Pokemon Home has been launched on several platforms today, including Nintendo Switch Android and iOS. Fans should start getting access to the Pokemon Home App on phones and consoles in the coming hours, with the new character Grand Oak taking you through the process of setting up an account. But something fans want to know is if transfers between Pokemon Go and Pokemon Sword and Shield have become available?
The bad news is that even if you download Pokemon Home today and set up your account, including the free Pokemon you get with it, you won’t be able to connect Go and Sword and Shield games via Home.
However, The good news is that Pokemon Go to Pokemon Sword and Shield connectivity has been confirmed.
And that means that while gamers may have to wait a while, they will get to trade Pokemon between mobile and console games soon.
From what has been shared so far by Nintendo, Pokemon trainers will be able to move games from Let’s Go, 3DS and Pokemon Go platforms, but not back again.
Compatibility will also depend on if you’re using a premium account and which apps you are using to connect to Pokemon Home
“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,” a message from the Pokemon Company explains.
“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.
“To celebrate the release of Pokémon HOME, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be available at no cost for a one-month period after Pokémon HOME is released.
“Trainers will be able to bring over Pokémon from various Pokémon series games using Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter. Once they have their Pokémon in Pokémon Bank, Trainers will then be able to move the Pokémon to Pokémon HOME.”
No timeline has been provided on when Pokemon Go support in Pokemon Home will become available.
For now, we only know that Pokemon Go support is in development and that it will fit in with the larger Pokemon Home scheme.
It should also be noted that a Nintendo Switch Online membership is not required to install or use Pokémon Home. however, more features are available by enrolling in a Pokémon HOME Premium Plan (paid) subscription.
This includes being able to move Pokemon from Pokemon Bank and use the Judge Pokemon feature which allows you to check how strong your Pokemon are.