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Pokemon Home: Transfer species from Pokemon Go to Sword and Shield

Published: 21/Feb/2020 16:52 Updated: 21/Feb/2020 19:18

by Paul Cot


Pokemon Home is finally here but transferring species from Pokemon Go has yet to be made available. Despite that, you can still transfer your Pokemon Go ‘mons (Gen 1 only) to Sword and Shield using this handy little trick.

Pokemon Home is a cloud-based service that allows trainers from all around the world to store Pokemon from pretty much all of the previous mainline games. Transfers between the Pokemon Let’s Go games and Sword/Shield to Pokemon Home are fully functional.

It should be noted though, that some transfers will be locked. As per the official Pokemon Home website, “Once a Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is moved to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, it cannot be returned to its original game!”

That’s the two latest games on the Nintendo Switch sorted, but what about the ever-popular Pokemon Go? Well, the same website simply states Pokemon Go’s compatibility with Pokemon Home is “coming soon”.

How soon that will be is currently unknown. Luckily, if you can’t wait, it’s actually pretty simple to get any species you want from Pokemon Go into Pokemon Sword and Shield now.

Transfer from Pokemon Go to Pokemon Sword Shield

This trick does rely on owning Pokemon Let’s Go so make sure you have this ready. The process might be simple but there are a few steps to it, so it can be a little time-consuming. Also, this trick will only work with Gen 1 Pokemon as these are the only species that are available in the Kanto remake.

Pokemon Go may not connect to Pokemon Home (yet) but it does connect to either of the Let’s Go titles. Similarly, Pokemon Home can connect to Let’s Go… see where we’re going here now?

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. In Let’s Go travel to the Go Park in Fuchsia City
  2. Go into your settings in Pokemon Go and tap Nintendo Switch and then connect
  3. Go into your settings in Pokemon Let’s Go, select “Open Pokemon Go settings” and select your ID
  4. Back in Pokemon Go, tap the Pokemon menu button and then tap the Nintendo Switch icon
  5. Here you can select up to 50 Pokemon to transfer to the Go Park in Fuchsia City
  6. Now you just need to ‘recapture’ your selected Pokemon and they’ll be available in Pokemon Let’s Go
  7. Now you can use Pokemon Home to send them over to Pokemon Sword and Shield

Again, it should be noted once you transfer a species from Pokemon Go to Let’s Go that it cannot be transferred back. You can check out our guide on how to transfer Pokemon from Go to Let’s Go for more information.

For generations 2 through 4 and the selection of Gen 5 Pokemon that are released in the mobile game, you’ll have to wait until Pokemon Go and Home’s connectivity is enabled. For generations 6 and 7 you’ll have to rely on Pokemon Bank as transfers through X and Y, Sun and Moon and Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon rely on it.


Pokemon Go March 2 Spotlight Hour: Shiny Krabby, 2x bonus, more

Published: 25/Feb/2021 1:08 Updated: 25/Feb/2021 4:33

by Brent Koepp


Pokemon Go’s first Spotlight Hour of March 2021 will focus on the Kanto region’s Krabby. Trainers can get their hands on a Shiny version of the popular crustacean as well as score bonus XP by evolving it. 

While Pokemon Go has technically left Gen I behind with the launch of Season of Legends, the mobile app will still honor one of Kanto’s most popular ‘mon – Krabby – with March’s first Spotlight Hour.

The limited-time celebration will not only give Trainers a chance to stock up on Candy for a Kingler evolution, but if fans are lucky they might even stumble upon a rare Shiny version of the Water-type.

Screenshot of Krabby Pokemon Go Pokedex entry.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
The beloved crustacean will be the star of March 2021’s first Spotlight Hour.

Pokemon Go Krabby Spotlight Hour date & start time

As is tradition every month, Niantic uses each Tuesday to highlight a single Pokemon for an hour. Players who log in during the celebration will encounter the selected ‘mon with boosted spawn rates, and even have a chance at finding a Shiny version.

Kanto’s favorite crustacean, Krabby, will be the star of March 2’s Spotlight Hour. The limited-time event kicks off at 6 PM and will run until 7 PM. Players should make sure to mark their calendars, as it’s based on each Trainer’s local time.

While the Gen I Water-type is by no means rare, its evolution Kingler can pack a powerful punch in the game’s meta. Not to mention the ‘mon is still a fan favorite from the classic RPG titles.

Screenshot of Shiny Krabby in Pokemon Go.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Players can get a Shiny Kingler in the March 2021 Spotlight Hour.

Pokemon Go Spotlight Hour bonus

Over the last year, Niantic has merged the mystery bonus with each week’s Spotlight Hour. Trainers participating in the Krabby event can also score a 2x XP evolution bonus each time they evolve a Pokemon. This works out perfect for those who plan on evolving a Kingler anyway.

Players should utilize the hour to evolve any Pokemon in their storage that they have been sitting on. Might as well get snag the free extra experience points to increase your level! We also recommend using a Lucky Egg at the start of the event – that way you can maximize the bonus.

Avid fans of Krabby that have their sights set on finding a Shiny should make sure to stock up on Poke Balls and Berries. A week before the celebration, swing by your local PokeStops and spin the locations to prepare for the Tuesday event.

Pokemon Go Mystery Bonus Hour screen.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
In 2021, a Mystery Bonus Hour will run alongside Spotlight celebrations.

While not the most popular Pokemon by a long shot, Krabby is still considered one of the classic characters from the first generation. The Kanto region Water-type’s Shiny colors are even a throwback to the Game Boy’s monochrome screen, making it highly sought after by collectors.

With the Kanto Tour in the rearview mirror, Niantic looks to be kicking things up a notch with the Season of Legends launching in March. The three-month-long phase will be packed with epic monsters for Trainers to catch.