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I Spent Hours Surprise Trading in Pokémon Violet… Here’s What Happened

Some surprising results.

by Meg Bethany Koepp
I Spent 4 Hours Surprise Trading in Pokémon Violet… Here's What Happened

Last night, I was playing Pokémon Violet in the bath, you know, as you do, and I suddenly had the urge to try out Surprise Trades. I did a few in Pokémon Shield, but even after almost 100 hours of playtime in Gen 9, I still hadn’t touched the feature. Until now. And although much of what I got was predictable, I received some ‘mon that I wasn’t expecting during my four-hour stretch. Here’s what happened (and yes, I was in the bath for four hours. I did, in fact, turn into a human prune).

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If you don’t know what Surprise Trading is, it is essentially swapping a Pokémon with another Trainer without knowing what you will get in return. This means that, for the most part, there’s a lot of spam trades going on – a level 2 Lechonk for a level 3 Tarountula, for example. Though that’s not to say that you can’t get anything good from it because I actually did.

Surprise Trading in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
A visual representation of how 90% of my trades went.
Credit: Game Freak / The Pokemon Company (Screenshot by Prima Games)

The most common Pokémon I saw during my night of Surprise Trading were level 1 Sprigatito, Eevee, Dratini, and Charmander, which, if you know anything about popular Shiny Pokémon at all, isn’t shocking. These were “breedjects” from players breeding their ‘mon in hopes of hatching a Shiny from an Egg. Charmander’s inclusion is because the 7-Star Charizard Raid event just started, and, of course, Trainers want that elusive Shiny black ‘Zard, so they’re picnicking like crazy since the Raid is Shiny-locked. Totally understandable.

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I had hoped to receive the other two Gen 9 starters, Quaxly and Fuecoco, and not just the Grass Cat (which was mine) so that I could complete those Pokédex entries, but I never did. I guess we know which First Partner Pokémon is the most popular of the three in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

Then, Something Unexpected Happened…

After receiving several Mareep, Fletchling, and, surprisingly, a level 53 Mismagius, I traded for something that caught me off guard: a Great Tusk. Though I knew you could sometimes get some cool ‘mon in Surprise Trades, I didn’t expect anyone to send Paradox Pokémon into the unknown with the high probability of getting a bargain bin Pokémon in return.

Great Tusk Surprise Trade in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Bearse, you’re a real one.
Credit: Game Freak / The Pokemon Company (Screenshot by Prima Games)

Sometime later, I was shocked again when I was given an Iron Hands and a level 100 Roaring Moon. Though I wasn’t so excited by the Roaring Moon in the end because it ended up being nicknamed a spam URL – a telltale sign of it being illegitimate. Seen a lot in Sword and Shield, dodgy Pokémon dealers use this method to promote the selling of hacked Pokémon. Like what we traded you? Well, there’s more where that came from; visit this totally above-board website, and you can get more by spending real money. Definitely not a scam, I promise. Trust me, bro.

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The Great Tusk and Iron Hands seem legit, though, so I’m stoked about that. Thank you, mystery Trainers – hope you’re happy with the level 2 Lechonk and level 8 Fidough I sent back. I feel a little bad, but hey, you know the risk when participating in Surprise Trades.

The point of this article? Not much, honestly. I simply had a really fun experience and wanted to write about it. I expected to get nothing cool and instead ended up with a handful of Paradox Pokémon and some starters and filled a few Pokédex entries that I needed. So I’d say it was time well spent, though I wouldn’t advise spending four hours straight doing it, especially in the bath. Don’t be like me – go touch some grass instead. Thank me later.

About The Author

Meg Bethany Koepp

Meg was a video games journalist in the UK before moving to the US and eventually becoming Managing Editor at Prima Games. When she's not working, you can find her playing her Steam Deck, training Pokémon, or facing off against demons in Diablo IV.

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