Everyone was waiting for him, that’s it, Pokémon Home is now available ! This application for Nintendo Switch, IOS and Android is a kind of “Pokémon Bank 2.0”, the last link in a chain that allows you to transfer your pocket monsters from the first to the last generation. How do you transfer from any Pokémon game to the Pokémon Home app? This is what we will see from this step.
(the complexity of the highways for transferring Pokémon into an infographic, via reddit)
For the most recent games (Let’s Go Pokemon, Pikachu / Eevee, Pokémon Sword / Shield and Pokémon GO) it’s very simple. Install the Pokémon Home app on your phone or console and follow the directions on the screen. Everything is very intuitive.
Attention, there is an extremely important subtlety. Only Pokémon from the Sword and Shield versions can go back and forth. The goal is to be able to transfer your Pokémon from old versions to new ones, never the other way around.. Which is also quite strange given that the Pokédex of hooly-news.comr is incomplete …
concerning Pokémon GO, the Pokémon Home app for IOS and Android cannot connect to your PoGO account at the moment. Patience, it’s coming soon. And when that happens, it will obviously be impossible to transfer Pokémon from your Pokémon Home reserve to Pokémon GO, that would be too easy. There too, the trips will be one way.
DS and 3DS games
For DS and 3DS, everything goes through the big sister of Pokémon Home: the Pokemon Bank. Pokémon Bank is a paid application (free until March 12, then € 4.99 per year) for 3DS. Basically, it’s a storage space that looks like any PC of any version of Pokémon. You can drop the Pokémon of your choice there from all Pokémon games released on 3DS (i.e. the 6 games of the first and second generation in the 3DS Virtual Console as well as Pokemon X, Pokémon Y, Sun / Moon Pokémon, Ultra-Sun / Ultra-Moon Pokémon, Omega Ruby Pokémon, Alpha Sapphire Pokemon) as well as the 4 most recent versions on DS (Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version 2, Pokémon White Version 2). If you pay Pokémon Bank, you can transfer everything on it on your Pokémon Home app. And from this application, you can make a transfer to Sword or Shield.
As far as going back and forth, it’s once again a bit complicated. For DS games, any trip to the Pokémon Bank is one way. For 3DS games, it works by generation. The 4 6th generation games can interact with each other as they wish via the Pokémon Bank. Likewise for the 4 7th generation games. More subtle now: you can use the Pokémon Bank to transfer a Pokémon from a 6th generation game to a 7th generation game, but as soon as it has set foot in a new region, this Pokémon will not be able to go back. The reverse does not work for obvious reasons of Pokédex.
The complicated case of the 4th generation
The transfer of 4th generation Pokémon (Diamond Version Pokémon, Pearl Version Pokemon, Platinum Version Pokemon, Pokémon Gold Version: HeartGold, Pokémon Silver Version: SoulSilver) towards the 5th generation (Black / White and Black 2 / White 2) is so complex that it becomes ridiculous. Here’s everything you need to do, step by step:
- You must have two DS or 3DS. One with your 4th generation version, the other with your 5th generation version.
- On your console with the 5th generation game, you must have defeated the League and recovered the National Pokédex. There you can access the Freight Laboratory located at the end of Route 15.
- On the console with the 4th generation game, go to DS Download from the Home menu and download the application Poké Freight ID.
- Check that the Pokémon you want to transfer have not learned from CS and carry no object. You cannot send any that 6, so choose them carefully!
- Once you have chosen your 6 monsters, always from Poké Fret ID, we will have to do … a mini-game. This mini-game looks like a “mole-hitter” but with Pokémon, bushes and a crossbow (we warned you, it’s ridiculous). At the end of the mini-game, you will finally be offered to make the transfer.
- On the console with the 5th generation game, talk to professor park in the Freight Laboratory. If the transfer has been made, it will inform you that your Pokémon are available in a PC box.
Once on this 5th generation PC box, if you want your Pokémon to continue their journey, use the Pokémon Bank.
Game Boy Advance and Gamecube games
To go from Gamecube (Colosseum Pokémon, Pokémon Box: Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon XD: The Dark Breath) at Game Boy Advance, you have to finish the games, talk to a specific NPC and use that good old cable link.
To play games of GBA (Pokémon Ruby Version, Pokémon Sapphire Version, Pokemon Emerald Version, Pokémon Fire Red Version, Pokémon Leaf Green Version) to 4th generation games (mentioned above), here is the procedure to follow:
- Get a console that can read both GBA and DS games. There are only two: Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite.
- Logically, place the two games affected by the transfer in the console.
- Launch it DS game. On the title screen you will see the option Import Pokémon available. From this new screen, you can choose 6 Pokémon from your GBA game.
- Meet at Friends Park at the end of route 221. As usual, you can only access it after having obtained the National Pokédex. There, you will find your 6 Pokémon transferred, but you can not yet store them in a box, it would be much too simple.
- You will be offered to participate in “Show Capture”, a very simple mini-game that allows you to capture … your own Pokémon. Even if it means doing unnecessarily complicated stuff, you might as well go for it.
Game Boy games
The iconic 1st and 2nd generation Pokémon can be transferred relatively easily to the Pokémon Bank, then Pokémon Home. For it, just play the games on the 3DS Virtual Console. What we call “Virtual Console” is quite simply the emulator of Game Boy, Game Boy Color, NES and Game Gear available on Nintendo eShop. From this emulator, you can replay the very first games of the saga directly on your 3DS! And since Nintendo thought of everything, games emulated by the Virtual Console can use Pokémon Bank. From there you know what to do.
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