Missing a certain Pokémon in your collection, but having trouble finding it? Or is it simply not available in your game? Trading is your answer!
There are different ways to trade in Pokémon Sun and Moon, and in this guide they will be discussed one by one.
If you want to trade with people nearby, Quick Link trading is the way to go. Just open the menu with Ⓧ and then pick Quick Link. You and the person you want to trade with then both have to touch your console's lower screen to connect with each other. Once you're connected, select the Trade menu and start trading.
If your friends aren't close by, you can choose to trade with them online via Link Trade. First of all, make sure you have each others Friend Code registered on your console. You can do this by going to the main menu of your console, tap on the Friend List (the orange smiling box) on top, and then choose Register Friend in the top right corner.
You can either add someone locally (if they're sitting next to you) or via internet, which means you have to enter their Friend Code. You can find your Friend Code on your own Friend Card, next to the Friend List card on the lower screen. Make sure you both add each other, or else you won't be able to find each other when trading.
After registering each other in your Friend List, start up the game and choose Festival Plaza from the menu. Then connect to the internet by activating the blue WiFi button in the bottom right corner.
To send a trade request, cativate on the big blue Trade button and choose Link Trade. Select your friend in the Guest List (if you can't find them, press Ⓧ to update the list) to send a trade request.
To receive a trade request, just make sure you're connected to the internet in the Festival Plaza and wait for the request to pop up on your screen. Press Ⓨ to accept the trade request and get to trading. Make sure you're doing nothing else while waiting on the request, or else it will get timed out and has to be sent again.
The GTS (Global Trade System) can be used to trade with anyone in the world. Choose Festival Plaza from the game menu and connect to the internet by activating the blue WiFi button in the bottom right corner. After that, tap on the big blue Trade button and choose «GTS».
You have two options here; you can either choose Seek Pokémon to look for Pokémon that other people have put up for trade, or you can choose Deposit Pokémon to deposit a Pokémon to trade while specifying which Pokémon you want in return.
When seeking a Pokémon, you are asked to fill in a few fields. When you select the «Pokémon wanted» option, you can choose the letter the Pokémon's name starts with. Be aware that only Pokémon that you have seen in your game will appear in this list. If you haven't seen the Pokémon, scroll all the way down to choose «What Pokémon?» to type in its name.
After that, select the gender and/or level you want (or choose 'any' if it doesn't matter to you). If you don't want to trade Mythical or Legendary Pokémon you own, tap on the Options icon in the bottom right corner and choose «Don't include».
When you've filled in everything, choose «Search with these conditions!» to start searching for the Pokémon you want. You will get a list of people who have deposited the Pokémon you are looking for and are asking for a specific Pokémon in return.
If you only want to see trade requests with Pokémon you own, press Ⓨ, select «Pokémon the person wants», and choose «Pokémon you have». You can also select Region and specify if the Pokémon you're looking for should come from your own region or from a different region. Then choose «Filter with these conditions».
When you've found a person you want to trade with, tap on their picture and pick the Pokémon they're asking for from your party or PC boxes to start the trade.
If you can't find a good trade when seeking for the Pokémon, you can also choose to deposit a Pokémon yourself and ask for the Pokémon you want in return.
Select «Deposit Pokémon» from the GTS menu and choose the Pokémon you want to trade from your party or PC boxes.
Fill in the fields just like when you're seeking a Pokémon. You can also choose a specific message to give more information about the Pokémon you're trading or the Pokémon you're looking for.
After filling in all the fields, select «Deposit Pokémon» and check back later to see if someone with the criteria you've picked has seeked out and traded their Pokémon for yours.
Wonder Trade makes a return. First introduced in Pokémon X and Y, the feature allows players to randomly trade with another player using the feature. So, y'know, your milage may vary.
To use Wonder Trade, go to the Festival Plaza from the game menu and connect with the internet by tapping on the blue WiFi button in the bottom right corner. Then select on the big blue Trade button and choose Wonder Trade. Select «Start» and pick a Pokémon you want to send out from your party or PC boxes. The system will then search for a Wonder Trade partner and trade the Pokémon.
There's a certain Pokémon you want, but you're not sure what to trade in return? The following Pokémon are mostly welcomed by other trainers.
Pokémon that are hard to get or of which you only get one in the game are always wanted by other players. These include:
Other valuable Pokémon are those that are useful when it comes to training Pokémon. These include:
Last but not least, Pokémon that appear late in the game also make good trading material, as a lot of people would like to have these Pokémon on their team earlier.
For example, Pokémon that only appear on Mount Lanakila, which you can only access right before going to the Pokémon League. Sensu Style Oricorio is another good example, as it is only available after beating the Pokémon League.