Pokemon X and Y Trading Guide – Tips For GTS and Wonder Trade


Prior to begin trading in Pokemon X and Y, you need to learn almost everything about Global Trading Station. GTS allows you to find good trades and select one Pokemon to be traded.

For more help on Pokemon X and Y, read our Mega Stones Locations, Legendary Pokemon and Fairy-Type Pokemon Guide.

Pokemon X and Y Trading

Finding good trades has a good learning curve and you will learn loads of information about the trading procedure, whereas, latter part is when you actually start trading Pokemon.

The Wonder Trade System is newly featured in Pokemon X and Y which basically allows you to trade your Pokemon to get a random character. I’ll talk about Wonder Trade in a while however, using GTS is always better than Wonder Trade.

Note: There have been reports of a glitch which freezes your game when you use the filter to, ‘only show Pokemon that I have to trade.’

Failure and a few bad trades do not matter but make sure you get accustomed to the Global Trading Station. Once you have done that, you can start catching Pokemon and trading them. Below you will find a list of creatures exclusive to Pokemon X and Y versions:

Pokemon X

  • Staryu
  • Starmie
  • Pinsir
  • Houndour
  • Houndoom
  • Poochyena
  • Mightyena
  • Aron
  • Lairon
  • Aggron
  • Lileep
  • Cradily
  • Anorith
  • Armaldo
  • Sawk
  • Swirlix
  • Slurpuff
  • Clauncher
  • Clawitzer
  • Xerneas

Pokemon Y

  • Shellder
  • Cloyster
  • Omanyte
  • Omastar
  • Kabuto
  • Kabutops
  • Heracross
  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Electrike
  • Manectric
  • Purrloin
  • Liepard
  • Throh
  • Spritzee
  • Aromatisse
  • Skrelp
  • Draglage
  • Yveltal

The Transfer Application is not going to go live until the 27 December; so it is high time to use some of the old Pokémon listed above to increase your Dex.

Pokedex

If you want to flood the Pokedex then you need to learn which exclusives correspond to the other game. Do this and you will carry out a successful trade within no time.

Take the example of Sawk and Throh, both of which can be found in Geosenge Town. Both of these Pokemon has the ability to get traded instantly if you put them in GTS.

Another example of this is Skrelp and Clauncher which can be found in Ambrette Town. You should also know that these trades do not have to be 1:1 as you can collect more of these and put them in box for trade.

Finding Pokemon

Prior to catching Pokemon, you need to know that each Grass Type has a different encounter rate of for certain Pokemon. Take the example of Cyllage City where you will find both Yellow and Green portions of grass.

Get to that area and you will see that Eevees are more found in Yellow Grass than the Green Grass.

This will certainly take some time because you need to get familiar with all the areas and the percentage of Pokemon (you are looking for) these areas deliver.

Along with the Grass, Rocks, Old Rods, Good Rods, Super Rods, and Water types deliver different Pokemon.

How to Catch a Pokemon

The best way to catch a Pokemon without missing it or letting it run away is to have at least 50 Pokeball. Once you come across a Pokemon, start catching it by throwing a Quick Ball towards it. And in case, it does not work out too well, you can get back to using Dusk Ball or any other at your disposal.

Note: With the increasing number of Pokemon you catch, you get increasing chances of a Critical Capture.

Although it is always recommended to catch a Pokemon without harming it too badly but IF you ever get need to do this, having a Pokemon with Surf, Strength, Cut, and False Swipe is your best bet. Personally, I would ask you to use Pangoro/Pancham for this purpose.

How to Raise Eevees

Like aforementioned, Cyllage City Yellow Grass has plenty of Eevees for you to capture. Make sure to visit it and read on to find some tips on how to raise them:

Jolteon
Capture an Eevee and use Thunder Stone on it.

Flareon
Using Fire Stone on a captured Eevee will get the job done.

