Trading Pokémon is essential for any trainer looking to complete their Pokédex, but have you ever stopped to consider how Pokémon actually feel about it? How is it that they can simply be traded away to a stranger and never seem to mind?
True, if you have the appropriate number of gym badges you can control traded Pokémon of different levels, but why don't they care that their trainer has traded them away for another Pocket Monster?
"Wow, Is That A Ditto With Perfect IVs?!"
After traveling an entire region with its trusted companion, a battle-scarred Charizard tries to look his trainer in the eye but she's set on a shiny Mew waiting by the trainer opposite.
"It's not even a legit Mew" thinks Charizard as preparations are made for the trade. They've done so much together, from early battles against Pidgeys, to beating their rival and the Pokémon League.
But when the trade is made, Charizard gives his new trainer a blank look, scans his eight badges and is ready to fight for a new master.
What gives, Game Freak? Nintendo? Anyone?
"They're Taking Our Minds!"
Since every single Pokémon seems to be alright with being traded as long as the other trainer has enough badges, I can imagine a minor memory wipe being implemented into the trading system.
As ridiculous as erasing memories sounds, remember that this is a world in which living beings can be stored inside computers, Pokémon can be taught new moves with a disk of data, and a Wailord and Skitty are capable of producing an egg together:
With this in mind, being able to delete certain memories doesn't seem all that out there. If the memories of the previous trainer were limited or gone altogether, then the Pokémon would have no reason to be discontent with the new trainer as long as they weren't incompetent.
"We Can Evolve Them, We Have The Technology"
Another example of tampering with PokéBrains can be found in the evolutionary chain of select Pokémon. Why does Machoke have to be traded to evolve? Maybe because humans have to intervene with a little rewiring.
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What if humans discovered they could coax out hidden potential with a little meddling, and set out experimenting on Pokémon (as they have done many times) until they identified those that would evolve?
You can find plenty of people who are twisted enough in the games (like the bosses of the evil teams) to give the green light for such experiments, so it shouldn't be out of the question.
"We'll Make Them Stronger While We're At It"
There's also the case of traded Pokémon leveling up faster than those caught from the wild. This is particularly hard to explain without looking into the methods of transfer.
Something must take place to result in this, as it shouldn't be the case that Pokémon level up quicker with a new trainer as opposed to the one who caught them. Just because working with another trainer is a new experience, doesn't mean it's a better one.
"Stop The Evolution, It's Not Natural!"
You don't even get a choice to cancel the evolution unless the Pokémon in question is holding an Everstone. The moral issues surrounding this interesting phenomenon are clearly cloudy and somewhat overlooked.
All in all, there's definitely something shady about trading Pokémon. Maybe have yourself a think next time you want a shiny legendary or want to get that Haunter to evolve.
Am I being ridiculous? Got some evidence for or against this wild theory? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
[Credit: The Pokémon Company]