How to Trade on Pokémon GO: a Step-by-Step Guide

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Pokémon GO Published On Mar 10, 2022 Updated On Aug 25, 2022
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The most requested feature in Pokémon Go is finally a part of the game. Players can now trade Pokémon with each other.

Trading had been a prominent feature in other Pokémon Games since 1995, but it was lacking in Pokémon Go until now.

If you are wondering how to trade in Pokémon Go, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we will show you how to get Pokémon from your friends.

How to Trade in Pokémon GO

Step 1. Make Friends

Before you can trade Pokémon with other players, you need to make friends first.

To do that, you will need to enter a 12-digit Trainer Code from another player and display yours so you can connect.

Here’s the step-by-step process:

Step 1: Tap on your trainer’s portrait at the bottom-left corner of the screen. You should see your 12-digit code under the Friends Tab.

Step 2: Tap on “Add Friend” to bring up the screen with the code.

Step 3: You can then send the code to other players or enter their codes to add them to your Friends List. You will get a notification whenever a new player is added to your Friends List.

Once you are connected, you should be able to see what your new friend is doing in the game.

Step 2: Increase Your Friendship Level

Once someone becomes your friend, you can increase their friendship level in various ways including trading, participating in raids or Gym battles together, and exchanging gifts.

Every time you visit a PokéStop, you get a gift. These gifts are not useful to you, but you can send them to your friends.

They contain various items including potions, PokeBalls, and sometimes even the special pink and yellow eggs that can hatch into Alolan.

There are four friend levels in Pokémon Go, including:

  • Good Friend- achieved after 1 day of friendship
  • Great Friend- achieved after 7 days of friendship
  • Ultra Friend- reached after 30 days of friendship
  • Best Friend- reaches after 90 days of friendship

You only need to be good friends with someone to start trading with them as long as you are both at Trainer level 10 or above.

But if you want to trade for Pokémon that you don’t already have, you will have to be at the Great Friends Level.

Step 3: Save your Stardust

As valuable as trading is, it is not free. It will cost you stardust with the cost varying depending on the level of the friendship of the person you are trading with and the type of Pokémon you want to trade for.

Trading a Pokémon that you already have will cost 100 Stardust. But Pokémon that you haven’t caught before, Shiny Pokémon, and Legendary Pokémon can cost so much more, depending on the special requirements of the Pokémon.

You can reduce the amount of Stardust that you spend by increasing your level of friendship.

Doing this can also increase other benefits when raiding and battling gyms with friends.

Step 4: Start to Trade on Pokémon Go

To begin trading with friends in Pokémon Go, you will need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • You must be Pokémon Friends with the person you want to trade with.
  • You must be a Trainer level 10 and above.
  • Be close to the player you want to trade with (within 100m)

To trade with your friend:

  • Go to the Friends feed and select the friend that you would like to trade with.
  • Tap on the Trade button to enter the trading screen.
  • Then select a Pokémon to trade, check the Pokémon that you will receive in return, and how much the trade will cost before confirming the trade.
  • Tap the Next button to proceed.
  • A confirmation option will appear after both you and your friend have chosen a Pokémon to trade. The required amount of Stardust for the trade will be displayed next to the button.
  • You can also see how much Candy you've received as a result of the trade. The amount of Candy you receive is determined by the distance between the two Pokémon you captured. The greater the distance between you and Candy, the more Candy you'll get.
  • To complete the transaction, tap the Confirm button.

trade with your friend

The following are things to keep in mind when it comes to trading in Pokémon Go:

  • Trades will also give the players additional Candy with additional Candy granted if the two Pokémon were caught very far away from each other.
  • The HP and CP of the traded Pokémon will vary once the trade is completed. The higher the friendship level is, the less the variation will be. You will be able to see this before completing the trade to make decisions accordingly.
  • Because of the changes in HP and CP levels, Pokémon cannot be traded more than once.
  • Other aspects of the traded Pokémon such as size and moves will not change
  • Mythical creatures cannot be traded
  • Trades vary. There are even some that are “special trades” that have different trade amounts and Stardust costs.
  • It is possible to receive Lucky Pokémon that can be powered up with a decreased Stardust cost.

Pokémon Go Trading Cost List

Here’s how much trading a Pokémon will cost, depending on your friendship level:


Good Friend

Great Friend

Ultra Friend

Best Friend

Standard Pokémon





Owned Shiny or Legendary Pokémon





Unowned Shiny or Legendary Pokémon





Final Words

Being able to trade Pokémon will make the game more enjoyable not to mention increase the number of valuable Pokémon that you can have without catching them yourself.

With the tips above, you should be able to make friends and easily trade Standard, Shiny, and Legendary Pokémon with them easily.

Just be sure to save your Stardust as you will need them to make the trades with your new friends.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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