How to Get Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon GO 2023

If you don’t know how to get Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon GO in 2023, then you’re in the right place. These are really useful Pokemon to have, since they require only 50% Stardust to power up. Also, they retain 80% of their IVs when traded, which is pretty big. All that being the case, in this guide, we are going to explain how to get a Lucky Pokemon and whether they can be shiny or not.

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how to get lucky pokemon in pokemon go 2023
How to Get Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon GO 2023

How to Get a Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon GO?

To get a Lucky Pokemon in Pokemon GO in 2023 (and in general), you have to trade Pokemon. It seems that the odds of getting a Lucky Pokemon are higher the older the Pokemon you’re trading is. On the other hand, if you’re Lucky Friends with somebody, both Pokemon in the trade are guaranteed to be Lucky once they arrive on the other side. We cover that in more detail in our Pokemon GO Lucky Friends 2023 guide, but here’s a quick rundown.

You become Lucky Friends by interacting with trainers that you’ve achieved Best Friends status with. Every first daily interaction has a slim chance of turning you both Lucky. The upcoming 2023 Lunar New Year event is going to boost the odds of becoming Lucky Friends, so be sure to use that to your advantage.

Can Lucky Pokemon Be Shiny?

Yes, a Lucky Pokemon can be shiny in Pokemon GO in 2023. In fact, that has been the case since the mechanic was introduced a while ago. Of course, you still have to contend with the RNG. As I’ve said time and time again, Shiny Pokemon are exceptionally rare in Pokemon GO. The fact that they might be lucky doesn’t change that in the slightest. So, theoretically, it is completely possible, but your odds are very low. Not that it should matter much, but I see the appeal of having a Shiny Pokemon that also requires less resources to power up. All I can say is, I wish you the best of luck!

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