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

Trading tips and strategies to get the best out of Global Trading Station and Wonder Trading in Pokemon X and Y.

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.


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:

Capture an Eevee and use Thunder Stone on it.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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