Pokemon GO: Where Is The Feature Everyone Has Been Waiting For?

Aside from generation 2, there was another feature trainers have heavily sought for. This feature would allow trainers to collect Pokemon they don’t yet have in their Pokedex without having to catch them in them wild. It would also help trainers who don’t have the money to spend to travel overseas for regional exclusive Pokemon.

Trading has been talked about by the community several times. Niantic even brought it up at some point, which trading was also found in the games coding. If the feature is already coded into the game, and Niantic was clear about wanting it in Pokemon GO. Where is it?

Well, there seems to be a bit of a problem with this feature. It’s been confirmed by Niantic and also data miners. Trading was confirmed by Niantic close to the releasing of Pokemon GO. It’s taking longer for trading to come out than generation 2. Could something have happened to where we may no longer see trading in Pokemon GO?

Recently, that seems to be the case, at least from the given information. Niantic has recently removed all coding for the beloved trading feature. It’s not clear why the codes were removed just yet. We just know they can’t be found anymore.

This is the removed code for trading

message TradingOfferProto
{
	string trading_player = 1;
	fixed64 pokemon_id = 2;
}

message TradingOfferOutProto
{
	Result result = 1;
	uint64 trade_id = 2;

	enum Result
	{
		UNSET = 0;
		SUCCESS = 1;
		CONNECTION_LOST = 2;
	}
}

message PollForTradeResponseProto
{
	uint64 trade_id = 1;
	fixed64 pokemon_id = 2;
	bool request_cancel = 3;
}

message PollForTradeResponseOutProto
{
	Result result = 1;
	PokemonProto return_pokemon = 2;

	enum Result
	{
		UNSET = 0;
		ACCEPT_OFFER = 1;
		TRADE_CANCELED = 2;
	}
}

message TradingResultProto
{
	uint64 trade_id = 1;
	bool player_accept = 2;
}

message TradingResultOutProto
{
	Result result = 1;

	enum Result
	{
		UNSET = 0;
		TRADE_COMPLETE = 1;
		TRADE_CANCELLED_OFFER = 2;
	}
}

Two theories involve why the code was removed. One is that Niantic scrapped the idea because they can’t figure out a good way to implement it into the game. This would mean regional Pokemon should no longer be regional. If that day comes, it should confirm the fact trading is no longer going to be a feature for Pokemon GO. Keep in mind, this is a theory, it doesn’t mean regional locked Pokemon will become available to everyone.

The second theory, however, is Niantic found a better why to include trading. A why that for some reason would require then to get rid of all the old coding and work from the bottom up. If this is what Niantic is doing, it’s hard to say what caused them to remove their old coding.

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