It’s a big moment for Niantic. Fire the confetti cannons: trading is here for Pokémon GO, and it promises to revolutionize mobile gameplay.
With this much-awaited update, Pokémon Trainers will be able to start using one of the game’s most iconic features. As you can imagine, it will now be possible to trade Pokémon with friends near you. What better opportunity to steal some regional Pokémon from your globe-trotting cousin when he returns from his trip around the world?
When trading your Pokémon, you’ll also be able to receive Candy and exclusive bonuses that will vary according to the capture distance of the two Pokémon exchanged.
Another important addition to the game is the Friends feature, which lets you connect with all your buddies and participate in Gym and Raid battles together. Specifically, you’ll now be able to send gifts to your friends to make them happy, and especially to increase your friendship level, allowing you to receive a slew of Raid and Gym battle bonuses and rewards for each level you pass.
As you can see, these two features may well change our way of playing Pokémon GO, which recently unveiled two new Shinies. To take advantage of Trading and Friends, you’ll have to wait a bit longer, specifically until the Pokémon GO Summer Tour kicks off June 30 at Safari Zone Dortmund in Germany.