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Trading is finally coming to Pokemon Go
Since the very beginning of Pokemon Go players have wondered how and when trading would come into the game. Trading was actually shown as a feature way back in the first trailer for the game. Two years later though and it is finally here. Trading comes into the game along with a much needed social feature called Friendship.
Of particular concern was the creation of Black Market that would reward players for cheating and allow them to get paid for cheating. The worry was that this would incentive cheating to the point that the game would become almost unplayable. It seems that Niantic has tried to create a barrier against this.
Trading is launching along with another concept called friendship. In order to trade a player must be Level 10 or higher (So no dropping hugely powerful Pokemon onto a new account) and a friendship relationship must be build up their friendship level. In order to build you need to go into Raids or Gym Battles together.
Also all trades will be limited by Star Dust which be a cost on each trade.
It seems like high level trades are called Special Trades and are limited once per day and also can only be done through Best Friends or Great Friends. Its not clear how many of those you can have.
I know many people have wanted this mechanic to collect regional exclusive pokemon. That still will not be easy. If a friend of yours travels they could catch the Regional Exclusive and bring it back for you to trade with, however you will need a close friend to do that. Time to increase your social network!
All of these limits do still allow trading among people you play with but should also impose enough restriction to limit a blackmarket economy. I think it was done pretty intelligently but we have to wait to see it in practice to be sure.