Pokémon Home Launch Details Announced
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have revealed the details for the launch of the upcoming Pokémon Home service. The service will launch in February 2020 and be available on the Nintendo Switch, as well as iOS and Android devices.
Pokémon Home will let players transfer Pokémon from compatible games into other compatible games, or into boxes on the Pokémon Home service. It will be compatible with Pokémon Sword and Shield as well as Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, while both versions will support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS Pokémon Bank software. Support for Pokémon Go will be added at a later time.
Users will be able to freely transfer Pokémon obtained in Pokémon Sword or Shield into and from Pokémon Home. Meanwhile, Pokémon obtained in Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Let’s Go, Eevee! can be transferred into and from Pokémon Home as well as into Pokémon Sword or Shield. However, any Pokémon that is transferred to Sword or Shield cannot then be transferred back to Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Let’s Go, Eevee!.
Pokémon Home will come in two plans: Basic (free) and Premium (paid). The Premium Plan costs $2.99 for 30 days, $4.99 for 90 days, or $15.99 for 365 days. Those with a Premium Plan will be able to move Pokémon from the Pokémon Bank into Pokémon Home; however, any Pokémon moved into Pokémon Home cannot be transferred back to Pokémon Bank. Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be made available for free for one month after the launch of Pokémon Home.
The mobile version of Pokémon Home will allow users to trade Pokémon through the Wonder Box, via the Global Trade System, in dedicated trading rooms, or with friends. Other features include Mystery Gifts plus battle and tournament details in the mobile version, and a Judge function for Premium Plan subscribers in the Nintendo Switch version.