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Reason: IVs of XY Magikarp and Eevee.
An in-game trade is a trade made with NPCs in the core series and spin-off Pokémon games. The process uses the same trading sequence as player trades and is usually done for Pokémon that are difficult or impossible to obtain through other means, or for Pokémon unavailable at that point of the game. In later games, the traded Pokémon often has special moves, like Egg Moves.
Prior to Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the NPC Trainer will always specify a Pokémon they want to trade for. The Pokémon the player receives in the trade will have a fixed original Trainer and nickname; in later games the Trainer ID number, held item, Nature, IVs, and/or level can be fixed as well.
Like Pokémon traded externally, the traded Pokémon will be treated as an outsider, and gain a boosted amount of experience points in battle. Prior to Generation V, every Pokémon has the same level as the Pokémon it was traded for, except in Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness.
List of in-game trades
All Trainer ID numbers and IVs are random in the Generation I games. The original Trainer always uses the hardcoded text string 0x5D, which is displayed as TRAINER (Japanese: トレーナー Trainer) in the game's language. In Western language versions of the handheld games and Pokémon Stadium, this string is displayed in ALLCAPS ("TRAINER" in English), whereas in Pokémon Stadium 2 it is displayed in title case ("Trainer" in English).
The held item column refers to the item the Pokémon will be holding if it is traded to a Generation II game. This item is not necessarily the same item a wild Pokémon of the same species would have if it were traded to a Generation II game.
Red and Blue/Green
In Pokémon Red and Blue, Nidoran♂ is traded for Nidoran♀; in Pokémon Red and Green, Nidoran♀ is traded for Nidoran♂.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 This Pokémon will evolve due to being traded but Pokédex data for the unevolved Pokémon will be registered first.
- ↑ This Pokémon will evolve due to being traded but Pokédex data for the unevolved Pokémon will be registered first.
There are a few in-game trades in the game data of Generation I games which are not assigned to any NPC.
Gold and Silver
Several Pokémon have raised Contest conditions, including those from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen but excluding those from Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness (which also do not have set IVs). These Pokémon all have one Contest condition raised by 30 and all other Contest conditions raised by 5, with a feel (sheen in Generation IV) of 10.
Ruby and Sapphire
FireRed and LeafGreen
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 If this Pokémon is evolved in a Generation IV or V game, its Ability will become its second Ability.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 If this Pokémon is evolved in a Generation IV or V game, its Ability will become its second Ability.
XD: Gale of Darkness
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
- ↑ Chatot's Contest conditions are set to 20.
- ↑ Due to holding an Everstone, this Haunter will not evolve when obtained in this trade.
HeartGold and SoulSilver
- ↑ Brock's Rhyhorn knows Thunder Fang.
- Main article: Hayley's trades
Black and White
Black 2 and White 2
In Nimbasa City, after returning the Dropped Item to the owner and calling them 51 times, Yancy or Curtis (depending on the player's gender), will trade the player a different Pokémon each day, in this order. Each Pokémon has its Hidden Ability and can be either male or female.
- If the player is male
Yancy's Pokémon have the original Trainer Yancy (Japanese: ルリ Ruri) and Trainer ID number 10303.
- If the player is female
Curtis' Pokémon have the original Trainer Curtis (Japanese: テツ Tetsu) and Trainer ID number 54118.
X and Y
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 There are hotels located in Camphrier Town, Ambrette Town, Cyllage City, Geosenge Town, Coumarine City, and Couriway Town. A group of travelers rotates through them daily and speaking to them on three separate days will earn a reward on the fourth day. The Hiker traveler will trade Magikarp and the Maid will trade Eevee.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Since the Pokémon received in an in-game trade is the same level as the one traded prior to Generation V, it is sometimes possible to receive a Pokémon at a lower level than normally possible.