Pokemon Home: How to Transfer Your Pokemon Between Games


Pokemon Home is more than just a storage tool. In addition to allowing you to store all your Pokemon in one place, the service offers a convenient way to bring your old pocket monsters into the latest games in the series. That includes Pokemon Sword and Shield and the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

However, the transfer process can be a bit confusing, so here’s a guide explaining how to transfer your Pokemon between games.

How to transfer Pokemon from 3DS

Pokemon Home offers two plans: free and premium. If you have the latter, you can bring Pokemon saved in the Pokemon Bank application on Nintendo 3DS to Pokemon Home.

Here’s a step-by-step overview of the process:

1. Open Pokemon Bank on 3DS and select “Move Pokemon to Pokemon Home” from the main menu

2. Select which boxes you want to transfer and click “Done”

Keep in mind that any Pokemon in the boxes you select will move; you cannot individually choose which Pokemon to transfer. The move is also permanent; any Pokemon you bring to Pokemon Home can no longer be transferred back to Pokemon Bank.

3. Open Pokemon Home and generate a moving key

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Depending on which version of Pokemon Home you’re using, the way to generate a Moving Key will differ. On mobile, you need to open the Options menu and select ‘Move Pokemon’. On Nintendo Switch, you’ll need to select the 3DS icon at the bottom of the main menu instead.

4. Select “Start Move” and enter your Moving Key into Pokemon Bank

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The moving key you generated is only valid for three minutes, so you’ll need to type it into Pokemon Bank before it expires to initiate the transfer.

After you enter the Moving Key, the transfer will begin. The move may take a few minutes. Make sure not to disable Pokemon Bank or Pokemon Home while the transfer is in progress. Once the process is complete, you will see your Pokemon waiting for you the next time you open Pokemon Home.

How to transfer Pokemon between Nintendo Switch games

The Nintendo Switch version of Pokemon Home allows you to move Pokemon you’ve saved on the service between compatible games. Here’s how:

1. Open Pokemon Home on Nintendo Switch

2. Choose which game you want to connect to

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Once you’ve opened Pokemon Home, you’ll be presented with all the compatible Pokemon games that you can use. Select the title you want to move Pokemon to or from. You can also select Pokemon Home to organize the Pokemon you have stored on the service.

3. Move Pokemon to the desired boxes

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Just grab Pokemon you’ve stored in your Pokemon Home boxes (shown on the left side of the screen) and move them to your game boxes on the right. You can also move Pokemon out of your game and place them in Pokemon Home.

There are a few caveats to keep in mind when transferring Pokemon. First, not all Pokemon can be moved to Pokemon Sword and Shield; only monsters found in the Galar, Isle of Armor, and Crown Tundra Pokedex can be transferred.

Second, if you originally move a Pokemon from one of the Let’s Go games to Sword or Shield, you won’t be able to return them to their original title. Likewise, Pokemon from Sword of Shield cannot be brought into Let’s Go even if they appear in the Kanto Pokedex.

4. Press the plus button to save and exit

How to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Go

You can also move Pokemon you’ve caught in Pokemon Go mobile game to Pokemon Home. However, this transfer process works a little differently. Here’s what to do:

1. Connect your Nintendo Account

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Before you can transfer Pokemon, you must first connect Pokemon Go to the same Nintendo Account you linked to Pokemon Home. Tap the Poke Ball icon at the bottom of the screen to open the menu, then select “Settings” in the top right corner. Scroll down and select “Pokemon Home” and then sign in with your Nintendo Account.

2. Select Pokemon to transfer

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Once your accounts are linked, you can move Pokemon to Pokemon Home. Tap “Send Pokemon” to see a list of all the monsters you can transfer. Select the Pokemon you want to move and tap Next. Once you’re ready to transfer the Pokemon, tap “Transport” to begin the move.

Keep in mind that there are a few limitations to the transfer process. First, the number of monsters you can transport at once depends on how much energy the Go Transporter has. Special Pokemon, such as legendaries and shinies, take significantly more energy than standard Pokemon to transfer. The Go Transporter will be fully charged the first time you use it, but after that you will either have to wait a few days for it to fully charge or spend PokeCoins to recharge it quickly.

Like Pokemon Bank transfers, every move is permanent; any Pokemon you transfer to Pokemon Home can no longer be brought back to Pokemon Go. You also can’t transfer certain Pokemon for special events, such as Flower Crown Togekiss and Armored Mewtwo.

3. Receive your Pokemon in Pokemon Home

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After you complete step 2 in Pokemon Go, launch Pokemon Home on your phone to complete the transfer. Upon opening the app, you will be greeted with a message that one or more Pokemon have been transferred. Tap “Yes” to view the settings menu, then scroll down to the Pokemon Go Link section and tap “Receive.”

Pokemon Home is available on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The service will add support for more Pokemon games in the future, including Pokemon Legends: Arceus and the aforementioned Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The latter will launch for Nintendo Switch at the end of 2022.

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