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This is a page guide on how to battle and trade with friends in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield. Read on to learn how to use link codes to trade and battle both locally and online.

How to Trade with Friends

Pokemon Link Trade

Pokemon Trade

Players can trade Pokemon with friends or other players all over the world either locally or online. By using the Link Code feature, you can ensure that you will connect to the correct trainer. However, note that if another unrelated trainer enters the same Link Code at the same time, you might accidentally enter a trade with the wrong player. This is particularly likely to happen online.

How to Trade Using the YY Network
1 Press Y to Access YY Network.
2 Press + to connect to the internet, if you wish to do online trade. You do not need to connect to the internet to trade locally.
3 To trade Pokemon with friends, select Link Trade.
4 Both parties should select Set Link Code and enter the same code. After a while, the trade will begin.
5 Press A to select a Pokemon to trade. You'll be able to see what Pokemon your friend will trade before starting, so be sure to check its Stats, Moves and Abilities.
6 Press B to cancel if you don't want to agree to the trade.

Swap Cards

League Card Trade

In addition to traditional Pokemon trading, players are able to exchange their League Cards as well. For players who've spent some time crafting a professional League Card, or are hoping to get the card of a high-ranking competitive player, you'll definitely need to use this feature.

To trade League Cards with another player, you'll need to access the Swap Cards feature in YY Network and set a Link Code that you and the other player agree on.

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How to Battle With Friends

Link Battle

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Players can use the Link Battle feature to have a Pokemon battle with a specific player locally or online. As long as yourself and a partner agree on a Link Code, and are both connected to the internet, you can battle with a player anywhere in the world.

How to Start a Link Battle
1 Press Y to access the YY Network.
2 Select Link Battle.
3 Both parties should select Set Link Code and enter the same code. After a while, the battle will begin.
4 Choose Single, Double or Multi Battle.
5 Start the battle.

Types of Link Battles

Link Battles

You can choose among the three types of link battles: Single battle for a one-on-one battle, Double for a one-on-one battle that both can use two pokemon, and Multi for a four players battle with two players on each side.

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