I’ve got to admit, I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of trading. I think this puts me in the minority but I always envisioned this being something that could so easily be exploited by spoofers. It could be something that created a black market within the game. It could even propose real world safety concerns, meeting fellow trainers in some dark alley to do the deal.
I’m happy to say that earlier this morning trading was announced and it seems on the face of it they’ve addressed a lot of these concerns. It’s not a perfect system at first glance but, honestly, it takes a concept that could break the game for many players and just layers in a nice new feature.
Firstly, the main thing that is being introduced, of which trading is just one part, is the new friendship system. This is something I’d been hoping would exist in the game for a long time though I wasn’t really sure what it would look like. Now we know.
I’ve met so many people at raids and playing the game in the general that just the idea of being able to keep in touch with them is a really cool feature. There is now also the added feature of getting extra attack bonus and premier balls meaning that it will be easier to do raids with smaller, tighter groups. This is huge particularly in more rural areas.
There is also a new feature which allows you to obtain gifts from Pokéstops. Giving these gifts to friends increases their friend level.
Trading is a cool aspect though I wonder if it will really help me complete my Pokédex. World travelers and spoofers may be willing to trade their regional exclusives with me but most people thought those regional exclusives would net them some high IV Pokémon in return. With this update they have announced that stats would be re-rolled upon trading meaning that it would be impossible to get a 100% IV Pokémon in return for anything. This is a good thing in many ways but I wonder what someone who traveled (or spoofed) will really want in return for their region exclusive. Obviously one would want to trade for something that they really want. I guess one could only hope they missed a particular legendary or are looking for a shiny variant of something.
The above screen shot has many people scared. Many are wondering if this is just a mock up or if there will really be trades that cost 1,000,000 stardust. A subsequent screen shows that getting “Best Friend” status with someone would bring this same trade down to 40,000 stardust. That is totally acceptable but at 1,000,000 stardust I can’t think of anything I’d want that bad, never mind the Pokémon I’d have to offer up in return.
Overall I’m pretty excited about this feature. It has the potential to be the biggest and potentially best change to the game of the year. While research has added a new aspect to the game it has ultimately gotten stale pretty quick. I’m hoping Friendship can have a more sustained impact on the game.
A little over a year ago there was little reason to open the game and play for more than five minutes a day. Now with continuous events and updates there’s more reason to play than ever. I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I won’t be able to get every new shiny form that is released even if I spend hours a day trying.
This is what they game has needed for a long time, a reason to tap every Pokémon, and more features to keep things interesting.
Looking forward to many new friendships and looking forward to an action packed summer!