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If i trade a Pokemon to a freind, and that freind then gives it back, will I be able to nickname it, since it was my Pokemon originally? The reason I ask is because my brother says that I will be able to name it, but I think that I won't be able to name it, can someone please settle this argument?

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Yes. The Pokemon has your Trainer # in it's data, identifying you as the Original Trainer. So you can rename it.

Source: Done it before (Also known as: Experience)

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You will be able to rename it.

>Traded Pokémon cannot be renamed unless they are returned to their original game; if it is impossible for the traded Pokémon to be returned, it cannot be renamed at all. -Bulbepedia

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