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Pokemon Home adds 35 new Pokemon to Sword and Shield

Published: 12/Feb/2020 10:28

by Paul Cot


We were promised a February 2020 launch and the Pokemon Company delivered. The brand new Pokemon Home app can be downloaded on the Nintendo Switch, iPhone and Android mobile devices right now.

The long awaited cloud-based Pokemon storage service launched out of the blue, finally giving trainers the ability to transfer species to and from Pokemon Sword and Shield. Pokemon Home will act as a place to store and manage all your Pokemon from past games, meaning that shiny your particularly fond of from one of yesteryear’s games can be played with in the latest generation.

Transfer rules

Although Pokemon Home will act as the central point for all your Pokemon, there are a few rules of sorts that you need to be aware of. It isn’t as simple as transferring Pokemon to and from all the past games as there are restrictions.

Only Pokemon from Sword and Shield can be transferred to and from the game. So, your Galarian Ponyta can be sent to Pokemon Home and then sent back to Sword or Shield at a later date.

That isn’t how it works with other games, though. Your ‘mons from the popular Pokemon Let’s Go can only be sent from the game – once sent they cannot be put back there.

Games from previous Nintendo consoles work under the same principle but it is a little different as they must go through Pokemon Bank. This was the old Pokemon storage system for the virtual remakes of the first two generations through to Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Your Pokemon from these games need to be sent to Pokemon Bank first, before they can be transferred over to Pokemon Home. Elsewhere, you will also be able to send species from Pokemon Go to Pokemon Home but this feature is yet to be made available.


Using the premium version of Pokemon Home will cost you a minimum of $2.99. That will gain you access to the service for one month, but if you choose to subscribe for longer than that it will come at a cheaper rate per month.

Three months will cost less than double price at $4.99. You can also get 12 months for less than the price of 6 ($15.99).

Pokemon Home Price
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The pricing structure of Pokemon Home…

Difference between basic and premium

Unfortunately for trainers relying on Pokemon Bank to bring their old Pokemon into the current generation, you will have to pay to do so. “Moving Pokemon from Pokemon Bank” isn’t part of the basic (and free) version of Pokemon Home. Instead, it is only available in the paid for premium service.

The other major difference between the two services is that there’s a 30 Pokemon storage limit with the free version, in comparison to 6,000 that can be deposited if using premium.

Other differences between the two versions can be seen in the table below.

Pokemon Home Basic Premium
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The differences between the basic and premium version of Pokemon Home…

Free Pokemon bonus for the mobile apps

Downloading Pokemon Home on iOS or Android is like going back in time as you will be given either Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle to kick off your ‘adventure’. You can only choose one of them and it will be at level 5.

A level 5 Pikachu will also be awaiting you in the storage box as well. It’s like meeting Professor Oak all over again, and not the new ‘cool’ one in the image above.

The mobile version of the app features Wonder Box, GTS, Room Trade and Friend Trade features. Here are the differences between the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile ones.

Pokemon Home - Nintendo Switch vs Mobile
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Pokemon Home can be downloaded on both the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices…

Missing Pokemon added

A curious find was found in the Pokemon Sword and Shield code ahead of its release. The existence of 35 species, not included in the Sword Shield Pokedex, was datamined leading to question as to when they will be added.

That question has finally been answered with the likes of Bulbasaur, Squirtle and Mewtwo finally being allowed into the Galar region. Those 35 Pokemon are as follows:

  • Bulbasaur
  • Ivysaur
  • Venusaur
  • Squirtle
  • Wartortle
  • Blastoise
  • Mewtwo
  • Mew
  • Celebi
  • Jirachi
  • Cobalion
  • Terrakion
  • Virizion
  • Reshiram
  • Zekrom
  • Kyurem
  • Keldeo
  • Rowlet
  • Dartrix
  • Decidueye
  • Litten
  • Torracat
  • Incineroar
  • Popplio
  • Brionne
  • Primarina
  • Cosmog
  • Cosmoem
  • Solgaleo
  • Lunala
  • Necrozma
  • Marshadow
  • Zeraora
  • Meltan
  • Melmetal

It’s been a long wait but Pokemon Home will be a game changer for long-term trainers. The ability to store and transfer Pokemon to (and sometimes between) games means trainers won’t have to worry about losing their favorite Pokemon when a new game comes out.


Pokemon teases “special” announcement for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

Published: 23/Nov/2020 22:42

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company has teased an announcement for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on November 26. Could the “special” event be information for Detective Pikachu’s sequel, a release date for the upcoming MOBA Unite, or something else?

Since 2001, the Pokemon franchise has been a staple at the annual Thanksgiving Parade event broadcasted live each November. Fans tuning in have been treated to a gigantic balloon featuring the RPG’s beloved yellow mascot, Pikachu.

However, according to a new press release, 2020 is going to be different. This year’s Macy’s event will reportedly feature a performance of Pikachu dancers that will supposedly be tied to a special announcement from the Japanese company.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade’s special Pokemon announcement

On November 23, The Pokemon Company sent out a cryptic press release urging fans to “tune in” for a special performance at the 2020 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “A troupe of dancing Pikachu will deliver an electrifying performance,” the notice read.

Interestingly, the PR message also makes it sound like a possible announcement will be tied to the yellow mascot’s unique appearance at the event: “Pokemon fans will want to tune in to find out why they’re making a special appearance this year.”

The vague teaser has kicked off speculation that we might possibly get some new info regarding the popular franchise. As far as what it could be is anyone’s guess. We are still due for an update about a sequel for the 3DS title Detective Pikachu. It also wouldn’t be too unbelievable that the upcoming mobile MOBA Unite could finally get a concrete release date.

Screenshot of Pokemon MOBA Unite.
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Could we finally get more details about Pokemon Unite’s release date?

Another possible announcement could be a follow-up to the hit 2019 live action movie Detective Pikachu. Although it’s probably unlikely to be related to any of the mainline RPG titles or anything related to the 25th anniversary in 2021. Whatever it is, it’s strange that The Pokemon Company has specifically asked fans to tune in to the live event.

For over the last 19 years, the Nintendo property has participated in the annual parade with a massive Pikachu balloon. This year finally breaks that tradition with a special performance. Which begs the question: why? Tune in on November 26, to find out, but it would be wise to keep expectations in check.