The Pokémon Company has released a new wave of information for Pokémon Home, the upcoming cloud-based service which helps players store and trade their favourite Pokémon across a number of games.
The service will use your Nintendo Account on both the Nintendo Switch and mobile; you’ll be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes on both versions of the app. As expected, you'll be able to move Pokémon between compatible games, but you'll also be trade Pokémon on the go and there are two different pricing plans available.
The Switch version of Pokémon Home supports connectivity with Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. Support for Pokémon GO is coming in the future. The diagram below will hopefully help to show exactly how Pokémon can be transferred from those games to the new service, as well as from Pokémon Bank on 3DS. Notice how you can't send a Pokémon back to the Let's Go titles once they've been sent to Home.
The mobile version of Pokémon Home can be used in other ways, too. 'Wonder Box' lets you trade with people around the world, even when you’re not using the app; the 'GTS' lets you specify which Pokémon you want to trade and which Pokémon you want to receive, matching you with another player who meets that criteria; 'Room Trade' lets you create a room and trade Pokémon among the people who join; and 'Friend Trade' allows you to trade your Pokémon with other users who you’ve become friends with in the app.
Pokémon Home will be available on a free plan, or a 'Premium' plan. The Premium plan will cost $2.99 for a 30-day subscription, $4.99 for a 90-day subscription, or $15.99 for an annual subscription. You can see the differences between the two versions below:
Finally, it has also been revealed that Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokédex when you deposit them in the Boxes in Pokémon Home. Mega Evolutions and Gigantamax forms will be registered separately, too.
Pokémon Home will be available in February 2020, although no specific release date has been set just yet.
We imagine keen Pokémon players will have plenty to say about this one - feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Will you be subscribing to Pokémon Home?