More details and pricing for the new cloud service app Pokemon Home have been provided by Nintendo and The Pokemon Company.
The Pokemon Home app enables Trainers to continue their Pokemon adventures by managing their collection of creatures across many of their games.
Launching next month on Android, iOS, and Switch, you will be able to link your Pokemon games and deposit your catches in Pokemon Boxes in the cloud or move them around to linked compatible games.
Also, by linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Switch and mobile versions, you will be able to access the same boxes from both platforms.
As previously announced, the Switch version supports connectivity with Pokemon Sword and Shield, and Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.
It also supports connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS's Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Go support is in development.
Pokemon Home details and Premium pricing
Connecting Home to Pokemon Games
Once you link Sword and Shield to the Switch version of Home, you can deposit and retrieve Pokemon that can be obtained using those games.
With Home, the Let's Go games allow you to move Pokemon back and forth between the games or into Sword and Shield. Know that once you move Pokemon from Let's Go into Sword or Shield, it cannot be returned to its original game.
If you are enrolled in the paid Pokemon Home Premium Plan, you will be able to move your creatures from Nintendo 3DS Pokemon titles to Home using the Pokemon Bank. Once a Pokemon from Pokemon Bank is moved into Home, it cannot be moved back into your 3DS games.
Trading Pokemon using Home
There are four ways to trade Pokemon using Home on mobile making it possible to trade Pokemon "anytime and anywhere."
- Pokemon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world. Pokemon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when Pokemon Home is not being used.
- With the Global Trade System (GTS), fans can specify which Pokemon they want to trade and which Pokemon 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 Pokemon 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 Pokemon with nearby users who they have become friends with in Pokemon HOME. Trainers can add friends using the Add Friend feature in Pokemon Home.
- Pokemon will be registered to the National Pokedex when users deposit them in the Boxes in Pokemon Home. If users deposit a Pokemon that Mega Evolve or Gigantamax, then these forms will also be registered. In the National Pokedex, Trainers will be able to see Pokedex entries from various games in one place. With the mobile device version of Pokemon Home, users will also be able to search by Pokemon Abilities or moves.
- Trainers can receive Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Home. With this feature, they can receive Mystery Gifts for Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield as well as gifts specifically for Pokemon Home. Pokemon received in Pokeémon Home can be directly deposited in a Box in Pokemon Home. Trainers can also receive some gifts, such as items for Pokemon, by receiving a code for a Mystery Gift in Pokemon Home and then using that code in Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield.
- If a Trainer has enrolled in a Premium Plan, they will have access to the Judge function, which allows them to check how strong their Pokemon are.
- In the Your Room section, Trainers will be able to see all sorts of information about events or the games they’ve connected to Pokemon Home. They’ll also be able to edit their profile using stickers. They can obtain stickers when they meet certain conditions or perform certain tasks known as Challenges.
- In the mobile device version of Pokemon Home, users can check out how Ranked Battles and various Online Competitions in Pokemon Sword and Pokémon Shield are going, as well as the rankings of the Pokemon 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 Pokemon in the competitions.
- In Pokemon Home for mobile devices, Trainers will be able to receive news about Pokemon being distributed as gifts and information about Online Competitions for Sword and Shield.
- Pokemon Home Points are points that accumulate as Trainers deposit more Pokemon. When using the Nintendo Switch version, Trainers will be able to exchange their Pokemon Home Points for BP (Battle Points) to be used in core Pokemon series games.
- There are some differences Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokemon Home can do.
While Pokemon Home is free, certain features can be expanded or added when you enroll in a Premium Plan. The Premium Plan has a few different subscription options.
Nintendo eShop pricing
- 1 month (30 days) £2.69/$2.99 or regional equivalent
- 3 months (90 days) £4.49/$4.99 or regional equivalent
- 12 months (365 days) £14.39/$15.99 or regional equivalent
iOS and Android device pricing
- 1 month (30 days) £2.99 or regional equivalent
- 3 months (90 days) £4.99 or regional equivalent
- 12 months (365 days) £15.99 or regional equivalent
To celebrate the release of Pokemon Home, the Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter will be available at no cost for a one-month period after Home is released.
This will allow you to bring over Pokemon from various Pokemon games using the Bank or Transporter. Once you have your Pokemon in the bank, you will then be able to move them over to Home.
Below you will find the differences between the basic (free) and premium (paid) plans.