Pokemon GO, Niantic’s augmented reality mobile game, is in for a new batch of Pokemon. Since its release in 2016, the developer has regularly updated the game, with the latest patch bringing Unova region Pokemon and trade evolution.
Trade-induced evolution has been an iconic feature of the franchise, and it has finally made its way into Pokemon GO. As explained in the announcement post, trade evolution works almost exactly like it does in the main games. The difference in Pokemon GO, however, is that trade evolution is merely an optional route. Rather than being a mandatory requirement for evolving, trade evolution allows Pokemon GO players to save on candies by evolving certain Pokemon using trading.
This is opposed to trading being necessary in order to evolve in the actual games. As of now, only a couple of Pokemon are eligible for trade evolution in the game. Kadabra, Machoke, Graveler, Haunter, Boldore, Gurdurr, Karrablast, and Shelmet.
So, how do you do it? In order to evolve one of the above Pokemon free of cost, they first need to be traded. If your Pokemon has been traded in the past, it will still qualify for the free evolution. Thanks to this new mechanic, players will be able to save up to 100 candies per Pokemon.
In addition to trade evolution, Pokemon GO’s latest update introduces a new array of Pokemon from the Unova region. Expect wild encounters with the following Pokemon:
Furthermore, there are a number of egg and region-exclusive Pokemon. Throh will only appear in North America, South America, and Africa. Players in Europe, Asia, and Australia can encounter Sawk. Both of these can also be hatched from 10KM eggs. Maractus can be found in the south of United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, or South America. Sigilyph is exclusive to Egypt and Greece, and the Red or Blue-Striped Basculin can be found in the Eastern and Western hemisphere, respectively.