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!
This article is part of our Pokémon GO walkthrough and guide series. We have articles that take you through the basics, covering How To Catch Pokémon: Throwing Tips, Poké Balls, & Capture Rates, How To Redeem Pokémon GO Promo Codes, How To Check A Pokémon's IVs Using An IV Calculator, How Trading Works, How To Track Pokémon Using Maps And Trackers, What Star Pieces And Stardust Do And How To Get Them, How Player Vs. Player Trainer Battles Work, and How To Complete Field Research And Research Breakthroughs And All Rewards.
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