Explaining Pokemon’s 20 Years of Ridiculous Trading Rules

Explaining Pokemon’s 20 Years of Ridiculous Trading Rules

Trading Pokemon with friends has been a staple of the franchise from the beginning. That’s kind of the whole point. But moving Pokemon between generations, from game to game? That’s a different matter entirely. It was easy enough in the beginning. Using a Game Boy Link Cable, Gen 1 Pokemon could be imported into Gen 2. Unfortunately, due to a restructure in how Pokemon stats work and a platform switch there is a hard stop between Gen 2 (Gold and Silver) and Gen 3 (Ruby and Sapphire) – no trading is possible. But, impressively, from Gen 3 all the way to the upcoming Sun and Moon, it’s possible to trade Pokemon up from game to game. It isn’t always a simple or user-friendly process, but it is doable This means that you’ll be able to potentially battle with Pokemon you caught 13 years ago in Sun and Moon this fall. Pretty crazy. Continue reading…
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