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By Nikita Gambhir

What is a Lucky Pokémon?



Pokémon GO has a range of features that may leave players, both new and old, feeling confused about their purposes. If players aspire to become the ultimate Pokémon Master, they should start by learning about Lucky Pokémon, a unique feature in Pokémon GO that comes with specific bonuses.

Lucky Pokémon can provide players with many benefits, but they must first ensure that they have a certain bond with the Pokémon they wish to turn Lucky. Whether it is a common Pokémon, a Shiny, or a Legendary, players can follow the process to make any Pokémon Lucky.

A Lucky Pokémon is recognizable through the special background it has in the Pokédex, featuring golden sparkles behind the Pokémon. The most notable benefit of a Lucky Pokémon is that players can use 50% less Stardust to level and power up a specific Pokémon. These Lucky Pokémon also have High IVs, with the lowest IV being 12/12/12, which measures the power within a Pokémon in terms of its Attack, Defense, and Stamina.

Players can obtain a perfect value of IVs, so it is best to keep these Pokémon around, even if they are Magikarps. Since Lucky Pokémon have a reduced Stardust cost of 50%, players can upgrade them at a better success rate than other Pokémon, thus increasing their Combat Power (CP) for higher tiers without wasting their Stardust currency. Having the superior Pokémon with the best CP is always the best way to increase their stats and become the best in Pokémon GO.

Players might wonder how to obtain such a great prize as a Lucky Pokémon. Unfortunately, solo players cannot get a Lucky Pokémon by catching random Pokémon through their travels. Instead, they need to find another Pokémon GO player to trade with, and the chance of receiving a Pokémon with a Lucky status is entirely based on RNG (Random Number Generator).

Players can increase their chances of obtaining a Lucky Pokémon by holding onto them for a long time, say, since 2016, and then trading them with another player. Players should keep in mind that obtaining a Lucky Pokémon is entirely based on chance, and players will not always receive or give one when it comes to trade. It is best to keep a handful of Pokémon friends on the list and communicate together on which Pokémon they would like to trade, for the extended chance of a Lucky variant.

Through trading, every Pokémon has a chance to become a Lucky Pokémon. Players should be aware that by trading their Pokémon, there is no way to claim it back. The trade-off will see Trainers say goodbye to their Pokémon, as they will now be in the care of the person they traded them to.

According to research by The Silph Road, trading a Pokémon that is over a year old will grant a 10% increase chance of a Lucky status, two years old will grant a 15% increase chance, and any year over three years is a whopping 20%. Thus, the cap can be a 20% chance for a Lucky Pokémon, meaning players will have a 1 in 5 chance for a Lucky.

In conclusion, Lucky Pokémon is a unique feature in Pokémon GO that players should take advantage of to become the ultimate Pokémon Master. With the right steps, players can obtain a Lucky Pokémon, which will provide them with many benefits that will help them progress in the game.

Many features within Pokémon GO might have some players, both old and new, confused as to what they do. If players want to become the true Pokémon Master, then it’s best to start the education on what exactly a Lucky Pokémon is, especially when there are specific bonuses warranted to this Pokémon GO feature.

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Lucky Pokémon can provide players with a decent amount of benefits, but firstly, they will need to ensure that they have developed a certain bond with said Pokémon that they want to become Lucky. The process to obtain a Lucky Pokémon can be done with any type: from the most common to the Shiny, and the Legendary.


What Is A Lucky Pokémon?

shiny charmander lucky pokemon

The most notable benefit of a Lucky Pokémon is the fact that Pokémon GO players will be able to use 50% less Stardust to level and power up the specific Pokémon. Each Lucky Pokémon is noted through the special background that they have within the Pokédex, showing golden sparkles from behind the Pokémon.

Lucky Pokémon also have High IVs, with the lowest IV capability being 12/12/12. IVs are the measurement of power within a Pokémon, with the three stats of Attack, Defense, and Stamina. These “Individual Values” can greatly benefit a Lucky Pokémon’s power, when it comes to Raids or other battles. Players can obtain a perfect value of IVs, so it’s best to keep these Pokémon around, even if it is a Magikarp.

The fact that Lucky Pokémon have a reduced Stardust cost of 50% means that players will be able to upgrade these Pokémon at a better success rate than others. Players can increase their Combat Power (CP) to higher tiers without wasting their Stardust currency. It’s always best to have the superior Pokémon with the best CP to increase their stats and be the very best in Pokémon GO.

How To Get A Lucky Pokémon

friend screen send gift, battle, trade in pokemon go

With the power of a Lucky Pokémon rather worth obtaining, players might be wondering just how they are to obtain such a great prize. Sadly, for the Pokémon GO players that want to be the very best as solo players, they won’t be able to get a Lucky Pokémon, as these Pokémon cannot be obtained by catching random Pokémon through their travels.

Instead, players will need to find another Pokémon GO player to make a trade. The chance of receiving a Pokémon with a Lucky status is entirely based on RNG, but players can influence this decision. If players have held onto a Pokémon for a long time, let’s say, since 2016, then the chances of it being traded to another player as a Lucky Pokémon are greatly increased.

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Players should keep in mind that obtaining a Lucky Pokémon is entirely based on chance, and players won’t always receive or give one when it comes to trade. It’s best to keep a handful of Pokémon friends on the list and communicate together on which Pokémon they would like to trade, for the extended chance of a Lucky variant.

Players can also trade gifts with other players to increase the bonds and benefits of their alliance. Some Pokémon Trainers can obtain Lucky Friends, and to do this, players must be Best Friends. Then, players have a 1.17% chance to be Lucky Friends, once per day, through Pokémon GO activities. Once Lucky Friends, the first trade these Trainers make, will be a 100% guaranteed Lucky Pokémon.

Can Any Pokémon Become Lucky?

lucky shiny porygon

Through trading, every Pokémon has a chance to become a Lucky Pokémon. Players should be aware that by trading their Pokémon, there is no way to claim it back. The trade-off will see Trainers say goodbye to their Pokémon, as they will now be in the care of the person they traded them to. This means if players have a shiny Mewtwo and want it to be Lucky, they cannot, unless someone is willing to also trade a shiny and powerful Mewtwo.

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As far as Pokémon GO players are aware, the constantly updating Pokéedex of 777 Pokémon from all different regions can be traded and Lucky attempts can be made. This means players can trade all manner of Pokémon, from the best shiny to the rarest Legendary.

The Odds For A Lucky Pokémon

Pokemon GO Long Distance Trade For Extra Candy

The default statistics for a Lucky Pokémon are based on a 5% chance. While this stat is not awful, it could be a risky one. However, the odds for a Lucky Pokémon are increased depending on the bond players have with their Pokémon and their catch date.

According to some research by The Silph Road, the grassroots network of all things Pokémon GOplayers have been able to deduce that trading a Pokémon that is over 1 year old will grant a 10% increase chance. 2 years old will grant a 15% increase chance, and any year over 3 years is a whopping 20%. Thus, the cap can be a 20% chance for a Lucky Pokémon, meaning players will have a 1 in 5 chance for a Lucky.

Pokemon GO is available for Android and iOS.

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