Pokémon Home is New Pokémon Bank That Connects 'Sword and Shield, 'Pokémon Go' and More
One of the biggest announcements during the 2019 Pokémon press conference in Japan was the reveal of a new service to connect Pokémon games similar to Pokémon Bank.
Pokémon Home will act as the new Pokémon Bank for the upcoming Switch titles, Pokémon Sword and Shield as well as Pokémon Go and Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee. The mobile app will be a hub for all of the above games as well as the 3DS titles.
Not much was revealed during the press conference regarding Pokémon Home, but one of the features is the trading functionality. Pokémon Home will allow for trades anytime, anywhere through your mobile device. You will be able to trade with friends and other trainers online.
From the above graphic, it seems that only Pokémon Sword and Shield - and presumably future Switch games - can use Pokémon Home to transfer to and from the games. Pokémon from the 3DS titles as well as Pokémon Go can only go from the console to Pokémon Home.
The service will be available on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices.
Pokémon Bank was created in 2014 to allow for Pokémon transfers from older generations to the X and Y series of games. This was also a great app on your Nintendo 3DS to store and transfer Pokémon between games without the need of using two systems to trade with yourself.
There was an annual fee to use this service, but every year a special Pokémon - usually with their Hidden Ability - was offered as a bonus for signing up. With the Nintendo Switch Online service, it may be included within the subscription but we'll learn more as we get closer to launch. With E3 2019 a few weeks away, more information on Pokémon Home could come during the June 11 Nintendo Direct or during the June 5 Pokémon-specific Nintendo Direct. Fans will want to tune in to both to get the latest information.
Pokémon Home is expected to launch in early 2020.
What do you think of the new Pokémon Home app? Would you pay for the service if it's separate from Nintendo Switch Online? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Pokémon Bank is an application and paid service with an annual fee of US $4.99 (CA $7.09) that will allow you to deposit, store, and manage up to 3,000 of your Pokémon in private Boxes on the Internet! It will be a powerful resource for players who like to obtain many different kinds of Pokémon, or for those who like to raise many Pokémon in preparation for battles and competitions! Pokémon Bank also makes it easy to transfer Pokémon from copies of Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire - including the downloadable versions - to a single game! When you download Pokémon Bank, you can also download the free linked application Poké Transporter!
- Release date:
- February 04, 2014
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- 64 MB
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Pokémon Home is finally here, which means you can pluck all your old beloved Pokémon off your older games. Doing so can be complicated, especially if you’re moving them from a game from several Pokémon generations ago.
Depending on where you’re trying to transfer Pokémon from, you might be in for a lot of work that requires having some older consoles. We’ve broken down where to start and what you need to do below.
Update Pokémon Bank and get a Premium Plan
First, update your Nintendo 3DS and the Pokémon Bank app for Nintendo 3DS, which needs the latest update for Pokémon Home transfers.
Note that transferring Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon Home requires a Pokémon Home Premium Plan, which costs $2.99 for one month (30 days), $4.99 for three months (90 days), and $15.99 for one year (365 days).
If you’re moving Pokémon from Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, or LeafGreen …
You’ll need a regular Nintendo DS and a fourth generation Pokémon game.
Stick the GameBoy Advanced game into the GBA slot, and insert the fourth generation game of choice (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, SoulSilver, or HeartGold). You’ll need access to the Pal Park on Route 221 for Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, or access to the Pal Park in Fuchsia City for SoulSilver and HeartGold.
All five games require the National Pokedex to be unlocked to access the Pal Park. (You’ll have to see all 150 Sinnoh region Pokémon for the former and beat the Elite Four for the latter.)
From there, you can choose six Pokémon at a time to move from the GBA games to your newer game. Continue to follow the steps below to move the Pokémon to Home.
If you’re moving Pokémon from Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, SoulSilver, or HeartGold …
You’ll need two Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS systems to make this move.
After beating the Elite Four in Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2, you’ll get access to the PokéTransfer Lab on Route 15. Enter and talk to the scientist inside. On your second console, you’ll have to insert the game you’re trying to transfer from and select DS Download Play.
