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So, as with many aspects of Pokemon Go, I've heard many things about the functionality of how Pokemon Go functions. One of the worst things about it is the misinformation that gets spread around.

As an example some people believed that you could "pick up" the pokeballs that missed catching the Pokemon.

Some rumours about Lucky Friends I have heard is that activating Lucky Eggs can help boost your chance of activating Lucky Friends.

This would make sense - the names match (Lucky Egg, Lucky Friends, for Lucky Trades), and it's likely that you will be a high level by the time you have 2 or 3 best friends, making Lucky Eggs redundant.

So what I want to know is what does and what does not contribute to activating Lucky Friends, within the Friends System?

As and example of what does not contribute, is interactions per day. Levelling up friends only counts one interaction per day - so for example, interacting more that once per day, does not contribute

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As far as I know there's not a definitive answer on the Lucky Egg, in large part because it's not considered to be likely to have an impact; apart from the coincidence in naming, anyway, it has no reason to be related. So I don't believe there is a study on the matter.

The Silph Road Reddit has seen quite a lot of research on the matter of Lucky Friends, of course; see for example this thread which used just over 1000 interactions to test various possibilities.

  • They found that all four methods were roughly equal in probability; that is, Trades, Gifting, PVP battles, and Raiding, though they didn't necessarily do this scientifically.
  • They found about a 2% rate overall (1/52), with fairly wide variance (the three of them had respectively 1/83, 1/39, and 1/46 rates).

This thread has somewhat larger numbers, and found a lower rate (around 1.1%). It's possible (likely?) that the rate decreased over time, as the first thread was much older, and Niantic regularly updates rates for things like this.

One person did post some stats suggesting Lucky Eggs boost Lucky Friends, and if those stats were reliable might be reason to believe it's true - but it's hard to say, both as it's unclear how reliable this person is and how carefully done the study was on their end.

As far as what does contribute, the only known things are the four interaction types - PVP, Raiding, Trading, and Gift opening - and only the first time per day (the first of any of those four, not separate for each); see the announcement article:

Lucky Friends

Grow even closer to your Best Friends in Pokémon GO with the new Lucky Friends feature. Once a day, when you interact with a Best Friend by battling, trading, opening a Gift, or teaming up in a Gym or Raid Battle, you have the chance to become Lucky Friends. Then, the next time you trade with each other, both Pokémon will definitely be Lucky Pokémon—coveted for their great stats and lower Stardust requirements for leveling up. Trade a Pokémon you want to make battle-ready so you and your friend can both be better prepared for big battles to come!

Once you've completed the trade, you'll return to being Best Friends again. Try again the next day for another chance to become Lucky Friends.

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  • I'd like to clarify that unlike levelling your friendship levels, you are not limited to one interaction per day, in order to activate Lucky Friends. The first time you interact through trading gifts, battling, raiding or teaming up in a gym battle all contribute towards Lucky Friends, once per day. I.e. you have up to 4 chances to activate it – Ben Feb 6 at 6:59
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    Everything I have read indicates there is only one chance per day for lucky friends. What is your source for four chances per day? – Jerry Feb 7 at 7:07
  • Joe, apologies, I was commenting on @Ben comment, but your edit does clarify explicitly what you meant, which should help Ben. – Jerry Feb 9 at 11:56

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