Pokemon Home App: Release Date, Price, Compatible Generations And Games, Information And Everything You Need To Know For Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS

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Pokemon Home is the next step for Pokemon transferring and will be the next step for Pokemon Bank - this brand new app from the Pokemon Company is designed to make your Pokemon adventures and experiences easier!

After a brief mention at the recent Pokemon Direct, where information was shared about the next steps for Sword and Shield, we now have more information regarding Pokemon Home..


With so many questions surrounding Pokemon Home App, we're here to answers your concerns and detail how it will be a great pairing with Pokemon Sword And Shield.


Having been announced last year, we can expect more information to be revealed at the Pokemon Direct later this week.

Here's everything you need to know about Pokemon Home.

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What Is Pokemon Home?

Pokemon Home is the new cloud-based service being produced to transfer and store your Pokemon in the latest games.

The app will be available on smartphones and Nintendo Switch devices.

To explain it simply, using a Pokemon pun, its the evolved form of Pokemon Bank.

Pokemon Bank is simply a place to store your Pokemon and works with a large majority of past Pokemon games.


Pokémon Home will also allow you to trade with both your friends and anyone else around the world when using it on a mobile device.

There is a notion that the ability to trade with multiple people at the same time might be included.

Players can also view Rankings, Distribution Regulations, and an events calendar, replacing the Pokémon Global Link.

Release Date

Pokemon Home is now LIVE! You can download it here.


The application will be available on the Nintendo Switch and all mobile phone devices.



The Wonder Box

A new trading feature called the Wonder Box will be implemented into Pokemon Home.

You will place a Pokemon into the Wonder Box and trade with others around the world; you do not even need to use the app!

There is a Premium Plan that will allow you to trade multiple Pokemon


The GTS will allow you to select which Pokemon you want to trade and receive.


You'll be matched with a trainer that meets your criteria.

The Premium Plan will allow you to increase the number of Pokémon you can trade at once.

Room Trade

Room trading will allow you to set up a room and have up to 20 people join.

You won't know the Pokemon you'll receive until the trade is complete.

Joining a room is free, however only those with the Premium Plan may join.

Friend Trade


Friend Trade will allow you to easily trade with those who you have registered as a friend on Pokemon Home.

The features related to adding and managing friends in Pokemon Home cannot be used those under 16.

Premium Plan And Price

There are two plans available - Basic and Premium.

The following price plans are available for Premium (excluding tax):

  • 1 month ($2.99)
  • 3 months ($4.99)
  • 12 months ($15.99)

Pokemon Bank currently costs $5 / £4.49 / €4.99 a month.


So what are the differences between the two?

  Basic Premium
Moving Pokemon from Pokemon BankUnavailableAvailable
Number of Pokemon that can be deposited306000
Number of Pokemon that can be placed in the Wonder Box at once310
Number of Pokémon that can be placed in the GTS at once13
Room TradeParticipateParticipate and host
Judge functionUnavailableAvailable


National Pokedex, Mega Evolution And Gigantamax Pokemon

Pokemon Home will come with a national Pokedex - if players have Pokemon that can Mega Evolve and Gigantamax these will be registered too!

Photo via Pokemon.com



Mystery Gifts

Pokemon Home will allow you to receive Mystery Gifts.

You can receive both Sword and Shield or Pokemon Home specific gifts.

This will include Pokemon and items, which can be transferred into Sword and Shield by putting in a code.

Photo via Pokemon.com


Judge Pokemon

Those with the Premium Plan can Judge Pokemon, letting you know how strong your Pokemon is.

Your Room

In your room, you’ll be able to see information about events or games you’ve connected to Pokemon Home.

You can edit your profile using stickers. These are obtained when you complete Challenges.

Battle Data And News


In the mobile app version, you can check out how Ranked Battles and Online competitions are going in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

You can also scout out stats and record for other trainers!

The app will also inform you of the latest news and gifts going out.

Pokemon Home Points And BP Points

Pokemon Home Points are collected as you deposit more Pokemon.

When using the Switch version of Pokemon Home, you'll be able to exchange these point for Battle Points to use in the core Pokemon games such as Sword and Shield.

Compatible Generations And Games

Pokemon Bank originally allowed players to move Pokemon across any games that included X and Y, Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Sun and Moon, Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.


A companion app called Poke Transporter also allowed players to connect to the core Generation I, II and V core games.

Photo via Pokemon.com

Pokemon Home works differently, to the disgruntlement of many users on Reddit.

Pokemon Home will allow players to depositPokemon from the following games:

  • Pokemon GO (coming in the future)
  • Pokemon Let's Go, Pikachu!
  • Pokemon Let's Go, Eevee!
  • Pokemon Sword
  • Pokemon Shield
  • Pokemon Bank - Nintendo 3DS

But this is only one way, they cannot withdraw them from Pokemon Home once they are on there

Pokemon Sword and Shield is the only exception to this, allowing you to freely move Pokemon to and from Home.

In theory, almost every game works with it but does not have full functionality.

With Sword and Shield not having the national Pokedex, it's likely that this is in place to stop Pokemon moving to games that they are not supported in.

With Sword and Shield now getting an expansion, it was confirmed that any Pokemon found in Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor or Crown of Tundra will be transferable to and from other titles.

Pokemon Home Games And Compatible Generations


From a smartphone perspective, it's unclear what are the minimum requirements to run the app itself.

It may be similar to Pokemon GO, however, it could be lower depending on how much strain the app would exert on the phone.

Pokemon GO requirements are as follows:


  • iPhone 5s or above
  • iOS 10 or above
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Jailbroken devices are not supported


  • Android 5 or above
  • Preferred resolution of 720×1280 pixels (Pokémon GO is not optimized for tablets)
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services
  • Rooted devices are not supported
  • Accessories


The amount of storage available is unknown - it's likely to stay the same as the Pokemon Bank.

A Bank allows you to store up 3,000 Pokémon from your games in an online cloud.

This system mirrors the PCs you see in-game, holding 100 Boxes capable of carrying 30 Pokémon each.


Boxes can be assigned to one of 10 groups with customisable names.

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Written ByChris Trout@TheTrout91