From there, you can move the Pokémon from fourth generation Pokémon games to fifth generation games by playing a quick minigame where you fire Pokéballs at the chosen Pokémon as they hop around.
If you’re moving Pokémon from Black, White, Black 2, or White 2 or Virtual Console versions of Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver, or Crystal …
You’d typically need a Pokémon Bank subscription to use the app, which costs $4.99 a year, but the app is free for a month to allow players to move Pokémon to Home.
Download the Poké Transporter app for your Nintendo 3DS. Put any Pokémon you want to transfer in Box 1 of your desired game, and move any Pokémon you don’t want to transfer out of the box. Open up the Poké Transporter app and it will prompt you to move all the Pokémon to Pokémon Bank.
If you’re moving Pokémon from X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon, Ultra Moon, or Ultra Sun ...
These games work natively with Pokémon Bank, so you should be able to download Pokémon Bank, put the desired cartridge in your 3DS, and add them to the Pokémon Bank boxes. You can press Start on your 3DS to select multiple Pokémon at once, too. Make sure all if the Pokémon you want to move to Home are in Bank.
Fire up Pokémon Home on your Nintendo Switch and select the “Move” option from the main menu. If you’re using the mobile app, open the menu, go to settings, and select “Move.” Select the option on the 3DS to move from Pokémon Bank to Home, and select all the boxes you want to move to Home.
After starting the moving process on your Switch, Pokémon Home will give you a code to input on your 3DS. Enter the code, and the transfer process will begin, moving your selected Pokémon to Home.
Home will say that it can’t be used while Pokémon are transferring, so check back in a couple minutes to make sure your Pokémon made it through safely.
Pokémon Bankhas been updated for use with thePokémon Ultra Sunand Pokémon Ultra Moongames.
Pokémon Bank is an application and service that will allow you to deposit, store, and manage your Pokémon in private Boxes on the internet. Pokémon Bank is a paid service, with an annual charge for usage.
Pokémon Bank is a powerful resource for players who like to obtain many different kinds of Pokémon, or for those who like to raise many Pokémon in preparation for battles and competitions. The application has a variety of search functions so you can find the Pokémon you’re after among all the Pokémon you’ve deposited.
Pokémon Bank now works with Pokémon Ultra Sunand Pokémon Ultra Moon, making it easy to transfer Pokémon from among copies of Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon—including the downloadable versions—to a single game. You can also transfer Pokémon you’ve caught in the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver,Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow into your copy of Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon. Pokémon from Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y can also be brought into Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon in the same way.
When you download Pokémon Bank, you can also download the free linked application Poké Transporter. When you insert a Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y Game Card into a Nintendo 3DS system, you can use Poké Transporter to transfer Pokémon from these games into their own online Boxes. Then you can easily transfer those Pokémon into Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon,Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon using Pokémon Bank.
You can use your existing Pokémon Bank account to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver,Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow to Pokémon Ultra Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon,Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon. Due to certain limitations, it is recommended that you install Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Gold, and Pokémon Silver on the same Nintendo 3DS system as Pokémon Bank.
Note that Pokémon cannot be moved directly from Pokémon Gold, Pokémon Silver,Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow to Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y via Pokémon Bank.
|Launched||December 25, 2013 (initial launch)|
January 22, 2014 (second launch)
(Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong)
February 4, 2014
February 5, 2014
|Service provided||Online Pokémon storage|
|Accessible by||Nintendo 3DS family of systems|
|Website||Official site (Japanese)|
Official site (English)
Pokémon Bank (Japanese: ポケモンバンクPokémon Bank) is a downloadable online application for the Nintendo 3DS that is available for the Nintendo eShop. It serves as a complement to the Pokémon Storage System, and is compatible with Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Sun and Moon, and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
A companion application, Poké Transporter, allows the player to transfer Pokémon from other core series games to Pokémon Bank; specifically, it can connect with the Generation V core series games as well as the Virtual Console releases of the GenerationI and II core series games.
