Pokémon Home is the most recent model of a web-based deposit field in your Pokémon – a service began a few years in the past on the Game Boy Color with Pokémon Silver and Gold’s Time Capsule, by means of to the newest Pokémon Bank on the 3DS.

Though it is designed to simply work with fashionable Pokémon video games on Switch (and finally, Pokémon Go) it additionally helps Pokémon from earlier generations with some cautious planning thanks to Pokémon Bank.

Though your Pokémon from unique Game Boy cartridges are sadly off limits (until, after all, you’ve got been enjoying the Virtual Console variations) it is doable to take Pokémon from the Game Boy Advance right through to Sword and Shield.

Most possible, nonetheless, you may simply need to know how to transfer Pokémon from Sword and Shield and Let’s Go to Pokémon Home – which this web page additionally explains.

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If you are searching for extra data on Pokémon Home as a complete, from options to pricing, our devoted Pokémon Home defined web page will help.

What you want to find out about transferring Pokémon to and from Pokémon Home

Before we get began, listed here are some fundamentals about transferring Pokémon to – and from – Pokémon Home.

  • Though Pokémon Home can transfer Pokémon all the best way from the Game Boy Advance period with a little bit of planning, it is value understanding the instantly appropriate video games with Pokémon Home forward of time, which you’ll be able to see at a look with this picture (with Pokémon Go coming at a later date):
  • As the picture reveals, Pokémon Sword and Shield is the one recreation that permits transfers to and from Pokémon Home. The solely exception is Let’s Go, which will be moved between completely different Let’s Go variations and Home, however as soon as it is appeared in Sword and Shield, it can’t be utilized in Let’s Go once more.
  • As for every thing else, it is a a method journey – so you might have to make sure you need to transfer them first, as there is not any going again.
  • There are some other restrictions on what will be transferred. For instance, solely Pokémon out there within the Sword and Shield Pokédex will be moved to these video games, whereas Pokémon in your present staff in any recreation can’t be moved to Home or Bank till you progress them right into a field.
  • Though the smartphone and Switch apps broadly have the identical transfer performance (they will each join to Pokémon Bank) they do provide completely different options that make value each getting. The Switch app is the one method to get Pokémon from the Switch period, and provides (in our opinion) a neater method to browse your Pokédex. Meanwhile, the iOS and Android Pokémon Home app permits you to commerce instantly with other Pokémon Home gamers.
  • Though Pokémon Bank is free till March 12th, 2020 with the launch of Pokémon Home, you continue to want to have a Premium subscription to Pokémon Home to full the ultimate transfer from Bank to Home. A little bit sneaky, however nonetheless a suggestion value taking on in order for you to convey every thing up to date.
  • Pokémon Home requires a Nintendo Account whether or not you are logging into the Nintendo Switch and cell apps, and because of this, permits you to view your assortment on both. Also, since Bank requires a Moving Key to hyperlink accounts, in concept your 3DS does not want to share the identical Nintendo Account to convey them throughout – although it is possible your Switch saves do.

How to transfer Pokémon from Switch video games Sword and Shield and Pokémon Let’s Go to Pokémon Home

Transferring Pokémon from Switch video games are the simplest of all transfer choices out there, and requires simply the usage of Pokémon Home software program on Switch.

Load up Home on Switch and on the principle Pokémon Home menu there are two most important choices – Pokémon and Pokédex.


Selecting ‘Pokémon’ will show your save recordsdata from any native Switch video games, in addition to your on-line Pokémon Home field.


Choose a save file to reveal two packing containers side-by-side – Pokémon Home on the left, and your Pokémon Sword and Shield or Let’s Go Pokémon on the precise. Simply drag and drop your Pokémon, then as soon as accomplished, press the + button to save your settings.


It’s broadly so simple as that, although there are some extra restrictions in place:

How to transfer Pokémon from 3DS video games with Pokémon Bank

Transferring Pokémon from 3DS video games – resembling X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Moon – requires the usage of Pokémon Bank on 3DS, in addition to entry to Pokémon Home on Switch or on a smartphone through the transfer course of.

First, get Pokémon Bank on 3DS. If you are like us and you have not used your 3DS shortly, make certain the system firmware is absolutely up to date, permitting you to then obtain it.

If you are doing this inside the free Pokémon Bank window, you may obtain a notification of the provide inside the system menu, which comprises a direct hyperlink to the Pokémon Bank itemizing within the eShop. Otherwise, go to the Pokémon space of the eShop to discover Pokémon Bank there.

Next, be sure you’ve moved all of the Pokémon you need from the supported video games by means of to Pokémon Bank. (Only a handful enable direct transfers – something that is not strictly a 3DS Pokémon recreation requires one other step which we’ll clarify within the subsequent part.)


To transfer Pokémon from a 3DS recreation to Pokémon Bank, choose the top-most choice on the principle menu. From there, this operates a lot the identical because it does shifting Pokémon in Home – by scanning the save recordsdata discovered domestically, then permitting you to entry them by dragging and dropping Pokémon between a field from the save file to Pokémon Bank.


Once your required Pokémon are in Pokémon Bank, then choose ‘Move Pokémon to Pokémon Home’ from the principle menu. After the warning about it being a one-way journey, choose the Pokémon packing containers you need to transfer throughout.

Now, you want a Moving Key.


This is the place Pokémon Home is available in. Though each the Switch and smartphone app can join to Bank, they’re discovered in several places.

Note – you want a Premium Home subscription to use this, even through the free Bank promotion throughout Pokémon Home’s launch.

