Pokemon GO trade range increased in the last patch.
An exciting update for players trying to maintain social distancing protocols was given by developer Niantic in a blog post on Nov. 12. Developers stressed that this increase in trade distance was a “limited-time test” and would be reverted after Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. ET. The text post also hints at possible reasons for the trade range increase. The post reads that “we may include increased trade range as part of future events.” It seems that this change will not be a permanent addition to Pokemon GO, but will likely be reserved for special events.
Pokemon GO Trade Range Increased: How Far Can You Trade?
Astute Redditors on r/TheSilphRoad did some ad-hoc testing to discover the exact range of the trade increase, as Niantic did not directly confirm what the new trade distance was. User “Scorpionco” decided to try out the distance with some friends who lived a moderate distance from them. Given the results of the testing, it seems that the trade distance limit is 12 KM (roughly 7.5 miles). Being able to trade your Pokemon is essential to obtaining some Pokemon that can only evolve through trading like Alakazam, Machamp, and Conkeldurr. This video by Youtuber “Trainer Tips” details the limited-time change and discusses what events the increased range could be used in going forward.
Originally trading was only possible with people who were basically standing next to you, so this change to compliment social distancing will come as a welcome one to many. Niantic has been receptive in adjustments to their game in order to accommodate turbulent conditions during the pandemic, one can only hope that such an attitude will continue on.