How to Trade with Your Friends in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Do a trade to obtain an evolving Pokemon and fill out your Pokedex with rare new companions.

By GamesRecon

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are the latest games in the popular franchise, and they introduce a new feature called Union Circle. It lets you roam around the Tera region with up to three friends, either online or locally. And guess what? You can also trade Pokemon with your buddies. You’ve got two ways to do it: either use a special code to trade with someone specific, or go for a surprise trade and see what you get. It’s a fun way to mix things up and add new Pokemon to your collection. Here’s how to trade with friends in Pokemon SV.

How to Trade in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

If you’re looking to trade Pokemon with your friends in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, there’s a little step you need to take care of first – you’ve got to unlock that ability but it’s very easy.

As soon as you reach the first Pokemon Center in Los Platos – that’s the first big city you’ll come across in the game – you’re all set to start trading. But, if you’re planning to trade online, you should have a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Don’t have one? No worries, you can still trade, but it’ll have to be with someone nearby, the old-school local way.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Trading Pokemon

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How to Do a Link Trade in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

A link trade is when you trade Pokemon with a specific person. You can choose which Pokemon you want to offer and which one you want to receive. To do a link trade, follow these steps:

  • Open the main menu by pressing the X button.
  • Select Poke Portal and then Link Trade.
  • Choose Set Link Code and enter an eight-digit number. You can use any number you want, as long as your friend uses the same one.
  • Press the + button and select Begin Searching.
  • Wait for your friend to join and then choose the Pokemon you want to trade.
  • Confirm the trade by clicking the Trade it option and enjoy your new Pokemon.

How to Do a Surprise Trade in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

A surprise trade is when you trade Pokemon with a random person. You don’t know what Pokemon you will get until the trade is done. This can be a fun way to get new and unexpected Pokemon. To do a surprise trade, follow these steps:

  • Open the main menu same as above.
  • Select Poke Portal and then Surprise Trade.
  • Choose the Pokemon you want to trade. You can trade any Pokemon you have, except for some special ones like your starter or legendary Pokemon.
  • The search process will start for a trade partner and the trade will be done automatically.
  • Wait for the trade to complete and see what Pokemon you have received.

Trading Pokemon can be a great way to complete your Pokedex, get exclusive Pokemon, or evolve Pokemon that only evolve by trading. If you want some rare and powerful Pokemon, you can check out the Tera Raid Battles. These are special fights where you team up with other players, either online or right next to you. Just look for these shiny pillars of light in the wild area – that’s where the Tera Raids are. Beat one of these Tera Raid Pokemon, and you might just get the chance to catch it. Then, you can trade these awesome catches with your friends.