Niantic has announced that the long awaited and promised feature of trading Pokemon will soon be added to Pokemon Go. Here’s everything you need to know about Pokemon Go trading.
Trading is a part of the new Friends feature rolling out later this week. The feature lets you connect to add friends to your account so you can send them items, earn bonuses, and trade Pokemon.
To add friends to Pokemon Go, all you have to do is share Trainer Codes with one another. Enter the Trainer Code of your friend into the game and send them a request. If they accept, you’ll become friends and they’ll be added to your Friends List.
Trading Pokemon and participating in Raids or Gym Battles with friends will raise your friendship level and unlock bonuses. For instance, if your friendship levels up to “Great Friend” status, you’ll earn an attack bonus in Raids or Gym Battles.
Trading can only happen if your Trainer Level is at level 10 or higher and require you to spend Stardust. Some trades will require more Stardust than others but the higher your friendship level between you and your friend is, the less Stardust you need. Completing a trade earns bonus Candy for the Pokemon you traded away, with the bonus increasing even more if you trade Pokemon caught in locations far apart from each other.
To trade a Legendary Pokemon, Shiny Pokemon, or trade for a Pokemon not currently in your Pokedex, you need to complete a Special Trade which can only be done once a day with a Great Friend or a Best Friend and it also requires a lot of Stardust. So if you were worried about being held up by someone demanding you trade your Moltres or golden Marikarp for their Pidgey, don’t worry as they won’t be able to do so unless you’re really good friends with them in the game.
Special gifts can be found by spinning Photo Discs at PokeStops or Gyms, containing useful items and maybe even an Egg that hatches into an Alolan form Kanto Pokemon. You won’t be able to open the gifts yourself but you can send them to a friend. Exchanging special gifts also raises your friendship levels.
Niantic also recently announced live events for the Pokemon Go Summer Tour 2018. During different periods throughout the summer, communities of trainers will be given a research task they all complete together for different rewards. You can check out a full list below:
During the Pokemon Go Safari Zone event in Dortmund, Germany from June 30 to July 1, players all around the world will see increased spawns for Roselia with a chance to encounter a Shiny variant with purple flowers. Those at the Safari Zone event will be able to encounter Unown and Corsola at the Westfalenpark and encounter more Raid Battles throughout the city.
During Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago, Illinois from July 14 to July 15, people will see increased spawns of Feebas, Trapinch, and other Pokemon featured at the event around world. The Alolan forms of Diglett and Geodude will appear globally starting on the weekend of the event. In addition, Plusle and Minun will appear more frequently worldwide as players complete research tasks. You’ll get more Stardust for catching any Plusle and Minun and shiny versions of the two Pokemon will also appear during the event.
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