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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.

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Get Entei and Raikou as April’s Legendary Pokémon

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The Year of Legendary Pokémon continues as April introduces the legendary tiger-like Pokémon Entei and Raikou, originally from Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Beginning April 4, Nintendo 3DS owners can download the Pokémon for free via the Nintendo Network for Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The promotion for this pair will end April 25.

Redeeming through Sun or Ultra Sun will net Entei, while Raikou will join owners of Moon and Ultra Moon. The Ultra versions will be level 100 and have much more powerful moves, while the Sun and Moon versions will be level 60.

Here are the instructions:

  • Open your Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun or Pokémon Ultra Moon game.
  • Select Mystery Gift on the main menu.
  • Select Receive Gift.
  • Select Get via Internet, then Yes to connect to the internet.
  • Watch as you receive your Pokémon!
  • Resume the game, make sure you have an empty space in your party, and speak to the delivery person in any Pokémon Center to receive your Pokémon!
  • Be sure to save your game!

Both Legendary Pokémon hail from the Johto region featured in 2000’s Pokémon Gold and Silver, otherwise known as Gen 2. Gold, Silver, and Crystal were recently ported to Nintendo 3DS.

Entie is a Fire type known as the Volcano Pokémon. Raikou is the Electric type Thunder Pokémon. Both Legendaries, along with the Water type Suicine, could be found as random events throughout Pokémon Gold and Silver. The three of them are called the Legendary Beast Trio, but the monthly giveaways this year have only allowed for up to two Pokémon. See the full schedule of monthly Legendary giveaways.

In related Pokémon Legendary news, Latias and Latios have been added to Pokémon GO for a limited time. Starting this week the Dragon and Psychic Pokémon will appear in Raid battles depending on the region. Initially only Latios will be available in North America, until May 8. Then the pair will switch locations. They will leave the Raid Battles on June 5.

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February 27 is Pokémon Day

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Twenty-two years ago to the day, the original Pokémon Game Boy games, Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green, were released in Japan. Ever year the Pokémon Company celebrates February 27 as Pokémon Day. This year you can celebrate with limited Snapchat Lenses, the latest Pokémon film, and a unique Pikachu in Pokémon GO.

“Pokémon Day is not only a celebration of the franchise, but also of Pokémon’s incredible fan community,” said J.C. Smith, senior director of marketing for The Pokémon Company. “This year we’re offering social media activations and more across the brand to help Trainers around the world express their love of all things Pokémon.”

To celebrate Pokémon Day 2018, you can enjoy the following new or limited goodies:

Pokémon GO

A special purple hat-wearing Pikachu has been spotted in Pokémon GO. This Pikachu awards triple the Stardust when caught, and knows the move Present. It’s only available until 1 pm Pacific/4 pm Eastern on February 28.

Snapchat Lenses

For a limited time you can adorn your pictures on Snapchat with three new lenses featuring the starter Pokémon from the Kanto region. The three Pokémon will be rolled out one at a time, beginning with Bulbasaur, then Charmander, then Squirtle.

Pokémon the Movie

The latest Pokémon feature film, Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!, has been added to Pokémon TV. You can also watch the movie via the app on iOS and Android.

Pikachu Talk

Pikachu Talk is a new app built for Amazon Alexa and Google Home that let’s you talk with the famous electric mouse Pokémon.

Charizard Gallery Figure DX

The new Charizard figure is the first in a new line of deluxe figures. Note that this is not an amiibo, just a spiffy figurine.