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Pokemon Go lucky Pokemon: How to become lucky friends and get lucky Pokemon

By Ford James 18 September 2020

How lucky Pokemon work in Pokemon Go and how to become lucky friends

Pokemon Go lucky Pokemon have existed in the game for a long time now, but they’re somewhat of a hidden mechanic. Unless you become lucky friends with someone coincidentally in Pokemon Go, chances are you’re not going to find out about lucky Pokemon or even if you do hear about them through the grapevine, it’s not self-explanatory at all. We’re here to help however, with all you need to know about Pokemon Go lucky Pokemon, friends, and more.

What are lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go?

So what are lucky Pokemon? They’re similar but different to shiny Pokemon; while shiny Pokemon look different, lucky Pokemon are identified by gold circles around the Pokemon on the list view. When you click on them, the background is gold and sparkly, compared to the usual type-specific background.

When you have a lucky Pokemon, you get a couple of benefits. The first is that the stardust cost to power it up is reduced by 50%, so if you have a strong PvP Pokemon that becomes lucky, you’re in luck. Pun intended.

The other possible benefit is that a lucky Pokemon’s IV will always be a minimum of 12/12/12. This means that you could trade a 0 IV Pokemon and potentially gain a 100 IV Pokemon in return. On the contrary, you’re risking a lot if you trade a 98 IV Pokemon, because there’s a high chance it will come out with lower stats than it went in with.

How to get lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go

Getting lucky Pokemon in Pokemon Go isn’t particularly straightforward. There’s one core concept though; you can only get lucky Pokemon through trading with other trainers. Every trade you make has a chance to come out as a lucky Pokemon. The older the Pokemon is, the higher chance it has of becoming lucky, but the trade only takes into account the age of the oldest Pokemon of the two. So you could trade a Pokemon from 2016 and one from 2020 with each other, and the game would calculate the lucky odds based on the 2016 one.

It’s possible to get a guaranteed lucky Pokemon in a trade if one of the two Pokemon/trainers fulfills the following criteria:

  • Has received less than 10 lucky Pokemon from trades
  • Pokemon was caught between July – August 2016

As long as that’s the case for one of the Pokemon being traded, it will be a lucky trade.

How to become lucky friends in Pokemon Go

Along with lucky Pokemon, you can also become lucky friends with someone in Pokemon Go. This is essentially completely random; once you’ve reached the best friends stage by sending gifts back and forth, there’s a small chance (around 5% according to a small Reddit sample) that every time you open a gift from a best friend, you become lucky friends.

When you’re lucky friends with someone, all this means is that the next trade between the two of you will be a lucky trade, resulting in two lucky Pokemon. Once you’ve completed the lucky trade, your lucky friend status will disappear, but can be regained by sending gifts back and forth again.

How lucky Pokemon work in Pokemon Go and how to become lucky friends

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Pokémon Go Lucky Pokémon is another type of Pokémon to look out for – joining Shinies and Forms such as Alolan Pokémon.

While the aforementioned types only fill out your Pokédex, Lucky Pokémon status also provides a direct benefit – allowing that creature up at a much cheaper cost than regular Pokémon.

Meanwhile, there is the addition of Lucky Friends, which acts as another way for you to send and receive Lucky Pokémon.

How to get Lucky Friends in Pokémon Go

Lucky Friends is a special friendship status that guarantees you a Lucky Pokémon.

Becoming Lucky Friends in Pokémon Go works as follows:

  • There is a chance of being Lucky Friends when you are Best Friends with someone.
  • When you are Lucky Friends with someone, the next trade you make will result in both becoming Lucky Pokémon.
  • You have attempt per day at becoming Lucky Friends by performing one of the following actions – opening a gift, teaming up in Raids or Gym battles, or engaging in a Trainer Battle (essentially, anything that would usually result in leveling up your Friendship).
  • If successful, the game will notify that you are Lucky Friends, and it will say as such in your Friends listing.
  • Once the trade is completed, you will return to being ‘regular’ Best Friends again.

