Pokemon GO took the world by storm when it first released for iOS and Android devices back in 2016. Since then, the title saw continuous support from its developer, Niantic, with new features, new content, and new generations added every now and then. The latest update adds a long awaited feature, Trade Evolution, as well as a new cast of Pokemon from the Unova region.
The Trade Evolution is an iconic mechanic in the franchise, allowing players to trade their Pokemon to lower their Candy cost to evolve them. The feature has been present since the first generation, way back during the old Link Club days where people had to use physical connections between their devices to trade. The second highlight of the update is the addition of new Pokemon from the Unova region. Over seven new creatures were added to the title, attainable through raids, hatching Eggs, or just out in the Wild bushes. Some of them will get to benefit from the newly added Trade Evolution feature as well.
- How it works: Trade an eligible Pokémon to lower the Candy cost to evolve them.
- Which Pokémon can gain Evolution benefits from trading? Kadabra, Machoke, Graveler, and Haunter are some Pokémon that can now benefit from trade Evolution. If you received one of these Pokémon in a trade in the past—congratulations! That Pokémon will retroactively qualify for no Candy cost when you evolve it.
- Pokémon originally discovered in the Unova region that benefit from trade Evolution: Boldore, Gurdurr, Karrablast, and Shelmet are now appearing in Pokémon GO and will be eligible for trade Evolution benefits. And remember, Trainers: Boldore’s and Gurdurr’s Evolutions, Gigalith and Conkeldurr, might be powerful Pokémon to have in your battle parties!
For more information on the update, you can go through the official blog post.