When Pokémon GO finally allows players to trade Pokémon with one another, it won’t happen online. Yes, you heard me right! IT WONT HAPPEN ONLINE…Instead, much like the main game, the two players will need to be physically close.
The game’s senior product manager Tatsuo Nomura mentioned that the process will have to take place in the real-world.
“We don’t want to just have that be an online game that you can just exchange virtually, you shouldn’t be able to exchange your Pokémon with someone who is 100 miles away from you, the person needs to be in your proximity.”
Nomura was asked by the that is he aware that this doesn’t solve the problem of lacking PokéDex for players who live in underpopulated areas. Some hoped, through trading, they’d be able to collect the remaining Pokémon which don’t spawn in their areas.
“I wasn’t really thinking of trading as a way to solve the local area spawn issue,” admitted by Nomura. “That was more, we have a couple Pokémon that only spawn in a couple regions, and that was the hope, that some Pokemon you have to know someone or find someone who lives in certain regions and meet and exchange.”