Pok√©mon GO Friends & Trade

Let’s talk about friends and trade ūüėÄ
(for the safety of respectable players I altered the pictures showing their names and my trainer code)

Niantic rolled out the function on 21st of June, 2018 at 9PM-ish (CET), first only available for lv40 players.
After a brief shitstorm they updated their information telling players they will roll the system out for other players shortly after. They gave a timetable which we all disregarded as they over-achieved their mentioned goals pretty soon (according to this I coulnd’t have been able to use it until this morning but I was able to use the function after 11PM CET Thursday. Meanwhile everyone above lv10 can use it, hoorah ūüôā

So…. first of all:
How to get friends?
You need your code and provide another with it or enter the code of the other person.

How to obtain your/your friend’s code?
Go to your profile, tab (or swipe from right to left) to friends, choose “Add Friend”: you will find your code at the bottom and you can input a friend’s code above that.
Easy. Your friend needs to approve the friendship. Congratz! You’re friends!

You start as the basic level for friendship: Friend.
You will see the following information about your friend:
– name, level and EXP to next level
– buddy
Рlast Pokémon caught (hatch counts as caught)
Рnumbers of: Battles won, Walking Distance, Pokémon caught
* You can always remove friends
* You can have up to 200 friends (for now?)

What are friendship levels?
You start as a “Friend”.
There are 4 levels to reach starting from your base level “Friend”: Good friend, Great friend, Ultra friend, Best friend.
Each friendship level gives you a certain bonus.
As a “Friend” you can exchange gifts, you will see the latest catch/hatch activity of your friend and you can trade Pok√©mon.
Lv2: Good Friend gives you the bonus *Trade all Pokémon except Mythical.
Lv3: Great Friend. Requirement to be friends for 6 days. *Stardust discount for trades, Attack bonus for battles/raids and 1 extra ball for raid catches
Lv4: Ultra Friend. Requirement to be friends for 29 days. *Stardust discount for trades, Attack bonus for battles/raids and 2 extra balls for raid catches
Lv5: Best Friend. Requirement to be friends for 89 days. *Stardust discount for trades, Attack bonus for battles/raids and 4 extra balls for raid catches

The order of friends is always determined by the highest to lowest friend level.
Except if you receive gifts. Friends who sent you gifts will always appear at the top of your friend list. Anything below is shown as high to low.

How to improve friendship level?
1. send gifts. Gifts can be obtained at any Pokéstop or gym. Be patient you might not get one immediately.
* You can get more than 1/day gifts from the same stop/gym – you just need to wait 5 minutes between attempts of using the stop/gym
* You can have up to 5 gifts in your inventory before sending them to friends
* You can receive 20 gifts/day
* Opened gift contents can be viewed in Notification menu
* Received items will be shown in your Journal
* NOTE: If you have an egg slot open, you might receive a special 7KM egg with your gift which contains an Alola Pokémon.

2. raid together. Raiding together improves your friendship level (possible once per day per person)

3. trade Pok√©mon. This is divided into “normal” trades and “special”. Normal trades are things like Pidgeys, whatever. Special are considered to be first-entries in Pok√©Dex, Shinys, Legendaries.
A normal trade costs 100 Stardust/Person, a special varies by kind. A new Dex Entry costs 20k Stardust/Person (based on lv 2 “Good Friend” Friendship), a legendary is 1 million Stardust/Person (based on “Friend” level). Niantic said that legendary trades will be 40k at “Best Friend” level. We will see ūüôā
You can check this list for further (at the moment guessed) numbers.

How to trade Pokémon?
First you need to be within a 100 meter radius with your friend.
Search for your friend in your friends list, click on them, choose “Trade” and wait for the other side to do the same. If both are in the trade menu, you can choose the Pok√©mon you wish to trade.
Agree to the stardust cost, the other person needs to do the same. Now wait for the animation and *tada* trade done.
* You can trade normal Pokémon as often as you like per day
* You can trade one special Pok√©mon per day (I think that’s also per friend, didn’t test yet)
* Stardust costs will be reduced by friendship level
* All values of a Pokémon will be resetted through trade (a 100% Pokémon can turn out to be a 20% after being traded and vice versa), its gender will stay the same
* Traded Pokémon can be renamed
* You can not trade a Pokémon received through trade
* Traded Pok√©mon will show the original catch/hatch date and the previous owner’s name.

