Pokemon Go to Add Trading System

Good News for Pokemon Go Fans

According to The Wrap, Pokemon Go trainers will soon be able to make friends and trade Pokemon. This highly anticipated update is coming nearly two years after the app’s release.

This update comes after another major Pokemon Go news update. This fall, Pokemon Go is going to be integrated with the upcoming Nintendo Switch Let’s Go games. Players will be able to transfer their first generation Pokemon Go pokemon into Let’s Go Eevee and Let’s Go Pikachu.

How the Pokemon Go Trading System Will Work

Pokemon Go Friends feature – image courtesy of PokemonGoLive

Saying that Niantic is only adding a trading system is oversimplifying the situation. Actually, Niantic is adding two systems to the game: trading and friendship. When the update hits, players will gain access to a “Trainer Code.” They can share this code with other people, as on the Nintendo DS system, and make “friends” that way. You’ll be able to do several activities with them. First, you’ll be able to acquire gifts from PokeStops, which you can send to your friends. These gifts may contain new 7 km eggs, which will contain Alolan forms of Pokemon. You can also participate in raids and gym battles with your friends. These activities serve to raise your friendship level. There are four friendship levels “Good,” “Great,” “Ultra,” and “Best.” You can increase your friendship level once per day per friend.

There’s one teeny, tiny, caveat I have to point out. Trades have to be made in person.  The same is true for gym battles/raids (which makes more sense). That means it will likely be a bit harder to get rare or regional Pokemon than you would hope. However, Niantic likely hopes that you will make friends from all over the world, and meet each other in person somehow. Additionally, you have to be level 10 to make a trade, but you, dear reader, aren’t likely too far away from reaching that goal, if not far past it. Frankly, I’m more excited for the gift function, because it seems I’m more likely to get rare Pokemon that way than through trades. 


Pokemon Go Trading feature options - image courtesy of PokemonGoLive
Pokemon Go Trading feature options – image courtesy of PokemonGoLive

Reports indicate that these updates could be live by the end of the week.

Are you excited for these changes to Pokemon Go? Will this be enough to bring other Pokemon fans to the app? Tell us your opinions in the comments!


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