Just shy of two years after launch, Pokémon GO is finally about to roll out one of its most notably absent features: Pokémon trading.
A staple of the series, trading lets players swap their Pokémon with another player in the never-ending quest to, well, catch ’em all.
The trading mechanics will be tied into a new Friend system; the Friend system will roll out later this week, with the trading mechanics going live “soon after” (though Niantic doesn’t want to get more specific than that, presumably in case something breaks).
Here’s how it all works:
- To trade with someone, you must be their in-game friend *and* within 100 meters (~320 ft.) of them.
- To become friends, you exchange your unique Trainer Codes.
- Once friends, you’ll get in-game perks for playing together. Your Pokémon will get attack bonuses when battling gyms together, for example and when you raid together, you’ll get extra Pokéballs.
- The more you play together (raiding, battling gyms, etc), the higher your relationship level will be.
- Certain Pokémon (Legendaries, Shinies and any Pokémon you don’t already have) are considered “special trades.” You can only make special trades with the players with whom you’ve reached the higher tiers of friendship. In other words, they mostly want you trading with the people you play with somewhat regularly — not rando spoofers selling Pokémon on eBay.