How to trade in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Since Pokémon Scarlet and Violet both have exclusive Pokémon that the other game doesn’t have, it’s a good idea to trade with another player to fill out that Pokédex. Trading is extremely easy to do and you can choose between trading with someone you know with a specific code or trading a random Pokémon in a Surprise Trade. We’ll step you through the process and explain there differences between the various trading options.

Link Trade vs. Surprise Trade

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet trading animation

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You have two trading options in Scarlet and Violet. First off, there’s Link Trade which lets you connect with a specific person. If you have a Nintendo Switch Online membership then you can use the online aspects, otherwise, you’ll have to Link Trade locally with someone nearby. Additionally, you can either search for a random Link Trade partner or enter a Code to find a specific friend to trade with. The other nice thing about Link Trade is that it allows you to refuse a trade offer if you don’t like the Pokémon the other player wants to trade.


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