Example: I traded a Mug 91 to another person who didn’t have the entry yet. Costs: 20k stardust each side. The 91 ended up a 67 Mug on the other side, I received also a 91 Pok√©mon that ended up 40-50 (I fed it to improve my 100 lol). Mug shows it previously belonged to me, when it was traded and when it was originally caught. I am not sure if it kept the skills, but gender-wise it stayed the same.

Have fun and enjoy ūüôā


Pok√©mon GO: 50th – 52nd Week

Three weeks have passed since my last update – wow. Didn’t notice, haha.

Some things have happened ūüôā
First of all: this.
So last weekend I was in Amstelveen to get some new Pok√©mon…. walked 7.5 km in the shopping mall but only caught several Kangaskhan and Unown. In total I caught about 300 monsters.

I’m not really sure how this event thing actually works but as I can’t spend several hours every weekend in a shopping mall I won’t be able to get any others (especially because the last weekend I am not even close due to holiday) – and on that note it doesn’t look like that other things spawn on normal work days either (I work in Amsterdam and didn’t see anything that I don’t have yet). Or I’m just not lucky ūüėĬ†But I had fun ūüėÄ

I finally got a Hitmontop through hatching the baby version and evolving it ūüėÄ
I also found out that when feeding a Pok√©mon through the Pok√©mon menu when it is in a gym, the mark for favorite will get deleted! Which sucks but well if you know it…

Aaaaaaaaand. Yesterday 13th of August was a special day. As I started exactly a year ago \o/ I went to a local park to see if there’s any Pok√©mon I didn’t catch yet, it started to rain, so I kind of rushed through the park and went home with nothing in my pocket :/

Sad for me in my area aren’t that many people to do raids so i couldn’t get any legendary yet and while I was at the shopping mall only small stuff spawned at the gyms ūüôā
Sooner or later, sooner or later~ but in the end it doesn’t mean I never tried to solo – at least against Moltres ūüėÄ

Pok√©mon GO: 49th Week

Good news: the first year anniversary was extended.
Due to the bugged event in Chicago, Niantic decided to reimburse the attendees (quite generous and unreasonable if you ask me) and as the whole world gave their best to unlock rewards we received originally 48 hours of Double EXP, more candies, less walking for partners, less walking for eggs. They extended that until today (5PM PST, I think)

I leveled up and I finally could stop walking Larvitar -_- the “fun” thing: I hatched 3 Larvitars while event was running. So I got a second Tyranitar…. why did I even bother walking Larvitar for ages? -_- Right now I am ¬†walking Chikorita.


As an event result… Lugia and Articuno were unlocked – Articuno due to most people catching monsters globally (sorry Niantic but maybe finally start blocking GPS hack and other abusers of your software and you’d find out that alot of Mystic accounts are abusing pricks)

As this is nearly to impossible to obtain when there’s noone around I will just mope around ūüôā
Although I claimed some gyms lately – and it was really bitter to be kicked out after 12 minutes *rofl*


Pok√©mon GO: 48th Week

I did not level up yet ūüėÄ I am still walking my Larvitar.
But I got a Yanma from an egg ‚̧

There is a new update with some neat features:
Pokémon will now show how they were obtained Рeither egg or caught. if caught it shows even which ball was used.
Only weird thing they added an icon on eggs too *lol*
They also seemed to have fixed some issues regarding gyms and raids but can’t confirm those yet.

