Pokémon Home is a cloud platform for Pokémon video games. It was released on February 12, 2020.
The Nintendo Switch version can supports connectivity with the Nintendo Switch games Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! and Pokémon Sword and Shield. It allows two-way transfer to and from the Pokémon Storage System in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon Sword and Shield using the Nintendo Switch version. Only Pokémon that can be obtained in Sword and Shield can be transferred to those games, and only Pokémon originally caught in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! can be transferred to those games. Any Pokémon from Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! that transferred to Sword and Shield cannot be transferred back into their original games.
Both the Nintendo Switch version and mobile device version can support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank. It also allows one-way transfer of Pokémon from the Nintendo 3DS core series games through Pokémon Bank using either version with a Premium Plan.
One-way transfers from Pokémon GO will be made available in the future.
Due to there being over 800 Pokémon now, only certain Pokémon that can be found in the Galar Pokédex can be transferred into Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Pokémon can be traded using the mobile phone version, available on iOS and Android devices. There are four types of trades:
- Wonder Box: Up to 3 Pokémon (10 Pokémon with a Premium Plan) can be deposited for trade at once. Like Wonder Trades and Surprise Trades, they will be traded at random for other Pokémon.
- GTS: One Pokémon (3 Pokémon with a Premium Plan) can be deposited for trade at once, in exchange for a requested Pokémon.
- Room Trade: Players can join a room of up to 20 people to exchange Pokémon among them. Players can also host a room with a Premium Plan.
- Friend Trade: Players can trade Pokémon with friends registered in Pokémon HOME.
Pokémon HOME features a National Pokédex that records information on Pokémon that have been deposited in the Boxes in Pokémon HOME. Users can view basic information and Pokédex entries from the Generation VI, VII, and VIII core series games of Pokémon they have registered. Pokédex entries from other languages and alternate forms of Pokémon can also be registered.
The mobile app version of Pokémon HOME on iOS/Android devices also allows players to view the possible moves and Abilities a Pokémon can have.
Gifts for Pokémon Sword and Shield as well as Pokémon HOME itself can be received using the mobile app for iOS/Android. Pokémon received can be deposited directly into the Boxes in Pokémon HOME.
Players can customize their profile using stickers obtained by completing Challenges. In the mobile app, players can also view Battle Data and News, replacing the Rankings, Distribution Regulations, and Event Calendar features of the Pokémon Global Link.
Pokémon HOME Points replace Poké Miles as a currency. 1 Battle Point is equivalent to 30 points, which can be transferred in the Nintendo Switch version.
Compatible Transferred Pokémon to Sword and Shield
Regional Forms and other variants
- Held Items won't be able to be stored in Pokémon HOME, which is similar to that in Pokémon Bank.
- All Pokémon in the Pokédex appear in their position and order of their respective National Pokédex number, including the ones with alternate forms.
- Shiny Pokémon can be seen in their shiny variation instead their usual color appearance.
- Gender Difference can be seen more efficiently in Pokémon HOME.
- The Cosplay Pikachu, Totem Pokémon, and the Partner Pokémon are the only Pokémon in the main series games that can't be stored in Pokémon HOME.