Since the release of Pokémon Home earlier this year, Pokémon GO trainers have been eagerly waiting news on when the mobile storage app will support Pokémon GO. The Pokémon Company announced that integration between Home and GO will finally arrive later this year.

Pokémon Home is a mobile app that allows you to transfer, trade, and store pokémon. Most importantly, it lets you bring pokémon from other games into Pokémon Sword and Shield – and presumably from Sword and Shield into the next big Pokémon game.

Once Pokémon caught in GO can be transferred to Home, those pokémon could then be transferred into Sword and Shield. But there’s an important catch: Pokémon must be registered in the Pokédex of Sword and Shield, or have already been obtained at least once.

Special pokémon from GO cannot be transferred to Home. We’re assuming this means all the holiday hat-wearing Pikachus you’ve been collecting over the years. Also, once pokémon are transferred to Home they cannot return to GO – it’s a one-way trip!

Transferring any pokémon from GO to Home will grant you two special Mystery Gifts, one in Home and one in GO. The Home gift contains a unique Melmetal. Melmetal is a very rare pokémon who was introduced in Pokémon GO. This version of Melmetal can Gigantamax in Sword and Shield. Melmetal evolves from Meltan, which is in the gift you’ll receive in Pokémon GO.

Pokémon Home is free-to-download with optional paid subscription on Switch and mobile devices.

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