Pokémon Bank is a paid service. The annual charge is ¥500 in Japan, $4.99 in the United States, $6.99 plus tax in Canada, £4.49 in the United Kingdom, €4.99 in the Eurozone, CHF 7.00 in Switzerland, $6.50 in Australia, $8.50 in New Zealand, ₩5000 in South Korea, $150 in Taiwan, ZAR60 in South Africa, and $40 in Hong Kong.
Pokémon Bank allows players to store up to 3,000 Pokémon from the games in an online cloud. This storage is similar to the Pokémon Storage System provided by PCs and has 100 Boxes capable of carrying 30 Pokémon each. Boxes can also be assigned to one of 10 groups with customizable names. Pokémon Bank also features extensive search options and filters.
The user interface is similar to the user interface of the Pokémon Storage System in the core series games. The player can move Pokémon between the game and Pokémon Bank, or simply rearrange the Pokémon they have in them. The player cannot access the Pokémon in Pokémon Bank unless a game is connected to the system.
- Main article: Poké Transporter
Poké Transporter allows the transfer of Pokémon from the Generation V core series games and the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II core series games to Pokémon Bank. It can be downloaded separately after Pokémon Bank has been downloaded.
The Transport Box, which is effectively the 101st Box, is reserved for use by Poké Transporter. Pokémon cannot be placed in it, except by Poké Transporter; the player can only move Pokémon out of the box, not into it.
The player receives 100 Poké Miles when Pokémon are deposited for the first time into Pokémon Bank. Additional Poké Miles are awarded for the length of time that a given Pokémon is deposited into Pokémon Bank. The amount of Poké Miles earned by the player increases if more Pokémon are deposited into Pokémon Bank.
Accumulated Poké Miles may be transferred to the currently selected game via Pokémon Link either directly as Poké Miles or as Battle Points (at a rate of 1 Battle Point for every 10 Poké Miles). If the player chooses not to transfer their Poké Miles, they will simply continue to accumulate.
Items cannot be stored in Pokémon Bank. If the player deposits a Pokémon that is holding an item, the item will be removed and sent to the player's Bag. If the Bag is full, the item will disappear.
Eggs, Cosplay Pikachu, Black Kyurem, White Kyurem, Dusk Mane Necrozma, Dawn Wings Necrozma, and certain Totem-sized Pokémon introduced in Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (specifically Togedemaru, Araquanid, Ribombee, and Alolan Marowak) cannot be deposited in Pokémon Bank.
Pokémon with moves that were introduced in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire cannot be moved to Pokémon X and Y. Likewise, Pokémon introduced in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon and Pokémon with moves introduced in said games cannot be moved to Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Any Pokémon that has even been placed in a Generation VII game, or that was transferred from a Generation I or II game, cannot be transferred to the Generation VI games. Such Pokémon are outlined in a white square when using a Generation VI game with Pokémon Bank.
Any Pokémon transferred from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME cannot be transferred back to Bank.
Any number of physical or digital copies of Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon can be used in conjunction with Pokémon Bank. Pokémon Bank can be utilized at any point after the player obtains the Pokédex in those games. The service cannot be used if a new game has not been started.
The Pokémon Bank account that a Nintendo 3DS system accesses depends on the system's Nintendo Network ID, which can only belong to one Nintendo 3DS system at a time. There is no way to transfer Pokémon directly between Pokémon Banks belonging to different Nintendo Network IDs.
While the Generation VI and VII core series games are region-locked and cannot be played if their region does not match the region of the Nintendo 3DS they are inserted in, Pokémon Bank is still able to communicate with these games regardless of their region. However, Nintendo does not make any guarantee for the performance of software or systems in the Nintendo 3DS family when used outside of their intended regions.
When Pokémon Bank (along with Poké Transporter) is downloaded, any restrictions on the Nintendo 3DS system for Shopping Services need to be removed within the Parental Controls before Pokémon Bank can be utilized. Any restrictions set in place pertaining to usage of the Nintendo 3DS's Internet browser also require removal each time that the Pokémon Bank software is used.
