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All Pokemon that evolve by trading in Pokemon Go

Published: 22/Oct/2021 16:33

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go finally added trade evolutions in 2020, allowing players to evolve specific ‘mon simply by trading them with others. Here’s how to do that, and the Pokemon you can evolve using this method.

Evolving Pokemon when trading is a mechanic that’s been present since the very first Pokemon games: Red and Blue. Long-term fans will remember the likes of being able to evolve Kadabra to Alakazam, and Machoke to Machamp, both of which are iconic ‘mon in the franchise.

The idea of Pokemon Go adding trade evolutions was first revealed back in September of 2019, a significant amount of time after the game‘s initial release. Now it’s here to stay, let’s take a look at all of the Pokemon you can evolve by trading them with Friends.



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Even more than 20 years later in Pokemon Sword and Shield, Machamp still needs a trade to trigger its evolution from Machoke.

Pokemon that evolve by trading in Pokemon Go

The full list of Pokemon that can currently be evolved by trading is relatively small, so it’s worth utilizing this special feature whenever possible:

Starting Pokemon Evolved Pokemon
Boldore Boldore Gigalith Gigalith
Graveler Graveler Pokemon Go Golem Golem
Gurdurr Gurdurr Conkeldurr Conkeldurr
Haunter Haunter Gengar Gengar
Kadabra Kadabra Alakazam Alakazam
Karrablast Karrablast Escavalier Escavalier Pokemon Go
Machoke Machoke Pokemon Go Machamp Machamp
Phantump Phantump Trevenant Trevenant New Pokemon Snap Dex
Pumpkaboo Pumpkaboo Gourgeist Gourgeist
Shelmet Shelmet Accelgor Accelgor

How much does evolve trading cost?

When you trade a Pokemon, its evolution Candy cost is reduced to zero, which makes it a great option for Pokemon like Pumpkaboo and Phantump that require a lot of Candy to evolve without trading.

You will have to pay Stardust, though. The amount depends on the rarity of the Pokemon you’re trading (whether it’s a Legendary or Shiny, for example) and your Friendship Level with the other Trainer.

We’ve listed the cost of evolving each of these Pokemon through Candies below, and you can see that the trading method takes out a lot of work.


  • 100 Candy: Haunter, Graveler, Kadabra, and Machoke.
  • 200 Candy: Boldore, Gurrdurr, Karrablast, Phantump, Pumpkaboo, and Shelmet.

Once you’ve found another player to connect with and trade, you’ve saved a lot of Candy and a lot of time trying to get that specific Pokemon evolution you want.

How to trade in Pokemon Go

The trading screen in Pokemon GO

There are a few requirements you’ll need to meet before you can trade in Pokemon Go. Most importantly, you have to be Friends with the person you want to trade with by sharing your Trainer codes.

Both of you will need to be at least Level 10 in Pokemon Go, and you’ll have to be within close physical proximity (around 100 meters) of each other. You cannot currently trade with Friends remotely.


Trading Pokemon also costs a variable amount of Stardust, with rarer catches being more expensive. You can reduce this Stardust cost by increasing your Friendship Level. Mythical Pokemon cannot be traded.

Once you’ve met all of these requirements, go to your Friends feed and select the Friend you wish to trade with. Select the ‘Trade’ option, wait for your Friend to do the same, then select a Pokemon to trade.

It’s important to remember that Pokemon can only be traded once, and a Pokemon’s CP and HP will change when traded, so think carefully before you make a decision. You can’t go back once it’s done!


So, there you have it. Everything you need to know about all the Pokemon that evolve by trading in Pokemon Go!

For more tips and tricks to become the best trainer the world’s ever seen, make sure to check out our other guides:

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