The new cloud-based service Pokémon Home is now officially live on the Nintendo Switch eShop. As previously revealed, it supports connectivity with Pokémon Sword and Shield and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. It will also be made compatible with the popular mobile title Pokémon GO in the future.
The download itself is free and requires 707MB of storage space. There are two plans to choose from - the basic (free) plan limits you to 30 deposits, while the other is a 'Premium' subscription that costs $2.99 (or the regional equivalent) for a 30-day subscription, $4.99 for a 90-day subscription, or $15.99 for an annual subscription and allows you to deposit 6,000 Pokémon. You can also move Pokémon from the Bank with the Premium sub.
The diagram below illustrates how Pokémon can be transferred from the existing service and video games to Home:
The mobile version of Home on Android and iOS is also available. This features 'Wonder Box', 'GTS', 'Room Trade' and 'Friend Trade' features. When you boot up and log into Home, you'll get to select one of the three Kanto starters and a Pikachu will be in the storage box as well. Both of these pocket monsters are Level 5.
In addition to this, an update for Pokémon Bank has been released. Version 1.5 makes the 3DS app compatible with Home, and if you don't have a Nintendo account, you can link it via the password system.
Will you be subbing to this new cloud-based service? Comment down below.
However, and I agree with almost everyone here, the price of Pokemon Home is 'very' excessive, I hope that Nintendo and The Pokemon Company consider lowering that price, especially for those of us who use the Bank, too.
The lack of enthusiasm is palpable.
I'm not exactly jumping for joy over the price, buuuuut I have been looking forward to having my old Pokemon on a more modern console/system since Home's announcement.
How long can you let your subscription elapse before they erase your 'mon?
I REPEAT, I REPEAT, IT IS POSSIBLE TO MOVE SQUIRTLE’S, BULBASAUR’S, AND KANTO PONYTAS’ LINES INTO SWORD AND SHIELD WITH HOME!!!
Overpriced mediocrity has landed, prepare for dissapointment
The fact that they deliberately gimped the trading features in S&S to incentivize people to buy this sub makes me sick.
@Ralizah they have a judge feature in Home, so there's a chance they axe that too in future games to force the Competitive players who don't transfer to get Home
The irony (and hypocrisy) of Home symbolising Game Freak/TPCi's increasing inhospitable treatment of their fans.
And where exactly is the iOS app?
is pokemon bank free now?
@woodenbard You can? I thought we had to wait until the DLC came out.
@TimeGuy It's not out yet.
I used to think lots of people would spring for the app but given the lackluster response, I'm starting to have my doubts
@jamesthemagi We'll see. A bunch of people swore up and down that they wouldn't buy Sword and Shield, only for it to bust sales records wide open. I'm just going to abuse the Wonder Trade to complete my Dex here.
@Liam_Doolan Obviously. Why isn’t it out yet, though? What’s the hold up?
@Liam_Doolan Yes it is - I have an iPhone 7 and downloaded it approx 15 mins ago. It can’t be found through searching on the App Store, but going to The Pokémon Company’s developer page allows you to access HOME and download it that way.
@TimeGuy Correction, it's now live on iOS - thanks @Markiemania95
Is anyone else having trouble linking their Nintendo account to the mobile version of Home?
@technotreegrass Yes! That’s what surprised me so much. I thought it was a glitch at first. But there was no marker in the Home app on Switch saying those pokemon weren’t compatible. However, they don’t have a number in the Pokédex, like Mew and Galatian Slopoke.
I transferred all my Bank mon and the Switch Home and mobile Home app now show Error: 992. My Bank is now empty and 17 years worth of Pokémon are who knows where.
That sounds awful
@Fandabidozi what???!!!! Holy dude.... hope there's a way for you to get them back.
Thanks guys. Hopefully it sorts itself out or I can get in touch with Nintendo and retrieve them but at the moment not feeling too good. 😫🤮😭
You should definitely get in touch with NoA
Try tomorrow morning 8 AM Cali time
Wish you the best!
Wow holy crap that was abrupt! I know it doesn't really matter but it's kinda weird to just drop it out of the blue.
The price doesn't bother me at all. It's less than a pack of trading cards.
So they lock features behind different versions. Why not include them all in the Switch version? Why is Nintendo pushing smartphones on us and our children?
@Ralizah Free users get 1 GTS, paid users get 3 GTS slots.
However, they've smartphone walled it.
The Pokemons' art is ATROCIOUS..... they shoud really add an option to keep the Pixel Pokemons' art in the boxes.
@woodenbard Awesome! I guess the Pokedex numbers will come with the DLC packs.
Just kind of fiddling with it now. There's already been ovee 12000 trades over the GTS, lol. I'll check it out further. But I think for the time being, I'll use it just to transfer Pokémon to Shield and trades to finish the Galar Pokedex. Don't necessarily need storage
@technotreegrass I just found out you can also import Incineroar, Solgaleo, and Necrozma!! Those are the ones i have, so I’m assuming the other gen 7 starters and Lunala are transferable, too!!
Im confused... Can you only use GTS on the mobile app?