How to get a Moving Key on Pokémon Home on Switch

From the principle menu, there are 4 icons alongside the underside proper. Select the 3DS one named ‘Home’.


How to get a Moving Key on Pokémon Home on iOS and Android

From the principle menu, press the Menu button on the backside of the display screen, then Options, the place you could find the ‘Move’ button on the backside of the ‘Account’ web page.

Once you might have a Premium Home subscription and discovered the Move button in your respective app, choose ‘Begin Move’, then agree to the warning Pokémon Home might be unavailable through the transfer course of.


The Moving Key might be displayed. This expires in three minutes, so it is value having your 3DS at hand prepared to enter the code.


Once you might have inserted this code into the 3DS, the 2 apps might be paired and will reset. As warned, you can not use Pokémon Home till this transfer is full – you may be advised if it is too quickly with the message ‘A transfer is at present in progress’.


When sufficient time has handed (for us it was only a few minutes – although we solely examined one Pokémon in a single field!) the following time you log into Pokémon Home on Switch you may finalise the transfer by deciding on how to convey the Bank packing containers throughout.


Finally – your Bank Pokémon are in Home!

How to transfer Pokémon from Black and White and Virtual Console video games using Pokémon Transporter

There are a handful of non-3DS Pokémon video games playable on the 3DS that may be transferred to Pokémon Bank, and in flip, Pokémon Home. These are:

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

To do that, you may want to use the Poké Transporter app. This comes bundled free along with your subscription to Pokémon Bank, and like Bank is accessed by way of your 3DS dwelling display screen such as you would a normal recreation. You can discover it inside the 3DS eShop – or by way of a shortcut from Pokémon Bank’s most important menu.

Once you might have Poké Transporter downloaded, you have to:

  1. Open up your copy of the sport you need to transfer them from, and fill the primary field in your in-game PC with solely the Pokémon you need to transfer.
  2. Open the Poké Transporter app, and use it to transfer the entire Pokémon within the first field over to the Pokémon Bank’s transfer field.
  3. Head to the Pokémon Bank app now, and transfer these Pokémon within the transfer field to the other Pokémon Bank packing containers of your selection.
  4. Make certain that transfer field is empty earlier than you repeat the method, to keep away from any undesirable problems!
  5. Use the Pokémon Bank to transfer these Pokémon into Pokémon Home (or when you want, transfer them to supported 3DS video games inside Bank in order for you to use them there first!)

So what when you wished to return even additional?

How to transfer Pokémon from Game Boy Advance and DS Pokémon video games to Pokémon Home

Though not formally supported by Pokémon Bank or Pokémon Home, it’s doable to get creatures from the other video games within the sequence, resembling Ruby and Sapphire or Diamond and Pearl, over to fashionable video games.

The following video games require a way more convoluted course of to transfer Pokémon to both the Pokémon Bank and past. Again, be aware that every one of those are one-way transfers solely – that means you can not get these Pokémon again onto their unique video games as soon as transferred.


Here’s what’s supported from older generations:

  • Gen 1: Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow (bodily, non-virtual console variations) – not doable
  • Gen 2: Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal – not doable
  • Gen 3: Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireplaceRed, LeafGreen – transfer to Gen 4 (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Coronary heartGold and SoulSilver) by inserting the Gen 3 (Game Boy Advance cartridge) right into a DS, then using the Pal Park characteristic. See the Gen Four step under to proceed.
  • Gen 4: Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Coronary heartGold and SoulSilver – transfer to Gen 5 (Black and White or Black and White 2) by connecting two DS or 3DS techniques collectively using the Transfer Station. You can now use the Poké Transporter to transfer to Pokémon Bank.

Here’s a YouTube video by YellowTremendousNintendo with a step-by-step of this course of:

Pokémon from the unique, cartridge-based video games from the primary and second era video games are, sadly, unattainable to get past Generation 2.

From Generation Three onwards nonetheless, it’s doable, and fortunately that features variations of the video games resembling FireplaceRed and Coronary heartGold, which hark proper again to the originals.

The Virtual Console variations of Red, Blue and Yellow – in addition to Gold, Silver and Crystal – are additionally supported by way of Pokémon Transporter as properly.

Other issues to find out about using Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Home

The above steps are the broad strokes on how to transfer Pokémon over from earlier generations all the best way to Bank and Home. Here’s some additional issues value noting:

Before in Red, Blue and Yellow…
  • If you are transferring creatures from the Virtual Console variations of Red, Blue and Yellow, stats resembling Abilities, Natures, Special Attack and Special Defence might be added.
  • Items can’t be carried over by way of Pokémon Bank – when you try to, the merchandise it is holding might be despatched again to the unique recreation.
  • Remember, any transfers from an older era to a more moderen one are a method – together with Pokemon coming from Gen 6 – X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – so obtain properly.
…and after in Sun and Moon.
  • Pokémon Bank is a premium service, costing £4.49 / €4.99 per yr, when you’re using it past the free trial interval with Pokémon Home’s launch. If your subscription expires, you may nonetheless withdraw your Pokémon – however just for a set time frame. here is the official message:

    “If your trial pass or annual pass expires and you do not purchase a new pass, you can still withdraw your Pokémon from Pokémon Bank for a set period of time. However, once that set period of time ends, any Pokémon remaining in your Pokémon Bank Boxes will be lost. Be sure to withdraw your deposited Pokémon as soon as possible, or purchase a new annual pass.”

  • Meanwhile, in case your Pokémon Home subscription expires, your Pokémon might be protected – although something past the primary 30 you deposited (which is the quantity you get within the free model) can’t be accessed.