Step 3: Leveling up your friendship
Now can we get that Mewtwo? Well, still no. Not quite yet. In order to trade higher levels ofÂ PokÃ©mon, youâ€™ll have to increase your friendship to higher levels. Accomplish this by doing things all friends are supposed to do, hang out and cooperate with one another. Everyday, you can boost your friendship once by a small portion by participating in any activity with your friend. After several days, youâ€™ll â€œlevel upâ€ your friendship.
There are four levels of friendship in total, and once you max out with a person, you should have free reign of trading.
The easiest way to level up friendship is by tradingÂ PokÃ©mon.
Sending your fodder to friends will give your friendship a small boost. To trade yourÂ PokÃ©mon, simply tap on your friend on the friend screen, and wait for them to enter the trade lobby. Once both are ready, choose theÂ PokÃ©mon you wish to send and receive theirs in return.
Trades do cost valuable Stardust, and several factors go into determining the cost of the trade. These factors include:
- Whether or not youâ€™ve already caught theÂ PokÃ©mon
- The CP and other stats of both PokÃ©mon being traded
- Whether theÂ PokÃ©mon is legendary or shiny
At the most basic, like a Pidgey for a Rattata, a trade will set players back 100 Stardust. As various factors are met, the price increases drastically. Trading for legendaryÂ PokÃ©mon that you donâ€™t already have will cost 1,000,000 Stardust! A lot for me, lunch money for some gamers out there.
Pay the cost, and the trade should be completed in seconds.
Another easy way to level up friendship is to send gifts.
Gifts are a new item that can be obtained through spinningÂ PokÃ©stops, much like Potions andÂ PokÃ©balls. To send a gift, tap your friend on the friend screen and choose the â€œSend Giftâ€ option. If you are lucky or simply have committed friends, you might even have a gift waiting for you!
Gifts contain multiple items that are more valuable than a standardÂ PokÃ©stop spin. Ultra Balls, Max Revives, Pinnap Berries, and even Egg Incubators have been confirmed to appear in these boxes.
Youâ€™ll only be able to send one gift a day, but thatâ€™s all youâ€™ll need to boost your friendship for the day.
There are a few other ways to boost friendship.
Gifts and trades are the easiest way to boost a friendship level, but there are a few others. Completing raids with other players will give you your daily boost and battling in gyms will also grant you some points.
Step 4: Trade, trade, trade
Now, will I be able to trade my Mewtwo? Well, maybe. Weâ€™re not quite sure because nobody has gotten to that point yet. It will be an estimated three months before any players max out their friendship levels.
Based on calculations made by those who have already crunched the numbers, it is assumed that if you trade an equally powerful LegendaryÂ PokÃ©mon for your friendsâ€™ Mewtwo, even at maximum friendship, it will still cost 1,000,000 Stardust. Legendary PokÃ©mon you havenâ€™t caught will never change their Stardust value. Sorry. Happy hunting, folks.
Youâ€™re better off looking to catch a Mewtwo the legitimate way by researching which gyms grant EX-raid passes in you local neighborhoods.
Also note, you will never be able to trade Mew. MythicalÂ PokÃ©mon are off limits to trades.
Other than that, more reasonable trades, most notably for region-specificÂ PokÃ©mon, can be achieved at a much more reasonable price. If you lucky enough to have worldly traveled friends in your area, this will be the easiest way to get a Mr. Mime, Tauros,Â Kangaskhan, or a Farfetchâ€™d.