The new Pokemon Go Lucky Friends feature is now live and available to use on Android and iOS devices.
And like all of Niantic’s best features, there are some rules to know when it comes to using it.Lu
Lucky Friends builds on the existing Friendship system that was launched in Pokemon Go in 2018.
The new Friendship update provides Trainers with a new incentive to send each other gifts after becoming Best Friends, a lengthy process on its own.
And the good news is that becoming Lucky Friends shouldn’t add another massive grind of sending each other Battle Requests and boxes.
From what has been shared by Niantic this week, it looks like some of it will come down to… Well, luck.
HOW TO BECOME LUCKY FRIENDS IN POKEMON GO
With the launch of the new feature, Niantic has confirmed that becoming Lucky Friends in Pokemon Go may take time.
First, you will need to become Best Friends, a connection that has a set requirement of 90 days of interactions.
The bonuses for reaching this stage is high, with Trainers being able to use less Stardust in trades, as well as receiving a large attack boost when Battling together and the ability to share an EX Raid Invite with each other.
But when you unlock the Lucky Friends tier, the bonus you receive includes the next trade you make with that person guaranteeing a Lucky Pokemon.
And earning that level of friendship doesn’t take any special moves or secret features to unlock.
You will have this chance once per day when you and your Best Friend trade Pokémon to become Lucky Friends.
Opening a Gift from each other, teaming up in raids and Gym battles, or challenging each other to a Trainer Battle all count.
And when it does happen, you will unlock the new Friend tier, albeit for a limited time.
That’s because after you complete a trade, you will drop back down to Best Friends, waiting again for another chance.
Here’s more information from Niantic, who confirmed: “Once you become Best Friends, all subsequent friendship interactions have a small chance to make you and your Best Friend become Lucky Friends.
“You’ll be notified by an in-app notification and will be able to see that they’re your Lucky Friend in your Friend List and Friend Profile page.
“When you are Lucky Friends with someone, the next time you trade with each other, both Pokémon will become Lucky Pokémon.
“After the trade, your Lucky Friend status will be cleared. You can try to become Lucky Friends again by increasing your Friendship.”
For those Trainers wondering how to tell if you’re Best Friend is now a Lucky Friend, you find out via a notification, making it hard to miss.
You’ll also be able to see that they’re your new Lucky Friend in your Friend List and on their friend profile page.
This is a new feature, so fans should be ready for a few hiccups along the way to becoming Lucky Friends with someone.
Niantic also decided to release another new feature alongside today’s Lucky Pokemon expansion, that being avatar poses.
This allows you to customise how your Trainer is posed on your Trainer profile, in the Friend List, in raid lobbies, in Gyms, and in battle previews.
Once you acquire an avatar pose, it will be available on your account for both male and female Trainer avatars.