Pokémon Home explained: free vs premium features, and compatible games explained

Everything you need to know about the essentials in Pokémon Home.

Pokémon Home is a cloud-based service where you can store and transfer Pokémon to and 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 together in one place.

It all began in Pokémon Silver and Gold with the Time Capsule, leading up to the most recently Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon Home will be compatible with a variety of games, including Pokémon Go and Switch games such as Pokémon Sword and Shield - and has both free and premium features.

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What is Pokémon Home? All Pokémon Home features explained

Pokémon Home is a cloud-based service being developed by The Pokémon Company where you'll be able to transfer and store your Pokémon from mainline and other entries of the series, which will be available to view on smartphone devices and Nintendo Switch.

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

There are essentially three key features of Pokémon Home - collecting, trading and transfers.

Pokémon Home Collecting

Pokémon Home allows you to amass your collection of Pokémon between games, and has a series of features to help support it:

  • A National Pokédex will track your entries, including Mega Evolve and Gigantamax forms
  • Mystery Gifts can be received for Sword and Shield, as well as additional ones specific to Home
  • A 'Your Room' section allowing you to look at news about connected games and collect stickers for your profile based on completing Home-specific challenges
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  • Mobile-specific features, including searching Pokémon by ability or move; see progress on Ranked Battles and Online Competitions in Pokémon Sword and Shield, and look at Trainer battle data and popular moves used in competitions
  • Earn Pokémon Home Points, which increase as you deposit more Pokémon, and can be exchanged for BP in core Pokémon games

Pokémon Home Trading

As well as the ability to transfer Pokémon to (and in some cases, from) Home to other Pokémon games, Pokémon Home will also allow you to trade Pokémon with other Home users - whether they're your friends and anyone else around the world.

These trading features are exclusive to the mobile version of Pokémon Home, and works in four ways:

  • Wonder Box trading, even when Pokémon Home is not being used
  • Global Trade System trading, allowing you to specify which Pokémon you want to send and receive in return
  • Room Trade, allowing you to trade within a private room with up to 20 others
  • Friend Trade, allowing you to trade with those nearby
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As for bringing Pokémon to Home, we have a dedicated how to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home page - but if you're wondering about compatible Pokémon games...

What games are compatible with Pokémon Home?

Pokémon Home will be directly compatible with the following games:

  • 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
  • Pokémon Go (iOS and Android) - at a later date
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As shown in the above image, only Pokémon Sword and Shield will have the ability to both transfer and receive Pokémon from Pokémon Home. Other supported games, meanwhile, are a one-way trip.

Additionally, you can expect only supported Pokémon can be transferred to the relevant game. So you won't be able to send anything post Gen 1 to Let's Go Eevee! or Let's Go Pikachu!, while Sword and Shield will only feature those featured in the regional Galar Pokédex.

Finally, it's worth stating since Pokémon Home is compatible with Pokémon Bank, you can technically bring those supported mainline Pokémon games on Nintendo 3DS forward to Home.

Our dedicated how to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home page explains how to do all this in further detail.


It's now possible to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home and get Gigantamax Toxtricity. For more like this, our complete Pokémon Sword and Shield walkthrough, explainer on the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, and Pokémon Sword and Shield tips are the places to start. Otherwise, we cover everything 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 TM locations and TRs, new Gen 8 Pokémon, the Sword and Shield Pokédex, Sword and Shield version differences, all Galarian forms and the Sword and Shield Legendaries. We also have an evolution guide, including details on evolving Applin, Farfetch’d, Milcery, Sinistea, Toxel and Yamask.


Pokémon Home's free vs premium features, and price, explained

Unlike Pokémon Bank, Pokémon Home is a free service with an optional 'premium' tier with additional features.

Pokémon Home's Premium price is as follows:

SubscriptioneShop priceMobile price
30 days 2.69 2.99
90 days 4.49 4.99
365 days 14.39 15.99

This is more expensive than Pokémon Bank at Ł4.49 / $4.99 / €4.99 - but remember that Home's core features are free.

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Purchasing a 'Premium' Home subscription allows you to do the following:

  • Transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon Home *
  • Deposit more than 30 Pokémon in Pokémon Home (up to 6,000)
  • Trade more than 3 Pokémon in a Wonder Box at once (up to 10)
  • Trade more than 1 Pokémon in the GTS at once (up to 3)
  • Create Rooms for the Room Trade feature (participation within a Room, however, remains free for all)
  • Use the 'Judge' function to see how strong a Pokémon will be **

* Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be available at no cost until March 12th, 2020, allowing players to grab Pokémon from their 3DS games without a Bank subscription. However, you still need a Premium Home subscription to move them from Bank to Pokémon Home.

** Unavailable during Pokémon Home's February 2020 launch.

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A closer look at the Premium-only 'Judge' feature.

What happens when your Pokémon Home premium subscription expires?

Though Pokémon Home has a free option, as shown above, there is a premium tier which expand the number of Pokémon you can deposit - from 30 to a whopping 6,000.

The question is - what happens to those Pokémon when your Pokémon Home subscription runs out? Here's The Pokémon's Company official statement on what happens:

"If you deposit 31 or more Pokémon in Pokémon Home while you have the Premium Plan, and your plan then changes to the no-cost Basic Plan, you will not be able to view or withdraw any Pokémon beyond the 30th Pokémon you deposited.

"By re-enrolling in the Premium Plan, you'll be able to view all the information about the additional Pokémon as well as move them out of Pokémon Home."

So your Pokémon will be safe - though most will be inaccessible until you resubscribe to Pokémon Home. This makes the decision to transfer Pokémon forward from previous generations more important - do you want to bring them to Pokémon Home at the risk of not being able to access them if your subscription lapses, or should they stay in those games where you could readily access them?

It's a choice only you can make. Ultimately, it's better than Pokémon Bank - which had a disclaimer it would remove your Pokémon if you didn't keep up the subscription. At least in Pokémon Home, they won't go anywhere!

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