Pokemon that evolve through Trading – could they work in Pokemon GO?

Pokemon GO Special Trade event
Pokemon GO Special Trade event

With trading now in Pokemon GO, there are several Pokemon in the main series games that ONLY evolve through trading. Perhaps Niantic will implement this feature in the future as another means to evolve these certain Pokemon! So let’s look over all the Pokemon that can evolve from trading and give an idea on how it could work.

P.S. this is a speculation / fantasy article – Pokemon in Pokemon GO evolve without trading requirements, at least as of the time of writing this article. Do note that this speculation goes hand in hand with another Pokemon GO fantasy – held items – but more about that on a different day.

Pokemon Who Can Evolve From Trading

Pokemon Evolution item Evolves to
Pokemon GO PoliwhirlPoliwhirl King’s Rock Pokemon GO PolitoedPolitoed
Pokemon GO KadabraKadabra None Pokemon GO AlakazamAlakazam
Pokemon GO MachokeMachoke None Pokemon GO MachampMachamp
Pokemon GO GravelerGraveler None, does include Alolan form Pokemon GO GolemGolem
Pokemon GO SlowpokeSlowpoke King’s Rock Pokemon GO SlowkingSlowking
Pokemon GO HaunterHaunter None Pokemon GO GengarGengar
Pokemon GO OnixOnix Metal Coat Pokemon GO SteelixSteelix
Pokemon GO RhydonRhydon Protector Pokemon GO RhyperiorRhyperior
Pokemon GO SeadraSeadra Dragon Scale Pokemon GO KingdraKingdra
Pokemon GO ScytherScyther Metal Coat Pokemon GO ScizorScizor
Pokemon GO ElectabuzzElectabuzz Electrizer Pokemon GO ElectivireElectivire
Pokemon GO MagmarMagmar Magmarizer Pokemon GO MagmortarMagmortar
Pokemon GO PorygonPorygon Up-Grade Pokemon GO Porygon2Porygon2
Pokemon GO Porygon2Porygon2 Dubious Disc Pokemon GO Porygon-ZPorygon-Z
Pokemon GO FeebasFeebas Prism Scale Pokemon GO MiloticMilotic
Pokemon GO DusclopsDusclops Reaper Cloth Pokemon GO DusknoirDusknoir
Pokemon GO ClamperlClamperl Deepseatooth Pokemon GO HuntailHuntail
Pokemon GO ClamperlClamperl Deepseascale Pokemon GO GorebyssGorebyss
Pokemon GO BoldoreBoldore None Pokemon GO GigalithGigalith
Pokemon GO GurdurrGurdurr None Pokemon GO ConkeldurrConkeldurr
Pokemon GO KarrablastKarrablast Trade with Shelmet Pokemon GO EscavalierEscavalier
Pokemon GO ShelmetShelmet Trade with Karrablast Pokemon GO AccelgorAccelgor
Pokemon GO SpritzeeSpritzee Trade holding Sachet Pokemon GO AromatisseAromatisse
Pokemon GO SwirlixSwirlix Trade holding Whipped Dream Pokemon GO SlurpuffSlurpuff
Pokemon GO PhantumpPhantump None Pokemon GO TrevenantTrevenant
Pokemon GO PumpkabooPumpkaboo None Pokemon GO GourgeistGourgeist

How it Could Work

When you’ve selected the Pokemon you want to trade, there will be a dedicated item button. It could be placed in a similar location as the appraisal button (right above it). Once you’ve hit the item button, you’ll have the full list of items you can give to a fellow trainer at your disposal. This includes Pokeballs, all healing items, Rare Candy, TMs, Lucky Eggs, Star Pieces, Raid Passes and evolution items.

The kicker here is you can only trade one item at a time. Just as if you were trading in the main series games. Once you trade a Pokemon along with an evolutionary item attached to it, the receiving trainer’s Pokemon will evolve.

Simple right? With the new Lucky Pokemon system now incorporated into the game, this will make trading that much more of a suspenseful gamble!

Final Thoughts

Indeed that is a large list of Pokemon showed above! Of course, some of them already evolve through candies and items in Pokemon GO. But giving another option to evolve through trading would make for a nice added bonus. Especially if you are out of candies for that Pokemon anyways. Having two different ways to evolve these Pokemon: either by yourself with the right resources or through trading would be a fantastic implementation into the game!

Plus having even more incentives to trade Pokemon and enhance that social aspect of the game never hurts either. the only downside would be the fact of holding more extra items clogging up our bag space. Let us know what you guys think about this idea.

Maybe, just maybe, it will become a reality one day!

Been playing and following Pokemon ever since I was 10 years old. I'm also a Pokemon GO content creator on YouTube - FitzCity. Currently am a electrical engineer in the making who loves to golf and stream on Mixer - Fitz_City