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Pokémon GO Lucky Trades Mechanic, What You Need to Know Before Trading

Lucky Pokémon are similar to Shiny Pokémon, the rarest they can be, but very much appreciated by the Trainers that have them.

Now, there are a lot of things circling around, and it is partly Niantic’s mistake. They have stated that the guaranteed Lucky Trade mechanic applies to the very first 25 Lucky Trades ever, and this has also been backed up by some content creators. Well, it appears that it is not accurate, and a Reddit user decided to explain a bit about how the whole mechanic actually works.

Effective December 11, 2023, at 10 a.m. local time, the guaranteed Lucky Trades limit has increased from 15 to 25. Additionally, Pokémon caught up to December 31, 2018, can now trigger guaranteed Trades. Each account maintains a hidden counter for participating in guaranteed Lucky Trades. Trading a Pokémon from 2016 to 2018 becomes guaranteed Lucky if the trading player’s counter is below 25. After the trade, both players’ counters increase by one.

For instance, if Player1 and Player2 (as the Reddit user calls them, we’ll keep the same names for clarity) have counters of zero and five, respectively, and Player1 trades 25 Pokémon from 2016 for 25 Shiny Pokémon caught in 2023, the trades will be Lucky, and counters will reach 25 and 30. Once the cap is reached, subsequent trades of 2016-2018 Pokémon may go Lucky, but are not guaranteed (emphasis on this), and counters won’t increase.

There is no maximum counter, meaning a player can receive numerous trades but won’t trigger guaranteed Lucky Trades beyond their limit. Lucky Friend trades don’t affect the counter. This mechanism is of tremendous help for returning players but may be viewed as a penalty for the receiving end.

Here’s how the guaranteed lucky mechanic works
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How many Lucky Trades have you had? Let’s discuss it in the comments below.

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