I had some bad luck this morning too -_- I was beating the gym at the train station when some other dude went and took the last one out. I was blocked from adding my monster for over 5 minutes (although being on the same team) as I was error-ed out of a fight due to the dude beating the last one in the gym….
so I couldn’t add my monster and obviously I was pissed as I beat those monsters several times before he came and snatched the kill/gym with leavin me not being able to add mine due to “gym being in fight”… grrrrrr. Thanks error shit. -_-

On 12th of August there will be a Pok√©mon Event in Amstelveen. I really want to go but I am quite confused about the information they put out. Neither Niantic nor Stadshart give information regarding registration… and I’m really confused because:
1. they said it’s free for anyone so ofc ppl from other countries booked flights and hotels (though I don’t get why ppl come from Norway, UK or France when they get events in Paris, Chester, Stockholm and Kopenhagen?!)
2. then they said it’s limited to 2000 -_-
3. now it’s limited to 3500 (since yesterday) -_-‘
4. they don’t say how to register, when and where
5. many websites, news magazines and sorts had interviews with Niantic and put out different information regarding registering to the event while Stadshart claims to put out information “soon” (since days)
The organisation simply sucks balls!
I’m mad to the point I don’t even want to go anymore due to random fucktards with the already known intention to block several tickets for all family and friends and whatnot. (Not even talking about botters and cheaters or people who just get a ticket and never show up, yet)

Besides all that madness… As I didn’t post this in a while: here’s my 2nd Gen Pok√©Dex:


Pok√©mon GO: 47th Week

I am back from my short weekend holiday in Germany ūüėÄ didn’t play much the last few days.
Missed my 7-day-streak of Pok√©Stops now 3 times or so? Don’t know, don’t really care.
Worked from home yesterday due to an appointment for which I was meant to be home, it was raining hard…so not going outside for Stop haha.
10 more candy for my stupid Larvitar which I love so much I want to bury it somewhere….

The whole weekend I was looking for the special Pikachu (or as I call it: Gangster-chu). I lost 2 earlier on Friday – one at home, one at work – as neither wanted to be caught manually or Plus.
I finally got one on my way back home from my weekend at the train station in Duisburg ūüėÄ
Also put my Snorlax into the gym directly next to where I caught Pikachu and saw that nasty bug that blew up my character’s face behind the monsters ūüėÄ

At my own train station I saw this raid boss fight going on. So I tried to beat the 5k Croconaw. Beat it. Caught it in the bonus round. Boohya.

I had some luck this morning. Beat the gym at the train station and put Snorlax in there, on my way to work I saw an Instinct gym with space so I put Gyarados in there – both were kicked out later (Snorlax survived like 20 minutes? Gyarados stayed in gym for 3h 56min)

Pok√©mon GO: 46th Week

today I will go on a short weekend vacation in Germany ūüôā

Pok√©mon Go Plus can not find gym disks although they count as Stops…. that kinda sucks.

Today I finally could put a monster into the gym at the train station (after days of beating other teams *lol*


I finally tried a raid battle. Alone. *lol*
First: use the Raid Pass
Second: Wait until the starting counter is done and choose your monsters – users can join your party if they have the code (shown in upper right corner)
Third: Beat the crap out of the raid boss
It showed “Networ Error” 3 times after starting and I couldn’t beat the Pok√©mon in time – then it got stuck anyways due to the error and I needed to reboot the app -_- I think as none of my used monsters were dead it actually didn’t count at all.

There’s a new event: From 6th of July, 1PM PDT until 24th of July, 1PM PDT there will be special Pikachus and an Anniversary Box that includes Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and Premium Raid Passes.

Pok√©mon GO: 45th Week


I’m still level 35 (this is going on and on and on *lol*) and I’m still walking Larvitar -_- (also going on and on and on…)

While not catching anything new I beat the gym at the train station twice last week and put my monsters in….
Found out that it is NOT possible to put a Pok√©mon of the same kind in it – eg Gyarados can not be put in when there’s another Gyarados already.
My Snorlax stayed in the gym for ~19 hours in the end ūüėÄ
In general I do think that the new system is easier for low players to join the gym but on the other hand it’s quite annoying to beat the monsters being in there. Why I could solo beat a lvl 10 in about 2 hours before I can’t do that now with only 4 in it due to their CP and random CP increase through berries by player input *sighs*
(on a side note: all berries can be fed to increase CP! Not only Razzberries but the other 2 as well)
I guess that’s the point but as Team Yellow is not really common anyways it sucks balls.

I kind of dislike that Niantic does not care about GPS loggers although reported – in my area I don’t see those a lot but I know of some places where people do that alot.

I didn’t participate in any raid yet…. usually they spawn when I’m working or already home. I don’t want to leave the house again *lol*