Pokémon Bank, a premium online safety deposit box for your Pokémon, has been released for Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, allowing players to transfer creatures from older games, including Red and Blue, Black and White, X and Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire (or ORAS) right up to the latest generation of games.

There are some additions and caveats in the way the service works for Ultra Sun and Moon, including a new National Pokédex as well as some steps required to get up and running first.

The update also comes with a Mewnium Z and Mew Z Move Genesis Supernova giveaway for Sun and Moon users. Here on this page we'll explain all of that - plus when Pokémon Bank releases for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, too.

Pokémon Bank Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon update - when is Pokémon Bank available for Pokémon Ultra sun and Ultra Moon?

The Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon update for Pokémon Bank, update 1.4, is now available!

The update went live on November 20th, 2017, and with it comes to ability to add Pokémon Gold and Silver transfers to the Poké Transporter, too.

Pokémon Bank - How it works with Sun and Moon and how to access the National Pokédex

Aside from just being extra storage space - there's a capacity of 3,000 Pokémon in total - Pokémon Bank is also a tool for transferring your Pokémon across generations. The following games will allow legal, non-hacked Pokémon transferred, one way, from them to the Pokémon Bank via the Poké Transporter 3DS app:

  • Pokémon Sun and Moon
  • Pokémon X and Y
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokémon Black and White
  • Pokémon Black and White 2
  • Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow (3DS Virtual Console

There are also ways to get Pokémon from even older games across to the latest generation - which we'll explain a little later.

The arrival of Pokemon Bank with Sun and Moon in January 2017 introduces some new changes. One is an the update of the Poké Transporter 3DS app to include support for Red, Blue and Yellow, and two is the addition of a National Pokédex.

Found within the Pokémon Bank service, this collects the saved data of your connected games, allowing you to browse which creatures you've collected all in one place, even for those not in Sun and Moon. Support games for this feature include:

  • Pokémon Sun and Moon
  • Pokémon X and Y
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

How to transfer Pokémon from Red, Blue, Yellow, X and Y and even older titles to Pokémon Bank

For supported games, there are two options.

  • For Gen 6 (that's Pokémon from X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire) you can transfer to and from Pokémon Bank right away. To do that, simply head straight to the Pokémon Bank app on your 3DS and follow the simple instructions there. An important note - any Pokemon coming from Gen 6 - X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire - to Sun and Moon can no longer be transferred back to those original games, so download wisely
  • To transfer from Red, Blue and Yellow, as well as DS titles Black and White, Black 2 and White 2 - and now Pokémon Gold and Silver - you'll need to use the Poké Transporter app. This comes bundled free with your subscription to Pokémon Bank, and like Bank is accessed via your 3DS' home screen like you would a standard game. Note that Red, Blue and Yellow creatures can only be sent to Sun and Moon, and not older games.

How to use the Poké Transporter:

  1. Make sure it's the right version of the games - you can only transfer Pokémon from the virtual console versions of Red, Blue, and Yellow to Pokémon Bank.
  2. 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 Pokémon you want to transfer.
  3. Open the Poké Transporter app, and use it to transfer all of the Pokémon in the first box over to the Pokémon Bank's transfer box.
  4. Head to the Pokémon Bank app now, and transfer those Pokémon in the transfer box to the other Pokémon Bank boxes of your choice.
  5. Make sure that transfer box is empty before you repeat the process, to avoid any unwanted complications!
  6. Use the Pokémon Bank to transfer these Pokémon into Sun and Moon - more details on how exactly to do this will come when Bank is updated!

How to transfer from physical copies of older generations 3 to 4 to Pokémon Bank

Though not officially supported by Pokémon Bank, it is possible to get creatures from the other games in the series, such as Gold and Silver or Diamond and Pearl, over to modern games.

The following games require a much more convoluted process to transfer Pokémon to either the Pokémon Bank or Sun and Moon. Please note that all of these are one-way transfers only - you cannot get these Pokémon back onto their original games once transferred:

  • Gen 1: Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow (physical, non-virtual console versions) - not possible
  • Gen 2: Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal - not possible
  • Gen 3: Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen - transfer to Black and White or Black 2 and White 2, then use Poké Transporter (see above section) to transfer to Pokémon Bank.
  • Gen 4: Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver - transfer to Black and White or Black 2 and White 2, then use Poké Transporter (see above section) to transfer to Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon from the original, cartridge-based games from the first and second generation games are, unfortunately, impossible to get beyond Generation 2. From Generation 3 onwards however, it is possible, and thankfully that includes versions of the games such as FireRed and HeartGold, which hark right back to the originals. Likewise as we mention in the section above, virtual console versions of the Gen 1 games are also available for Pokémon transfers directly to Bank, too.

For more on Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon, head to our main Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon walkthrough and guide hub, which includes guides to new Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon Pokémon and Pokédex changes, the Festival Plaza, a list of Global Missions and rewards, an explainer on Pokémon Bank, a dedicated page on Pokémon Competitive Training, including IV Training, EVs and hidden stats, Breeding 6IV Pokémon explained and how to farm Bottle Caps fast for Hyper Training. What's more, we have pages on the Rockruff event for getting Dusk Form Lycanroc and, last but not least, a full Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon QR codes list for adding all Pokémon to your Pokédex.

Other things to know about Pokémon Bank

Before in Red, Blue and Yellow...
  • If you're transferring creatures from the Virtual Console versions of Red, Blue and Yellow, stats such as Abilities, Natures, Special Attack and Special Defence will be added. These creatures can also only be sent to Sun and Moon, and not other games.
  • Items cannot be carried over with any Pokémon via the Bank - if you attempt to, the item it is holding will be sent back to the original game.
  • Remember that any transfers from an older generation to a newer one are one way - including Pokemon coming from Gen 6 - X and Y, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire to Sun and Moon - so download wisely.
  • Remember to access the service before October 2, 2017 to take part in a Mewnium Z and Mew Z Move Genesis Supernova giveaway for Sun and Moon users.
...and after in Sun and Moon.
  • Using Pokémon Bank also provides you with Poké Miles - special rewards points otherwise earned through walking around in X and Y or ORAS which can be exchanged for in-game items. You'll receive 100 Poké Miles the first time you deposit a Pokémon in Pokémon Bank, and additional miles the longer your Pokémon are stored there.

    These can also be converted into Battle Points, another currency which can be exchanged for TMs, competitive-related items and more in various games in the series - including Sun and Moon. These transfer at a rate of 1 BP for every 100 Poké Miles, and are probably more useful for those interested in competitive play.
  • Pokemon Bank is a premium service, costing Ł4.49, or €4.99, per year. If your subscription expires, you can still withdraw your Pokémon - but only for a set period of time - here's 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."

Additional reporting by Matthew Reynolds

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