Pokemon X and Y: What is Wonder Trade and why you should use it

So we all know Pokemon X and Y is a great game, we went into great detail about it in our review but today I want to talk about Wonder Trade which some players have been abusing and ruining the experience for others. Wonder Trade is a brand new type of trading introduced in Pokemon X and Y which allows trainers all over the world to randomly trade their Pokemon with each other.

Now you must’ve already noticed the main problem here, since the trade is totally random, you don’t really have a say when you get a common ol’ Bidoof in return for your freshly hatched Eevee. This needs to stop as this greatly ruins the experience for others.


If you haven’t tried out Wonder Trade yet you can do so anytime by going to PSS in the bottom screen and select Wonder Trade. You can then choose any Pokemon from your party or any of your boxes and trade them right away.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m trying to scare you guys away from Wonder Trade, it’s the opposite in fact. I want as many people using the Wonder Trade so the guys who are just starting the game can get some help. I remember when I started the game, I traded a few Pokemon and got some Starters and two Eevee’s before getting to the first Gym.


What I suggest is that people who are further into the game avoid trading common Pokemon into the Wonder Trade cycle, instead they should breed their starters or other rare Pokemon so that everyone can have them. It’s all about being generous here.

Here’s a list of some common Pokemon you should avoid courtesy of Reddit user /u/Shadowclaimer:

  • Bidoof
  • Budew
  • Bunnelby
  • Burmy
  • Caterpie
  • Combee (Male) (Females are valuable.)
  • Ducklett
  • Flabebe
  • Fletchling
  • Furfrou
  • Illumise
  • Luvdisc
  • Minun
  • Oddish
  • Pancham
  • Panpour
  • Pansage
  • Pansear
  • Pidgey
  • Pikachu
  • Plusle
  • Scatterbug (Consider Vivillion instead!)
  • Sentret
  • Skiddo
  • Volbeat
  • Weedle
  • Zigzagoon

There are tons of Pokemon others may want that you have many of; version exclusives, Pokemon effected with Pokerus, Pokemon with egg moves, etc. So try your best at making the Wonder Trade a better place!

Danial Arshad Khan

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  • Comickid15

    Well, I see your “limit the commons” plea fell on deaf ears. As a start, I sent out a Gible, got a level 11 Oddish back. Sent that, got a Lv 2 Fletchling. Sent THAT out, got a Lv 1…the sword pokemon from Japan. So then I thought “Hey, Carbink’s are somewhat rare, right? Let’s see what this gets me.” It got me a Lv. 20 Japanese Aerodactyl. So it really is a grab bag I see.

  • Yameatinwolf

    I plan to, when I defeat the elite four, get a ton of ultraballs, catch a bunch of scatter bugs, EVOLVE them into vivilon, nickname them things like inspire, luck, ect, give them berries, and wonder trade all of them.

  • Elizabeth Bartram

    I trade commons most of the time but I give them pokerus and a leppa berry before I trade them

  • Bamse6666

    I got very lucky and contracted pokerus on my very first pokemon, when i then started using wondertrade i made a habit of breeding starters and giving people starter pokemon with pokerus.
    lets just say ive been getting a lot of “Nice!”

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