Niantic has released a new software update for Pokémon GO on iOS devices, that brings the location-based game to version 1.77.1.
The patch notes largely match what the developer had announced was coming earlier this week, in that you can now add Trainers as friends to start earning bonuses in Raid Battles, can send Gifts to friends and, after a long wait, can now trade Pokémon with those on your Friend List.
Pokémon GO Update Version 1.77.1 Patch Notes
- Added new social features that allow Trainers to add and remove Friends on their Friend List and build up their Friendship Level. As Trainers gain friendship they’ll earn bonuses when participating in Raid Battles.
- Added a new gifting feature which allows Trainers to send friends Gifts they collect from PokéStops.
- Added the ability for Trainers to trade Pokémon.
- Improved Pokémon Collection screen search functionality enables Trainers to search using “Alola.”