Watch the video above for a quick rundown!
See Pokemon HOME for more details about the cloud-based service.
How to Transfer Between Pokemon HOME, Sword, Shield, and Let’s Go
Transferring from Pokemon Let’s Go and Pokemon Sword and Shield into HOME is straightforward, but can only be done on the Nintendo Switch version of Pokemon HOME.
Just select “Pokemon” then select the game you’d like to connect to.
Without the paid Pokemon HOME Premium plan you will only be able to store 30 Pokemon (one box) at a time.
- Pokemon in your party will not be able to be transferred
- Pokemon transferred from Let’s Go into HOME can be traded back into a Let’s Go game
- Pokemon transferred from Let’s Go, into HOME, and then into Sword or Shield cannot be transferred back into a Let’s Go game.
How to Transfer Pokemon from Bank to Pokemon HOME
Pokemon Bank on the Nintendo 3DS allows you to store Pokemon from Pokemon X,Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
The following explains, step-by-step, how to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Bank to Pokemon HOME – please note, this is a one-way transfer! You cannot transfer Pokemon from HOME back into Bank.
Step 1 – Get HOME Premium
To transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Bank to Pokemon HOME, you will need to use the Nintendo Switch version of Pokemon HOME and purchase a Pokemon HOME Premium Plan.
- 1 Month – $2.99
- 3 Months – $4.99
- 1 Year – $15.99
Pokemon HOME Premium does not require a Nintendo Switch Online Subscription to work.
Step 2 – Connect to Pokemon Bank
If you don’t already have Pokemon Bank, you can find it by connecting your 3DS to the internet, and searching for “Pokemon Bank” on the eShop. Use the same Nintendo account for both Pokemon bank and Pokemon Home.
From there, you’ll be able to transfer Pokemon from your compatible 3DS Pokemon games into Bank.
You have two options to move from Pokemon Bank into Pokemon HOME.
Option 1 – Mass Transfer All Pokemon Bank Pokemon
This option is especially useful if you no longer have your 3DS in hand, but will only work if both Pokemon HOME and Pokemon Bank are registered to the same Nintendo Account.
Choose the 3DS button icon, then choose the No Nintendo 3DS option. Pokemon HOME will search for a Pokemon Bank account under the same Nintendo Account name, and if it finds one, will transfer over all of your Pokemon Bank Pokemon at once.
Option 2 – Cherry Pick Pokemon to Transfer
If you have your 3DS, open Pokemon Bank after updating it via the eShop, then choose Move Pokemon to Pokemon Home. You can choose all Pokemon, or just certain individuals.
Then, on the Nintendo Switch version of Pokemon HOME, choose the 3DS icon. Here, choose Begin Move. This will generate a code for you to enter in Pokemon Bank on the 3DS. Luckily, this method can be done between different Nintendo Accounts. Once it’s done, your transferred Pokemon will be available in Pokemon HOME!
Step 3 – Move Pokemon to Sword or Shield
With your selected Pokemon from Bank now in HOME, you will be able to transfer some of these Pokemon to Sword or Shield.
All Pokemon already present in the Pokemon Sword and Shield Galar Pokedex are transferable from HOME into Shield.
Additionally, these Pokemon are available now:
- Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur
- Squirtle, Wartortle, Blastoise
- Rowlet, Dartrix, Decidueye
- Litten, Torracat, Incineroar
- Popplio, Brionne, Primarina
- Cosmog, Cosmoem, Solgaleo, Lunala
- Meltan, Melmetal
- All original and Alolan forms of Galarian Form Pokemon – such as Ponyta, Zigzagoon, and more.
How to Transfer Gen 3, 4, and 5 to Pokemon Bank
The following sections provide instructions on how to move old Pokemon to Pokemon Bank. Scroll down to see the text, or reference this graphic below.
Gen 5 Instructions
Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 (Gen 5) and the Virtual Console Red, Blue, Yellow, Silver, Gold, and Crystal aren’t directly compatible with Pokemon Bank, but you can use Poke Transporter (a 3DS app that comes with Pokemon Bank) to transfer Pokemon from those games to Pokemon Bank.
Move the Pokemon you’d like to transfer to the first PC storage box and save the game. Using Pokemon Transporter you can transfer all Pokemon in the first box into the Transport Box, which can then be transferred into Pokemon Bank.
Using this method, you can also transfer Pokemon from even earlier generations by first transferring them to Black/White or Black 2/White 2.
Gen 4 Instructions
Gen 4 games must first be traded to Gen 5, and then can be transferred to Pokemon Bank via PokeTransporter.
Gen 4 Games Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Heart Gold, and SoulSilver can be traded to Gen 5 using the Poke Transfer Lab on Route 15, but this requires two DS or 3DS.
In Black/White/Black 2/White 2, go to the Poke Transfer Lab on Route 15. Have the other DS on with the Diamond, Pearl, SoulSilver or HeartGold cartridge inside. Follow the prompts from the Poke Transfer Lab and use DS Download Play on the DS with the older generation game.
Gen 3 Games
Yes, you can go back even further, but this requires a DS or DS Lite. Insert both a Gen 3 Pokemon GameBoy Advance game and a Gen 4 DS game into the same DS. Use Pal Park (unlocked after obtaining the National Pokedex / beating the Elite 4 in Gen 4).
In Pearl, Diamond, and Platinum, Pal Park is on Route 21.
In HeartGold and SoulSilver, Pal Park will appear as an option on the menu screen after you visit Fuchsia City for the first time.
- Poke Transporter is not available without Pokemon Bank.
- You need an internet connection to use Pokemon Bank and Pokemon HOME.
- Depositing or withdrawing Pokemon will NOT cause them to evolve if they normally evolve through Trading.
- If your Pokemon is holding an item, the item will be dropped and sent to your bag before it is transferred to the Bank. If your bag is full, the item will disappear.
- If you still have Pokemon in the Pokemon Bank when the trial or annual fee period passes, you will have a short time to withdraw your Pokemon. If you don’t withdraw them in this short period, the Pokemon will be lost.
- In Pokemon HOME, any Pokemon not in the Basic Box when the subscription period expires will be inaccessible (but will not disappear.)