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Move Pokémon to Pokémon HOME

The Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME supports connectivity with the Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!*

Both the Nintendo Switch version and mobile device version of Pokémon HOME support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank.

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Transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl into Pokémon HOME.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield will be mutually compatible with Pokémon HOME, and you will be able to deposit and withdraw Pokémon to and from each of these games.

Please note that transferring Pokémon to a game they were not originally caught in may cause certain changes to known moves, level, and what type of Poké Ball they were caught in.

Strange Balls

Since Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in the Pokémon world’s distant past, Poké Balls from the other games do not yet exist. So, when Pokémon caught in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield are transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they will appear in Strange Balls. Likewise, when Pokémon caught in Pokémon Legends: Arceus are transferred to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl, they will also appear in Strange Balls.

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Pokemon Sword Gameplay

Connect with Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Once the games are linked, you can deposit or retrieve Pokémon that can be obtained using those games.

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Pokémon HOME and Pokémon GO can now link

Once you’ve linked them, you’ll be able to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon HOME and, from there, bring them to either the Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game to join your adventure!

You don’t need to be enrolled in a paid Premium Plan for Pokémon HOME in order to link Pokémon GO and Pokémon HOME. All Trainers will eventually be able to link Pokémon HOME and Pokémon GO. This feature will be made available to Trainers over the coming days, starting with those who have higher Trainer levels in Pokémon GO.

Please check the official Pokémon GO Twitter page to see what Trainer levels are able to set up this link.

In order to bring certain Pokémon caught in Pokémon GO and transferred to Pokémon HOME into Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, you must either have registered that Pokémon’s species to your Pokédex or have obtained a Pokémon of that species at any point in that game.

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Pokemon Lets Go Pikachu Gameplay

Connect with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. You 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!

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Connect with Pokémon Bank

If you are enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid), you’ll 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.

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