Pokemon Home delays adding support for Scarlet & Violet transfers

Kurt Perry
graph showing which games pokemon home will support after may 24 update adding scarlet and violet.

Pokemon Home support will be added to Pokemon Scarlet & Violet as part of an upcoming software update, though not on the previously announced date.

Pokemon Home is a free app available on mobile and Nintendo Switch that allows players to transfer and store their Pokemon across various games.

When a new Pokemon game is launched, Home support is not usually available right away, with it instead being added sometime after. For Legends: Arceus, Home support was added four months after launch.

However, Pokemon Scarlet & Violet has taken longer than expected to receive Home support as it was originally slated for early 2023. While the wait will be over and players will get what they want soon enough, fans still have a bit longer to go.

Pokemon Home to add support for Scarlet & Violet soon

UPDATE: On May 19, 2023, the official Pokemon Twitter account issued a clarification to all fans. The tweet said, “Earlier we mistakenly posted that Pokémon HOME version 3.0.0 would launch on May 23/24. However, the actual release date is yet to be announced. 3.0.0 is coming soon though, so please continue to follow our pages for more information!”

Unfortunately, we don’t know the new date that this Pokemon Home update is rolling out on, so fans will just have to continue to be patient and wait for more news to follow.

Originally, The Pokemon Company announced that Pokemon Home would be updated to support Pokemon Scarlet & Violet on May 24, 2023. The update will eventually allow players to transfer Pokemon freely between Home and the Gen 9 games.

The original announcement read: “On May 23, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. PDT, Pokémon HOME will be updated to version 3.0.0 and players will be able to link Pokémon HOME with Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet.”

Elaborating further, The Pokemon Company confirmed these specifics: “Linking Pokémon Scarlet or Pokémon Violet to Pokémon HOME will allow players to move Pokémon freely between Pokémon HOME and their game. Just remember that Pokémon can only be moved to games that they appear in.”

Currently, Pokemon Home supports one-way transfers from Pokemon Go, Bank, Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu, and two-way transfers for Sword & Shield, Brillant Diamond & Shining Pearl, and Legends: Arceus.

Scarlet & Violet will support two-way transfers, letting players send and receive Pokemon to and from Pokemon Home.

The first time you transfer a Pokemon from Scarlet or Violet into Home you’ll receive a mystery gift featuring Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly with hidden abilities. This gift will be claimable in the mobile version of Pokemon Home.

Trainers won’t be able to transfer all of their Pokemon between games, though, due to the Pokedex limitations that are present in each game.

The official Pokemon website gives a good example: You won’t be able to send a Doliv from Scarlet & Violet to Sword & Shield, but you will be able to send a Pikachu from Sword & Shield to Scarlet & Violet.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet have a regional National Dex supporting 400 unique Pokemon with a further handful introduced through Tera Raid battles.

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