If you want to complete your Pokédex in Pokémon Sword and Shield, your friends can help you. Once you hit Route 2, you can start trading with your friends (or random players) via Y-Comm.
Trade Pokémon with friends
There are more than 400 Pokémon in the Galar Pokédex. If you want to catch them all, you may need a little help. That̵
Obviously, you’ll have to persuade them to trade it back if you want that creature in your Pokédex. For example, the Pokémon “Pumpkaboo” will evolve into Gourgeist, a trade-based evolution.
Traded Pokémon also gain battle experience points more quickly, but you cannot change a traded Pokémon’s nickname if you received it through trade.
You have two options when trading with your friends Pokémon Sword and Shield:
- You can trade locally with those who are physically nearby
- You can trade Pokémon online with those further away. However, this option requires a Nintendo Online subscription.
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You do not need an internet connection or Nintendo Online subscription to trade locally. Open for this Pokémon Sword and Shieldthen press the Y button on your right Joy-Con controller to bring up Y-Comm. Select ‘Link Trade’ at the top and then choose ‘Set Link Code’.
You and your friend will have to type the same eight-digit code to connect and trade with each other. After setting up an eight-digit code, close the menu and wait to connect. Setting a code will often connect partners faster, but this is not necessary if only you and your nearby trading partner are trading.
The eight-digit code you choose doesn’t matter – it can be completely random. Once you have chosen a code, confirm it by pressing the A button on your Joy-Con controller.
You will be redirected to the Y-Comm menu. Make sure to share the code with your friend to start the trading process! If you wish to cancel the transaction, you can do so at any time by selecting another option from the Y-Comm menu.
As soon as the game suits you, the trade begins. A window will pop up where you can choose which Pokémon to send, and you’ll also see the Pokémon your friend is sending you. You can review the stats of your traded Pokémon before confirming the selection.
When you are done, select “Trade” from the menu to start the trading process. Once it is completed, you can choose more Pokémon to trade or complete and the eight-digit link code will expire.
Again, if you want to do online trading with friends who are not around, you need a Nintendo Online subscription and an internet connection. To start, press Y to open the Y-Comm menu. Then press the plus sign (+) on your right Joy-Con controller while in the Y-Comm menu to connect to the Internet.
Follow the same steps we outlined above to set up a trade. Again, you can cancel a transaction at any time by selecting another option from the Y-Comm menu.
Surprise exchanges Pokémon Sword and Shield
You can trade with your friends to expand your Pokédex, but there is another trading option in the game called “Surprise Trades”. These unique transactions are a characteristic of Y-Comm.
You can choose any Pokémon from any box and trade it. A random partner is chosen, the trade takes place, and you get a random Pokémon. Surprising transactions also work locally.
To start a surprise exchange Pokémon Sword and Shield, you need a subscription to Nintendo Online and an internet connection. Press Y in-game to open the Y-Comm menu. Then press the plus sign (+) on your right Joy-Con controller to connect to the Internet.
Wait for the connection notification to appear, then select “Surprise Trade” from the Y-Comm menu. A view of your Pokémon group and boxes will appear on the screen, and you must choose one to trade.
You can choose a Pokémon in your group (on the left) or one of the Pokémon stored in your boxes. Press A on your right Joy-Con controller to select the Pokémon you want to trade, then choose “Select” from the menu to confirm.
Your game will be saved and will begin to search for an eligible trading partner while you play.
If you wish to cancel the transaction, you can do so at any time by selecting another option from the Y-Comm menu.
You will eventually be matched with a random player and can choose to accept or decline the transaction. If you accept, your Pokémon will be traded to the other player and you will receive one from him.
When the process is complete, the “Search” message will change to “Exchange Complete!” When your party is full, the Pokémon you received will be transported to the box. If you don’t have that Pokémon yet, the information will be entered on your Pokédex.
Additional trading options in Pokémon Home
If you’re on the go and don’t have a Nintendo Switch, you can trade in the Pokémon Home mobile app as long as your accounts are connected and you have an internet connection. Pokémon Home can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
Let’s take a look at the four types of trades you can do in Pokémon Home.
Wonder Box Trades
This method is similar to the Surprise Box option in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Y-Comm menu. You choose a Pokémon to trade and place it in your Wonder Box. Shortly after, your Pokémon will be traded for a Pokémon from another player’s Wonder Box.
You can place up to three Pokémon in the Wonder Box on a Basic plan, or up to 10 if you have a Premium subscription.
To use the Wonder Box, tap “Trade” on the main Pokémon Home menu. You will see a list of the different trading features. Select “Wonder Box” and tap the plus sign (+) to go to your Pokémon Home Wonder Box.
There, tap the Pokémon you want to place in the Wonder Box, then tap the green back button at the bottom. You will be notified when these Pokémon are being traded.
Worldwide trading system
The Global Trading System (GTS) should be your choice if you want to trade with others around the world to get a specific Pokémon. Choose the Pokémon you want to trade and the one you want to receive, then wait.
Another player eventually comes by and trades you the Pokémon you want. You can also check out the Pokémon other Trainers want and trade them for the Pokémon they offer.
You can create a Room Trade if you want to trade Pokémon with a group of people you know. A room ID is a 12-digit code that you can share with others.
To start trading, simply share your Room Trade’s 12 digit code or join a room for which another player sends you a Room ID. You can also create or participate in a Room Trade with random players.
Trade with friends is useful if you want to trade with Trainers you know on your Pokémon Home friends list.
To get started, tap “Friends” on the main menu of Pokémon Home.
On the next screen, you can enter a friend code to add someone or scan the code pattern of the person you want to add.
After adding the friend you want to trade with, return to the main Pokémon Home menu. At the top left, tap Trade.
Next, tap on “Friend Trade” and then choose the person you want to trade with.
Trading Pokémon is the best way to complete your Pokédex Pokémon Sword and Shield. You can also trade to help a friend who has just started his or her Pokémon journey.
Pokémon Home makes it easier than ever to trade Pokémon wherever you are.