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All Pokemon that evolve by trading in Pokemon Go

Published: 9/Jul/2021 11:33

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Go finally added trade evolutions back in 2020, allowing players to evolve their ‘mon simply by trading them with others.

Evolving Pokemon when trading has been 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.


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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 Sprite Evolved Form Sprite
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
Shelmet Shelmet Accelgor Accelgor

How much does evolve trading cost?

While all of these Pokemon can be evolved through the regular means of using your Pokemon’s Candy, trading the above ‘mon with a fellow player takes away some of that need.

When you trade a Pokemon to evolve it, the evolution Candy cost is reduced to zero. We’ve listed the cost of evolving each of these ‘mon through Candies below, and you can see that the method takes out a lot of work:

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

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.


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

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