Pokemon Scarlet & Violet trade codes for version exclusives

Koraidon and Miraidon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet cover artGame Freak/The Pokemon Company

In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, there are version-exclusive Pokemon for players to get, but not everyone has a friend to trade with to complete the Pokedex. This guide will provide the trade codes you need and how to use them.

The Pokedex for Game Freak’s Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is a pretty Le Chonk-y one with 400 Pokemon to catch or evolve, taking the overall Pokedex into the four-digit territory.

As usual, there are differences between Scarlet and Violet, and one of them is the version-exclusive Pokemon you can catch. In years gone by, players were encouraged to locally trade with players who owned the other version of the game to help fill out their Pokedex.

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With the latest generations, Nintendo and Game Freak have made it easier for players to complete their Pokedex. So, let’s run through Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s trade codes, what they are, and what they’ll get you.

Every Pokemon Scarlet & Violet version-exclusive trade code

Depending on which version you buy, your copy of Pokemon Scarlet or Pokemon Violet will contain version-exclusive Pokemon that simply won’t appear in the other title.

Meaning that if you want to catch every Pokemon and have a completed Pokedex to show for your efforts, you’ll need to trade with a user who has the alternative game. If you have Pokemon Scarlet, then you’ll have to trade with someone who has Pokemon Violet, and vice versa.

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Let’s run through every version-specific Pokemon in Scarlet and Violet and the community-recognized trade codes used:

Pokemon you havePokemon you wantTrade code
ArmarougeCeruledge0166 – 0167
StonjournerEiscue0319 – 0320
OranguruPassimian0313 – 0314
Tauros (Fire)Tauros (Water)0223 – 0223
StunkyGulpin0227 – 0140
SkuntankSwalot0227 – 0140
DrifloonMisdreavus0143 – 0114
DrifblimMismagius0143 – 0114
SkrelpClauncher0337 – 0339
DragalgeClawitzer0337 – 0339
LarvitarBagon0316 – 0276
PupitarShelgon0316 – 0276
TyranitarSalamence0316 – 0276
DeinoDreepy0370 – 0305
ZweilousDrakloak0370 – 0305
HydreigonDragapult0370 – 0305
Great TuskIron Treads0376 – 0382
Scream TailIron Bundle0377 – 0383
Brute BonnetIron Hands0378 – 0384
Flutter ManeIron Jugulis0379 – 0385
Slither WingIron Moth0380 – 0386
Sandy ShocksIron Thorns0381 – 0387
Roaring MoonIron Valiant0397 – 0398
KoraidonMiraidon0399 – 0400
starter pokemon in pokemon scarlet and violetGame Freak/The Pokemon Company
You can get any of the Paldean starters by trading with other players.

Every Pokemon Scarlet & Violet starter Pokemon trade code

Every new generation of Pokemon poses a serious question to trainers: which starter Pokemon do you choose? The reality is we’d like to have all three at our disposal, but that would be too easy.

So Game Freak forces you to choose between a Fire-type, a Water-type, and a Grass-type, in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet’s case: Fuecoco, Quaxly, or Sprigatito.

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So, if you’ve picked one and want the other two added to your party, or need them to complete your Pokedex, here are the common trade codes to use:

Pokemon you havePokemon you wantTrade code
SprigatitoFuecoco0001 – 0004
SprigatitoQuaxly0001 – 0007
FuecocoSprigatito0001 – 0004
FuecocoQuaxly0004 – 0007
QuaxlySprigatito0001 – 0007
QuaxlyFuecoco0004 – 0007

How to use trade codes in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet

Using trade codes requires a player to visit the Poke Portal and use the Link Trade feature in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

We should point out that these trade codes aren’t officially designated by Game Freak or Nintendo, but by AustinJohnPlays, a content creator whose trade codes have become widely accepted by the community.

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For complete instructions on how to use trade codes in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, here is every step:

  1. Boot up your version of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
  2. Make sure your game is connected to the internet and the connection is stable.
  3. Open up the main menu, in-game, by pushing Y.
  4. Now, go to the Poke Portal option.
  5. From here, select Link Trade.
  6. It’s time to enter one of the trade codes we’ve listed above – depending on what you’re after.
  7. Click Begin Searching.
  8. You need to select the Pokemon you wish to trade in this transaction.
  9. Double-check that you’re happy with what your virtual partner is offering.
  10. Complete the trade and welcome the new Pokemon to your collection!

Always remember to double and triple-check the trade details as it may take several tries until the right Pokemon are agreed upon.

That just about covers everything you need to know about trade codes and how they work in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. If you want even more guides for the game though, we’ve got you covered:

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