One of the best features Niantic introduced in Pokemon Go, was the Lucky Friend system. Here, trainers at Best Friends level of friendship gets a chance to become ‘Lucky Friends’, which guarantees traded Pokemon will become Lucky. This label of ‘Lucky Trade’ only lasts for one trade and is triggered by regular friendship increasing activities. Now, assuming you are already well aware of what a Lucky Trade is, let’s dive deeper into our discussion of the best Pokemon to Lucky Trade in Pokemon Go.

Here’s a list of the best Pokemon to Lucky Trade in Pokemon Go regardless of their Shiny status in game. We are covering Pokemon from each and every Generation, emphasizing on their Exclusive/Legacy moves, Community Day nominations and rarity.

9. Lugia – Aeroblast

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Lugia is a Legendary Psychic and Flying Type Pokemon with a max CP of 4186 at Level 50. Hailing from the Johto region (Gen 2), Lugia is considered to be one of the best Flying Type Pokemon in Go Battle League due to it’s insane bulk stat. With an already impressive bulk stat, what Lugia actually lacked until recently was an ideal hard-hitting moveset for both PvP and PvE. So, late last year Niantic added Aeroblast as an exclusive move for Lugia, which is one of the hardest hitting Charge Attack in game.

With Aeroblast, trainers could easily counter Raid Bosses as well as effectively use it as Closer in Go Battle League PvP. It’s pretty clear by now that, Aeroblast really enhanced the capabilities and reach of Lugia in many ways. So, due to the exclusive move Aeroblast and potential Shiny, Lugia should be an ideal Pokemon for Lucky Trade as it offers so much within just one.

8. Metagross – Meteor Mash

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Metagross is a Non-Legendary Steel and Psychic Type Pokemon with a max CP of 4286 at Level 50. Hailing from the Hoenn region (Gen 3), Metagross has proven itself to be one of the best Steel Type Pokemon in almost every field of the game, thanks to it’s well balanced stats, a perfect combination of moveset and a high CP cap. While everything about Metagross screams impressive, it wouldn’t nearly be as possible without it’s exclusive move Meteor Mash dealing 100 damage to opponents.

Meteor Mash is a perfect blend of a Charge Attack which is quick to charge but hits really hard when charged. It’s much like Hydro Cannon or Blastburn, but is a Steel Type move, ideal for Metagross. Meteor Mash helps Metagross channel it’s much impressive Attack Stat not only in PvP but also in PvE including Gym defending. All in all, due to the exclusive move Meteor Mash and rare Shiny, Metagross should be an ideal Pokemon for Lucky Trade as it plays every role you throw at it, and plays it really well.

7. Kyogre – Master League PvP

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Kyogre is a Legendary Water Type Pokemon with a max CP of 4652 at Level 50. Hailing from the Hoenn region (Gen 3), Kyogre tops the chart as one of the best Water Type Pokemon in Go Battle Master League due to it’s insane Max CP and a very good overall stat. While, most other Pokemon have always been in and out of the META in the Go Battle League, Kyogre is only one of the few Pokemon to have consistently stayed close to top. All this, without any exclusive move whatsoever.

So, if Kyogre doesn’t have any exclusive moves, (in fact it only has 4 different Charge Attacks) why bother Lucky Trade it? Well, simply because Kyogre has a lot of room to power it up due to it’s insanely high Max CP, which crosses the 4000 mark. The benefit here which trainers might look forward to gain is the reduced Stardust cost while powering it up, and maintaining a really decent IV mark even if it’s a Shiny Kyogre. So, if your PvP team lacks a great Water-Type Pokemon, Kyogre is one of your best shot!

6. Swampert – Hydro Cannon

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Swampert is a Non-Legendary Water and Ground Type Pokemon with a max CP of 3362 at Level 50. Hailing from the Hoenn region (Gen 3), Swampert has become one of the fan favourites Pokemon in Go Battle League with the addition of it’s exclusive move Hydro Cannon. Ever since this addition, Swampert has taken multiple top places in PvP rankings and has placed itself in the META of Go Battle League. Niantic, sure enough noticed this, and soon Swampert got nerfed with Hydro Cannon dealing 10 less damage in PvP.

Did this severely affect Swampert in any major way? Well, long story short, no. 🙂 Swampert still remains a formidable threat in every single League of Go Battle League. Even though, it doesn’t have the brightest of stats or a very high Max CP, Swampert still manages to decimates it’s opponent with it’s qick charging and hard hitting Charge Attack, Hydro Cannon. So, it’s pretty much obvious by now that why would you want to Lucky Trade a Swampert with Hydro Cannon. It’s an amazing PvP Pokemon which extends it’s versatility in PvE as well with it’s sheer brute Charge Attack and decent balanced stats.

5. Ho Oh – Earthquake

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Ho Oh is a Legendary Fire and Flying Type Pokemon with a max CP of 4367 at Level 50. Hailing from the Johto region (Gen 2), Ho Oh is regarded as the one of the top-tier PvE Pokemon from a both Fire and Flying Type perspective. Also, Ho Oh, was the first Legendary Pokemon to debut in the Anime, hence, it’s one of the fan favourites. Also, not to mention Ho Oh is your go-to Pokemon if you’re someone who values PvE above PvP as Ho Oh is armed with some of the most power heavy movesets in game, including Fire Blast and Brave Bird.

However, this wasn’t it yet for Ho Oh as Niantic added yet another hard hitting move, Earthquake to Ho Oh’s arsenal. With this, Ho Oh can now hit Electric and Rock Type Pokemon with critical damage. Earthquake is an important moveset here because, it not only improves Ho Oh’s PvP abilities, but also enhances it’s PvE reach. What this means is Ho Oh can now fend off it’s weakness up to some extent, and thus has become more of a threat in Master League. So, combined with an impressive bulk stat, and a really good combination of moves, Ho Oh makes for a one tanky Pokemon which can take on the best of the META in PvP and the fiercest of Raid Bosses.

