A new in-game event is underway in Pokemon Go. Following the recent rollout of Lucky Pokemon, developer Niantic has kicked off a special trading-focused event that nets players extra Candy, XP, and other bonuses when they trade Pokemon with friends.
The event runs from now until 9 PM PT on August 19 (12 AM ET on August 20). During that time, all trades with friends–even those who you’ve only recently added–will cost 25% less Stardust than they normally do. This applies to both standard and Special trades, the latter of which are for Legendary or Shiny Pokemon.
As a further incentive to trade Pokemon with friends, you’ll be able to earn more Candy than before–up to six Candies during every trade, according to Niantic. If you receive a Pokemon that wasn’t previously registered in your Pokedex, you’ll also net triple the usual amount of XP, making this a good opportunity to fill out any blank spaces in your collection.
The event is also especially handy if you’re looking to get your hands on a Lucky Pokemon. These special variants can only be received through trades. They’re denoted on the collection screen by a sparkling background and require less Stardust to power up than typical Pokemon. According to Niantic, the longer a Pokemon has been sitting in a player’s storage, the higher its likelihood is of becoming a Lucky Pokemon when traded to another player.
Beyond the trading event, Pokemon Go players have a couple of other activities to look forward to in August. First is this month’s Community Day, which takes place across two days–August 11 and 12–and features Eevee. Then, from August 29 – September 2, Niantic will host a special Safari Zone event in Yokosuka, Japan. Even if you can’t attend in-person, you’ll be able to take part in a series of Global Challenges during the event for a chance to unlock a special global reward.