How To Trade In Pokemon Scarlet And Violet

How To Trade In Pokemon Scarlet And Violet
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Written by 

Dave McAdam


1st Dec 2022 11:31

Want to learn how to trade Pokemon in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? Pokemon Scarlet and Violet continue the legacy of new generations of Pokemon, bringing us the ninth generation of the series. Trading is a pillar of the franchise, being a big part of the games since day one. Here is everything you need to know about trading in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Trading: How To Access

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In the good ol' days, trading Pokemon involved going to a Pokemon Centre, or using some kind of device. In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, all trading and online features are handled through the Poke Portal. The Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Poke Portal is a menu you can access at any time by pressing X and selecting Poke Portal.

Through the Poke Portal, you can trade Pokemon with friends and others online. Although the trading system of these games doesn't have all the features of recent Pokemon games, what remains works largely the same as before.

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Trading: How To Use

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There are two options for trading on the Poke Portal menu. The first is Link Trading, this is your classic method in which two players agree to trade specific Pokemon. To do so, you need to set a Link Code. Your Link Code can then be given to your trading partner, who can use it to connect with you. Likewise, you can input a code given by someone else. 

Without a Link Code set, you can simply search for a trade partner without any specific intent. You can attempt to trade like this, but without a goal in mind, this can get a bit messy. As such, if you want to trade but don't have someone specific to trade with, Surprise Trade is the better option.

Surprise Trade allows you to choose one of your Pokemon to trade. You put it up for trading, and the game randomly matches you with another player also using Surprise Trade. You can continue playing while waiting to be matched up, and the game will notify you once the Surprise Trade has taken place. Then you can go back to the Poke Portal to see the result. Your Pokemon will be sent off, and a random Pokemon from another player will come to you.

Unfortunately, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have not included any kind of search trading, like the Global Trade System from older Pokemon games, or Pokemon Home. As such, there is no way to seek out specific Pokemon and look to trade for them in the games.

That is it for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet trading. For more on the game, check out Pokemon Scarlet and Violet breeding explained.

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