Trading species in Pokemon Sword and Shield can be frustrating if you’re looking for a specific ‘mon. Fortunately, some clever trainers have come together to create Pokemon trade codes that will partner you with a particular species.
Within the Galar Region, there a lot of trade-able species in-game, so if you’re doing a random trade, the chances of you getting the one you want can be unlikely.
When performing a trade, you can select a four-digit trade link code that will connect you with another player who has used the same code.
Attempting to combat this setback, Trainers within the Pokemon community have set up various codes to mean trading a particular Pokemon.
- How to set up a link trade
- Version exclusives
- Ditto trade code
- Sword & Shield starter trade codes
- Special items codes
So, if you’re looking for a version exclusive you can’t find on Sword or Shield, a starter Pokemon, or a Ditto, you can now be sure to find one. You can even send Pokemon with items attached to them!
This method has been around a while now, and it isn’t guaranteed to match you with the Pokemon you want, but if it doesn’t you still have the ability to cancel the trade. However, every time we’ve tried it the Pokemon listed with that code was sent.
How to set up a link trade
Setting it up is easy. All you need to do is:
- Push Y to get to the trade menu.
- Make sure you’re connected to the internet, which can be done by making sure the word “Internet” is written in the top-right hand corner of the trade menu.
- Click ‘Link Trade‘.
- Click ‘Set Link Code‘.
- Enter the corresponding code (full list below) and click ok, then select ‘Yes‘.
From there, you’ll be taken back to the game. Depending on the code used, you’ll probably find a match pretty soon, when you do you’ll receive the following message: “A trade partner has been found! Time for a trade!”
If it ends up taking a little longer, don’t worry, you’ll be matched whenever someone else is using the same code as you.
Once this is done, a new screen will pop up, showing your Pokemon storage. There, you can select the species you agreed to make a trade with. You’ll be able to see all the details of the Pokemon you’re sending, too, in the event that you have lots of duplicates.
After you confirm your selection, you’ll be able to see which Pokemon they’re sending before you confirm the trade. This will allow you to get the species you want without having to sacrifice a potentially lucrative Pokemon. However, you won’t be able to see anything about it other than what Pokemon it is.
Here are the specific link codes you can use to find a particular Pokemon:
In the case of version exclusives, the trade won’t be like for like. You’ll be trading your particular game’s exclusive with the listed one from the other game.
Codes are now 8 digits, and so, for all of the codes below, add 0000 to the beginning.
Ditto Trade Code
Another code that’s been set up helps players to get that special Ditto. The Transform Pokemon is one, and if not, the most popular Pokemon to trade. Ditto’s unique breeding abilities make it a highly sought-after Pokemon in Sword and Shield.
|Trade Code||Pokemon Sword||Pokemon Shield|
Pokemon Sword and Shield starters trade codes
Unless you’re using our guide to get all three Pokemon starters without trading, Grookey, Scorbunny, and Sobble are also available to get through codes, too.
|Trade Code||Starter #1||Starter #2|
There are even trade codes for Pokemon holding special items, useful for evolving or improving particular ‘mon:
|Trade Code||Pokemon with Item|
|7107||Onyx / Metal Coat|
|7108||Rhydon / Protector|
|7109||Feebas / Prism Scale|
|7110||Dusclops / Reaper Cloth|
|7111||Swirlix / Whipped Dream|
|7112||Spritzee / Satchet|
There you have it, all of the Pokemon Sword and Shield trade codes. You can get the exact Pokemon you want just by using a code – the power of the Pokemon community.
For more ‘mon guides and lists, don’t forget to check out: All missing ‘mon in Sword and Shield | The most expensive and rarest cards | Sword and Shield type chart | How to claim mystery gifts | All Cat ‘mon | All dog ‘mon | The cutest Pokemon of all time | How to catch Ditto in Pokemon Go | 10 best ROM hacks and fan-made games