How to get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO

The best way to get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

In Pokémon GO, players now have the ability to get Lucky Pokémon. You might’ve already noticed Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO based on their appearance, as many Lucky Pokemon look like slightly different, “sparklier” versions of regular Pokémon.

One reason players have been looking to get Lucky Pokémon stems from the unique stats that Lucky Pokémon have. For example, Lucky Pokémon can be leveled faster than regular Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

If you’re having trouble getting your hands on Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO, we’ve got you covered. Below, you’ll find a quick guide on how to get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO!

How to Get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO

Trade Pokémon with your friends to get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO.
© Niantic

When it comes to how to get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO, the easiest ways is actually through the game’s trading system. Alongside the ability to add friends in Pokémon GO, players now have the ability to trade Pokémon with one another. To trade Pokémon in Pokémon GO, you’ll need to be in close proximity to the player you want to trade with.

Unfortunately, you cannot initiate a trade with a long-distance friend as of the time of this writing. Pokémon can randomly turn into Lucky Pokémon when they are traded in Pokémon GO. According to Niantic, “Whether or not being in storage causes Pokémon to become Lucky Pokémon remains a mystery, but be sure to stay posted for more results from the professor’s research.”

What Lucky Pokémon look like in your inventory in Pokémon GO.
© Niantic

How do you know you have a Lucky Pokémon? Well, you’ll know you have a Lucky Pokémon by its visual cues (sparkly and gold), as well as its bonuses including requiring less Stardust to increase CP. Lucky Pokémon are also labeled with the title under their name in your Pokémon inventory.

Unfortunately, it looks like trading is the only way to get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO as of the time of this writing. We’ll be sure to test different methods and update this guide if we find new ways to get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO. In the meantime, have you been able to get a Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO? If so, let us know how you got your Lucky Pokémon down in the comments below!

For more on Pokemon GO, be sure to check out our previous guides including how to add friends in Pokémon GO, how to trade in Pokémon GO, and how to join a Raid Battle in Pokémon GO.

By reading through this guide, you should now know how to get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon GO!

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. When she's not gaming or caffeinating, you can reach her at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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