Serebii reports that the wonder trade function is returning to Pokémon Sword and Shield. In footage of Sword and Shield at today’s Nintendo Direct, Serebii spot an option of “Surprise Trade,” which looks like the same thing as Wonder Trade in past Pokémon games.
— Serebii.net (@SerebiiNet) September 4, 2019
Wonder Trade is an online feature that came about in Pokémon X and Y. Wonder Trade allows any player to send any of their Pokémon to be traded with a random trainer online. Neither you nor the other player you’re trading with know which Pokémon they are getting, and which player you chose to trade with is entirely random.
There is no official confirmation if Surprise Trade is the new Wonder Trade, though Serebii reported on their Twitter account as if it is a confirmation. The phrase “Surprise Trade” sounds too similar to what Wonder Trade does that it does appear that the Surprise Trade option will be the new Wonder Trade.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are the upcoming eight generations of Pokémon games. The games take place in the Galar region, an area based on the real-world UK. Several new pieces of information came out during today’s Nintendo Direct, which includes character customizing and new Pokémon.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are slated to release on Nov. 15.