New Pokémon Sword and Shield information has emerged about Y-Comm, which includes the replacement for the Global Trade System. The Global Trade System was a way of trading Pokémon online with strangers. You could offer one up for a specific monster, and it would be automatically traded if someone came across your listing. Alternatively, you could trade your Pokémon for a random one in Wonder Trade.
Pokémon Sword and Shield no longer feature the Global Trade System. However, it seems that they simply rebranded it. By pressing the Y button in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you can bring up the online communications menu, Y-Comm. The strange name is pretty obvious now. From here, you’re given a bunch of options.
You can link trade. You can Surprise Trade, which seems to be a new name for Wonder Trade. You can trade trading cards. You can battle online. You can get more information on other trainers. You can find other trainers. Basically, it’s all the things you could do online in previous Pokémon games. And the best part is this all happens in the background, so you’re not tied to a menu when you’d rather be out exploring, battling, catching, and making curry. We’ll have more information for you soon.
It makes sense to have an online hub in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and it looks like Y-Comm is an effective, if not simple interface. I remember playing Pokémon Moon and having a hard time deciding which starter to take. I chose Rowlet but immediately Wonder Traded for a Litten as well. They were raised as brothers. I think they would have died for each other. I hope that fans will continue to forge similar stories, regardless of what the name of the system is.
Are you looking forward to Pokémon Sword and Shield? Were you an avid user of the Global Trade System? Will you use Y-Comm as soon as possible? Let us know!