Pokemon GO has been lacking a trading feature ever since the game launched last July. While Niantic has told trainers that the coveted new feature is currently being developed, we haven’t exactly seen any progress. In the meantime, players of the core games (such as Pokemon Sun and Moon, X and Y, and so on) have recently gained a new way to move Pokemon between games. The Pokemon Bank is a cloud service that allows Pokemon to chill out in a space outside of the games. It’s pretty nifty.
Pokemon Bank works between existing games. It can even be used in tandem with Pokemon Transfer to move Pokemon over from the originals: Red, Blue, and Yellow. All of this brings up one question. Could the Pokemon Bank system be used to trade Pokemon between players in Pokemon GO?
To be honest, that would be a bit of a stretch. First, that would require all trading enthusiasts to pay the $4.99 yearly subscription needed to use the Pokemon Bank in the first place. Then, things get a little bit complicated. As you can see from the video above, there’s already a bit of a process to move Pokemon between games. Using the service for trading between players in a completely different mobile app would likely be more work than it’s worth.
Is it possible? Surely. Pokemon Bank is simply a cloud system for storing and transferring data. Is it a good idea? Probably not. It’s just not what the Pokemon Bank was made for. If Niantic Labs is wanting to add in a simple and intuitive trading feature, they’re better off going their own route.