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An in-game trade is a trade made with a non-player character within the course of a main series Pokémon game. They are usually 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 HeartGold and SoulSilver, the Trainer conducting the in-game trade will specify a Pokémon they want to trade for. The Pokémon the player receives in the trade will have a fixed OT and nickname; in later games the ID numbers, held items, Natures, and IVs are fixed as well. Each Pokémon, likewise, has a nickname.
Like Pokémon traded externally, the traded Pokémon will be treated as an "outsider", and gain a boosted amount of experience points in battle. Until Generation V, all Pokémon have the same level as the Pokémon it was traded for (except in Pokémon XD).
All Trainer ID numbers and IVs are random in Generation I.
If any of these Pokémon are viewed in Pokémon Stadium 2 (but not Pokémon Stadium), the OT will be "Trainer" instead, in title case rather than ALLCAPS. If any of these Pokémon are traded to a compatible game in another language (any European language game), the OT will be translated.
Red and Blue / Red and Green
Gold and Silver
Several Pokémon have raised Contest stats, even FireRed and LeafGreen Pokémon whose raised Contest stats will only be visible when traded to Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald. These Pokémon all have a sheen of 10, one Contest stat raised by 30, and all other Contest stats raised by 5.
Ruby and Sapphire
FireRed and LeafGreen
In-game trade Pokémon from Pokémon XD do not have any raised Contest stats or set IVs.
Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
HeartGold and SoulSilver
- 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, Curtis or Yancy will trade the player a different Pokémon each day following by these order, depending on the player's gender. Each Pokémon has its Hidden Ability and can be either male or female.
If the player's gender is male:
If the player's gender is female:
In Generation I, there are a few in-game trades which were programmed into the game but were never assigned to any NPC. The most relevant of these is a Butterfree for Beedrill trade, which appeared in every Generation I game across all language releases despite never being used. The nickname of the traded Beedrill went through a number of changes, starting out as "ピピん" in Red and Green, changing to "チクチク" in the Japanese Blue (and Japanese Yellow), being converted to "CHIKUCHIKU" in Red and Blue, and finally becoming "STINGER" in English releases of Yellow. Pokémon Yellow also introduced two more trades, both of which trade a Pokémon for another of the exact same species.
All Trainer ID numbers and IVs are random in Generation I.
- 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.
- Electrode does not evolve from Voltorb until level 30, but can be obtained by trading a level 3 Raichu which has been caught in Viridian Forest and evolved by Thunderstone. This trade can be made in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen and Red and Blue (Red and Green in Japan).
- Machop evolves into Machoke at level 28 (though can be found as low as level 15 in Generation II's Rock Tunnel) and then Machamp by trading. By breeding a Cubone in Generation II and trading it to Yellow, Machamp can be obtained at level 5.
- Diglett evolves into Dugtrio at Level 26. By breeding Lickitung in Generation II and trading it to Yellow, Dugtrio can be obtained at level 5, which in turn can be traded over into Crystal to get a level 5 Magneton.
- By breeding Tangela in Generation II and trading it to Yellow, Parasect can be obtained at level 5.
- Seel evolves into Dewgong at Level 34. By breeding Growlithe in Generation II and trading it to Yellow, Dewgong can be obtained at level 5.
- By breeding Kangaskhan in Generation II and trading it to Yellow, Muk can be obtained at level 5.
- Dragonair evolves from Dratini at level 30, and in Pokémon Gold and Silver can be traded for a Rhydon which does not normally evolve from Rhyhorn until level 42. In Pokémon Crystal and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the same trade is for a Dodrio, which does not normally evolve until level 31. Dragonair can also be fished at a level as low as 10 on Route 45, but only in Generation II.
- Gloom evolves at level 21, but can be traded for a Rapidash which does not normally evolve until level 40. This occurs only in Pokémon Gold and Silver. In Pokémon Crystal and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver the trade is replaced by a Haunter for a Xatu (which in turn can be traded for a level 19 Haunter found on Route 8, given that neither evolve until level 25).
- If the player equips Haunter with an Everstone in Crystal, trading it to the NPC for his Xatu will not prevent its evolution.
- Before Generation IV, Pokémon Eggs hatched at level 5, but some could be caught in the wild as low as level 2. In-game trades allow these to be traded for Pokémon which normally cannot be found below level 5. In Pokémon Blue (Japan), a level 2 Pidgey and Rattata and level 3 Jigglypuff can be traded for Farfetch'd, Poliwag and Mr. Mime, respectively. In Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, a level 3 Pikachu obtained from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen can be traded for a level 3 Skitty, which in turn can be traded in Pokémon Emerald for a level 3 Meowth.
- HeartGold and SoulSilver are the only games to feature in-game trades with Gym Leaders: Lt. Surge, Brock, and Jasmine.
- ↑ Pokémon Red and Blue - In-Game Trades
- ↑ The Azure Heights Forum: Who's that traded Pokémon?
- ↑ A text dump of Pokémon Yellow
- ↑ In-game Trades