In this guide, we're going to briefly explain the differences between a Lucky and regular Pokémon, and take a look at how you can catch these brand new critters.
What Are Lucky Pokémon?
Lucky Pokémon are a new type of Pokémon in Pokémon GO that require 50% less Stardust to power up over a regular Pokémon, and have a special background while viewing them in your Pokédex.
While viewing one, you'll also see a new counter displaying the number of Lucky Pokémon you've caught for each species.
An even more interesting feature of Lucky Pokémon, is that they always have high IVs. The lowest a Lucky Pokémon can have in terms of IVs is 80%. That's an IV score of 10 for every single stat.
You can check to see if a Pokémon is Lucky by viewing it in your list of Pokémon. Glance just above its HP and you'll see a new 'Lucky Pokémon' label. Check out our tweet above to see all of that in action.
How Do I Catch A Lucky Pokémon?
Lucky Pokémon are obtained exclusively by trading – you can't catch a Lucky Pokémon in the wild.
Trade a Pokémon, and there's a chance that it will receive the Lucky status. Though the community hasn't quite figured out the specifics, it appears that a Pokémon has an increasingly higher chance of becoming Lucky during a trade the longer you've owned it.
So, for example, a Pokémon caught in 2016 has a much higher chance of becoming Lucky when traded than a Pokémon caught in 2018.
If both of the Pokémon in the trade are different ages – one from 2016 and the other from 2018, for example – the community suspects that Pokémon GO will calculate the average age of the Pokémon.
Remember that this is all down to chance, so it's entirely possible that a brand new Pokémon will become Lucky during a trade, and that an ancient one from 2016 will not become Lucky.
We'll update this when the community understands the system a lot better.
Can A Pokémon Be Both Lucky And Shiny?
Yes, according to Reddit, a Pokémon can be both Shiny and Lucky!