How to Trade Pokémon with Other Trainers in Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go fans have been eagerly awaiting the ability to trade Pokémon with friends ever since the game’s release two years ago. Finally, that feature has been added, and if you’re wondering how to trade in this popular mobile game, we’ve got you covered.

Making Friends in Pokémon Go

The first step in trading is finding friends in Pokémon Go. To do this, go to the screen that displays your Trainer Code, which is located under the Friends tab when you tap on your trainer’s portrait in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

  1. Tap on Friends and select Add Friend to bring up the screen with your Trainer Code.
  2. Share your code with others or enter their codes. You will receive a notification when someone adds you to their Friends list.
  3. Accept the request and you’re connected. Now you can see what your friends are doing in the game.

How to trade with other trainers in Pokémon Go
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Building Friendships

Once you’ve made some friends, it’s important to increase your level of friendship with them. There are three ways to do this: trading together, participating in raids and gym battles together, and giving gifts.

Gifts are items that occasionally appear when you spin a PokéStop. While you can’t keep or use these items, you can give them to friends on your Friends list. Giving and receiving gifts will increase your friendship level through four stages: Good Friend, Great Friend, Ultra Friend, and Best Friend.

The good news is that you only need to be Good Friends with someone in order to start trading Pokémon. It takes just one gift to make you Good Friends, and from there, you can trade any Pokémon except for Mythical Pokémon like Mew.

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How to trade with other trainers in Pokémon Go
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Saving Stardust for Trading

Trading Pokémon comes with a cost – Stardust. This currency is earned by completing raids, catching Pokémon, and winning gym battles. The cost of trading varies depending on your friendship level with the person you’re trading with and the type of Pokémon being traded.

Pokémon that are already in your Pokédex will cost the least (100 Stardust), while Pokémon you haven’t caught before, Shiny Pokémon, and Legendary Pokémon can cost more. Increasing your friendship level with others will greatly reduce the Stardust costs for trading, so it’s worth sending gifts and investing time in building those friendships.

Trading Pokémon

You can add any Pokémon Go trainer to your Friends list, provided you have their code. However, to actually trade with a friend, you need to be physically close together (within 100 meters).

  1. Open the Friend tab and select the person you want to trade with when you’re near them.
  2. Hit the Trade button in the bottom-right corner and wait for the other person to connect.
  3. Choose the Pokémon you want to trade and Pokémon Go will inform you of the cost.
  4. Select Trade to initiate the trade.
  5. After the trade is completed, the CP (Combat Power) of the traded Pokémon will change within a certain range, depending on your trainer level and the level of the person you’re trading with.

How to trade with other trainers in Pokémon Go
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Special Trades and Rewards

Special trades offer unique opportunities, allowing you to acquire Pokémon that are not currently in your Pokédex or even Legendary Pokémon like Moltres or Zapdos. However, these trades are more expensive than regular trades and can only be done once per day.

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While there aren’t specific requirements for Special trades, they do come with a Stardust cost. For example, two Good Friends-level players wanting to trade different Legendary Pokémon would have to pay 1 million Stardust for the exchange.

It’s worth noting that you can save all your Special trades if you reach the Best Friends rank with another player. So, if you want to make the most out of these trades, aim to reach the top Friendship level first. It may take time and effort, but it’s worth it. And remember, saving up Stardust for Special trades isn’t much different from acquiring the high amounts needed for these trades.

That’s it! Now you’re ready to trade Pokémon with your friends in Pokémon Go. Enjoy exploring new possibilities and expanding your collection!

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