Choose the Games that You Want to Trade Between
To begin, choose the game to trade from, OR use the form below.
This page explains how to trade from Pokémon Gold to Pokémon Crystal.
What You Need
Virtual Console Versions
If you are playing the Virtual Console versions of these games, then both players need a system from the Nintendo 3DS family, such as 3DS, 2DS, or New Nintendo 3DS, and both players need to have the Virtual Console version of the game. Trading uses wireless communication, so both players need to have wireless turned on, and both players need to be nearby.
Game Boy Versions
If both players are using a Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Pocket, you can use a Game Boy Color Link Cable (model number CGB-003), or a Game Boy Pocket Link Cable (model number MGB-008), or a Universal Game Link Cable (model number MGB-010) to connect them. If the cable does not fit, it is the wrong type.
If one player is using an original Game Boy, and the other player is using a Game Boy Color, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Advance, or Game Boy Advance SP, you have to use one of the following to connect them:
- Universal Game Link Adapter (model number DMG-14) connected to a Game Boy Pocket Link Cable (model number MGB-008) or a Game Boy Color Link Cable (model number CGB-003)
- Or a Universal Game Link Cable (model number MGB-010)
If both players are using the original Game Boy, you need to use a Game Link Cable (model number DMG-04) to connect the Game Boys. If the cable does not fit, it is the wrong type.
Please do not attempt to trade between a Japanese and a non-Japanese cartridge. Doing so will corrupt your save data, requiring you to start over from the beginning. It is safe for two non-Japanese games to trade with each other, and it is safe for two Japanese games to trade with each other.
Before you can trade from Pokémon Gold to Pokémon Crystal, you need to give the Mystery Egg to Professor Elm.
How to Trade
Make sure to connect your Game Boys with a Link Cable.
In the game, go into any Pokémon Center and go upstairs. Talk to the person at the leftmost counter. Say Yes when asked if you want to trade, then say Yes again to save the game, and say Yes when asked if it is OK to overwrite the previous save. Then walk onto the empty seat at the table and check on the table.
Now select the pokémon that you want to trade, and choose TRADE when prompted. You will see the name of pokémon that the other player wants to trade. Choose TRADE to start the trade.