Niantic has announced Pokèmon Go will finally support trading and a friends list, two years after its initial launch. A long stay feature in most Pokè games, trading was announced as a “core element” for Go, with an official description only recently coming out of E3 last week.
The feature will only work locally with other players within 100 meters of each other in order to achieve a balanced experience. Niantic has described the trading process, stating:
Trainers will earn the Candy of the Pokémon received in trading, and that bonus can increase if the Pokémon traded were caught in locations far apart from each other. The Friendship level between players trading Pokémon will provide unique bonuses including Stardust discounts. Higher Friendship levels between Trainers will unlock the Special Trades option, which includes the ability to trade certain Pokémon, such as regional Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon and Shiny Pokémon, and add new Pokémon to their Pokédexes. Trainers who require parental approval and registration through the Pokémon Trainer Club to play Pokemon GO will be unable to trade with other Trainers in the game.
Niantic’s “Friends” feature is set to grant bonuses like Stardust discounts to players who play and trade together, adding each other to their respective lists with a “trainer code.” Higher friendship levels between players will unlock special trade options which improve when players fight at Gyms, participate in raid battles, or send gifts to each other. Pokémon Go’s ‘friends’ feature should arrive later this week while trading will roll out sometime this summer.
In related Pokè news, new details have emerged about the upcoming Pokémon games for Nintendo Switch.