Up until now, many of the features in Pokémon Go have put their own spin on items and systems from the mainline Pokémon games. The mobile game’s latest update, however, introduces a new trait that’s entirely unique to Go: Lucky Pokémon.
Lucky Pokémon complement the game’s relatively new trading system, which lets players trade Pokémon to other players nearby for a hefty Stardust fee. The longer a Pokémon has been in one players’ storage, the higher a chance it has of becoming “Lucky” once traded.
Lucky Pokémon have a special sparkling background. It costs less stardust and less candy to power them up than normal Pokémon, so they can be maxed up for a much lower cost than normal.
The update introduces several other quality of life updates for the trading system. Players can now sort their Friends List and give Friends nicknames. They can gain Stardust when receiving gifts, and can delete unsent gifts of their own that are taking up space. Players also now receive XP for sending out gifts to others.
The update also fixes a few miscellaneous bugs and adds “performance updates.” The update should be live now for all Pokémon Go players.