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Pokémon Go trading – gotta trade ‘em all

Learn how to truly catch 'em all with our Pokémon Go trading guide, though do be warned, there are some pretty tight restrictions on trading your 'mon

Pokémon Go trading shiny Pokémon

There’s nothing quite like the great outdoors, getting fresh air, going on adventures, and, of course, catching adorable beasties in Pokémon Go. You didn’t really think we were going on a walk for no reason, did you? Sure, we’re all for exercise. It just helps when it involves loveable ‘mons. Speaking of which, the location-based game is full to the brim with Pokémon from multiple generations, meaning that there are hundreds of buddies out there for you to capture.

This is quite the task, but we’re sure all you trainers out there like the challenge, and it’s rewarding when you finally grab that rare, elusive Pokémon. However, filling the entire Pokédex on your own is quite the task, and frankly, you’d need to be a globetrotter to get them all. Moreover, you must trade some monsters to evolve them. Fortunately, that’s where Pokémon Go trading comes in. As is customary with ‘mon games, you can trade the monsters you have with other people. However, there are some restrictions, which we’ll go over with you.

If you’re after more great ‘mon content, we have plenty to keep you busy, such as Pokémon Go’s Arlo, Pokémon Go’s Sierra, and Pokémon Go’s Cliff. We also have a list of the Pokémon Go legendary monsters, just in case you’re curious about who the rarest beasties are. Oh, and don’t forget to check out our Pokémon Go codes page to grab yourself some great freebies.

How do I perform a Pokémon Go trade?

Trading in Pokémon Go is relatively easy. Just follow these steps:

  • Meet up with a fellow trainer you’re friends with
  • Head to your friends’ list in-game and select that trainer
  • Select the Pokémon you want to trade
  • Confirm the trade
  • Meet your new buddy

Pokémon Go's Machamp performing a chop attack

What are the restrictions on Pokémon Go trading?

Unfortunately, there are some restrictions on trading. This includes distance, which usually means you have little hope of getting the region exclusive Pokémon, unless you or a friend happen to visit that location.

The restrictions are as follows:

  • Must meet the trainer in person as long-distance trades are a no go
  • Be at least trainer level ten
  • Be friends in Pokémon Go

Furthermore, any Pokémon that fall under special trade require more stardust to trade, and only one exchange of this type can be made a day. It applies to the following Pokémon:

  • Those not in your Pokédex
  • Shiny Pokémon
  • Legendary Pokémon
  • Pokémon with forms not in your Pokémon, e.g., a costumed Pikachu

Pokémon Go trading evolutions

Some Pokémon require less candy to evolve after a trade.

The following Pokémon evolve when traded:

  • Machoke becomes Machamp
  • Kadabra becomes Alakazam
  • Haunter becomes Gengar
  • Karrablast becomes Escavalier
  • Shelmet becomes Accelgor
  • Boldore becomes Gigalith
  • Pumpkaboo becomes Gourgeist
  • Graveler becomes Golem
  • Phantump becomes Trevenant

There you have it, everything you need to know about Pokémon Go trading. If you’ve had enough of the great outdoors, perhaps some adventures with our list of the best mobile RPGs here.