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Pokémon Go update finally lets you trade your Pokémon
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Pokémon Go update finally lets you trade your Pokémon

Pokémon Go became a mammoth success virtually from day one, and while Niantic's blockbuster mobile AR game isn't quite the cultural phenomenon it started out as, it still gets plenty of love and updates. Two years on, Pokémon Go is finally getting a much desired new feature: trading.

Niantic has announced on its blog that trading will be coming to the game soon as part of Pokémon Go’s big summer update, which will also add a new friend feature to the augmented reality mobile hit. Trading is a big part of the Pokémon series in general, and was promised to be a part of Pokémon Go since 2016. Needless to say, many fans will be happy to finally see it arrive.

Catch 'em all with the power of friendship

Trading is tied in to a new social "friends" feature which lets players develop in-game relationships. To add a friend, you’ll need their trainer code. Then they can accept a request to be added to your new friends list (which is currently capped at 200, but likely to expand in the future).

Can you put a number on friendship? Of course! You can increase your friend level with other trainers by joining forces for gym and raid battles and by exchanging gifts, another feature bundled with the update. You can check Pokéstops for gifts to share with friends. Some items, such as the new 7 km eggs for exclusive Alola Pokémon, will only be available through gifting (no, you can't buy a gift and decide to unwrap it for yourself), and an increasing friend level will net you additional in-game bonuses. 

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Pokémon Go was always fun with friends, but now its fun and beneficial. / © AndroidPIT

Even the most social among you can't rush the relationships, though. You can increase your friendship level once per day per friend, starting at Good Friend and going all the way up to Best Friend (awww!).

How trading works

To trade with a friend, you need to have a Trainer level of 10 or higher and actually be physically close enough to each other. Trading Pokémon will get you bonus candy, but cost stardust, though the cost decreases with close friends. Shiny or Legendary Pokémon (or ones that just aren't in your Pokédex) require a more expensive Special Trade, limited to a Great or Best Friend.

The update should be coming to you over the next week, so maybe it's time to reach out to your old buddies you haven't seen in a while and remind them how much you love them.

Have you kept playing Pokémon Go? What new features do you want to see? Let us know in the comments. 


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  • Hello, here is Pokémon GO 0.53.1 version January update!

  • Yahya Jan 20, 2017 Link to comment

    I wonder if people still playing this game

  • Is Pokemon Go available in South Africa because the area where I there is not really any pokestops or gyms

  • Yahya Dec 15, 2016 Link to comment

    Please can you stop with this "children's" game.
    Sheep mentality at its best...

    Peace ✌


  • Can i play it in india

  • Yes

  • Whilst the game may not be to everyones liking it does have its benefits. Many people who look at the game see it as simple with no real game play, its obviously not call of duty. but its is getting people out of there seats where they used to be stuck in front of a tv for hours. I see groups of people walking and playing this game, exercising, having fun outside. Thats a good thing, period. i am sure the concept will now be used by other games manufacturers now that 360 views are becoming more popular, call of duty outside anyone?

  • I was also curious about the user base - googling indicates it has been declining from the initial pop but still apparently has more active users than Clash of Clans and the other most popular games - in fact that user base comparison might be an interesting report. I'd suggest it should be treated in the pack of popular games now - don't need a report on every developer fart and burp but major updates or a move to wearables or other platforms seems newsworthy.

  • Mark
    • Admin
    Oct 6, 2016 Link to comment

    I absolutely agree with Mark G. please stop posting this garbage. You are demeaning your web site with this trash of a game, it is utter stupidity. I am so proud to be able to say I never played it.

  • Thanuj Sep 30, 2016 Link to comment

    who still plays Pokémon GO?😂

  • Sorry, but after the previous update where they suddenly no longer allowed rooted phones (and in the process also blocking numerous non-rooted phones, with f.e. the Cyanogen(Mod)-version of the Android OS), this game is nearly dead. While before I saw numerous people daily hanging out at the tripple pokemon stop near my home, now its permanently empty there.
    Fun's over. Nothing to see here. Move along. Next please.

  • Great Description.

  • Please can you stop with this "children's" game.
    Sheep mentality at its best...

    Peace ✌

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