This is amazing! So many cool transfers to be made.
@Xiovanni Because like it or not, smartphones are everywhere these days. It's just assumed people have access to them. That's going to screw over some people no doubt, but it's not remotely a problem limited to this service or Nintendo. It's a broad societal problem.
Society is being forced to evolve in such a way that you just need a smartphone or you are held back from nearly everything. You need them for jobs, for schools, for ordering food in restaurants, they're being pushed to control everything in homes, they connect to our cars, we can use them to make purchases.
No matter how many people point out all the legitimate problems in this trend, I've seen no signs of it slowing at all. If anything, it's only getting worse.
On the news last week I read about "smart shoes" that connect to your phone to give you walking advice, and a "smart toothbrush" to send info about your teeth to your phone...
@Heavyarms55 I think you mean society is being forced to DEvolve.
Didn't something like the smart toothbrush already exist? Except it displayed the information on a little LCD instead of relying on an external device.
@TheDragonDAFan Yeah, it’s not letting me link my Nintendo account either. For the record, I’m using the iPhone version
@woodenbard can you import into sword and shield or just Home?
Woah it says my zekrom go go to sword and shield? Is this right as I didn't see any info that they are allowing more old pokemon to go to sword and shield
@Xiovanni Let's just go with "change". It's semantics.
And yeah, I am sure something like what you describe likely did exist.
@playstation_king there's 35 old Pokemon allowed in that aren't part of the Galar dex. Serebii has a list of which ones
I'm quite happy with this. I'll be picking up a year sub.
No thanks, as i said in a different article about this if it was similar prices to bank maybe but almost triple is a rip off
That was hard to find a way to download
@ModeSeven same here, also on iOS, linking with Nintendo account fails.
@sanderev i have same linking problem
Boohoo. Are those cry babies back for more? "OMG its so expensive, cant buy it from my parents money." Funny how people think anything should be free and the developers and servers not be paid. Its not even that expensive beside of the fact that the basic feature is free.
I do think its pointless with Lets Go and Sword Shield because Gamefreak didnt even add all Pokemon to the Pokedex. Why would I even bother trading Pokemon that are available on the Edition... Wish they released an Update that added the whole Pokedex.
@miitomobenji Yep. The switch app is mostly just for transferring from game to game. Everything else happens in the mobile app. I know, it's a bit silly.
@hanp01 Using an Android emulator on Windows I was able to download the Android version and there linking my Nintendo account wasn't a problem.
And the crying starts lol wow I love how everyone wants things for dang near free it kills me.bottom line is this is what this day and age is
No yet on the french iOS App Store :/
Edit: Oh no it is there, just the search can't find it xD
Just a heads up...
The article states that Pokémon Home is compatible with Pokémon Go, but this isn't the case right now. That functionality is coming later.
Still can’t find it on the UK iOS store.
@Judgedean Search under Pokemon Company not PC International. Same developer as Pokemon Masters rather than Pokemon TV for example.
I think the app is a bit disappointing. Although it fulfils the basic goals within the published limitations I have two issues with it:
1) Transferring from Bank to Home is fiddly and slow. One box at a time and typing the code on the 3DS is a pain. There's no progress bar or notification when the process is complete and it can take a few minutes. You have to keep logging in to Home to see if it's ready.
2) You can only see stats for Pokémon that are within Home from the iOS app. That means no judging, browsing or trading the game boxes without first extracting a Pokémon from Sword/Shield to the Home boxes. The National Dex browser is rudimentary. As such the iOS app is a waste and only required because the Switch version is crippled.
30 day free trial
But.............that price is a bit high for what you get.
@Jimez 30 days trial of Bank not Home.
Of note, I have an active Bank subscription but have been switched to the free trial. I am hoping this means that my paid subscription has paused and therefore been extended. I plan to retain Bank alongside Home Premium to use with the older games.
I'm usually down for their character design choices, but uh... why does Professor Oak look like he's having a mid-life crisis?
Aye, so it didn’t let me choose a Kanto starter.... what do I do?
If i use it probably will only be the free version, I think I have a few pokemon in the bank I might try to transfer over.
I've been wanting mobile access to Bank for a long time, so that feature is exciting for me. I don't own a Switch, and probably won't for awhile, but I'm eager to get a Home subscription so I can start wonder trading. There's nothing preventing me from using Home despite not having a Switch right? I assume I can catch relevant 'mons in the 3DS/DS games and then just pass them through to Home for trading. I can work on my 'dex for my eventual purchase of Sword and Shield.
I'm still holding out hope for additional features, like Pelago style interactions and training.
Never had or used bank so this will be my first time. Wish I didn't have to use my phone. It's old, full and rubbish.
I wonder if all the fake pokemon I got from Wondertrades will be able to transfer.
@Fandabidozi so? Could you solve it?
Nothing yet. I submitted a ticket but they’ve not got back to me. If I hear nothing by the end of next week I’ll have to take it further.
Just checked Home and the error is gone and my Pokémon have transferred over! Thank you comrades for the support during this difficult time. 🤗
Wow, that's great!
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