The cloud-based Pokémon storage service, Pokémon Home has officially launched.
The Pokémon Company International released its cloud service, Pokémon Home, for the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. For the next month, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be available for free before switching over to Premium on March 12th.
What is Pokémon Home?
For those unfamiliar, Pokémon HOME is an app for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices that enables you to transfer compatible Pokémon from multiple previous games using the existing Pokémon Bank app to Pokémon Sword and Shield. This means that the Pokédex, which previously had a limit, has now expanded. It also makes it far easier to trade Pokémon with other people, being able to send and receive from either your Switch console or your smartphone.
However, it is not currently possible to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon HOME, although the feature is coming. It should be noted that transferred Pokémon cannot be moved back to Pokémon GO once they have been moved to Pokémon HOME. For previous generation games, all Pokémon must move via Pokémon Bank on 3DS. While it is possible to transfer Gen 1 and Gen 2 Pokémon from the 3DS Virtual Console releases of the original Game Boy games (or their remakes on later platforms), it is not possible to move Pokémon from original Game Boy cartridges to Pokémon HOME. This infographic also gives you an idea of how the app interacts with existing Pokémon games and services.
Now that the feature is live, players have access to 35 new monsters in Sword and Shield, including previous starters such as Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander. The full list is available here. Additionally, the arrival of the app did mark an extra 35 Pokémon coming to the games. With Gen 1 starters like Bulbasaur now available to move over. Also, all players will receive a Lvl 5 Pikachu when they log in for the first time. The app also introduces fans to a new version of Professor Oak. This one has long hair and has funky glasses and is called Grand Oak.
Which Pokémon Home plans are available?
Players can either choose the free basic plan or enroll into a Premium Plan. Which costs money depending on how long you want a subscription. The basic plan will allow you to store up to 30 Pokémon. Alongside trading features, and maybe enough for light Pokémon players. The Premium version is available for $2.99 a month, $4.99 for three months, or $15.99 for a year. This allows for 6,000 pokémon in storage and the ability to transfer from the bank. The Premium mobile version also lets users host their own Room Trades and expands the number of pokémon that are placeable in the Wonder Box and GTS at once.