Version 1.5 added connectivity with Pokémon HOME, allowing Pokémon stored in Bank to be transferred to HOME. Once the player chooses which Pokémon to transfer, they will be prompted to enter a key that is generated by HOME. This key only lasts three minutes before expiring. Any transfers may take several minutes.
While downloading the Pokémon Bank application is free, usage of its services requires the purchase of a pass. A pass lasts for 365 days from purchase. If a previous pass has not expired when a new pass is purchased, the number of remaining days from the old pass is added to the new pass. Pokémon Bank will prompt the player to purchase a new pass when the current pass is within 14 days of expiring.
When Pokémon Bank launched, the application's official site stated that if the player allows their pass (free or annual) to expire, the Pokémon they have stored in Pokémon Bank will be deleted after an unspecified set amount of time. In January 2017, when the site was updated for Pokémon Sun and Moon, this statement was removed from the official site. Players have reported a variety of experiences, ranging from claiming that their Pokémon were deleted after letting their pass lapse for only a few days to claiming that their Pokémon have not been lost despite not renewing their pass for multiple years.
Introduced in the version 1.3 update, Pokémon Bank features a National Pokédex that collects and consolidates information on Pokémon that have been registered as "seen" or "caught" in the Pokédexes of any Generation VI or VII core series game updated with Pokémon Bank. Users can view basic information and Pokédex entries from the Generation VI and VII core series games of Pokémon they have registered. Pokédex entries from other languages and alternate forms of Pokémon can also be registered, with the exception of Cosplay Pikachu.
This Pokédex also includes an extensive search filter that provides, among other options, the ability to search for Pokémon by their availability in the Generation VI and VII core series games, as well as their appearances in various regional Pokédexes, including the Kanto, Johto, Good Old Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Central Kalos, Coastal Kalos, Mountain Kalos, Hoenn, and Alola Pokédexes.
- Main article: List of game-based Pokémon distributions in Generation VI
- Main article: List of game-based other distributions in Generation VII
- Main article: List of game-based Pokémon distributions in Generation VII
If the player accessed Pokémon Bank before September 30, 2014, they could receive a special event Celebi. This Celebi knew Hold Back, an event-exclusive move similar to False Swipe.
Hidden Ability Johto starters
These Pokémon wereavailable to players who accessed Pokémon Bank from February 27 to November 30, 2015. These Pokémon could then be transferred to Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire using the Pokémon Link option. This marked the first time the Johtostarter families had legitimate access to their Hidden Abilities.
Hidden Ability Legendary titans
TheseLegendary titanswereavailableto players who accessed Pokémon Bank from March 4 to October 31, 2016. They all have their Hidden Ability and may be transferred to Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire via Pokémon Link.
Pokémon Bank Mewnium Z
A Mewnium Zwas available to players who accessed Pokémon Bank from January 24 to October 2, 2017.
Hidden Ability Alola starters
These Pokémon were available to players who accessed Pokémon Bank from March 8, 2018 to October 31, 2018. These Pokémon could then be transferred to Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon via Mystery Gift.
Hidden Ability Pokémon Bank Pokémon
These Pokémon were available to players who accessed Pokémon Bank from March 28 to October 31, 2019. These Pokémon could then be transferred to Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon via Mystery Gift.
On December 25, 2013, Pokémon Bank and the Poké Transporter were both released in Japan, South Korea, and other Asian territories. Due to high volumes of traffic throughout the Nintendo Network caused by a large volume of Nintendo Network IDs being created, the Nintendo eShop was temporarily inaccessible. When the Nintendo eShop was accessible again on December 29, 2013, Pokémon Bank was removed from the Nintendo eShop (although players who had previously downloaded Pokémon Bank could still download Poké Transporter, which can only be downloaded through Pokémon Bank). In addition, the release of Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter for the Americas, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand—originally set to be December 27, 2013—was delayed due to the aforementioned issues.
