Pokémon Home is Live, Pokémon Bank Free Through March 12

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Pokémon Home, the new cloud-based storage and trading app for pokémon, is now available on iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. Read our detailed breakdown of everything Pokémon Home offers.

Pokémon Home allows you to store, and more importantly, transfer Pokémon between games, including bringing in old favorites into Pokémon Sword and Shield – provided they are already in the Galar Pokédex. Infamously, Pokémon Sword and Shield was the first main pokémon game to not include a full National Dex, only supporting 400 of the nearly 900 total pokémon.

Pokémon Home supports the two mainline Pokémon releases: Sword and Shield, and Let’s Go, Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, as well as the Pokémon Bank app. Nintendo has plans to support Pokémon GO in the future.

Pokémon Bank was the previous cloud storage app, for Nintendo DS and 3DS. It supported all the previous generation Pokémon Games, from the GameBoy Advance era to 3DS (thanks to remakes like Fire Red for the earliest generation). Through Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Home, you can bring pokémon who are well over a decade old into the modern age!

There’s a catch, however. To transfer pokémon from Bank to Home, you’ll need to subscribe to the premium version of Pokémon Home. The premium plan costs $2.99 per month, or $4.99 for 3 months, and $15.99 for a year subscription.

If you haven’t ever used Bank before, or haven’t yet transferred that winning team from Sun and Moon, Nintendo is offering the use of Pokémon Bank for free for exactly one month, starting today, Feb 12, and ending March 12. By using Pokémon Bank and the free PokéTransporter app (for older games) you’ll be able to bring everyone over to Bank, then transfer everyone to Home.

Pokémon Home also includes a number of other features, including the Global Transfer System and Wonder Trades. Check out the official website for details.

Pokémon Bank Update Adds Compatibility With Pokémon Sun and Moon

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Catching ’em all has just become easier. Pokémon Bank has finally been updated to add support for Pokémon Sun and Moon. This is big news for Pokémon fans, as now it’s possible to transfer any Pokémon into Sun and Moon, including those not found in the game. The update also allows players to transfer Pokémon from the eShop Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow into Pokémon Sun and Moon via the free Poké Transporter app.

The update includes two new features for Pokémon Bank: Pokédex and adventure records. The Pokédex gathers all the information for Pokémon into a single place. Adventure records pulls the stats from each Pokémon game that a player has connected to Pokémon Bank, such as number of Pokémon caught.

Pokémon Bank is an app you can download onto the Nintendo 3DS from the Nintendo eShop. It allows you to transfer Pokémon from one game into the app, which stores up to 3,000 Pokémon. You can then transfer your Pokémon into another game, making it the easiest way to transfer Pokémon from one game to another without needing a second 3DS.

While the app is free to download and install, Pokémon Bank uses a subscription service. An annual usage fee of $4.99 gives you access for one year.

To date, Pokémon Bank is now compatible with the following titles: Pokémon Black, Pokémon White, Pokémon Black 2, Pokémon White 2, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow (N3DS Virtual Console), Pokémon Sun, and Pokémon Moon.

Players who access Pokémon Bank between now and October 2 can claim a limited-time Mewnium Z, the Z-Crystal for Mew. Z-Crystals are a new feature to Pokémon Sun and Moon, giving Pokémon access to powerful one-use abilities.