April 23, 2014

Care and Trading of Pokémon

Take a look at tips on the best ways to complete your Pokédex!

Do you visit the Pokémon Day Care on Route 7 outside of Camphrier Town in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y?

Do you trade Pokémon via the Global Trade Station (GTS) or Wonder Trade?

You should! They’re both great ways to get Pokémon you wouldn’t otherwise be able to get. This article will tell you what you need to know and has some tips, too. Soon you’ll have the rare Pokémon you’ve always wanted!

As a bonus, there are some tips for growing Berries—because you’ll want them to trade them along with your Pokémon. Let’s get started!

Wanted: Pokémon

Do you have a Cacturne? You won’t if you only have the Pokémon X or Pokémon Y video games, because Cacturne isn’t available in either of them. Don’t worry, the Global Trade Station (GTS) will take care of you. With the GTS, you can find a Cacturne for yourself by offering a Pokémon that a Cacturne holder might be interested in.

Begin by looking at your extra Pokémon. Ideally, you don’t want to trade the only one of anything you have, so use an extra whenever possible. (And that’s why it’s not a bad idea to catch one Pokémon for yourself, then catch another right away for trading later.)

Find a Pokémon that’s of equal value to the one you want. No one is going to trade you something you could only get in a different game with something like a Scatterbug, which are relatively easy to get in both Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.

How can you tell what’s equal value? Begin with whether you’re comparing Pokémon that need to evolve or not. Trading a Vivillon for a Scatterbug wouldn’t necessarily be a good trade because in order to get a Vivillon, you need to evolve a Scatterbug into a Spewpa, then Spewpa into a Vivillon.

Also be mindful not to trade a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon—unless it’s for another Legendary or Mythical Pokémon! There’s only one Xerneas in Pokémon X and only one Yveltal in Pokémon Y, so don’t trade them away unless it’s something you really want to have!

Note that some Pokémon, like some Mythical Pokémon, cannot be traded via the GTS.

Sweeten the Deal

You can have your Pokémon hold items when you trade them. A handy item to use for that is a Berry! Berries are great because you can produce tons of them all on your own, so it’s not a big deal to send them along to a stranger. Plus you should offer that little something extra that no one else is doing to encourage a trade, right?

Two Berries in particular are great for trades nowadays: the Kee and Maranga Berries. Both of these Berries are new to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y and both are used to make Amaze Mulch, which is the mulch you want to use if you’re growing Berries. Combine either one Kee or one Maranga with two same-colored Berries to make Amaze Mulch.

Since both Berries are somewhat difficult to get, giving someone one of them is an especially nice gesture—which makes your trade better than someone else’s right from the start.

Speaking of Mulches, always use Mulch when growing Berries. If you don’t, especially when growing Kee and Maranga Berries, your yield may be as low as one Berry per tree.

Get This Started

Now that you have a Pokémon you’re comfortable trading and have given it a Berry, it’s time to put it up for trade!

Here’s a step-by-step:

  1. Go to the PSS menu in Pokémon X or Pokémon Y, then select GTS on the second page of icons.

  2. Connect to the Internet and save your game.

  3. Select Deposit Pokémon, then the Pokémon you want to trade and confirm your selection.

  4. Select Pokémon you want, then scroll down to What Pokémon?

  5. Type the name of the Pokémon you want—but be careful! It has to be spelled correctly. If it’s not, you won’t be able to trade for that Pokémon.

  6. Select any gender or level preferences you’d like, if you want to narrow your offer.

  7. Select Deposit with these conditions.

That’s it! Sit back and wait for someone to trade with you. It may take a few days for someone to trade with you, depending on how rare or special the Pokémon you want is and how good your offer is.

You can check whether your Pokémon has been traded without being in the game. Visit the PGL and log in to see the latest transaction that has completed. You can also go to Profiles and Global Trade Station to get the good (or bad) news while you’re away from your game.

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