4. Dialga – Master League

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Dialga is a Legendary Steel and Dragon Type Pokemon with a max CP of 4565 at Level 50. Hailing from the Sinnoh region (Gen 4), Dialga is considered to be one of the best Legendary Pokemon in Go Battle Master League due to it’s insane bulk stat, a decent moveset and an impressive Typing. On first glance, it almost seems like Dialga is the perfect Pokemon without any weaknesses, and it’s kind of true up to an extent. While there’s no Shiny Dialga in Pokemon Go yet, we are only valuing it’s Master League Potential here.

So, if you really care about PvP, especially Master League, then Lucky Trading Dialga is a rare chance which you shouldn’t let go. Even without an inclusion of an exclusive move, Dialga is much more what you ask for. Much like Kyogre, Dialga has been very consistent in the Master League and up to some extent in Ultra League too. Also, it’s important to note that it’s one of the rarer Legendary in game, so you must care for the IVs a lot too. This is the whole point of Lucky Trading, where you get an assurance of a decent IV. All in all, a really good Pokemon with a really high potential in every aspect of the game.

3. Melmetal – Master League

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Melmetal is a Mythical Steel Type Pokemon with a max CP of 4069 at Level 50. Hailing from the Alola region (Gen 7), Melmetal, just like Dialga is considered to be one of the best overall Pokemon in Pokemon Go. While Melmetal isn’t really rare, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth anything. In fact, Melmetal is one of the all rounder Pokemon which can be found in every League of Go Battle League as well in Raids and Gyms (Melmetal is the only Mythical Pokemon in game which can be used as Gym Defender).

With a potential of being Shiny, Melmetal even though being common, takes upto 400 candies to evolve from Meltan. This is another reason why you can just simply trade a Melmetal from friends and benefit from it in PvP and PvE. About Melmetal, it’s a bit different from other Pokemon in this list. Unlike the other Pokemon whch either possess an exclusive moveset, or an extremely hard hitting moveset, Melmetal somewhat balances itself somewhere in between. Armed with a a bunch of extremely quick charging moves, Melmetal is a monster in Go Battle League. So, if you want a Melmetal for Master League with a good set of IV, Lucky Trading is your easiest bet.

2. Groudon – Fire Punch

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Groudon is a Legendary Ground Type Pokemon with a max CP of 4652 at Level 50. Hailing from the Hoenn region (Gen 3), Groudon tops the chart as the best Ground Type Pokemon in Go Battle Master League due to it’s insane Max CP and a very good overall stat. Talking about it’s stats, if you look closely you’ll find it to be the exact same as Kyogre. And to be fully honest we are not disappointed at all, considering how good Kyogre is. However, unlike Kyogre, Groudon wasn’t always at the top 5 spot in Go Battle League. So what’s changed now?

While until only recently, Groudon didn’t possess it’s exclusive move Fire Punch, which limited it to be only used in PvE. This was because Groudon had only the top of the line moves which are extremely hard hitting but takes so long to charge up. This issue was fixed when Niantic introduced the Charge Attack Fire Punch for Groudon, which is really quick to charge and works best against it’s weaknesses. Other than it’s PvP prowess Groudon also has a lot of room to power up due to it’s behemoth Max CP, which reaches above 4000. The benefit here which trainers might look forward to gain is the reduced Stardust cost while powering it up, and maintaining a really decent IV mark even if it’s a Shiny Groudon. So, if you are planning to push your PvP team to the absolute top, Groudon can certainly be a great pick.

1. Mewtwo – Shadow Ball or Psystrike

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Mewtwo is a Legendary Psychic Type Pokemon with a max CP of 4724 at Level 50. Hailing from the Kanto region (Gen 1), Mewtwo is considered to be the best Psychic Type Pokemon while also being lauded for it’s insane high CP. Mewtwo not only boasts of having one of the highest Attack stat in game, but is was also the first Pokemon to break the 4k CP cap. While rapid-fire Psystrike allows it not only to deplete shields rapidly but also reach insane damage levels, Shadow Ball makes Mewtwo one of the best Ghost-type attacker in game. Currently crowned as the best Psychic-type attacker in Pokemon Go, Mewtwo also has a diverse movepool- ranging from Fire to Ice and even Electric and Fighting.

Shadow Ball Mewtwo used to be the best Ghost-type attacker in game. However, with Gengar receiving buff to it’s stats, and the release of Girtina Origin, Mewtwo lost it’s popularity. However, it still sits solidly as one of the top Ghost-type attackers dealing wide unresisted damage. However, Shadow Ball being a 2-bar Charge Move requires a considerable amount of energy, and is more suited in raids. Talking about Mewtwo as a Psychic-type attacker, Psystrike Mewtwo stands unparalled as the BEST Psychic-type attacker in game. Benefiting from STAB as well as Mewtwo’s insanely high Attack, currently it can only be defeated by it’s Shadow Forme. Performing the best in the Master League, Mewtwo also has proven itself to be one of the best Gym sweepers, owing to it’s wide movepool. To conclude, Mewtwo with Shadow Ball as well as Psystrike is arguably the best generalist in game.

Written By

Swetabh Srivastava

Swetabh Srivastava is the Co-founder & Author at Cryogarden. He's an avid tech enthusiast, having experience in the field of tech journalism for years. He now contributes his knowledge in various online platforms including Cryogarden and most other social platforms. For most part, he's a writer by day and reader by night. When he's off work, you can find him sketching or reading novels of Stephen King on the go.