Pokemon Home is coming, and it's going to transform your Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex. Last year during the Pokemon conference in Tokyo, we were first introduced to Pokemon Home, a new cloud service app that lets trainers manage their Pokemon collection across Pokemon Bank, Pokemon Go, Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, and Pokemon Sword and Shield. As well as letting you transfer your Pokemon across platforms such as your Switch, 3DS, and mobile device, you can also trade with trainers across the world using the app.
With the recent release of Pokemon Sword and Shield, many have already jumped into the latest Pokemon adventure. And the Galar region is filled to the brim with new gen 8 Pokemon to add to your collection. Essentially it seems Pokemon Home is an evolution of the storage system Pokemon Bank that lets you store Pokemon from the 3DS to mobile for Pokemon Go. Ahead of any more news about the new app, here's everything we know so far about Pokemon Home, including its release date, where it can be downloaded, what games are compatible, and more as information is revealed.
How it'll work
Similar in theory to Pokemon Bank, which only accepts Pokemon from 3DS games, Pokemon Home is a storage app for your Pokemon that lets you save Pokemon from Let's Go: Eevee and Let's Go: Pikachu, Pokemon Sword and Shield, Pokemon Go, and Pokemon Bank. It also differs from Pokemon Bank in that you can trade and interact with other players through both local and online connections.
According to a graphic made by Game Freak to demonstrate the way transferring works with Pokemon Home, the new cloud-based service will allow transfers from Pokemon Bank, Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu, Pokemon Let's Go Eevee, Pokemon Sword and Shield, and Pokemon Go. However, Pokemon stored in Pokemon Home can only be transferred to Pokemon Sword and Shield, for obvious reasons.
It was also revealed at E3 2019 that while Pokemon from different games can be transferred into Pokemon Sword and Shield from Pokemon Home, the selection of transferable Pokemon is limited to those included in Sword and Shield's Pokedex.
When it's coming out
We finally have a slightly more concrete Pokemon Home release date, and it's arriving sometime in February 2020. Previously, all we knew was that it would arrive in "early 2020". At least know we know that there's but a month to wait.
Where you can download it
If Pokemon Bank is any indication, you'll be able to download Pokemon Home right from your device of choice, whether that's a Switch, 3DS, or mobile device, from the Nintendo eShop. You can also download Pokemon Bank from your Nintendo account on PC, and we're expecting the same to apply with Pokemon Home.
How much it'll cost
It hasn't been officially revealed how much Pokemon Home will cost, or even if it will cost anything at all. Pokemon Bank costs $5 / £4.49 / €4.99, but we wouldn't be so quick to assume Pokemon Home will cost the same. Considering Switch Online comes with its own, and substantially pricier, subscription cost, there's a good chance Nintendo will simply bundle in Pokemon Home with a Switch Online subscription. Though if that's the case, players who access the service through a mobile device or 3DS will likely have to pay a separate subscription fee.
What games it's compatible with
Pokemon Home will be compatible with Pokemon Let's Go: Pikachu, Pokemon Let's Go: Eevee, Pokemon Sword and Shield, Pokemon Go, and every game compatible with Pokemon Bank. Those games include - takes breath - Pokemon Black and White, Pokemon Black and White versions 2, Pokemon Red and Blue, Pokemon Yellow and Gold, Pokemon Silver and Crystal, Pokemon X and Y, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Sun and Moon, and Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
Just remember, Pokemon Sword and Shield are the only games that Pokemon Home will be able to transfer Pokemon into, and you'll only be able to transfer Pokemon into Sword and Shield that are already a part of Sword and Shield's Pokedex.