Pokémon GO: Can You Trade Legendary Pokémon?

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Carlos Laforet Coll

Trading with friends is one of the best ways to get all the Pokemon available in Pokemon GO, but some players are curious about trading Legendaries.

Pokémon GO is filled with many different Pokémon of various types, appearances, and abilities. Some of the rarest Pokemon, however, are legendary Pokemon, many often only available for a limited amount of time or through task completion.

With one of the biggest parts of Pokemon being the trade incentive, many Pokemon GO players trade Pokemon with friends. This also helps players to collect them all and complete the game's Pokedex.

Since legendary Pokemon are rare, this makes players looking to share whatever extras they have with friends who don't have them. However, trading legendary Pokemon can be more difficult for some players than others.

Legendary Pokémon can, in fact, be traded in Pokémon GO. There is, however, a hefty price tag for them that many players may not be able to pay.

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As with evolving a Pokémon, trading Pokémon in Pokémon GO also costs the player stardust. The trade price is based on the type of Pokémon being traded and the closeness of the relationship between the two parties.

When trading Legendary Pokemon, the base cost of the trade will cost the player 1.000.000 Stardust. This price can be reduced to 20.000 if the player receiving the Pokémon already has that Legendary Pokémon registered in their Pokédex. As players increase their friendship, this price decreases.

If players are trading with a Legendary Pokemon while they are Best Friends, the trade will cost 800.000 Stardust if it is not registered, or 16.000 Stardust if it is registered. At the Ultra Friend level, the trade will drop to 80.000 for unregistered legendary Pokemon and 1.600 for registered ones. Finally, when players reach the Best Friends level, the legendary price for unregistered Pokemon will be 40.000 and a measly 800 stardust for registered Pokemon.

Players can only trade one Legendary Pokémon or one Shiny Pokémon in a day. Pokémon that are traded in alternate forms or event outfits that the other player has not yet obtained are also counted as unregistered.

While most Legendary Pokémon are tradeable, Mythical Pokémon cannot be traded. The only exception to this rule is Meltan and Melmetal. With that in mind, all current Pokemon that cannot be traded are:

Deoxys (Normal Form, Attack Form, Defense Form, and Speed ‚Äč‚ÄčForm)
hacked pokemon
Pokémon Buddy
Pokemon defending gyms
Pokemon not at full health
Shadow pokémon
Pokemon that have already been traded

While these limitations may seem harsh, they would be useful in case someone's account was compromised and someone tried to steal your Pokémon. With Shiny Pokémon also following these prices, however, it can be difficult for players to trade in some of their extra Shiny Pokémon.

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