May 25, 2022

Pokémon HOME to Launch in February 2020

As initially mentioned back in the Pokémon Direct, the Pokémon HOME app will soon be available across mobile devices and Nintendo Switches alike.

This week, the Pokémon Company and Nintendo released details on the cloud service-based Pokémon HOME app.

The new app enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. Pokémon HOME will launch in February 2020 for iOS and Android devices, as well as Nintendo Switch.
 
Designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather, HOME will enable Trainers to bring over Pokémon from linked Pokémon series games. They can then deposit them in Pokémon Boxes in the cloud or move them around to linked compatible games.

Also, by linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version, fans will be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes from both hardware platforms.

The Nintendo Switch version of HOME supports connectivity with the following Nintendo Switch Pokémon games;

  • Sword;
  • Shield;
  • Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and;
  • Let’s Go, Eevee! 

Both the Nintendo Switch and mobile version of HOME support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank. Support for Pokémon GO is also in development.

Connecting Pokémon HOME to Pokémon Games


Sword and Shield can link to the Nintendo Switch version of HOME. From there, users can deposit or retrieve Pokémon as they like.
 
Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! can link to the Nintendo Switch version of HOME. Users can move Pokémon back and forth between Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!. Or even into Sword and Shield.

However, Pokémon cannot be returned back to either Let’s Go game after being sent to Sword/Shield

 
A user will be able to move Pokémon from Nintendo 3DS titles to Pokémon Home by using the Pokémon Bank. This is presuming they have enrolled on a (paid) Premium Plan. Once a Pokémon from Bank is moved into HOME, it cannot be moved back.

To celebrate the release of HOMEBank and Poké Transporter will be available at no cost for a one-month period after HOME is released. Trainers will be able to bring over Pokémon from various Pokémon series games using Bank and Transporter. Once they have their Pokémon in Bank, Trainers will then be able to move the Pokémon to HOME

Trade Pokémon

There are four ways to trade Pokémon using HOME on a mobile device. This makes it possible to trade Pokémon anywhere and anytime.

  • Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world. Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when HOME is not being used.
  • With the Global Trade System (GTS), fans can specify which Pokémon they want to trade and which Pokémon they want to receive. They will then be matched with a Trainer if both meet each other’s criteria.
  • Room Trade lets Trainers create a room and trade Pokémon among the people who join. Each room can hold up to 20 people. Trading in rooms has no cost, but users will only be able to create rooms when enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid).
  • Friend Trade allows Trainers to trade their Pokémon with nearby users who they have become friends within HOME. Trainers can add friends using the Add Friend feature in HOME.

More Features

HOME has many features that Trainers can use to connect with games in the Pokémon series and more.

  • Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokédex when users deposit them in Boxes. If users deposit a Pokémon that Mega Evolve or Gigantamax, these forms will also be registered. In the National Pokédex, Trainers will be able to see Pokédex entries from various games in one place. The mobile device version of HOME allows users to search by Abilities or moves.
  • Trainers can receive Mystery Gifts in the mobile version. With this feature, they can receive Mystery Gifts for Sword and Shield as well as gifts specifically for HOME.
  • If a Trainer has enrolled in a Premium Plan, they will have access to the “Judge” function, allowing them to check how strong their Pokémon are.
  • In the “Your Room” section, Trainers will be able to see all sorts of information about events or games they’ve connected to the app.
  • In the mobile device version of HOME, users can check out how Ranked Battles and various Online Competitions in Sword and Shield are going, as well as the rankings of the Pokémon being used in them. By going to Battle Data, they’ll be able to see the battle records of each Trainer as well as information about what moves are popular among the Pokémon in the competitions.
  • Pokémon HOME Points accumulate in HOME as Trainers deposit more Pokémon. When using the Nintendo Switch version of HOME, Trainers will be able to exchange their HOME Points for BP (Battle Points) to be used in core Pokémon series games.

Features and Pricing Plans

There are some differences in what the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of HOME can do.

The Premium Plan has a few different subscription options.

Nintendo eShop pricing structure:

Subscription length Price (including tax)
1 month (30 days)£2.69
3 months (90 days)£4.49
12 months (365 days)£14.39

iOS and Android device pricing structure:

Subscription length Price (including tax)
1 month (30 days)£2.99
3 months (90 days)£4.99
12 months (365 days)£15.99

For more information about Pokémon HOME, please visit the Pokémon HOME website.


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