9]
  • Pokémon received through trading count towards progress such as medals for catching that type of Pokémon.
  • Searching the phrase "traded" and "tradeevolve" in Pokémon search return the list of all traded Pokémon and Pokémon eligible for trade evolution bonuses respectively.
  • From November 12th to 16th, 2020, a limited-time test allowed trading distance to be 12 km at max. The exact distance is only mentioned in Korean blog post.[10]
  • From November 18th to 23rd, 2020, another limited-time test allowed trading distance to about 50 km at max.[11]
    • It was extended to November 30th, 2020.[12]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 GO Hub. (2016, August 25). Trading, Legendary Pokemon and new Incense Types referenced in the Game Code. Pokémon GO Hub. Retrieved on 2016-08-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Frank, A. (2017, March 1). Pokémon Go trading won't solve rural players' biggest problem. Polygon. Retrieved on 2017-03-05.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Developer Insights: Inside the Philosophy of Friends and Trading. Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-06-22.
  4. https://thesilphroad.com/science/examining-the-ivs-of-trades
  5. Pokémon GO 0.107.1 APK tear down: trading, new badges, Hydro Cannon, new loading screen, player reputation and more. Pokémon GO Hub. Retrieved on 2018-06-19.
  6. Trade Evolution and more Pokémon originally discovered in Unova are here! Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-01-10.
  7. PokemonGoApp. We're excited to announce that friends, gifting, and trading are coming soon to Pokémon GO! Twitter. Retrieved on 2018-06-18.
  8. Make Way for Friends, Trading, and Gifting in Pokémon GO! Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2018-06-18.
  9. Trading legendaries can get IV below 10/10/10. /r/TheSilphRoad. Retrieved on 2018-06-22.
  10. Limited-time test: Trade range increased until Monday, November 16, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. PST (GMT −8) Pokémon GO Live. Retrieved on 2020-11-13.
  11. PokemonGoApp. Surprise! Trade range has been greatly increased until November 23 at 4 p.m. PST!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2020-11-19.
  12. PokemonGoApp. Trainers, our limited-time test of a greatly increased trade range has been extended until next Monday, November 30th at 1 p.m. PST!. Twitter. Retrieved on 2020-11-24.