Pokemon Home: How to transfer your Pokemon between games

Pokémon house is more than just a storage tool. As well as offering the ability to store all your Pokemon in one place, the service offers a convenient way to bring your old pocket monsters into the latest games in the series. That includes Pokemon Sword and Shield and those to come Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

However, the moving process can be a little confusing, so here’s a guide that explains how to transfer your Pokémon between games.

How to transfer Pokemon from 3DS

Pokemon Home offers two subscription plans: Free and Premium. If you have the latter, you can bring Pokemon stored in the Pokemon Bank application on Nintendo 3DS to Pokemon Home.

Here is a step-by-step overview of the process:

1. Open Pokemon Bank on the 3DS and select “Move Pokemon to Pokemon Home” from the main menu

2. Select the boxes you want to transfer and click “Done”

Note that each Pokemon will be moved in the squares you selected. You cannot individually choose which Pokémon to transfer. The move is also permanent; Any Pokemon that you bring to Pokemon Home can no longer be transferred back to Pokemon Bank.

3. Open Pokemon Home and generate a Moving Key


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Depending on which version of Pokemon Home you’re using, the way to generate a moving key is different. On mobile, you need to open the “Options” menu and “move Pokemon.” On Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to select the 3DS icon at the bottom of the main menu instead.

4. Choose “begin movement” and enter your Moving Key into Pokemon Bank


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The Moving Key you generate is only valid for three minutes, so you must enter it into Pokemon Bank before it expires to initiate the transfer.

As soon as you enter the moving key, the transmission begins. The move may take a few minutes. Be careful not to turn off Pokemon Bank or Pokemon Home while the broadcast is in progress. Once the process is complete, your Pokemon will be waiting for you the next time you open Pokemon Home.

How to transfer Pokémon between Nintendo Switch games

The Nintendo Switch version of Pokemon Home lets you move Pokemon you’ve saved to the service between compatible games. Here’s how:

1. Open Pokemon Home on Nintendo Switch

2. Select the game you want to connect to


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Once you open Pokemon Home, you’ll be presented with all the compatible Pokemon games that you can use. Select the title you want to move Pokémon to or from. You can also select Pokemon Home to organize the Pokemon you have saved on the service.

3. Move Pokemon to the boxes you want


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Just grab Pokemon you have saved in your Pokemon Home boxes (shown on the left side of the screen) and move them to your game boxes on the right. You can also move Pokemon from your game and place them in Pokemon Home.

There are some limitations to keep in mind when transferring Pokémon. First, not all Pokemon can be moved into Pokemon Sword and Shield; Only monsters that appear in the Galar, Isle of Armor, and Crown Tundra Pokedex can be brought over.

Second, if you originally move a Pokemon from one of the Let’s Go games to Sword or Shield, you can’t move it back to its original title. Likewise, Pokemon from Sword or Shield cannot be brought into Let’s Go even if they appear in the Kanto Pokedex.

4. Press the plus button to save and exit

How to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Go

You can also move Pokemon you caught in Pokemon Go mobile game to Pokemon Home. However, this transfer process works a little differently. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Connect your Nintendo account


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Before you can transfer Pokemon, you must first link Pokemon Go to the same Nintendo Account that you linked to Pokemon Home. Tap the Pokeball icon at the bottom of the screen to open the menu, then select “Settings” in the upper right corner. Scroll down and select “Pokémon house,” and then sign in with your Nintendo Account.

2. Select the Pokemon to transfer


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Once your accounts are linked, you can move Pokemon to Pokemon Home. Beat “Send Pokemon” to see a list of all monsters you can transfer. Select the Pokemon you want to move and tap “Next.” When you’re ready to transfer the Pokemon, tap “Transport” to start the move.

Note that there are some limitations to the transfer process. First, the number of monsters you can transfer at once depends on how much energy the Go transporter has. Special Pokemon, like Legendaries and Shinies, cost significantly more Energy to transfer than standard Pokemon. The Go Transporter will be fully charged the first time you use it, but after that you’ll either have to wait several days for it to be fully charged or spend PokeCoins to top it up quickly.

As with transfers from the Pokemon Bank, each move is permanent; Any Pokemon that you transfer to Pokemon Home cannot be brought back to Pokemon Go. You also cannot transfer certain special event Pokémon, such as Corolla Togekiss and Armored Mewtwo.

3. Get your Pokemon in Pokemon Home


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After completing Step 2 in Pokemon Go, launch Pokemon Home on your phone to complete the transfer. Upon opening the app, you will be greeted with a message that one or more Pokémon have been transferred. Beat “Yes” to view the settings menu, then scroll down to the Pokemon Go Link section and tap “Obtain.”

Pokemon Home is available on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The service will add support for more Pokemon games in the future, including Pokemon Legends: Arceus and the aforementioned Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The latter should be released for Nintendo Switch at the end of 2022. Pokemon Home: How to transfer your Pokemon between games

Chris Barrese

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