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After trading pokémon, what is the range of new IVs?

As mentioned in the other answer, the floor depends on your friendship level. Good friends have a floor of 1/1/1, great friends have 2/2/2, ultra friends 3/3/3, and best friends 5/5/5. If a trade is lucky, the floor is 12/12/12, regardless of friendship level.

There is no ceiling to the IVs of traded Pokémon. They can be perfect even if you have a low friendship level or if the IVs are awful. Source: I have three perfects from trades, and my friends and I regularly trade to "reroll" stats of low IV Pokémon.

Stats are completely random between the floor and the ceiling, so it's often best to trade Pokémon with the worst IVs, since they have the greatest room for improvement.

answered Nov 2 '18 at 11:37


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Pokemon Go Trading and Friendship | How Do I Trade In Pokemon Go

Pokemon GO Trading

What players can expect from Pokemon GO Trading and what requirements you will need to trade pokemon with your friends in pokemon go.

Pokemon GO Trading

Pokemon GO Friendship and Trading How It Works

first, let’s understand how you can increase your Friendship Level and what other limitation is in place with this mechanic.

  • Participating in a Raid & Gym Battles with a Friend (Once Per Day Per Friend)
  • Sending a Gift from a Pokestop
  • Completing a Trade.

Since your Friendship Level can only increase once per day per friend, you can expect the following time required when leveling up Friendship In Pokemon GO.

  • Good Friend – 1 Day
  • Great Friend  – 7 Days
  • Ultra Friend  – 30 Days
  • Best Friend – 90 Days

Now let’s look at the different levels of Friendship in Pokemon GO, keep in mind all trading in pokemon go will require a stardust cost.

Good Friend
Trade Discount: 0%
Damage Bonuses:3%
One Time XP Reward: 3,000
Great Friend
Trade Discount: 20%
Damage Bonuses: 5%
Extra Raid Balls: +1 Ball
One Time XP Reward: 10,000
Ultra Friend
Trade Discount: 92%
Damage Bonuses: 7%
Damage Bonuses: +2 Balls
One Time XP Reward: 50,000
Best Friend
Damage Bonuses
: 10%
Damage Bonuses: +4 Balls
One Time XP Reward: 100,000

Base Trading Rate Paid By Both Players the same price regardless if one person already has the Pokemon they are receiving.

Friendship LevelRegular and regionalShiny and Legendary
Good friends
1 day
Great friends
7 days
Ultra friends
30 days
Best friends
90 days


Image Above credit goes to a reddit user by the name of GezimS, for putting together a quick breakdown of costs.

Depending on the Distance of the where the pokemon was caught you will receive additional candy from trading.

  • 1 Candy => close distance
  • 2 Candy => medium distance
  • 3 Candy => 100 KM distance

Pokemon GO good friendPokemon GO great friendPokemon GO best friend

Other bonuses players should be aware of when leveling up your pokemon go friendship.

  • Candy Bonuses – When you start a trade you can earn bonus candy, the further apart the pokemon was caught (up to 100KM) the more Candy you will receive from the Trade.
  • CP and HP Ranges – The CP and HP ranges are affected by your friendship level, the higher your Friendship with the Trader the better the pokemon.
  • Special Trades Stardust Cost Reduction – Trading Mythical, Legendary Pokemon will cost less Stardust the higher your Friendship Level.

Pokemon GO Trade Types

There are two different trade types in Pokemon GO and will cost a different amount of Stardust to complete.

Pokemon GO Friendship Trading

  • Normal Trade – Normal Pokemon
  • Special Trade – Mythical, Legendary Pokemon

Trading Pokemon will cost Stardust and the amount will depend on a couple of factors.

  • New Pokedex Entry | 20 000 Stardust
  • Legendary Trade | 20 000 Stardust
  • Shiny Trade | 20 000 Stardust
  • Legendary + New Pokedex Entry | 1 Million Stardust
  • Shiny + New Pokedex Entry| 1 Million Stardust

Best Pokemon To Trade In Pokemon GO

We will go through the Best Pokemon To Trade In Pokemon GO. These will range from Shiny, Event Only and Meta Relevant Gym Attacker Pokemon. Most importantly we will list all the Regional Pokemon, which for most in Pokemon GO are the rarest pokemon you should trade to complete their Pokedex.

List of Pokemon You Should Trade In Pokemon GO.

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  2. Msi gaming 3 motherboard
  3. 69 type beat
  4. Graco roller parts
  5. Low income satellite internet

Trading is a staple feature in Pokémon games and became an integral part of the Pokémon GO universe in July 2018. Pokémon GO introduced a twist to trading compared to the main series games: Pokémon reroll their stats when traded. Travelers often take advantage of this by trading away their Pokemon with subpar IVs in hopes of rerolling better ones. One myth that emerged shortly after the release of trading was that Pokémon with higher stats are more likely to keep high stats after trading. To many travelers, this seems intuitive. A Pokémon with higher stats should be more valuable in a trade than one with lower stats, right?

