Read this Pokemon Sword and Shield guide on how to use Surprise Trade. Learn about how to Surprise Trade, not working / searching fix, surprise trade benefits, and more!
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Surprise Trade Not Working / Searching
Make Sure To Connect Online
If you aren't able to utilize your Surprise Trades, make sure that you Switch is connected online. Your Switch is automatically set to your "local area" so you might need to manually shift into an internet connection, rather than a local one.
Nintendo Switch Online Subscription Required
You need to sign up for Nintendo Switch Online (Paid) to use this feature. Local communication can be used without the membership.Check Out Signing Up For Nintendo Switch Online!
What Is Surprise Trade?
Automatic Pokemon Trading Using Y-Comm
A Surprise Trade exchanges your Pokemon automatically using the Y-Comm feature. By registering one of your Pokemon, Y-Comm automatically finds a partner to trade with via the internet or local communication.
Surprise Trading Benefits
You never know which Pokemon you can get through a Surprise Trade. You can end up with a rare Pokemon if you're lucky.
How To Use Surprise Trade
3 Simple Steps To Surprise Trade
|1||Open the Y-Comm menu and select Surprise Trade|
|2||Select the Pokemon you'd like to trade from your Box|
|3||Automatically trade when you find a partner|
Difference From Wonder Trade
No Wait Time To Find A Partner
Using Wonder Trade in previous games, you were required to wait some time in order to find a partner. With the Surprise Trade feature, you won't have to do this! You can just submit a Pokemon & it will automatically be traded.
You Can Trade Locally
With the Wonder Trade, an internet connection was necessary to carry out the exchange. Surprise trade, however, can be done locally with people nearby too!Check Out All The New Features In Sword And Shield Here!