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Pokémon Go Trade Distance: What You Should Know


Mar 12, 2024 • Filed to: Virtual Location Solutions • Proven solutions

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Trading is a revolutionary feature in Pokémon Go that can help you get your hands on some valuable Pokémon (and some valuable candy). Without the ability to trade, you would have a much more difficult time completing your collections and achieving the ultimate goal of the entire game – catching them all.

However, to trade in the game, you’ll first need a few things – Pokémon to trade, friends to trade with, and proximity. If you wish to partake in trading, you and your friends must be in the same general area, which can be annoying.

Learn how to overcome the Pokémon Go trade distance and play the game without limitations.

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Part 1. What Is the Pokémon Go Trade Distance? + Long-Distance Trading in Pokémon Go

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To start trading, you and your friends must reach trainer level 10. Even though you can have friends in Pokémon Go from around the world, you can only trade with those in your area.

Currently, the top trade distance in Pokémon Go is 100 meters or around 300 feet. If your friends are further away, you won’t be able to trade with them.

You can occasionally do long-distance trading in Pokémon Go during special events. However, there’s a limit even then – the top distance ever allowed was around 12 kilometers or 7.4 miles.

Part 2. How to Trade in Pokémon Go From a Distance + Different Trade Strategies in Pokémon Go

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As mentioned, a Pokémon Go long-distance trade is only technically possible during some special events when the limitation is lifted. Otherwise, you’d have to physically travel to a different area/city/country to meet up with friends in a 100-meter radius and start trading “long distance”.

There is, however, a workaround that could allow you to trade long-distance without moving – we’ll get into it in a moment.

Whether you’re trading with your friends nearby or not, there are a few strategies you’ll likely want to stick to increase the value of your trades:

  • Trade high level-low IV– Individual Values (IV) make every Pokémon unique. It’s usually in your best interest to keep high IV Pokémon in your collection as they could prove to be valuable in battle;
  • Increase your trade distance whenever you can– the amount of candy you’ll receive per trade is higher when the Pokémon you have is caught in a more distant location;
  • Trade with better friends– trading with a best friend or at least an ultra friend in Pokémon Go is much cheaper than trading with just a great or a good friend. Increase your friendship levels by interacting with friends consistently, and only then start trading with them.

Aside from following these tips for better trades, you’ll need to develop your own unique trading strategy that works for you. Every trainer has different needs and objectives, so choosing which Pokémon is the best to trade will ultimately depend on your play style and overall preferences.

Part 3. How to Use Dr. Fone Virtual Location for Long-Distance Trading in Pokémon Go

Remember the “workaround” mentioned that could allow you to trade long-distance without moving? It comes as a third-party app enabling you to spoof your location and simulate movement. Among the best such apps is Wondershare Dr.Fone Virtual Location.

In a nutshell, Wondershare Dr.Fone hides your GPS information and lets you choose which location you’d like to present on apps like Pokémon Go. You can set your location to anywhere worldwide, making the game believe you’re in Los Angeles, for instance, while you’re really in London.

However, it doesn’t stop there. You can also use the app to create customized paths with one or more stops along the way. Set your preferred movement speed and make Pokémon Go think that you’re moving around. You can even use virtual joystick controls and “move around” freely in all directions while staying seated in the comfort of your home.

If you’re in a pinch, you can also use Dr.Fone’s jump-teleport mode and transport to any distant location where your friends in Pokémon Go might be located, and thus start trading with them even if they’re on the other side of the world.

However, enable jump-teleport cooldown timeouts in Dr.Fone to minimize the chances of Niantic catching on to you and banning your account.

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To start using Dr.Fone Virtual Location, follow these steps:

  1. Use a USB cable to connect your phone to your computer;
  2. Download and launch Wondershare Dr.Fone on your computer;
  3. Go to Toolbox > Virtual Location > Get Started;

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  1. You’ll see a default map display;
  2. Click on No Devicein the upper right-hand corner;

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  1. Select your phone and click Next;
  2. In the popup on your phone, tap to allow USB debugging;
  3. On your phone, go to Developer Options > Select mock location app;
  4. Select Dr.Fone as your mock location app.

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Once you’ve connected your phone and Wondershare Dr.Fone, you can start spoofing your location in Pokémon Go and making better trades with your friends. Just be smart when using the app and try to simulate real movements. Don’t jump-teleport too often, as you could be caught using third-party apps by Niantic.


The limitations of Pokémon Go trade distance are 100 meters or around 300 feet. However, this limitation might be increased during special events.

Trading Pokémon will help you earn candy, which you can use for Pokémon evolutions. It also enables you to get certain Pokémon that you might struggle to find in the wild, and it increases the chances of you receiving a Lucky Pokémon – a Pokémon that’s stronger in battles and requires less Stardust for powering up.

In addition, it may be necessary for Pokémon evolutions as some Pokémon can only evolve after trading.

The longer the trade distance, the more candy you can earn. Moreover, a longer trade distance can make it easier for players to complete their Pokémon collections and receive Pokémon that are rare in their immediate area.

Technically, you can trade in Pokémon Go without moving, but only if you have a third-party app like Wondershare Dr.Fone that allows you to spoof your location and simulate movement. Without third-party apps, you will have to move to trade.
You can trade Pokémon with yourself if you have two different accounts. However, remember that Niantic could ban your accounts if it finds out you’re using more than one, as it technically counts as cheating.
You benefit from trading by receiving candy (used for evolving specific Pokémon species), gaining access to Pokémon you might not currently have in your collection, and evolving some of your Pokémon.


Trading Pokémon in Pokémon Go is an essential feature you’ll want to take full advantage of. Not only is it necessary for some Pokémon evolutions, but it also enables you to collect more candy, complete your collections, and gain access to powerful Pokémon you wouldn’t otherwise encounter.

If the trade distance limitations are becoming a headache for you, that doesn’t mean you should give up on trades altogether. Use Wondershare Dr.Fone to overcome these limitations and trade Pokémon with your friends no matter where they’re located and how far away from you they are.

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James Davis

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