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Grab Latios and Latias in this Month’s Legendary Pokémon Giveaway

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We’re still celebrating the year of Legendary Pokémon, and this month you can grab the Legendary Dragon-Psychic type Pokémon Latios and Latias. Unfortunately you’ll have to huff it down to the nearest Best Buy.

This month’s distribution is exclusive to Best Buy stores for the U.S. You’ll need to ask someone or find the stack of cards that include a scratch off code for the Legendary Pokémon. Once you have the code, follow the instructions below.

1. Open your Pokémon SunPokémon MoonPokémon Ultra Sun, or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
2. Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
3. Select Receive Gift.
4. Select Get with Code/Password.
5. Enter the code.
6. The Pokémon arrives!
7. Speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Legendary Pokémon.
8. Be sure to save your game!

Which Pokémon you get depends on your game version.

Pokémon Sun will get a level 60 Latias that knows the following moves: Mist Ball, Dragon Pusle, Psycho Shift, Wish. Ultra Sun will get a level 100 Latias with Mist Ball, Psychic, Draco Meteor, and Tailwind.

Pokémon Moon players will receive a level 60 Latios with Luster Purge, DRagon Pulse, Psycho Shift, and Dragon Breath. Ultra Moon’s level 100 version has Luster Purge, Psychic, Draco Meteor, and Tailwind.

Latios and Latias originally appeared in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire. September’s Legendary Giveaway is available until September 29.

The Pokémon Company has been distributing high-powered Legendary Pokémon throughout the year, with most available directly from the internet, or from scratch cards at GameStop. Next month’s Legendary giveaways are the Pokémon Black and White cover Pokémon Reshiram and Zekrom.

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Pokémon GO Finally Adding Trading this Week

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The basic Pokémon tenet of trading Pokémon has been noticeably absent from Pokémon GO. Now, nearly two years after launch, Niantic Inc has finally announced that trading, gifting, and an actual friends list are being added to Pokémon GO later this week.

To add friends you’ll need to exchange Trainer Codes, not unlike how Nintendo operates their friends lists. Plug in the code and you can send a friend request and add them to your new friends list.

To trade Pokémon you must be physically near someone you’ve added to your friends list, both Trainers must be at least level 10. Trading Pokémon requires Stardust, but the traded Pokémon earns Candy in the process. The amount of Candy depends on how far away the two Pokémon were caught from each other. You can lower the Stardust trading requirements by building your friendship level.

Each friend has a friendship level that can be increased through gifting or cooperative battles. Gifts are received through PokéStops, and can’t be opened normally. Instead you have to trade them to friends, which they can open for a showering of loot, and a postcard of the PokéStop location.

Rare Pokémon such as Legendaries require a Special Trade. A Special Trade is limited to once per day, and only between a Great or Best Friend with high enough friendship level. It’ll also cost a bunch of Stardust.

Trading has been a highly requested feature for Pokémon GO since launch. Niantic had promised it was a forthcoming feature. Pokémon GO originally launched in Summer 2016 and went on to become a global phenomena, and introducing much of the world to the magic of an AR mobile game.

The trading and friends update should hit later this week.