Last updated on March 20th, 2020
It’s no more news that Pokemon fans have long dreamt of a place where they can gather all the Pokemon they’ve gathered and this is now possible with the emergence of Pokemon Home. It is a new cloud service from Nintendo and is also an app that enables folks to transfer Pokemon from older generation games and trade with folks around the world amongst other features. This article explains all you need to know about the Pokemon Home service.
Pokemon Home can be described as a cloud-based service that acts as a hub for all your Pokemon. It allows you to store, trade and transfer them to recent Pokemon games and vice versa with some restrictions. The app is currently available on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. It can be downloaded for free and comes with some premium features that can be unlocked with a monthly subscription.
You can enjoy a worthwhile experience from your usage of Pokemon Home. First off, you must link it to your Nintendo Account. There is a prompt that asks you to carry out this action when you’re setting up the app. This enables the transfer of Pokemon to and from Sword and Shield including Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! and Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu!, as well as the addition of Pokemon from old 3DS games through Pokemon Bank.
It is expected that folks will be able to add their Pokemon Go collection to the cloud service in the future. Meanwhile, here are some decent and amazing features of Pokemon Home folks can leverage:
- Search feature for Pokémon by type and ability
- Trade with friends and strangers
- Mystery gifts for Pokémon Sword and Shield
- A Pokédex that carries detailed information for all your entries, including type matchups and what games Pokémon can travel to.
- Access to ranked battle data from Pokémon Sword and Shield
Trading is a vital part of the Pokemon adventure and it has been available since the launch of the first Pokemon game where two Gameboys could be connected with a cable to allow for swapping of Pokemon with a friend. The method is easier in recent times. Here are some trading options.
Wonder Box trading
This could be referred to as blind trading. Here is how it works. You put a Pokemon you no longer find useful in a Wonder Box and it will be replaced with the Pokemon of another random player. Interactions in the app are not needed for this to materialize. A free plan allows for the trading of three Pokemon simultaneously when this method is in use.
Global Trade System (GTS) trading
There’s more specificity in this option. It allows you to specify the Pokemon you want to receive in a trade. Once you state your trading Pokemon, the app will try to match you with a trainer whose trade will meet your criteria.
Trading is done here with more people involved in the process. If you use a premium plan, you can create a room that can contain up to 20 people and carry out an exchange of Pokemon to your heart’s content. You must be careful though as you never know what you’ll get until after the trade.
With this option, all you have to do is to add your Pokemon Home friends through the app and swap some Pokemon.
Games that are compatible with Pokémon Home
The compatible titles on Pokemon Home include the following:
- Pokémon Sword
- Pokémon Shield
- Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu!
- Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee!
- Pokémon Bank
- Pokémon Go (soon)
Regardless of the aforementioned games, the ones which offer the best freedom of movement are Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. Meanwhile, Pokemon can be added to and received via the Pokemon Home app on both games. This is not the case with other titles on the list.
Pokemon can be transferred between Let’s Go Pikachu! and Let’s Go Eevee! However, if any of them is placed in Sword and Shield, they’ll remain and cannot be moved back to their original game.
Transferring Pokemon from Pokemon Bank to Pokemon Home is also a one-way transfer. Meanwhile, it must be noted that only supported Pokemon can be transferred. For instance, no Generation 2 or higher Pokémon can make it onto Let’s Go Eevee! and Let’s Go Pikachu!
The price of Pokemon Home and its premium features
The app is available for free on the three platforms that were mentioned previously. However, you can make the most of it by subscribing to the paid Premium Plan which costs $3 per month and $16 on a yearly basis. These are the features you’ll enjoy if you opt for the Pokemon Home premium subscription.
- Placement of up to 10 Pokemon in Wonder Boxes simultaneously
- Placement of up to 3 Pokemon in GTS simultaneously
- Transferring Pokemon from Pokemon Bank to Pokémon Home
- Storing up to 6000 Pokemon (Just 30 available with Basic free plan)
- Availability of a Judge function which reveals how strong a Pokemon can become
- Creation and hosting of Trade Rooms.
The article above throws more light on the essential features and facts surrounding Pokemon Home. Take advantage of this new cloud-based service.