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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

The Pokémon Company today provided a few new details on its upcoming "Pokémon Home" cloud service app for iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. The service will launch in February 2020 for $2.99 (1 month), $4.99 (3 months), or $15.99 (12 months).


If you pay for the service, you'll be able to bring over your Pokémon from linked games and deposit them into the app or move them around to another compatible game.

Compatible games include Pokémon Sword and Shield, and Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!. You can also connect to the Pokémon Bank on Nintendo 3DS, and connectivity with the Pokémon Go app is coming sometime after launch.


The Pokémon Home app opens up the catalog of available Pokémon in the latest Sword and Shield games, by allowing you to transfer Pokémon from Nintendo 3DS games into Home, and then into Sword or Shield. Once Pokémon are transferred from the Pokémon Bank or from the Let's Go titles and into Sword or Shield, they can not be moved back to their original destinations.

Pokémon Home also brings the ability to trade with other users at any time. Using the Global Trade System, you can specify a Pokémon you want to trade and which you want to receive, and the service will match you with a Trainer if you both meet the correct criteria for the trade.

You can also create a room and trade Pokémon among friends who are allowed to join, with up to 20 people able to join at once. Additionally, one-on-one trades will be supported with nearby users once you have become friends in the app.


Some features will differ slightly between the smartphone version of Pokémon Home and the Nintendo Switch version. For example, you can only trade Pokémon in the smartphone app, while you can only move Pokémon with Pokémon Sword and Shield in the Switch version.


There will be a free version as well, but its features are limited. The "Basic" plan supports 30 Pokémon for storage, while "Premium" plans support 6,000 Pokémon. For more information on the app, be sure to visit The Pokémon Company's website.

Article Link: Pokémon Home App for iPhone and iPad Launching in February for $3/Month or $16/Year


macrumors 6502a
Apr 21, 2004
The only way I'm paying for a subscription for Nintendo apps is if they offer one subscription to cover everything. Think Apple Arcade, but Nintendo Arcade!

Amazing Iceman

macrumors 601
Nov 8, 2008
Florida, U.S.A.
It seems like so much work was put into this for nothing. As it is, there’s a great chance it will fail within a year or two.
Only those people who are really addicted to Pokémon may get it, but not enough to maintain this service alive for long.


macrumors 6502
Dec 23, 2016
...make it compatible with the old GBC and GBA games and then I’ll be interested.


macrumors regular
Mar 10, 2011
...make it compatible with the old GBC and GBA games and then I’ll be interested.

Well the GB/C games from the 3DS virtual console games are compatible. Every GBA game pokemon can be transfered from GBA > DS > 3DS > Pokemon home.

I'm happy to pay for a month. Transfer all my 3DS pokemon to Sheild and then be done with it.


macrumors 6502
Mar 12, 2011
Galveston, TX
It’s nice but kinda dumb business model. Most are gonna pay for 1 month to transfer everything. I know with Pokémon Bank, you can keep everything in the cloud without having to pay. Then pay when you need them.
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