Trading is a key part of the franchise, so of course Niantic would bring it into their hit mobile ARG. And with the Pokémon scene being very competitive, of course issues can cause problems. As it turns out, a major bug with trading in the mobile game has caused a huge uproar. The issue is so game-breaking that the developer has even pulled down trading functionality entirely.
Can’t trade in Pokemon Go? Here’s why…
The simple fact it, it’s very broken for some very complex reasons. Niantic took to Twitter to announce that trading was being disabled due to an ongoing bug with the game. The bug revolves around players receiving a Lucky Pokémon from trades. This is not supposed to happen, and especially not for every single trade a player does.
Pokemon usually only have a small chance of becoming Lucky when traded with a friend, and some players report it happening all the time. This leads to a Trainer having to spend a lot less Stardust on powering up their monsters. The reason this should be rare is that it would destroy game balance, so Niantic pulled the option to trade while they develop a fix.
“Trainers, trading is currently unavailable as we investigate an issue,” they wrote. “We apologize for the inconvenience, and will continue to update here. Thank you for your patience.”
When is trading coming back in Pokémon Go?
The reason trading is gone might surprise you, or it might not. It turns out that a bug is the culprit. And with a bug this serious, it takes time to find the root cause. Teams then have to develop a fix and push it through testing. Because it really wouldn’t do to have the supposed fix break something else.
Right now, there’s no exact time for when it’s coming back, so just hang on. Niantic developers have not provided an exact timeframe for when the patch will be released to fix the bug, but assure fans that it is coming.