Read this guide on the Pokemon Home for the Switch & Mobile app to learn the release date, price, news, features, details, battle data, how to Transfer, and more.
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Pokemon Home Errors
Occurred Due To Max Raids On June 29th
On June 29th (US time), Pokemon Home was hit by a communication error, meaning it is currently unusable.This error seems to be causing in-game crashes for Pokemon Sword and Shield too. No patch has been made available yet.
This bug seems to be caused by participating in Max Raid Battles. We recommend players do not participate in new Max Raid Battles until this event is patched, as your game could crash.Check Out More Info On The Communication Error Here
Several Errors Occurring
▲The Japanese Pokemon Official Twitter account notifying users of the service errors.
Several errors are reported in the newly released Pokemon Home app. The Japanese Official Twitter Account apologized for the inconvenience & linked to a page with possible solutions.
List Of Errors
|All Versions||- Hyper Training information is not being displayed correctly||Resolved|
|Mobile (iOS)||- When navigating away from the Notifications page, the app freezes||Resolved|
|Mobile (iOS)||- When linking a Nintendo Account and automatically inputting password info using other verification methods (such as fingerprint or face identification), an error occurs causing the link to fail.||Still being investigated.|
The above 3 errors have occurred so far in Pokemon Home. The first two have been resolved via patches, but the third verification error is still being worked on.
What Can You Do With Pokemon Home?
Move Pokemon Into Pokemon Home
With Pokemon Home, users can transfer Pokemon they've caught from various Pokemon games and move them into the app. Players can connect to Sword and Shield, Let's GO Eevee or Pikachu, & even Pokemon Bank from the 3DS.
Pokemon Home Connections Table
|Sword / Shield||- Can transfer Pokemon in & out of Pokemon Home.|
|Let's GO Eevee / Pikachu|| - Can transfer Pokemon between Let's GO games. |
- Can transfer into Pokemon Home & into Sword / Shield.
- Cannot transfer out of Sword / Shield.
|Pokemon Bank|| - *Premium plan only. |
- Can transfer into Pokemon Home & into Sword / Shield.
- Cannot transfer out of Pokemon Home.
|Pokemon GO||- Coming soon.|
Older Limited Moves Can't Be Used In Ranked Season 3
When you move Pokemon into a different game, you will not be able to use them in Ranked Battles Season 3 if they have older moves. This is due to the policy that only Pokemon available on Feb. 1 or from the Galar Region can participate.
Obtain Other Pokemon For Free
|Pokemon||How To Get|
|Pikachu||Activate the Switch version of Pokemon Home.|
|Pichu||Place a sticker in your binder.|
|Rotom||Successfully complete a GTS trade.|
|1 of 3 Kanto Starters||Activate the Mobile version of Pokemon Home.|
By getting Pokemon Home you will be able to get a total of 4 free Pokemon! You will only be able to choose from 1 of 3 Kanto original starters, so choose wisely!
Which Kanto Starter Did You Choose?
Trade Pokemon With Mobile App
With Pokemon Home's mobile app, you'll be able to trade Pokemon through 4 channels - Wonder Box, GTS, Room Trade, and Friend Trade. These all require the Pokemon Home mobile app for you to trade!
New Pokemon Can Be Transferred Over
This new update has made around 50 Pokemon available to use in Sword and Shield, as well as many previously unusable Hidden Abilities for pre-existing Pokemon! These can be used in Ranked Battles, so make sure to check them out!Check Out Pokemon Home Transferable Pokemon List!
Pokemon Home Mobile App Trading Channels
|Wonder Box||Global Pokemon trade. Pokemon placed in the box will be traded even when Pokemon Home isn't being used.|
|GTS||Choose & request Pokemon that you want to trade and receive in this method.|
|Room Trade||Create a room of up to 20 people & trade with those who join. Trading is anonymous & you'll only know what you get when trade is complete.|
|Friend Trade||Trade with your friends in Pokemon Home.|
Judge Pokemon Stats
A Judge function will be implemented for Pokemon Home both on the Switch & Mobile version. This will allow you to see the stats of Pokemon, including IVs and EVs. Only Premium users will be able to access this feature.Check Out The In-Game Judge Function Here!
Update National Pokedex
All Pokemon transferred into Pokemon Home will be registered into your National Pokedex. If you move the same Pokemon from different games, you'll be able to see their Pokedex entries from the different versions!
Complete Research Tasks For Pokedex
When you transfer specific Pokemon, you'll be able to complete Research Tasks in Pokemon Home. You can find this tab in the National Pokedex section of the app.
Easily Identify Shiny Pokemon
▲The Pokemon marked with red boxes above are all Shiny.
On the Pokemon Home box screen, you'll be able to determine at a quick glance which Pokemon are shiny by looking at their icon.
Earn Pokemon Home Points
You'll earn Pokemon Home points as you keep depositing Pokemon into the app. With the Switch version, you'll be able to convert these points into BP in the Pokemon core games.Check Out How To Earn Battle Points!
