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The Pokémon GO team announced today that the Friends feature is making its way to the game this week. The new feature will allow players to trade Pokémon, send and receive gifts, and unlock special bonuses.

By playing and exchanging gifts with Friends, you’ll build up a friendship level. As the friendship level between two players grows higher, you’ll unlock bonuses for playing together.


To trade, you need to be near a Friend and have a Trainer Level of 10 or higher. Trading requires a specific amount of Stardust depending on the type of Pokémon traded and your friendship level with your trading partner. As your friendship level grows (Good Friend > Great Friend > Ultra Friend > Best Friend), it’ll take less Stardust to complete a trade. When you complete a trade, both creatures involved will receive a bonus candy. There are also special trades involving Mythical Pokémon that require a lot of Stardust to complete.


Special Gifts can now be found at PokéStops. You can’t open these yourselves though — you have to send them to a Friend. These Gifts can contain Eggs that will hatch into an Alolan form Pokémon from Sun & Moon.


You’ll be able to start using all of these new Friend features in Pokémon GO later this week!


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