Forgive a newbie's question, last pokemon I played was Gen 3 Hoenn. Back in the day to my knowledge the only way to get all 3 starters would be to trade (more specifically I would 'New Game' the game 3 times and send the starter to a friend ASAP, then I would then receive the 2 starters from earlier runs back on my 3rd start).

Is there any other easier way to get all 3 starters?

Edit: The benefit of the method I've mentioned above is I get to start and use all 3 starters from the beginning of the game, and it is guaranteed/quick with relatively low hassle. (Don't have to deal with an auction house and find/wait for a trade).

Is it possibly to directly trade with a specific person online like the wired connections of the old days?

My other concern would be if the global trade system only becomes available say midway through the game.

Edit: I don't see a new game button like the old Gen 1-3 games have when you start the game.

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You can breed your starter (either with a Pokemon of the same Egg group if it's female, or otherwise with a Ditto) to obtain Eggs that will hatch into the starter Pokemon, effectively giving you 'duplicates' to trade with others. This has been possible since Generation 2 (Gold, Silver, Crystal). So instead of simply restarting the game & trading away the other starters, you can breed them and trade with friends (assuming that you all chose different starters to one another!).

In the newer games however, you are able to trade online, and therefore aren't reliant on having friends that started with a different starter to you. In Sun/Moon, your online options include:

  • Put up one of your duplicate starters (or really any Pokemon) for trade on the Global Trade System (GTS), and request one of the other starters for trade.
    • Note that more highly sought after Pokemon will be more likely to get a response, and as 'Starter A' is about as rare as 'Starter B' it's more likely that someone will be willing to trade you this.
  • Simply browse GTS for the starter that you want, and see what other people want in exchange.
  • Wonder Trade a lot. With Wonder trade your chances might be slimmer to get the starters you want, but with them generally being more highly sought after it's more likely other people are hatching them and Wonder trading them away.
  • Spend time in online Pokemon communities (especially those centered around trading). One thing that is now possible when compared to Generation 3 is trading directly over the internet, and a lot of organised Pokemon communities feature a dedicated trading scene. Reddit, Facebook or even here on Arqade, you might find someone willing to trade you a Starter.

Update: Now with the release of the Pokebank for Sun/Moon, you are able to deposit your starter Pokemon in the Bank, allowing you to restart the game and withdraw them again at a later stage (i.e. restart twice, depositing two starters, and then withdraw them again when you have your third starter).

All online trading facilities (GTS, Wonder Trade, and Link Trade i.e. Friend to Friend) are handled inside 'Festival Plaza' - accessible from the main menu. It is unlocked after most of the initial "tutorial/story" section is done (after you visit the Professor's house) - probably about 15-20 minutes into the start of a game.

It is also still possible to directly trade with a friend over the internet, this is accomplished by using the 'Link Trade' option, again a part of Festival Plaza. See my answer here which covers the whole process: How to I trade with friends over the internet in Pokemon Sun/Moon?


Your idea is probably the easiest one, as for now.

Another solution is through wondertrade (if it's not too early), ideally you should find the other starters you miss. Of course you need a lot of trades, but on XY it wasn't so hard to get the Kalos starters.


You can trade with a friend near to you (using the local wifi connection) or online (being connected to the Internet).

Regarding the GTS, according to Gamefaqs:

To access GTS you have to go to the Festival Plaza first. Then, on the bottom screen, tap the trade button and the option for GTS should be there.
You can access the Festival Plaza from your menu below "Save" icon.
You need to finish the Prologue to gain access to the Festival. You do all trading there.

If you don't know how to trade with friends over the Internet in Pokemon Sun/Moon, here is a tutorial.
(All the credits to Robotnik)


A long way would be to use Pokemon bank, if you have. This method allows you to start off with all three starters at the beginning of the game. Make sure that by the time you reach the first pokecenter you have at least two Pokemon, your starter, and a random Pokemon. Then you enter Pokemon bank and put your starter in the bank. Restart the game and repeat until you have two more starters.

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