Pokemon Go Special Trades explained

Joaquín Frere
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Pokemon Go has a unique kind of trade feature called Special Trades, and players must know what this is when trading Pokemon due to its daily limit. Here’s all you need to know about Special Trades in Pokemon Go.

Trading in Pokemon Go is a crucial part of Niantic’s AR game, and a lot can happen when exchanging Pokemon with friends. Special Trades are a feature that can be missed at first but is key in maintaining a stable Stardust count.

When trading with your Pokemon Go friends, depending on which entries each of you have in your Pokedex, a Special Trade can happen. These trades have a daily limit, so understanding how they work is the key to getting the best benefits out of trading.

Here’s what you need to know about Special Trades in Pokemon Go.

What are Special Trades in Pokemon Go?

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Every Pokemon in the game can be traded between Friends.

Pokemon Go Special Trades are exchanges that happen between players when trading certain kinds of rare Pokemon. All trades in the game require Stardust, but in a Special Trade the cost of Stardust will be reduced and a new entry will be added to your Pokedex.

These are the Pokemon types that are considered “Special Trades” in Pokemon Go:

  • Pokemon not registered in your Pokedex
  • Legendary Pokemon
  • Shiny Pokemon
  • Pokemon with special forms not registered in your Pokedex, like Unown, costumed Pikachu or Squirtle, Castform, etc
  • Purified Pokemon

Keep in mind that only one Special Trade can be conducted per day, so think about which Pokemon you intend to trade. This can be a problem during Community Days, so plan accordingly!

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About The Author

Joaquín is a new Senior Writer for Charlie Intel with years of experience on games journalism. Focusing on all things JRPGs and a videogame developer at heart. Graduated from Game-Dev School and Public Relations, his current work is Charlie Intel and Infobae for LATAM. You can contact Joaquín at [email protected]