Pokémon Home is a new cloud-based storage service available as an app for Android and iOS phones and tablets, as well as the Nintendo Switch. One of the most attractive features is that you can keep your Pokédex at hand anytime, anywhere – for a fee. Better yet, it allows you to form a uniform Pokédex by bringing in the Pokémon that you caught in previous games so that you can use them in, for example, Pokémon Sword or Pokémon: Let & # 39; s Go, Pikachu! ( Support for Pokémon Go is still under development for the Home app.)
Given that Pokémon games have taken so many years and different console platforms, moving all of your Pokémon to Pokémon Home with more steps, the longer your journey goes back ̵
We start with the more involved process of migrating older 3DS and DS games to Home. There are several steps involved, and although they are actually simple, there are many crossed wires that you can untangle along the way.
Upload your 3DS / DS collection to Pokémon Bank
If you have saved a pokédex in games made for the Nintendo DS or 3DS systems, you cannot start immediately with Pokémon Home upload. You must first route your collection through Pokémon Bank, an older cloud-based service.
Your first step should be to open the eShop app and download Pokémon Bank. Depending on the game from which you try to transfer pocket samples, you may also need to download Poké Transporter, which is accessible from the Bank app on 3DS.
As to why certain games require a separate app, it probably comes down to newer games that are built with the ability to communicate directly with Pokémon Bank, while others need the Poké Transporter to process the data transfer for them. The technical details are less important than the fact that these apps do what they claim: helping you bring your pokémon to the couch, making them visible to Pokémon Home.
- Games that communicate directly with Pokémon Bank : Pokémon Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Sun, Moon, X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire
- Games that require Poké Transporter to be transferred 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 in the bank, take a deep breath and view this non-confusing flow chart made by The Pokémon Company.
As indicated by the directional arrows in the graph, some games allow deposits and withdrawals from Pokémon, while others only support one-way transfers. Keep that in mind when you move things.
To transfer your Pokémon, open the 3DS apps that work with your game. If you transfer from a physical cartridge, you must install it to allow the app to detect the game (and the Pokémon that you have caught in it). Otherwise, games that you have installed on your 3DS system are automatically detected by the apps.
The steps that follow to transfer Pokémon from your games to the Pokémon Bank are simple and you should not encounter any problems.
If you feel ambitious, Polygon compiled a guide about moving pokémon from earlier DS games that are not directly supported by Bank. If you want to go even further back (I am talking about Game Boy Advance), the guide also shows that it is possible to modernize your old pokémon if you follow the tough steps.
Connect your Pokémon Bank to Pokémon Home
When you are done with the transfer, you must link your Pokémon Bank account on 3DS to your phone, Nintendo Switch or the device on which you have installed the Home app. I have used the Home app on my Android phone, but this process is similar to the Switch.
- First check if your Nintendo account is linked to the Home app. You will be asked to do this the first time you do it, but you can manually pair it in the settings by tapping the menu button at the bottom of the screen. Since you must link your account on the Switch before you can download apps from the eShop, you are already connected if you use the Switch app.
- Then select "Options" on the next screen if you are using the mobile app.
- While still on the Options screen, you must convert to a paying customer to link your bank to Home. The minimum is a monthly fee of $ 2.99 to keep the service active.
- You do not have to continue to pay after you have completed the transfer, but if you keep your subscription active, you will have more room to save Pokémon and access to the other benefits (see below).
- subscribe, open Pokémon Bank on your 3DS. Tap the "Move Pokémon to Pokémon Home" button in the main menu.
- If you have installed the Home app on a phone or tablet, click "Move Pokémon" in the Options menu. Click the switch on the 3DS symbol on the main screen.
- In the Home app you will see a moving key that you must enter on your 3DS to start 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 a uniform Pokédex, you need to know that the mobile app and Nintendo Switch versions of the app differ in a few important ways, as described below.
Moving Pokémon between Switch Games
In the above image you may have noticed that with only the Nintendo Switch version of the Pokémon Home app you can move your pocket monsters between games. And you'd better believe that Nintendo has another card that explains how that currently works.
Here's a brief overview: your pokémon from Pokémon: Let & # 39; s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let & # 39; s Go, Eeve e! can be deposited in Pokémon Home (but not withdrawn). After your pokémon is loaded in the Home app, others can be deposited and withdrawn to and from the latest Switch games, Pokémon Sword and Shield .
If you want to know more about what you can do with your newly united Pokédex in Pokémon Home, see the expansion guide of Polygon about the functions of the app.
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