To put this myth to the test, researchers in the Silph Research Group got together with friends and conducted over 3,000 trades in a controlled study. After careful analysis of Pokémon stats before and after trading, we’re ready to call this myth:



Each Pokémon has three stats (Attack, Defense, and Stamina, referred to as Individual Values [IVs]) that are added to the base stats of the species. IVs range from 0-15 for each single stat and are individually assigned to each Pokémon. When a Pokémon is traded, its IVs are randomly changed.

In a Developer Insights post released shortly after the trading feature launched, Niantic provided the following details regarding trade mechanics:

Another notable aspect of trading in Pokémon GO is that the stats of the Pokémon will change randomly within a range when traded…. We first look at your friend’s Trainer level to confirm the Pokémon is not powered up past what would ordinarily be obtainable for someone at that level. Next, we assign minimum stat values based on your Friendship level, and that base increases the higher that level is. –

Based on these details, the Research Group hypothesized that the original IVs of a Pokémon do not affect the IVs after it is traded.

For each trade, researchers recorded the trainer levels of the trade participants, the friendship level with the trading partner, the appraisals before and after the trade. Factors such as friendship level and lucky status of a trade impact what the minimum value of each IV can be after trading.¹ For example, if a trainer is trading with a Good friend, the minimum IVs possible are 1/1/1. This is referred to as the IV floor. If the trade goes lucky, the minimum IVs possible are 12/12/12, regardless of friendship level. Collecting information on the friendship level of the trading partners, along with the lucky status of each trade, allowed us to exclude unobtainable IV combinations from our expected counts for appraisals.


To test our hypothesis, we first looked at the post-trade IV distribution. The total IVs for each traded Pokémon was categorized into a percentile range using the same boundaries as the “star” system of the Team Leader appraisal.² Using a Pearson’s Chi-squared (χ2) goodness-of-fit test, we compared the number of traded Pokémon observed in each category to the number of Pokémon we’d expect to fall into each category if the IVs were uniformly distributed. The table below shows the observed IVs post-trade, as well as the number of Pokémon we’d expect to fall into each category if each IV combination was equally likely (given the IV floor). We’ll highlight Ultra and Best friend trades, which have the most data points.

Ultra Friends
IV Percentile
Post-trade CountExpected Count
0-50% (0*)267290.25
51-66% (1*)473452.79
67-80% (2*)326325.08
81-100% (3/4*)9592.88
Best Friends
IV Percentile
Post-trade CountExpected Count
0-50% (0*)151158.58
51-66% (1*)619660.75
67-80% (2*)765722.42
81-100% (3/4*)227220.25

For all friendship IV floors, we were unable to reject the null hypothesis at the chosen significance threshold of 0.05. This means that a Pokémon’s IVs following a trade closely align with a uniform distribution, and do not trend toward a particular star appraisal.

The Relationship of Traded IVs

The next step was to examine the relationship between a Pokémon’s IVs before and after a trade. The plot below shows how the sum of the three IV values changes for a single Pokémon from before the trade to after the trade.

Relationship between the total IVs of a Pokémon prior to trading and the total IVs after trading. Each point is a single traded Pokémon. A small amount of noise was added to each point to help with visualization. The points are colored according to their IV floors, based on friendship level and lucky status. The black dashed line is the best fit simple linear regression of pre- and post-trade total IVs. The model explains only 0.1% of the data and is not significant.

To formally test the relationship between pre-trade and post-trade IVs, we used a multiple linear regression. The IV floor (Good, Great, Ultra, Best, and Lucky) of the trade was added to the model along with total IVs pre-trade (F(2,3514) = 464.3; adjusted = 0.209). Of the individual variables, IV floor was a significant predictor when determining post-trade IVs (t = 30.384, p < 0.001), whereas pre-trade IVs had little to no impact on post-trade IVs (t  = 1.317, p = 0.188).

In addition, correlations between the Attack, Defense and Stamina stats before and after trading were examined separately. No significant correlation existed between the pre- and post-trade single stats.³ For avid GO Battle League participants, this means that a Pokémon with a low Attack stat is no more likely to have a low Attack post-trade than a Pokémon with random IVs. Other than the IV floors guaranteed by friendship level, it seems the post-trade IVs are best explained by RNG!

Parting Words

Many thanks to our Senior Researchers who collected data on thousands of trades to show that there is no significant correlation between the pre-trade and post-trade IVs. Travelers can take satisfaction in knowing that their rerolled IVs will be completely random. Trading away unwanted Pokémon remains the best strategy to turn those trubbish IVs into treasure! Until our next trade, travelers, see you on the road!


