All Pokemon that evolve by trading in Pokemon Go

Ezequiel Leis
Different Pokemon that evolve by trading in Pokemon GoNiantic/The Pokemon Company

Evolving Pokemon often calls for specific requirements in Pokemon Go, and some particular species need to be traded to trigger their evolution. Here’s a complete list of all trade evolutions available in Pokemon Go.

In Pokemon Go, most Pokemon can be evolved by spending Candy, but others require special evolution items like Sinnoh or Unova Stones. If these weren’t enough already, many other species have unique methods for evolution.

Additionally, there are a few Pokemon that can only evolve through trading between two players, so here’s the full list of species that require a trade to evolve as well as the details on how to evolve them in Pokemon Go.

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Pokemon Go: All Pokemon that evolve by trading

Below you’ll find every Pokemon that evolves by trading in Pokemon Go:

Kadabra sprite in Pokemon GoAlakazam sprite in Pokemon Go
Machoke sprite in Pokemon GoMachamp sprite in Pokemon Go
Graveler sprite in Pokemon GoGolem sprite in Pokemon Go
Haunter sprite in Pokemon GoGengar sprite in Pokemon Go
Boldore sprite in Pokemon GoGigalith sprite in Pokemon Go
Gurdurr sprite in Pokemon GoConkeldurr sprite in Pokemon Go
Karrablast sprite in Pokemon GoEscavalier sprite in Pokemon Go
Shelmet sprite in Pokemon GoAccelgor sprite in Pokemon Go
Phantump sprite in Pokemon GoTrevenant sprite in Pokemon Go
Pumpkaboo sprite in Pokemon GoGourgeist sprite in Pokemon Go

How to evolve a Pokemon by trading in Pokemon Go

To evolve a Pokemon by trading in Pokemon Go, you’ll first need to have a friend to trade with. Both players will have to be near each other, no more than approximately 100 meters away. Lastly, both trainers need to be at least level 10.

Once you find a friend and you’re both ready to trade, follow these simple steps to trade in Pokemon Go:

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  1. In the Pokemon Go map view, tap your Avatar Icon.
  2. Tap the ‘Friends‘ tab and look for the friend you want to trade with.
  3. Click on ‘Trade‘ below the XP bar and wait for your friend to do the same.
  4. After both of you choose Pokemon to exchange, click on ‘Confirm‘ to complete the trade.

Trading one of the Pokemon listed above will remove the Candy requirement and allow players to evolve it by spending nothing but Stardust. The amount of Stardust needed varies depending on the species.

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It’s important to note that Pokemon can only be traded once in Pokemon Go, so you won’t be able to get your Pokemon back after trading. Stardust requirements for trading also depend on the rarity of the Pokemon and the Friendship level.

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Boldore and Gigalith in a Pokemon Go backgroundNiantic/The Pokemon Company
Boldore’s requirement of 200 Candy to evolve can be overridden by trading.

Since not all Pokemon Go players can be in physical proximity to their friends, these Pokemon can also evolve by spending Candy, but the requirement can be greater than the standard amount.

Gen 1 Pokemon Haunter, Graveler, Kadabra, and Machoke need 100 Candy to evolve because the trade evolution mechanic was introduced a few years after Pokemon Go’s launch.

Boldore, Gurrdurr, Karrablast, Phantump, Pumpkaboo, and Shelmet, on the other hand, need 200 Candy to evolve if not traded, which makes it far more difficult to achieve.

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That’s all you need to know about trade evolutions in Pokemon Go. We’ll update the list in case more Pokemon with this evolving mechanic make their way into the game.

For more Pokemon content, make sure to check out our other guides:

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About The Author

Ezequiel is a Writer at CharlieIntel. With a great knowledge on gaming, movies and TV, he's focused on Pokemon and Games stories in general. With a journalism degree, Ezequiel has worked on La Cosa and Infobae, two of the most prestigious outlets in Argentina. He joined CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach Ezequiel at [email protected], or via his Twitter @ExoPLeis.