NinSage's Pokémon Trade Journal

There are many reasons I love Pokémon. But, chief among them is the way the games are focused on building bonds with these magnificent and imaginative creatures. Moreover, you know that all your friends playing the game are building similar bonds of their own!

I sorely miss the online co-op functionality the Battle Frontier provided in the Generation 4 games. For me, that was how the essence of these games come alive & you and your friend working together and relying on your respective Pokémon bonds as your strength! Nothing was better!

But, in the absence of that, I've found trading Pokémon is the best way trainers can leave their mark on a friend's Pokémon journey. As I take these traded Pokémon from one game to the next, it is as if those friends, and their Pokémon journies, are woven into mine via the creatures they generously shared with me.

So, hey, take a look below and let's trade! And if we've already traded, you can use this page to see how the Pokémon you shared with me have grown and/or contributed!

Trades I Want from Famous People

Looking for: Surprise me!
Offering: I have a Living Dex, several spare Legendaries, and a knack for shiny hunting. All legit; no hacks. So, make a request and I'll try to oblige!
Notes: My 3DS Friend Code is 5327-1424-4985 and we can use twitter DMs to arrange the trade (@NinTemple).
Looking for: Any one of your Pokémon from "Brandon Plays Pokémon" would be amazing! I think you'd have to transfer it to Sun or Moon first though. =\
Offering: I have a Living Dex, several spare Legendaries, and a knack for shiny hunting. All legit; no hacks. So, make a request and I'll try to oblige!
Notes: My 3DS Friend Code is 5327-1424-4985 and we can use twitter DMs to arrange the trade (@NinTemple).
Looking for: Surprise me!
Offering: I have a Living Dex, several spare Legendaries, and a knack for shiny hunting. All legit; no hacks. So, make a request and I'll try to oblige!
Notes: My 3DS Friend Code is 5327-1424-4985 and we can use twitter DMs to arrange the trade (@NinTemple).
Looking for: Any one of your Pokémon from the "Alpha Sapphire Nuzlocke" series would be amazing!
Offering: I have a Living Dex, several spare Legendaries, and a knack for shiny hunting. All legit; no hacks. So, make a request and I'll try to oblige!
Notes: My 3DS Friend Code is 5327-1424-4985 and we can use twitter DMs to arrange the trade (@NinTemple).

Trades I've Received from Famous People

Species: Poliwag
Nickname: Liam
Notes: I still need to evolve this into a Poliwhirl to truly complete the process. Fans of Ace Trainer Liam know why! I sent him two shinies for this little guy. Not a bad deal for him, but I was glad to do it! =)

Trades I Want from Friends

Ploot Looking for: Inkay. Paul, aka Ploot, loves Inkay and Malamar. So, I must have one to represent him among my friend trades!
Offering: I have a Living Dex, several spare Legendaries, and a knack for shiny hunting. All legit; no hacks. So, make a request and I'll try to oblige!
JK Riki Looking for: Fletchling. JK Riki loves Fletchling. So, I must have one to represent him among my friend trades!
Offering: I have a Living Dex, several spare Legendaries, and a knack for shiny hunting. All legit; no hacks. So, make a request and I'll try to oblige!

Trades I've Received from Friends

Original Trainer: Jeff
Species: Sandslash
Nickname:
Notes: An IRL trade. This one comes from my wife’s cousin’s husband, Jeff! Sandshrew and Sandslash are definitely some of my favorite Pokémon.
Original Trainer: Alexis
Species: Vulpix
Nickname:
Notes: It’s a Vulpix with the Drought ability! OMG! Not sure if I’m going to evolve her into a Ninetales or not. I just love the look of Vulpix!
Original Trainer: Christopher
Species: Arcanine
Nickname: Grubdog
Notes: If you know Christopher, you know why this nickname makes sense. Fantastic Pokémon.
Awards: Hoenn Hall of Fame.
Original Trainer: Sean
Species: Victreebel
Nickname:
Notes: In my real life, I've taught a few college courses on video game theory and design. One of my brighter students, Sean, was a big Pokémon fan. When he found out I also played, he started politely bugging me to battle. I told him that once he was no longer a student in any of my classes, we could battle. After he destroyed me in a battle, we did some trades. He was also a shiny hunter like myself, so, we traded shinies! I got his shiny Bellsprout and eventually evolved it into this powerful Victreebel! Great trade!
Original Trainer: Tak
Species: Onix
Nickname:
Notes: Tak’s a cool dude. He traded me this cool Onix. Thanks, Tak! You da man, dude!
Awards: Hoenn and Kalos Hall of Fame.
Original Trainer: Covet
Species: Swampert
Nickname:
Notes: Bred for me by a Nintendo employee! Nifty.
Original Trainer: AJ
Species: Skitty
Nickname: SKITTLES
Notes: What a great flippin’ nickname! This one comes from my pal, who you may know as, Mop it up.
Original Trainer: Alec
Species: Medicham
Nickname:
Notes: Another IRL friend of mine. Alec is definitely a Pokémaniac and, as a fellow shiny hunter, was willing to trade shinies with me. Shiny Medicham looks slick!
Original Trainer: Amy
Species: Piplup
Nickname:
Notes: Yet another IRL trade. My wife's first Pokémon was Piplup. It was only fitting that she trade me one she hatched. I was given strict instructions that this Piplup never be evolved. You got it, hon! You got it.
Awards: Sinnoh Hall of Fame.
Original Trainer: Petra
Species: Mismagius
Nickname:
Notes: You might know him as Octo on the forums. You might known him as Peter. But in this game, his character is named Petra and she's a she! This creepy Pokémon is pretty strong!
Original Trainer: Grant
Species: Victini
Nickname:
Notes: I needed a legit Victini and my buddy GameDadGrant ("GDG!") hooked me up!
Original Trainer: Audra
Species: Liepard
Nickname:
Notes: Audra, known as Felly around these parts, traded me this sassy Pokémon. rawr!
Original Trainer: Stephen
Species: Pansear
Nickname:
Notes: This little guy is from my pal and podcast cohost, Stephen! On the forum, he goes by BanjosBackpack. What a playful little Pokémon!
Original Trainer: John
Species: Seismitoad
Nickname: Wallace
Notes: For a while I was trading and battling with some nice folks on the Bulbagarden forums. During that time, I was talking to someone about how I couldn’t deal with the monotony of EV-training. So, this nice person named John trained this guy for me as a total surprise! He named him Wallace. I don’t know why, but, it’s fitting. =)
Original Trainer: Conzo
Species: Krookodile
Nickname: Snapz
Notes: This is one of the best examples of a Pokémon trade in my journal. This is a Pokémon that I historically didn't care for much. However, after getting this in a trade from a friend, Snapz (great name, btw!) became a great and powerful ally in my Gen 6 adventures. So now, I am very fond of this dear and powerful companion.
Awards: Hoenn Hall of Fame.
Original Trainer: Greggers
Species: Druddigon
Nickname:
Notes: You may know him as TofuFury if you hang out on our forum or in our chat. He was very patient with me in terms of looking for a Pokémon that I found was "fitting." This is another Pokémon that I never muched cared for, but, knowing it's from my good pal, Greg, I love it! Thanks for your patience, Greg!
Awards: Hoenn Hall of Fame.
Original Trainer: Amity
Species: Pyroar
Nickname: Nala
Notes: Sometimes I play video games with friends I know in real life. This trade is the result of one of those times. This one has a cute nickname but ferocious power!