Article author: Scientist CaroKann
Analysis: Scientists CaroKann and Titleist
Editing: Scientists Cham1nade, skyeofthetyger, Titleist, and Lead Researcher archer
Graphics: Scientist WoodWoseWulf and Titleist
Project Leaders: Scientist Mihryazd


¹ The minimum IV for each trade category is shown below.

Trade CategoryMinimum IV

² A majority of the data was collected using the old IV appraisal system, which relied on team leader phrases to estimate IVs. Under the old appraisal system, the first phrase was used to indicate the “star” (0* – 4*), and the second phrase was used to indicate the the highest single IV value within a predetermined range. Using a combination of the team leader phrases, Pokémon species, CP, and HP values, an in-house algorithm was used to find the correct IV combination. In the event multiple IV combinations fit the criteria, the mean value of all possible IVs was assigned.

³ Using Pearson’s product-moment correlation, we compared each single IV before and after a trade. I.e. the pre-trade Attack Stat was compared to the post-trade Attack Stat. No significant correlation was found between the pre-trade and post-trade IV stat for Attack (r(3515) = 0.025, p = 0.14), Defense (r(3515) = 0.018, p = 0.28), and Stamina (r(3515) = 0.014, p = 0.41).


Pokemon Go trading explained: Stardust costs, Special trades and more to get you prepared to trade

Pokemon Go trading is one of the key features in the game these days, because you can get some serious benefits from it. From getting lucky Pokemon to evolving specific Pokemon for free, trading in Pokemon Go only has one hurdle; you need a friend to trade with! Once you've fulfilled that (and you have enough stardust for the Pokemon you want to trade), the world is your oyster. Here's everything you need to know about Pokemon Go trading.

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There's some big differences between trading in Pokemon Go and core games in the franchise. Firstly, you need to fulfil the following Pokemon Go trading criteria:

  • Be level 10 or above
  • Be friends on Pokemon Go with the person you're trading with
  • Be within 100 metres of them in real life

When you've fulfilled all three criteria, simply select the correct friend and tap on Trade. You can choose a Pokemon to trade with them, while they'll send one back. But just like life, things aren't quite that simple. Here's everything you need to know about trading in Pokemon Go with our Pokemon Go trading guide, which covers how to trade, the limitations on trading, and other Pokemon Go trading quirks.

How to make Pokemon Go friends

The first step towards Pokemon Go trading - once you've gone beyond Trainer Level 10 of course - is to actually become friends within the game. To do this, you need to go to your Trainer section, and hit the Friends tab. From here, tap the "add Friend" button to bring up your own Trainer Code. You'll need to share this with anyone you want to be friends with in Pokemon Go, or grab the 12-digit Trainer Code number of any of your friends that play Pokemon Go and add them to your game. 

When someone adds you to their Friends list, you'll get a notification within the Friends tab. You can then just accept - or reject - that request to become Pokemon Go friends. 

Exchange gifts with Pokemon Go friends to increase your friendship level

It's not just a case of becoming Pokemon Go friends with someone though. There are actually levels of friendship within the game. You can increase you friendship level by trading together, battling in raids or Gym battles together, and also by exchanging gifts. 

Every time you visit a PokeStop you'll be in with a chance of receiving a special Gift. You can't do anything with them yourself, but you can send them to anyone on your friends list. These gifts contain useful items like potions and PokeBalls, and even a special yellow and pink egg that will eventually hatch into an Alolan form Pokemon. Magic. You can only send one gift a day to each friend, but doing so builds your trainer level. 

There are four levels of friendship that you can achieve with another player:

Good Friend (reached after 1 day of friendship)
Great Friend
(reached after 7 days of friendship)
Ultra Friend
(reached after 30 days of friendship)
Best Friend
(reached after 90 days of friendship)

The good news is you only need to be Good Friends with someone to start trading with them (provided you're both Trainer Level 10 or above), and you can get there by giving each other one gift. 

However, if you want to trade for Pokemon you haven't already caught, you'll have to upgrade your friendship level to at least Great Friends. 

Increasing your friend level with another player gets you a tonne of perks. When you're Great Friends or above, you can battle at Gyms or in Raids together, gaining attack bonuses and Raid bonuses. Those perks only increase as your friendship level rises too, so get gifting.

How does Pokemon Go trading work?

As long as you've been friends with someone for a day, and have exchanged one gift, you can trade Pokemon with them. Every trade you do will cost you Stardust, although the exact cost depends on a number of factors - but more on that in a minute. 

