Surprise Trade (Japanese: マジカル交換 Magical Exchange) is a feature of the Generation VIII and Generation IX Nintendo Switch core series games Pokémon Sword and Shield and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet that allows players to trade Pokémon over local wireless (Sword and Shield only) or on the Internet with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. It is the successor to Wonder Trade in the Generation VI and VII games.
Unlike previous games' special trading method Pokémon with special Ribbons (such as the Classic and Premier Ribbons) can be traded using this feature. Mythical Pokémon, however, still cannot be traded. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Special Pokémon also cannot be traded using this feature.
In Scarlet and Violet, if the player attempts to Surprise Trade a Pokémon that the game identifies as illegitimate, they will instead receive the error message "There is a problem with the pokemon you selected".
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