Pokémon Home explained: release expectations, compatible games to transfer to Pokémon Sword and Shield explained

Everything we currently know about Pokémon Home.

Pokémon Home is the upcoming cloud-based service, which will store your Pokémon from modern Pokémon games.

This service is the next instalment in a long line of services and in-game features that have allowed you to bring your favourite Pokémon from one to another. It all began in Pokémon Silver and Gold with the Time Capsule, and the latest version is Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon Home will be compatible with a variety of games, including Pokémon Go, Pokémon Bank and both Pokémon Sword and Shield.

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What is Pokémon Home?


Pokémon Home is a new cloud-based service being developed by Nintendo where you'll be able to transfer and store your Pokémon, which will be available on both smartphone devices and Nintendo Switch.

It is, essentially, the evolved form of Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon Home will also allow you to trade Pokémon with both your friends and anyone else around the world when using the software on a mobile device.

The ability to trade with multiple people all at the same time might also be included to Pokémon Home.

What games will Pokémon Home be compatible with?

According to the info-graphic used at the announcement of Pokémon Home at the 2019 Pokémon Press Conference, Pokémon Home will be compatible with the following games:

  • Pokémon Go (iOS and Android)
  • Pokémon Sword - Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Shield - Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu! - Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Let's Go Eevee! - Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Bank - Nintendo 3DS

Since Pokémon Home is compatible with Pokémon Bank that means it's technically compatible with all the past main-line Pokémon games on the 3DS.

From the looks of the arrows on the info-graphic, it looks like only Pokémon Sword and Shield will have the ability to both transfer and receive Pokémon from Pokémon Home.

Meanwhile, Pokémon Go, Bank and both Let's Go games will only be able to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, but not retrieve them.

Which Pokémon can I transfer into Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Due to the lack of a National Pokédex in Pokémon Sword and Shield, you probably won't be able to transfer every single Pokémon into the game. (Though maybe that will change, we'll see...)

This means that the Pokémon you can transfer into Pokémon Sword and Shield from previous generation will most likely be confined to the ones that are in the regional Galar Pokédex. This includes Pokémon like Jangmo-o, Snorlax, Pancham, among many others.

Shellder, Shuckle and Solrock also make an appearance in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

If you want to know the full list of Pokémon from previous generations that appear in the Galar Pokédex, then check out our guide on the full Galar Pokédex.

There is the chance that Pokémon Home will expand the Galar Pokédex past 400, but we'll have to wait and see what happens.

When will Pokémon Home be released?

Pokémon Home will be released in early 2020 on iOS, Android devices and the Nintendo Switch.

We don't have a confirmed release yet, but we'll update this page when we do!

Sword and Shield finally here! Our now complete Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough and Pokémon Sword and Shield tips can help with the main adventure, and along the way you'll encounter a few new features - from the Wild Area and Pokémon Camp to strong-looking Pokémon and autosaving. After discovering the starters Sobble, Scorbunny and Grookey, we have a guide to the Turffield treasure riddle solution, and Ballonlea quiz answers and solutions, lists of all Pokémon Sword and Shield TM locations new Gen 8 Pokémon, Sword and Shield Pokédex, version differences, Galarian forms and Sword and Shield Legendaries. We also have an evolution guide, including guides on evolving Applin, Farfetch’d, Milcery, Sinistea, Toxel and Yamask.

How much will Pokémon Home cost?

Right now we don't know whether or not Pokémon Home will be free. Yet, considering there is an annual charge for Pokémon Bank, we can expect the same for Pokémon Home.

The annual cost for Pokémon Bank is Ł4.49 / $4.99 / €4.99. It wouldn't be surprising if Pokémon Home costs a similar amount.

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