The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo revealed new details for their cloud service app “Pokémon Home,” which is planned to launch sometime in February 2020 for iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch.
Pokémon Home allows players to bring all of their Pokémon to one area. Players can link their devices to the service and deposit them into Pokémon Boxes in the cloud or move them around to linked compatible games. Users who link their Nintendo Account to both the Switch and mobile devices can access the same Pokémon Boxes from both hardware platforms.
Pokémon Home support connectivity with Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Additionally, both Switch and mobile devices can connect with the 3DS Software Pokémon Bank. Currently, support for Pokémon GO is in development.
The developer has detailed how and which games they’ll be able to trade and move Pokémon:
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon Home. Once the games are linked, users can deposit or retrieve Pokémon that can be obtained using those games.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon Home. Users can move Pokémon back and forth between Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! or into Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is moved to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, it cannot be returned to its original game.
If a user is enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid), they will be able to move Pokémon from Nintendo 3DS Pokémon titles to Pokémon Home using Pokémon Bank. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon Bank is moved into Pokémon Home, it cannot be moved back to Pokémon Bank.
When the service launches, Pokémon Home, Pokémon Bank, and Poké Transporter will be available for free for one month. During that time, users will be able to move Pokémon from their devices to the new feature.
The developer shares the four ways that users can trade Pokémon on a mobile device:
Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world. Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when Pokémon Home is not being used.
With the Global Trade System (GTS), fans can specify which Pokémon they want to trade and which Pokémon they want to receive. They will then be matched with a Trainer if both meet each other’s criteria.
Room Trade lets Trainers create a room and trade Pokémon among the people who join. Each room can hold up to 20 people. Trading in rooms has no cost, but users will only be able to create rooms when enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid).
Friend Trade allows Trainers to trade their Pokémon with nearby users who they have become friends with in Pokémon Home. Trainers can add friends using the Add Friend feature in Pokémon Home.
The premium plans are:
- 1 month (30 days) – $2.99
- 3 months (90 days) – $4.99
- 12 months (365 days) – $15.99
Other benefits of the feature are having access to a National Pokédex, receiving Myster Gifts in the mobile device version to use in Pokémon Sword and Shield, premium Judge function, and the ability to exchange Pokémon in Pokémon Home for Battle Points to be used in other games.
Check out the details and some screenshots below:
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