On January 21, 2014, Pokémon Bank was re-released in Japan, South Korea, and other Asian territories.
The service was launched in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 4, 2014.
The service was launched in the Americas on February 5, 2014.
|1.1||December 25, 2013|
January 21, 2014
February 4, 2014
February 5, 2014
|1.2||November 18, 2014|
November 21, 2014
|1.3||January 24, 2017|
|1.4||November 19, 2017|
|1.5||February 11, 2020|
February 12, 2020
Interacting with Brigette in Pokémon Bank
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The Pokémon Bank is a downloadable online application for the Nintendo 3DS that is available in the Nintendo eShop and was made compatible with Pokémon Sun & Moon in January 2017.
The Pokémon Bank serves as a complement to the Pokémon Storage System, and is compatible with Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Pokémon Bank allows players to store up to 3000 Pokémon from the games in an online cloud. This storage is similar to the Pokémon Storage System provided by PCs and has 100 Boxes capable of carrying 30 Pokémon each. Boxes can also be assigned to one of 10 groups with customizable names. Pokémon Bank also features extensive search options and filters. Pokémon in the Generation VI and VII games can be transferred to the service individually or by group selection.
Due to server expenses, use of the software requires the payment of an annual fee. This fee is ¥500 in Japan, $4.99 in the United States, $6.29 plus tax in Canada, £4.49 in the United Kingdom, €4.99 in Europe, $6.50 in Australia, $8.50 in New Zealand, ₩5000 in South Korea, $150 in Taiwan, and $40 in Hong Kong.
Poké Transporter is a companion application that allows the transfer of Pokémon from Generation V games (Pokémon Black and White, and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2), and the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow to Pokémon Bank. It can be downloaded separately after Pokémon Bank has been downloaded.
A 101st Box in Pokémon Bank is reserved for use by Poké Transporter. Within Pokémon Bank, this Box can only be withdrawn from.
Pokémon can be freely transferred between Pokémon X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Pokémon from both these games can be transferred to Pokémon Sun and Moon, but cannot be transferred back.
Pokémon from Pokémon Black and White and Black 2 and White 2 can be transferred to Pokémon X and Y, Omega Ruby and Sapphire, and Sun and Moon. These Pokémon can also not be transferred back.
Pokémon from the Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow can only be transferred to Pokémon Sun and Moon, and can also not be transferred back.
You also can’t deposit Pokémon holding items into Pokémon Bank. If you try to deposit a Pokémon with a held item, that item will be sent back to the original game.
Another thing to note is that Pokémon that evolve via trading will not evolve when deposited in or withdrawn from Pokémon Bank.
Finally, Cosplay Pikachu, Black Kyurem, and White Kyurem cannot be deposited in Pokémon Bank.
When depositing Pokémon for the first time into Pokémon Bank, you receive 100 Poké Miles. Additional Poké Miles are awared for the length of time that a given Pokémon is deposited into Pokémon Bank. The amount of Poké Miles earned increases if more Pokémon are deposited into Pokémon Bank.
Accumulated Poké Miles may be transferred to the currently selected game via Pokémon Link, either directly as Poké Miles or as Battle Points (at a rate of 1 Battle Point for every 10 Poké Miles). If you choose not to transfer your Poké Miles, they will simply continue to accumulate.
If you use Pokémon Bank before October 2017, you will receive a Mewnium Z.
National Pokédex Feature
After the January 2017 update, Pokémon Bank received a National Pokédex feature, which can be accessed by pressing the Y button. This feature reads your saved data from any compatible games you connect with and collects the information about Pokémon you've caught. This way you're able to see information about all the Pokémon you've caught in all your compatible games (Only Sun & Moon, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, X & Y).
Next to the National Pokédex feature, you're also able to view Adventure records when pressing Y. This gives you a list of your in-game records, like the amount of Pokémon you've caught, Eggs you've hatched, Pokémon you've evolved, etc. On the top screen you can see each record for each game you own.
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