Other things to know about Lucky Friends includes:

It’s possible to have more than one Lucky Friend. Image credit: blackpudding2000 on reddit

  • You can become Lucky Friends with a Best Friend more than once, though not more than once per day.
  • The chances of becoming Lucky Friends, at least in the early stages, appear to be around 5% according to reddit.
  • The Lucky Friends status seems to last for as long as you next trade – so feel free to continue sending and receiving Gifts or engaging in Trainer Battles until you next meet up and can trade. It does not expire that day.
  • It is possible to have more than one Lucky Friend active at once. (Thanks blackpudding2000 on reddit for confirming).
  • At the feature’s launch, there was an issue where some Lucky Friend trades don’t result in Lucky Pokémon – this has now been fixed:

Trainers, the bug causing a small number of Lucky Trades to not result in Lucky Pokémon has been resolved. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention, and we apologize for the error.

What are Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon Go?

Lucky Pokémon is a special status, separate to Forms or Shinies, that Pokémon can have attached to them.

If a Pokémon is Lucky, then the Stardust required to power it up is reduced by 50%. The feature is particularly welcome as Stardust is one of the more scarce resources in the game, especially at high level play, allowing creatures to reach maximum CP at a lower cost.

Additionally, the number of Lucky Pokémon you have caught will appear in the Pokédex (alongside ‘seen’ and ‘caught’) as well as the Pokémon stats screen, with a unique background:

How to get Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon Go

Lucky Pokémon come from the game’s trading feature. When you trade, there’s a chance both creatures will have the Lucky status afterwards.

The success rate isn’t yet known, but the longer the Pokémon has been in storage – in other words, the longer you’ve owned the Pokémon – the higher the chances of it becoming Lucky by the end of it.

So if the Pokémon are from when the game launched in 2016, your chances of them being Lucky will be much higher than if they were caught this year. (It can actually be a 100% chance – read the following section to see how.)

If they are caught at different periods, it’s suspected the game will take the average age of both creatures in the trade as the calculation, as either both will or won’t be Lucky together.

That’s not to say a freshly caught Pokémon can’t be Lucky – members of the community have been successful with trading recent catches. But the older it is the better, and since you can only trade one of a specific Pokémon, you want those chances to be as high as possible.

How to get guaranteed Lucky Pokémon in Pokémon Go

In September 2018, developer Niantic made some changes to increase your chances of receiving Lucky Pokémon.

If you have discovered less than 10 Lucky Pokémon, then a Pokémon in your inventory caught in July or August 2016 (in order words, when the game first launched) will 100% become Lucky after a trade.

To clarify, if either trainer has had less than 10, then both creatures in the trade will be Lucky. So in theory, even if you have more than 10, if you can find others with less than 10, you can keep getting guaranteed Lucky Pokémon. Thanks to the Silph Road reddit for clarifying this!

It should also be noted as part of this change, all Lucky Pokémon stats have became now stronger. They were previously started from around the 10/10/10 mark, and it’s now increased to 12/12/12 (the highest you can get is 15/15/15).

Otherwise, the other method is being Lucky Friends with the player you are trading with.

Coming soon as part of the Go Beyond update is the Season of Celebration, a level cap increase, Platinum Medals, the arrival of Gen 6 Pokémon and changes to Go Battle League We’ve recently seen the addition of ‘Strange’ red eggs and new Arlo, Cliff, Sierra andGiovanni line-ups. 2020 has seen several other new features in Pokémon Go – Mega Evolutions, Go Battle League and the trade evolution feature.

What else you need to know about Lucky Pokémon

There are a few other small details to know about Lucky Pokémon:

  • Lucky Pokémon have high IVs, starting from 12/12/12 for HP, Defence and Attack. This means you can turn a rubbish Pokémon into a more competitive one!
  • There doesn’t appear to be a cap on how many Lucky Pokémon you can get in one day. Originally there was thought to be, but reports from the Silph Road suggest either a cap was lifted or it was incorrect information.
  • Searching ‘Lucky’ in your Pokémon collection will reveal your Lucky creatures at a glance (thanks @ScubaSkeet on Twitter for confirming!)
  • Lucky Pokémon can also be Shiny, Shadow and Purified.

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