Vaporeon
Capture an Eevee and use Water Stone on it. (Stone Emporium has plenty)

Epseon
In order to get this, you will have to capture an Eevee in Luxury Ball and then use False Swipe to decrease its HP to 1. After doing that, use the Soothe Bell and let it rise to Level 10 during the day to evolve the Eevee into Epseon.

Umbreon
Very similar to Epseon in terms of catching and leveling up but unlike Epseon, you will have to get it Level 10 at night.

Galceon
To get this, you simply have to capture an Eevee and then take it to the Dendemille Town – Forest Cavern. Get to the room with the Glacier and rank up your Eevee once to get the Galceon.

Leafeon
This requires you to take out the eighth Gym Leader before you doing this. It is very similar to Galceon but you will have to reach to south of Snowbelle City and find the Moss Stone. There, level up once to get it.

Sylveon
We have a complete guide on how to get a Sylveon. Make sure to check it out for a detailed way of doing this since it takes some time.

Wonder Trade

Like I have mentioned before, that Wonder Trade is totally random for trading in your Pokemon which can be really frustrating at times.

Wonder Trade can be accessed by going to the PPS and choosing Wonder Trade. After getting to Wonder Trade, you can choose a Pokemon to trade and begin trading.

Now, what people normally does is that they shove away the common Pokemon at the Wonder Trade which really irritate people who have traded in some good Pokemon and complicates the gameplay experience for other people.

Courtesy of a Reddit user, ShadowClaimer, we have a list of Pokemon that everyone should avoid using at the Wonder Trade unless there is something special about them:

  • 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

Share your own Trading Tips with us in the Comment Section below!

By Arslan Tufail

Arslan is a competitive Tekken and Call of Duty player and crushes pretty much everyone at the office in these games. He loves reading and writing about games and is deathly allergic to half-boiled potatoes.

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    • Anon

      It’s my policy when breeding Pokemon to hatch an extra of whatever I’m breeding and put it in wonder trade. I’ve sent starters and other rare Pokemon through wonder trade like this.

    • Ayy

      Do you still need the smoke ball? Cause I can totally trade you it

    • bubu

      just sent a lvl 1 miltank and got a jpn weedle

    • Jack

      I got a level 1 German Charmander that knows flare blitz. I am so lucky! :D

    • Jet419

      And also, people, stop asking for something ridiculous like a mew, or a regigas or rayquazza and stuff. You can’t even get that in this game.

      • Jerald

        They are doing a duplicating glitch….. involves dumping it on gts

    • Jet419

      I was SO FREAKING ANGRY WHEN I TRADED MY LEVEL HUNDRED XERNEAS FOR A LEVEL ONE FLETCHLING GAHHHHH!!!!!! :((( help.

    • BURNTFUR

      I’m getting annoyed that there is no information anywhere about just basic trading. Not going online, not trading boxes full of pokemon from previous generations, not this silly surprise trade that apparently has been hacked to give out bad eggs, just plain and simple one on one trading. WHERE’S THE INFO? The only thing I’ve found is this cryptic remark in this piece here — “The Transfer Application is not going to go live until the 27 December…” Whatever does that MEAN? We can’t trade until the end of december? what happened to two people wanting to trade with each other? Is that just not allowed anymore? There’s nowhere to do this in a pokemon center, there’s no info online about it, and I don’t want to trade with strangers! I want to trade from one game to the other so I have a complete pokedex of my own pokemon. This really should be very easy to find out about, instead I’m just getting more and more frustrated. Perhaps there’s a simple answer–so simple they (nintendo) don’t think they need to explain it?

    • Rare

      bidoof is a an rare encounter in x/y

    • William Melchor

      then trade those pokemon back into trade. grind a few trades and bam, you get an awesome pokemon. ha, nothing restricts me from sending pidgeys

    • DrGrimFeelgood

      It’s the fact that I caught a Pupitar in Pokemon X that kinda threw me off here, granted it was in the friend safari though.

    • elven

      Send pichu instead of pikachu