Gain 3000 Points For Transferring From Bank
When you carry over your Pokemon Bank data into Pokemon Home for the first time, you will get a special bonus of 3000 points!
How To Transfer Data From Pokemon Bank
|1||Download Pokemon Home from the Eshop|
|2||Update Pokemon Bank from the Eshop|
|3||Select the Transfer Menu on Pokemon Home|
|4||Select the Transfer Menu on Pokemon Bank and select the Pokemon you want to send over.|
|5||Enter the password you get from Pokemon Home into Pokemon Bank|
|6||Wait a moment for your Pokemon to be transferred|
View Battle Data (New! 5/22)
The Battle Data feature was added to the Home app on May 22nd, 2020. By accessing the Battle Data feature, you'll be able to access and view the following:
- Your Battle Records
- Ranked Battle Stats
- Online Competition Info
For Ranked Battle Stats, you can view both Single and Doubles matches, as well as switch between Player and Pokemon rankings. You can also check our your own rank for each season of the game thus far.
|Mystery Gifts|| - Receive Mystery Gift codes to be used in Sword / Shield. |
- *Mobile version only.
|Your Room|| - Check challenges, friends, and news. |
- Update & personalize your Profile with stickers
|News|| - Check latest news & updates on gifts & battles. |
- - *Mobile version only.
Pokemon Home App - How To Transfer Pokemon
Download Pokemon Home App
First things first, you need to download the Pokemon Home app from the Nintendo Shop. This is a free download.
Open App & Select "Deposit" In Main Menu
After downloading the app, open it and make sure you're at the main menu. In the main menu, choose the "Deposit" option indicated in the photo above.
Select Pokemon Bank For 3DS Transfers
Transferring Pokemon from the 3DS will be different as it will require the Premium plan. There is a separate option in the main menu for you to select.
Choose Which Game To Connect To
When you've chosen the "Deposit" option, you'll be able to choose which game you want to transfer Pokemon from.
Choose & Deposit Pokemon
After choosing the game save you want to access, you'll see the Pokemon in your game's box. You can select the Pokemon you want to transfer and drop them into Pokemon Home's Basic Box.
Quit & Save Box Settings
After you've moved the Pokemon, choose "quit" and save your box settings to make the transfer complete. Now you'll see your Pokemon in your Basic Box in Pokemon Home, or in another game if you've chosen to transfer from Pokemon Home into a game.
Difference Between Switch & Mobile App
Features For Switch & Mobile Pokemon Home
|Transfer Pokemon In Let's GO Eevee / Pikachu||Yes||No|
|Transfer Pokemon In Sword / Shield||Yes||No|
|Transfer Pokemon With Pokemon Bank||Yes||Yes|
|Get Mystery Gifts||No||Yes|
|Check Battle Data & News||No||Yes|
|Exchange Home Points for Battle Points||Yes||No|
Transfer With Switch Pokemon Home
The main feature of the Pokemon Home app on the Nintendo Switch is the capacity to move and transfer Pokemon.
Trade & Check Updates With Mobile Pokemon Home
With the mobile Pokemon Home app, you'll be able to trade Pokemon. You can get Mystery Gift codes and check news or battle data as well.
Judge Pokemon With Both
You'll also be able to check Pokemon's stats, both IVs and EVs, in Pokemon Home with the Switch & mobile versions. The Premium Plan is needed to get this feature.
Difference Between Basic & Premium Plan
Features For Basic & Premium Plan Of Pokemon Home
|Move Pokemon from Pokemon Bank||No||Yes|
|Pokemon Deposit Limit||30||6,000|
| Wonder Box Limit |
*all at once
| GTS Limit |
*all at once
|Room Trade||Join||Join & Host|
Limited Pokemon Movement In Basic Plan
In the Basic Plan for Pokemon Home, users will only be able to deposit up to 30 Pokemon. They can only also place 3 Pokemon at once in the Wonder Box or trade 1 Pokemon by GTS at once.
Judge & Host Room Trades With Premium Plan
In the Premium Plan, aside from having huge amounts of space in Pokemon boxes, you'll also be able to judge Pokemon and host Room Trades!
New Pokemon In Sword And Shield
Only Galar Pokedex Pokemon Can Be Transferred!
Not every Pokemon of the previous series can be transferred: the number is currently limited to specific Pokemon. However, Over 200 Pokemon will be added to the Galar Pokedex in the Expansion Pass, which will come in 2 parts, the first in June 2020, the second in the Fall.Check Out Isle Of Armor Expansion Here!
Pokemon Home - Release Date & Price
Released On February 12, 2020
Pokemon Home was released in February 12, 2020 and is currently available for download in the Nintendo Switch e-shop.
Free Download With Premium Plan Subscription
Although Pokemon Home will be available for free for all users, there will also be a premium feature. The price of the premium Pokemon Home service is 15.99 USD per year, or .99 USD per month.