Rules and Guidelines of Global Trade Station [Updated 6/22/13]
Global Trade Station
Welcome to our Trade Center! Although we strive to provide a safe trading environment for everyone, our powers are limited to what is written on the forum. So, use common sense when making trades. Be careful when trading with an unfamiliar face offering a trade that is too good to be true. If you were scammed or encountered some other concern when trading, let us know by reporting the issue. Either contact a Trade moderator (TwilightBlade, Dolce, Zeb) or report by clicking on the caution icon () located on the bottom part of every post.
We encourage you to read the specifics of trade threads and to follow these instructions. Not all individual requests made in threads are enforceable by the rules, but many are. Intentionally failing to agree with someone's trade conditions (or being so negligent that you simply ignore them) is grounds for an infraction or a ban, depending on the severity of the incident. Obey the following rules whenever posting in this section.
1. Follow the Forum Rules. Pay special attention to the Multiple Posting rule.
If the last post in the thread is yours, Edit () the post. You may only double post if you are updating your inventory or bumping your thread (see below).
2. Do not type the thread title in all capitals; we will rename your thread if necessary.
If your thread is left unnoticed, you may bump your thread only once every five days. Also, if you have multiple wants/offers of single Pokémon, post them all in the same thread. We want each member to have an equal chance at their thread being noticed.
3. Do not hijack other members' trade threads.
This means you can't barge into a want thread and then arrange a trade with someone who sent an offer to the original poster there. If you want the same thing as someone else, you should start a thread of your own.
4. Whenever dealing with hacked Pokémon, both members must agree before the trade takes place.
Trading a hacked Pokémon without the recipient knowing will lead to an infraction. If you feel suspicious about a Pokémon's legitimacy, you should use the Hacked Pokemon Services Sticky to reduce issues. Below is a list that can help you identify if your Pokémon is hacked.
This is a list of reasons why a Pokémon would be considered hacked by someone. These things are relatively easy to check or notice. Remember, Bulbagarden has its own Wiki which you can use to check movesets and event lists.
The GTS has a somewhat accurate hack check system, but it is not perfect and can be fooled. Getting a Pokémon from the GTS does not guarantee that it is legit.
NOTE: This list is not foolproof and it is still possible your Pokémon is hacked even if it passes all these tests.
A move that cannot be learned by any means by the Pokémon.
A combination of moves that cannot legally be bred/learned together.
Illegal Poké Ball.
Wild Pokémon can be caught in any ball but event Pokémon are in Cherish Balls or Poké Balls and starters can only be in Poké Balls (except for the Johto starter evolutions from Colosseum and Dream World starters).
Illegal location data.
Pokémon have a certain level at which they cannot be below. (All single stage and first stage Pokémon can be as low as level 1 but most evolved Pokémon must be higher level than that.)
Pokémon only have at most three abilities (with the exception of Basculin who has four). If the ability shown on the Pokémon's summary is not one of those three, it is hacked.
Non-event Pokémon having event-only ribbons/moves.
Shiny event Pokémon that aren't preset as shiny.
Currently, only Arceus, Victini, Zekrom, and Reshiram cannot be shiny. The Zorua and Zoroark obtained in the Celebi and Crown Beast events, respectively, as well as Pokémon obtained in the PokéWalker or in Entree Forest cannot be shiny either.
Not currently available.
The Dream World events Chlorophyll Bulbasaur, Solar Power Charmander, Rain Dish Squirtle, Shell Armor Turtwig, Iron Fist Chimchar, Defiant Piplup, Unburden Treecko, Speed Boost Torchic, and Damp Mudkip are all male and cannot pass down their ability.
Previous generation ribbons.
Wrong language name on an unevolved Pokémon.
Disappearing nickname upon evolution.
Pokémon with egg moves in non-Poké Ball.
Pokémon can't keep HM moves when being transferred from Gen III to Gen IV or Gen IV to Gen V (Like the Surfing Pikachu).
If you have any questions about whether or not your Pokémon is hacked based on this list, feel free to ask in this thread here: "Is My Pokémon Hacked?" Thread located in the Video Games section if you want someone else to check for you. Again, this is not foolproof.
5. Please mention if your Pokémon are obtained through cloning, RNG abuse, or some external device like Action Replay regardless of the Pokémon's legality.
Even though such a trade should be safe, some take safety measures to avoid the possibility of their game getting damaged or flagged. Cloning and RNG abusing are not considered hacking, but not everyone thinks the same.
6. Bulbagarden Networks does not support the usage of illegal game copies in any way.
Any threads involving emulators, flash carts and other applications/devices allowing people to use ROMs will be closed and the user will be infracted for Copyright Violation.
7. Do not use actual monetary values nor merchandise when negotiating trades.
Keep trading within the Pokémon video games. Noncompliance can lead to your thread being closed, and depending on the severity of the incident, we will take further action.
Important: An automatic lockdown of old threads has been put into place in Global Trade Station. All threads older than 14 days are automatically locked.
About Each Section
The Global Trade Station consists of two sub-forums, the Wanted Station and the Offering Station.
— Threads in the Wanted Station contain requests of certain Pokémon and/or items. You may optionally specify that hacks are allowed, but you shouldn't refuse legal Pokémon in such a case.
— The Offering Station is for Pokémon/items offers, along with giveaways. To avoid confusion, be sure to distinguish between what you're putting up for offer and what's free.
— If you're seeking a Pokémon that cannot be legally obtained, use the Hacked Pokémon Services sticky. Our definition of "hacked" includes Pokémon created, edited or altered by applications and external devices, such as Pokésav and Action Replay. RNG abuse or cloning (regardless of method) are not considered hacking here. If you have a particular question on what's allowed or not, feel free to check with the Trade staff before trading the Pokémon.
— Tradeback & Cloning Pokémon Services is a sticky dedicated to trade-related issues and service requests, including but not limited to:
- Trade and tradeback for evolution induced by trading
- Trade and tradeback for Pokédex data
- Transferring Pokémon between two games of the same member via a third game (same generation or Poké Transfer for Gen IV-V)
- SID checking
— Our main forum hosts all of our trade shops. A shop is a thread with a lot of offers and usually also hosts several services. Unlike regular offers, shops are also expected to update with new content and not just be there for a few trades. Shops need to be approved by a Trade moderator before becoming visible.
Forum Specific Rules
Currently, we have one forum specific rule: Illegal Hacking/Trading. Basically, you will recieve this infraction if you are caught cheating or stealing in a trade, as well as intentionally trading hacks without the other member knowing. You must also check whatever codes or methods you are using to obtain/trade Pokemon to reduce the chance of damaging another player's game.