Today we finally got all of the details we’ve been waiting for regarding Pokemon Home, the new storage and transfer system for Pokemon. Pokemon Home will allow you to transfer Pokemon from previous games to Pokemon Sword & Shield as well as Let’s Go and Pokemon Go, with some restrictions. It will also allow you to trade from within the software too, and it will be available on mobile with a free option as well.
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So What Is Pokemon Home?
You know how in Pokemon games you have boxes that allow you to store your Pokemon? Well, its basically that but software allowing you to store Pokemon from across many different games in one central place to carry over to other games. With the Premium version of Pokemon Home you will be able to store up to 6000 Pokemon. The free version will be limited to 30.
How Does It Work?
Pokemon Home comes as both software for the Nintendo Switch and an app for your smart phone and allows you to move & trade Pokemon. You can move and trade Pokemon from Sword & Shield, Let’s Go Pikachu & Eevee and Pokemon Go, as well as transfer Pokemon from the Pokemon Bank software, which will allow you to transfer Pokemon from your 3DS games such as Sun & Moon.
There are some restrictions, though. Once a Pokemon has been transferred from Let’s Go or Pokemon Go to Pokemon Sword & Shield, it can’t be transferred back to those games, but it can still be transferred to the Home. Pokemon can be freely transferred to and from Let’s Go and Pokemon Go.
What Types Of Trading Can You Do?
You will be able to trade in 4 different ways from within the software. The first is the Wonder Box, which works like Surprise Trade in Sword/Shield. You select a Pokemon and it will match you with another player somewhere in the world, and you won’t have control over what Pokemon you will receive.
The next is GTS, where you select a Pokemon and can specify what Pokemon you want in return, and then you will be matched with a player to do the trade.
The third is Room Trade, allowing you to create or join a room of up to 20 other users and trade Pokemon to each other.
The final is Friend Trade, connecting you to players on your friend list to trade Pokemon with them.
What Other Features Does It Have?
Storing and trading Pokemon isn’t all that you can do with Pokemon Home. The software will have the ability to hold the full National Dex. This also includes forms such as Gigantamax and Mega Evolutions too.
You can also receive Mystery Gifts much like you can in the regular games and Pokemon Go.
Pokemon Home will also have a Judge section where you can have your Pokemon’s Stats, moves, IV’s etc assessed, very handy for when you receive a Pokemon from a trade.
You will also be able to check your Battle Stats from Pokemon Sword & Shield too, handy for finding this out on the go, especially if you want to brag to your friends.
How Much Will It Cost?
The good news is that Pokemon Home has a free option, but it is, as expected, very limited. You can only store 30 Pokemon as opposed to 6000 with the Premium Membership. The paid membership will cost $3 a month or $16 for the full year. You will also be able to get 1 month free of Pokemon Bank to allow you to transfer Pokemon over from the handheld games for free. This service normally costs $5 per year.
When Will It Be Released?
Pokemon Home is expected to launch in February 2020, but no exact date has been given yet.
What do you think of Pokemon Home? Will you be using the service? Let us know in the comments.
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