Pokemon Home Transfer Guide

Pokemon Home is the cloud service released by Pokémon Company International which acts as a storage unit. From there, users can move their Pokemon to other linked compatible games. This Pokemon Home Transfer guide will go over this new service.

Users can also trade with others through this app. It is designed to work with modern Pokémon games on Switch and Pokemon games from some previous generations. In this guide, we will list everything there is to know about the new cloud service.

Pokemon Home Transfer

The service will be available for free for one month before switching over to paid Premium version on March 12th. The Premium version is available for $2.99 a month, $4.99 for three months, or $15.99 for a year. It allows for 6,000 pokemon in storage and the ability to transfer from the bank.

The Premium mobile version also lets users host their own Room Trades and expands the number of pokemon that are placeable in the Wonder Box and GTS at once. The free version only allows for 30 pokemon and does not allow for transfers from the bank.

Nintendo has thrown in two popular Pokemons that you can get for free by just setting up accounts on different versions of the Home app.

Installing the mobile version will give users a choice of one of the three Kanto starters (Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle) and the Nintendo Switch version will automatically deposit a Pikachu in your storage box.

Just setup your account on mobile version to receive one of the Kanto starters and on Nintendo switch to get the Pikachu!

Transfer Pokemon from Switch
Transferring your Pokemon from Switch games is very easy. To do so, download the Pokemon Home app from the Nintendo Switch store. In the application, there will be two option of ‘Pokemon’ and ‘Pokedex’.

Select ‘Pokémon’ to display your save files from any local Switch games, as well as your online Pokémon Home box.

Choose a save file. After that, there will be two boxes on the screen, Pokémon Home one on the left, and your Pokémon Sword and Shield or Let’s Go Pokémon on the right. Simply drag and drop your Pokémon, then once done, press the + button to save your settings.

But there are some restrictions in this process. They are listed below.

  • With Let’s Go, though you can move Pokemon between different versions of Let’s Go and Home, once it’s in Sword and Shield, it cannot be used in Let’s Go again.
  • Anything not supported in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Pokedex cannot be moved to those games – though this list will be expanded in future Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass.

Transfer Pokemon from 3DS
Transferring Pokemon from 3DS games like Pokemon X and Y, Omega Ruby etc. will require the use of Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Home access.

To transfer the Pokemon, first get Pokemon Bank on your Nintendo 3DS. Keep in mind that you will have to update your firmware to the latest version in order to be able to download Pokemon Bank.

After your Pokemon Bank is up and running, you will now be able to move Pokemon from a 3DS game to Pokemon bank.

To move Pokémon from a 3DS game to Pokémon Bank, select the top-most option on the main menu and select the Pokemons from your local files to move into the Pokemon Bank. After all your desired Pokemon are in Pokemon Bank,  select ‘Move Pokémon to Pokémon Home’ from the main menu.

This will prompt you to enter a Moving key. You will get the moving key from the Pokemon Home app on your Nintendo Switch.

You will need a premium subscription to use this functionality. Press ‘Begin Move’ to receive the moving key. It will expire in 3 minutes so be quick to enter it in your 3DS. It will begin the move and when complete, your Bank pokemon will be in Home!

Move Pokemon to Home using Pokemon Transporter
Following Pokemon games will not be able to use Pokemon bank.

  • Pokémon Black and White
  • Pokémon Black and White 2
  • Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow (3DS Virtual Console)
  • Pokémon Gold and Silver (3DS Virtual Console)

To transfer Pokemon from these games, you will need to use the Poke Transporter app. It comes free with Pokemon Bank and is accessible via your 3DS home screen like you would a standard game.

You can find it within the 3DS eShop – or via a shortcut from Pokémon Bank’s main menu. Once Poke Transporter is downloaded, you should follow these steps:

  • Open up your copy of the game you want to transfer them from and fill the first box in your in-game PC with only the Pokemon you want to transfer.
  • Open the Poke Transporter app and use it to transfer all of the Pokemon in the first box over to the Pokemon Bank’s transfer box.
  • Head to the Pokemon Bank app now and transfer those Pokemon in the transfer box to the other Pokemon Bank boxes of your choice.
  • Make sure that transfer box is empty before you repeat the process.
  • Use the Pokemon Bank to transfer these Pokemon.

That’s how you can transfer Pokemon from these games.

Move Pokemon from Gameboy advance and DS to Pokemon Home
It is not officially supported by Pokemon Home and Bank but there is still a way to transfer your Pokemon from the oldest games.

The process is much more complicated, and they will only be a one-way transfer meaning that you will not be to get these Pokemon back onto their original games once transferred.

Here’s what’s supported from older generations:

  • Gen 1: Pokemons from ‘Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow (physical, non-virtual console versions)’ are not transferable.
  • Gen 2: Pokemon Gold, Silver, Crystal – not possible
  • Gen 3: Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen – transfer to Black and White or Black 2 and White 2, then use Poke Transporter to transfer to Pokemon Bank.
  • Gen 4: Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver – transfer to Black and White or Black 2 and White 2, then use Poke Transporter to transfer to Pokemon Bank.
  • Pokemon from the original, cartridge-based games from the first- and second-generation games are impossible to get beyond Generation 2.

From Generation 3 onwards it is possible and thankfully that includes versions of the games such as FireRed and HeartGold, which take us back to the originals.

The Virtual Console versions of Red, Blue and Yellow – as well as Gold and Silver are supported via Pokmon Transporter as well.

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