How to get Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go

Aakrit Sharma
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Getting a Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go is a good way for players to secure species with good stats and level them up with ease due to their reduced Stardust leveling cost. Here’s all you need to know about getting Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go.

If you are looking to use the best species and teams for PvP and PvE battles in Pokemon Go, you’ll need to start grinding and leveling up your Pokemon. But you’ll be glad to note that Lucky Pokemon can make this process easier, which means that you’ll want to get as many of them on your team as possible.

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If you’ve been struggling to find any or are simply not sure how to add Lucky Pokemon to your squad, we’ve got everything you need to know to obtain Lucky versions of each species in Pokemon Go.

What are Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go?

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Legendaries are the most sought-after Lucky Pokemon in the game.

Lucky Pokemon are different than regular species in Pokemon Go based on two major factors. They have a minimum of 12 IVs (Individual Values) for HP, Attack, and Defense. Moreover, they require 50% less Stardust to power up in the game.

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This means it is much easier as well as cheaper to get a Lucky Pokemon to the game’s maximum level of 50 than a normal creature you may find.

Pokemon Go provides a unique background to Lucky Pokemon when players view them.

How to get Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go

A regular Pokemon can turn into a Lucky Pokemon during trading. At the moment, this is the only way to add a Lucky species to your Pokemon Go collection.

Here’s how trading works in Pokemon Go:

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  • Two trainers must be near each other (100 meters or closer). Events are the only exception, during which this limit is increased.
  • Two players can trade 100 times a day. However, a Pokemon can only be traded once and cannot be traded over and over.
  • You cannot trade Mythical Pokemon, except Meltan.
  • The IVs of Pokemon change after trading. The updated IVs largely depend on the friendship level of the participants.

Trading costs Stardust and it can be cheap or expensive depending on the situation. While trading regular Pokemon that are registered on both players’ Pokedex costs 100 Stardust, trading Shiny, Legendary, or unregistered Pokemon could cost up to 1,00,000 Stardust.

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Lucky Pokemon are quite rare in Pokemon Go.

The odds of a Pokemon turning Lucky upon trading depend on how long it’s been since you caught them. As per the community’s research:

  • A regular Pokemon has a 5% chance of turning Lucky if it’s less than one year old.
  • 10% if it’s one year old.
  • 15% if it’s two years old.
  • 20% if it’s three years old.

It is worth noting the age of the Pokemon here is combined. To put things into perspective, the Lucky Rate when trading two ‘two-year-old Pokemon’ will be the same as when trading a new one with a three-year-old species in Pokemon Go.

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How to get guaranteed Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go

There are two ways through which players can trigger a 100% chance of their traded Pokemon getting Lucky in Pokemon Go:

  • Trading Pokemon with a Lucky Friend. Two trainers can become Lucky Friends only after becoming Best Friends. Two Best Friends can randomly become Lucky when interacting (as in sending Gifts or trading) for the first time every day.
  • Trading Pokemon that have been caught in 2016, 2017, and 2018. (Up to a maximum of 25 Lucky Trades triggered with this method). This has been an incentive for old players to restart their journey.

Getting your hands on a Lucky Pokemon is quite a tedious process. They appear fancy, but in reality, stats aren’t the best parameter to judge a Pokemon’s potential in Niantic’s mobile game.

Having said that, the opportunity to save Stardust and quickly reach the highest CP (Combat Power) is certainly worthwhile in Pokemon Go.

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That’s all you need to know about getting Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go. For more Pokemon content, be sure to check out our other guides:

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About The Author

Aakrit is a games writer with over 2000 published articles for EssentiallySports, Sportskeeda, FortniteINTEL, and CharlieINTEL. Currently, he writes guides on Minecraft, Roblox, Pokemon games, Genshin Impact, and Brawlhalla. Aakrit loves playing shooter games and in his free time, you can find him queued up in Valorant, Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Halo Infinite. You can contact Aakrit at [email protected].