Pokémon Home is a new cloud-based storage service available as an app for Android and iOS phones and tablets, as well as Nintendo Switch. One of the most enticing features is that it lets you keep your pokédex handy whenever you are – for a fee. Even better, it lets you form a unified pokédex, pull in the pokémon you've captured in previous games so you can distribute them in, say, Pokémon Sword or Pokémon: Let & # 39; s Go , Pikachu! ( Pokémon Go support is still under development for the Home app.]
Given that Pokémon games extend over so many years and different console platforms, to get all your pokémon to Pokémon Home means more steps the longer your journey goes back ̵1; less if you just started with the latest Pokémon titles on Switch. Here's how it goes.
We'll start with the more involved process to migrate from older 3DS and DS games to Home There are several steps involved, and although they are actually simple, there are many crossed lines to unload along the way.
Download upload your 3DS / DS collection to Pokémon Bank
If you have a pokédex stored on games made for Nintendo DS or 3DS systems, you cannot jump straight to upload to Pokémon Home, you must first direct your collection through Pokémon Bank, an older m
Your first step should be to open the eShop app and download Pokémon Bank. Depending on the game from which you are trying to transfer pocket samples, you may also need to download Poké Transporter, which is available from the Bank app on 3DS.
As to why some games require a separate app, new games are likely to be built with the ability to interface directly with Pokémon Bank, while others need Poké Transporter to handle the data transfer for them. The technical details are less important than the fact that these apps do what they claim: helping you get your pokémon to the bank, making them visible to Pokémon Home.
- Games as interfaces directly with Pokémon Bank : Pokémon Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Sun, Moon, X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire
- Games that require Poké Transporter to transfer to Bank : Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Blue, Red, Yellow, Gold, Silver and Pokémon White, Black, White 2 and Black 2 .
To see exactly how you can get your pokémon to the bank, take a deep breath and then look at this not at all confusing flow chart made by The Pokémon Company.
As indicated by the directional arrows in the diagram, some games allow for the insertion and withdrawal of pokémon, while others only support one-way transfers. Keep that in mind as you move things.
To transfer your Pokémon, open up the 3DS apps that work with your game. If you are transferring from a physical cartridge, you must insert it for the app to detect the game (and the pokémon that you have captured in it). Otherwise, games that you have installed on your 3DS system will automatically be detected by the apps.
The steps that follow to transfer Pokémon from your games to Pokémon Bank are simple and you should not encounter any problems.
If you feel ambitious, Polygon puts together a guide to move pokémon from previous DS games that are not directly supported by Bank. If you want to go even further back (I'm talking about Game Boy Advance) the guide also shows that it is possible to modernize your old pokémon if you follow the difficult steps.
Linking your Pokémon Bank with Pokémon Home
When you are done with the transfer, you must link your Pokémon bank account on 3DS to your phone, Nintendo Switch or whatever device you have the home app installed on. I used the home app on my Android phone, but this process is similar to Switch.
- First of all, make sure your Nintendo account is linked to the home app. It asks you to do it when you first run it, but you can manually link it in the settings by pressing the menu button at the bottom of the screen. Since you need to link your account on Switch before you can download apps from eShop, you will already be linked if you use the Switch app.
- Then select “Options” on the next screen if you are using the mobile app.
- While you are still on the Options screen, you must convert to be a paying customer to link your bank to your home. The minimum is a $ 2.99 monthly fee to keep the service going.
- You do not have to continue paying when you complete the transfer, but keeping your subscription active gives you more space to save pokémon and give you access to the other benefits (see below).
- After you subscribe, open Pokémon Bank on your 3DS. Click the "Move Pokémon to Pokémon Home" button on the main menu.
- If you have the home app installed on a phone or tablet, click "Move Pokémon" in the Options menu. Click the 3DS icon on the main screen of the switch.
- In the home app, you get a moving key that you must enter on your 3DS to initiate the transfer.
- If you just wanted to have your pokémon available in the app, you're done. But if you want to get the most out of having a unified pokédex, you should know that the mobile app and Nintendo Switch versions of the app differ in some important ways, as described below.
How to move Pokémon between switch games
You may have noticed in the image above that only the Nintendo Switch version of the Pokémon Home app lets you move your pocket monsters between games. And you better believe that Nintendo has another chart that explains how it currently works.
Here's a quick breakdown: your pokémon from Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let's Go, Eeve e! can be deposited in Pokémon Home (but not withdrawn). Once your pokémon is loaded into the home app, others can be deposited and retracted to and from the latest Switch games, Pokémon Sword and Shield .
If you want to explore more of what you can do with your recently unified pokédex in Pokémon Home, check out Polygon extension app for the app's features.
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