The introduction of Pokémon Home provides players with the opportunity to trade and store all their Pokémon in one convenient location. With the Pokémon Home phone app, players can now bring their Pokémon from Pokémon Go into cloud storage. This not only allows for easier trading and storage, but also enables players to view all of their Pokémon across compatible games. For Pokémon Go players, transferring Pokémon to Pokémon Home opens up space to catch even more Pokémon! Additionally, the ability to trade Pokémon on the go is incredibly helpful for impromptu trading sessions with friends.
Connecting Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home
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To get started with transferring Pokémon, you’ll need to connect your Pokémon Go account to the same Nintendo account linked to Pokémon Home. Open Pokémon Go and tap the Poké Ball icon located at the bottom of the screen. Then, access the Settings option in the top right corner. Scroll down until you find the Pokémon Home section and sign in with your Nintendo account.
It’s worth noting that Niantic has made changes to the system since the initial release of Pokémon Home. Previously, only players at level 40 could transfer Pokémon from Go to Home. However, now all players can utilize this feature, regardless of their level.
Once you’ve successfully linked your Pokémon Go and Pokémon Home accounts, you’ll have the ability to transfer most of your Pokémon from the game to the storage service. There are a few exceptions, as we’ll discuss later, but the majority of Pokémon can be transferred to cloud storage if desired.
To begin transferring Pokémon, navigate to the Pokémon Home section in the Settings of Pokémon Go and select “Send Pokémon.” This will open the Go Transporter. From there, simply tap on the Pokémon you wish to send to Home and choose the “Transport” option to initiate the transfer.
Restrictions on Transferring Pokémon
As mentioned earlier, there are a few restrictions and workarounds when it comes to transferring large quantities of Pokémon from Go to Home. Firstly, the Go Transporter requires energy to send Pokémon to Home. Each Pokémon requires a different amount of energy. Legendary and shiny Pokémon, for example, require varying levels of energy for transfer. The Go Transporter starts fully energized, but after each use, the energy level decreases. To recharge the Go Transporter completely, you’ll need to wait a set amount of time (typically around seven days). Alternatively, you can purchase Go Transporter energy with PokéCoins, although this can be quite costly. Fully charging the Transporter costs 1,000 PokéCoins, which can feel a bit extravagant.
Furthermore, not all Pokémon can be transferred from Go to Home. Special or exclusive Pokémon in Go, such as Armored Mewtwo, costumed event Pokémon, Shadow Pokémon, Purified Pokémon, or Lucky Pokémon, cannot be transferred to Pokémon Home. It’s essential to keep this in mind when selecting which Pokémon to transfer, as you may inadvertently choose a Pokémon that cannot be moved to Home.
There are also certain Pokémon that undergo appearance changes once transferred from Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home. For instance, Sunny or Rainy Castforms will revert back to their standard appearances. Origin Forme Giratina transforms into Altered Forme Giratina upon transfer from Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home. However, these different forms are not treated as separate Pokémon within the main games. They can regain their alternate forms again by transferring the Pokémon from Pokémon Home to Pokémon Sword or Shield and meeting the necessary conditions.
Most importantly, remember that each Pokémon transferred from Go to Home is unable to return to its original game. Transfers are one-way journeys for these Pokémon, so be absolutely certain before you commence the transfer process. Otherwise, you may lose a valuable Pokémon in Pokémon Go with no way of retrieving it.
Receiving Transferred Pokémon
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Once you’ve sent Pokémon via the Go Transporter, you’ll need to access Pokémon Home to receive them. Open the Pokémon Home app on your mobile device and tap the menu button at the bottom of the screen. Select “Options” and scroll down until you spot the Pokémon Go link. Tap “Receive” to finalize the transfer process. And just like that, your Pokémon from Pokémon Go have safely made their way to your Pokémon Home account.
Additionally, first-time transfers provide an opportunity to receive a gift in both Pokémon Home and Pokémon Go. These gifts serve as extra incentives to start transferring and storing Pokémon, as they are certainly worth the effort.
For those transferring Pokémon for the first time, a special gift awaits in Pokémon Home once the transfer is complete: a Melmetal capable of Gigantamaxing. To obtain this unique gift, open the mobile version of Pokémon Home, tap the menu button at the bottom of the screen, and select “Mystery Gift.” Once you do this, you’ll find the special Melmetal waiting for you in your Gift Box.
If you haven’t already transferred Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Let’s Go, Pikachu or Let’s Go, Eevee, you’ll receive another Mystery Box in Pokémon Go. The Mystery Box is a special item that causes Meltan to spawn in the wild for a limited time. Unfortunately, this is the only method of capturing this mythical Pokémon in Pokémon Go.
Best of luck out there, trainers!
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