When you know what you want to trade and who you want to trade with, make sure you're physically next to each other (within 100m). Then head to the Friends tab within Pokemon Go, and select the player you want to trade with. Hit the trade button in the right-hand corner, and get your friend to do the same. When you've connected, pull up the Pokemon you want to trade and you'll be informed of the trade cost in Stardust, but also the CP range the Pokemon will hit when it is traded. When the trade is over, the Pokemon's CP level will sit somewhere within this range. The range is affected by your Trainer Level, the level of the receiving trainer and also your friendship level. 

You also get candies for every trade, which is a great added bonus. How many you'll receive depends on where the Pokemon was caught too. The further away you are from its source, the more candies you'll receive. According to Reddit, you get one candy for distances below 30km, two candies from between 30 - 100km, and three candies for anything above 100km. 

Not all Pokemon are regarded the same in Pokemon Go trading though, as there are two types of trades you can do with a friend: Standard Pokemon Go trades, and Special Pokemon Go trades. 

Standard trades include regional Pokemon, different forms of Pokemon already in your Pokedex (such as Unowns, Alolan or Castform varients), and any Pokemon you don't have in your Pokedex that aren't Legendaries or shinies. 

Special Trades are reserved for Legendary Pokemon like Articuno or Zapdos, and Shiny Pokemon. You can't trade Mythical Pokemon - aka Mewtwo and Mew - at all in Pokemon Go. They have to be earned I'm afraid. 

Pokemon Go trading costs - How much Stardust is it really?

The actual cost of Pokemon Go trading is quite a complex thing. Every trade will cost you Stardust, and that price will depend on a number of factors: whether you've already caught the Pokemon yourself, your friendship level with the player you're about to trade with, and the Pokemon you're actually trading - Standard vs Special trades. 

It seems like the Stardust Pokemon Go trading cost is about as follows (thanks to AshmedaiHel from Reddit for the info):

Standard Trades
Good Friend: 100
Great Friend: 80
Ultra Friend: 8
Best Friend: 4

Shiny or Legendary (caught)
Good Friend: 20,000
Great Friend: 16,000
Ultra Friend: 1,600
Best Friend: 800

Shiny or Legendary (uncaught)
Good Friend: 1,000,000
Great Friend: 800,000
Ultra Friend: 80,000
Best Friend: 40,000

Basically, you need to plan ahead if you want to trade Legendaries you don't already own to increase your friendship level with the trainer you want to trade with. Just look at the difference in Stardust cost between trading a Legendary bird with a Good Friend vs a Best Friend:

Pokemon Go evolution trades

While there's some Pokemon in the core games that require a trade in order to evolve, that functionality has been noticeably missing from Pokemon Go until a recent update. Now, all Pokemon that evolve via trade in the main games also have the option in Pokemon Go, alongside a candy requirement. This includes Pokemon old and new, so for example Graveler now evolves into Golem through either 100 Geodude candy or trading with another trainer. It looks like new Pokemon with this function need 200 candy, whereas existing ones haven't had their candy requirement changed.


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Trading for IVs and Lucky Pokemon

Because Pokemon can only be traded once, players must make decisions about what and when to trade. These are best summarized in a series of questions.

Should I wait until best friends before trading for IVs?

  • Would I benefit immediately from having this Pokemon?

  • Is Pokemon storage space a problem for either party?

  • Will a future trade be impossible (moving, travel, etc.)?

If the answer is yes to any of the questions, then trade now. Otherwise, hold off until reaching best friends to maximize the chance of obtaining a high IV Pokemon. Waiting will also age the Pokemon, increasing the likelihood that it will become lucky.

What Pokemon should I hold on to trade for IVs?

  • Pokemon on the Attackers Tier List

  • Pokemon that have Gen 4 evolutions

  • Community Day candidates (starters, Bagon, Beldum)

Suggestions aren’t strictly limited to the above. Consider holding on to meta-irrelevant legendary Pokemon, as they may become relevant with changes to the game.

I got a lucky Pokemon. Should I power it up?

It depends. It costs 270k Stardust to power up a Pokemon from level 1 to level 40, which is cut in half to 135k for a lucky Pokemon. This is less than the cost of powering up an unlucky Pokemon from level 31 to level 40. However, candy costs are unchanged for lucky Pokemon, which renders powering up low-level rare species (Bagon, Beldum) unappealing even if lucky. So if the lucky Pokemon meets your IV threshold and isn’t rare, then power it up!

If the lucky Pokemon has only okay IVs, then the decision depends on your goals. Powering up a lucky Pokemon from level 30 to 40 costs the same as powering up an unlucky Pokemon from level 20 to 30 (and a lot more candy). This is a non-trivial investment, but it’s a good choice for players who, for example, need to complete a Machamp team for duoing Tyranitar.


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