Everything we know about Pokémon Home: date, compatibility with Pokémon Sword and Shield and more

Pokémon Home is the upcoming cloud service that will store your Pokémon from modern Pokémon games.

It is a new format in the long list of in-game services and functions that have allowed you to transfer your favorite Pokémon from one game to another. It all started in Pokémon Silver and Gold with the time capsule, and the latest version is Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon Home will be compatible with various games, including Pokémon GO, Pokémon Bank, and Pokémon Sword and Shield.

In this page:

  • What is Pokémon Home?
  • What games will Pokémon Home be compatible with?
  • What Pokémon can I transfer to Pokémon Sword and Shield?
  • When will Pokémon Home be released?
  • How much will Pokémon Home cost?

What is Pokémon Home?

Pokémon Home is a new cloud-based service developed by Nintendo with which we can transfer and store our Pokémon and that will be available on both mobile devices and Nintendo Switch.

It is, essentially, an evolution of the Pokémon Bank.

Pokémon Home will also allow you to trade Pokémon both with your friends and with anyone in the world using the software on a smartphone.

The ability to trade with multiple people at the same time could also be included in Pokémon Home.

What games will Pokémon Home be compatible with?

According to the infographic used in the Pokémon Home announcement at the 2019 Pokémon press conference, Pokémon Home will be compatible with the following games:

  • Pokémon GO (iOS and Android)
  • Pokémon Sword – Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Shield – Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! – Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee! – Nintendo Switch
  • Pokémon Bank – Nintendo 3DS

Since Pokémon Home is compatible with Pokémon Bank, that means that it is technically compatible with all major Pokémon games for 3DS.

If you look at the arrows in the infographic, it appears that only Pokémon Sword and Shield will be able to transfer and receive Pokémon from Pokémon Home.

On the other hand, Pokémon GO, Pokémon Bank and both Let’s Go will only be able to transfer Pokémon to Pokémon Home, not receive them.

What Pokémon can I transfer to Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Since there is no National Pokédex in Pokémon Sword and Shield, we probably won’t be able to transfer all Pokémon into the game (although this could change … we’ll see.)

This means that the Pokémon of previous generations that we can transfer to Sword and Shield are limited to those that are in the regional Pokédex of Galar . That includes Pokémon like Jangmo-o, Snorlax, or Pancham, among others.

Shellder, Shuckle, and Solrock also appear in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

For the full list of previous generation Pokémon that appear in the Galar Pokédex , check out our complete guide to the Galar Pokédex .

It’s possible that Pokémon Home will expand the Galar regional Pokédex beyond 400, but we’ll have to wait to see what happens.


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