Pokémon GO adding friends, trading, and special gifts later this week

Trading has always been fundamental to the world of Pokémon, but the concept has only been a promise for Pokémon GO. Niantic announced that will soon change, however, as new friend features are finally coming to the game.

Before now, social features have been limited to joining one of three gyms, defending the same gyms, and battling against high level Pokémon in group raids. But soon, Niantic says, players will start to see a new Friends feature roll out:

The Friends feature will start rolling out to Trainers later this week, allowing you to connect with your real-life friends and keep track of their adventures in Pokémon GO. You’ll be able to send them items, earn bonuses—and even trade Pokémon!

Friends can be added and accepted using a unique trainer code. From there, Pokémon GO will have a new friends list within the game where you can see other players and access their profile.