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Friendship, Trading, and Gifting Guide

Friendship, Trading, and Gifting Guide
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Introduction

On June 19th Niantic announced a slew of new features. Friends, gifting, and trading are mechanics that allow players to interact with each other. This guide is to help explain the details of the new systems. 

Friendship

Trainers are able to add friends through the trainer profile page. You must be trainer level 10 and over 13 years of age to use this feature. You can hold up to 200 friends, and friends have a level associated with them. These levels are gained through participating in a raid or gym battle with, trading, or giving gifts to a friend. Friendship level can be raised once per friend, per day. The levels and bonuses associated are as follows:

Friend Level # Days Rewards
None 0 None
Good 1
  • Enable trading (All Pokemon but Mythical)
  • 3% damage bonus during raids and gyms
  • 3,000 XP
Great 7
  • 20% stardust discount on Special Trades
  • 5% damage bonus during raids and gyms
  • +1 Premier Ball during raid boss catch phase
  • 10,000 XP
Ultra 30
  • 92% stardust discount on Special Trades
  • 7% damage bonus during raids and gyms
  • +2 Premier Ball during raid boss catch phase
  • 50,000 XP
Best 90
  • 96% stardust discount on Special Trades
  • 10% damage bonus during raids and gyms
  • +4 Premier Ball during raid boss catch phase
  • 100,000 XP

Gifting with Friends

Spinning a Pokestop or gym will give you a chance to receive a gift. These gifts will allow you to send an item bundle to your friend. They'll receive items such as Hyper Potions and Revives. It cannot include raid-specific items such as TMs or Rare Candies. 

A list of possible rewards are as follows:

  • 1 Super Potion
  • 1 Hyper Potion
  • 1 Max Potion
  • 1 Revive
  • 1 Max Revive
  • 3 Poke Balls
  • 2 Great Balls
  • 1 Ultra Balls
  • 2 Pinap Berries
  • 1 Evolution Item
  • 7 km egg
  • 100 stardust

Items are gifted in "bundles", and you can receive up to 4 bundles. The theoretical maximum number of items received is 12 Poke Balls.

7 km eggs will contain an Alolan Pokemon. The Pokemon's location will be the Pokestop or gym that the gift was first obtained. A list of included Alolan Pokemon are below: 

Trading with Friends

Trading with a friend has several features meant to keep players from abusing the system. 

  1. Players must be within 100 feet of each other.
  2. Mythical Pokemon can never be traded.
  3. Legendary Pokemon, shiny Pokemon, and Pokemon unknown in your dex must use a Special Trade.
    1. You can only complete ONE Special Trade per day (rolls over at 12:00AM)
    2. Both players must pay the same stardust cost. See table below for full trade requirements. 
  4. Pokemon's CP and HP will be randomized on trade. CP randomization range is determined by your friendship level. 
  5. You will receive candy from trading a Pokemon away. 
    1. If you trade a Pokemon from a far enough distance away, you get bonus candy. Bonus caps out at 3 Candies at over 100 km. 

Trading Stardust Cost

Friend Level Type of Trade Cost
Good Normal Trade 100
Special Trade: New Pokedex entry (non-legendary, non-shiny Pokemon) / Existing Pokedex entry (shiny or legendary Pokemon) 20,000
Special Trade: New Pokedex entry for a shiny or legendary Pokemon 1,000,000
Great Normal Trade 100
Special Trade: New Pokedex entry (non-legendary, non-shiny Pokemon) / Existing Pokedex entry (shiny or legendary Pokemon) 16,000
Special Trade: New Pokedex entry for shiny or legendary Pokemon 800,000
Ultra Normal Trade 100
Special Trade: New Pokedex entry (non-legendary, non-shiny Pokemon) / Existing Pokedex entry (shiny or legendary Pokemon) 1,600
Special Trade: New Pokedex entry for shiny or legendary Pokemon 80,000
Best Normal Trade 100
Special Trade: New Pokedex entry (non-legendary, non-shiny Pokemon) / Existing Pokedex entry (shiny or legendary Pokemon) 800
Special Trade: New Pokedex entry for shiny or legendary Pokemon 40,000

Lucky Pokemon

When two Pokemon are traded, they have a chance to become Lucky. Lucky Pokemon are guaranteed to have IVs at or higher than 12/12/12, and cost 50% less Stardust to power up. On September 5th, Niantic confirmed that if you have not received 10 or more Lucky Pokemon in your account, any Pokemon acquired from July or August 2016 is guaranteed to be a Lucky Pokemon.