Home allows players to move Pokémon between compatible games, including Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, as well as trade them on the go and more.
According to site Serebii.net, 35 previously unobtainable Pokémon can now be transferred into Pokémon Sword & Shield from other games.
They include Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Mewtwo, Celebi, Rowlet, Litten, Popplio, Lunala and Meltan.
There are free and paid (‘Premium’) versions of Home, with the former allowing players to store up to 30 Pokémon and participate in trading. The Pokémon Global Trade System (GTS) is available for free.
The Premium service costs $2.99 for 30 days, $4.99 for 90 days and $14.99 for a year.
At launch the Switch version of Home supports Sword and Shield, and Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee.
There are plans to support Pokémon Go in the future as well.
An extensive post-release content plan for Pokémon Sword and Shield was revealed in January.
It was also announced that Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is coming to Nintendo Switch on March 6, 2020.
See the full list of Pokémon Home features below.
Pokémon Home features
Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world before you even know it! The Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when you’re not using Pokémon Home. You’ll be able to increase the number of Pokémon you can trade at once by enrolling in a Premium Plan (paid).
With the GTS, you’ll be able to specify which Pokémon you want to trade and which Pokémon you want to receive and then be matched with a Trainer whose requests meet your criteria. You’ll even be able to request Pokémon that you haven’t yet registered in Pokémon Home’s National Pokédex! You’ll be able to increase the number of Pokémon you can trade at once by enrolling in a Premium Plan (paid).
Room Trade lets you create a room and trade Pokémon among the people who join. Each room can hold up to 20 people. To add a little suspense, you won’t know what Pokémon you’ll receive until the trade is complete. Trading in rooms has no cost, but you’ll only be able to create rooms when enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid).
Friend Trade allows you to trade your Pokémon with other users who you’ve become friends with in Pokémon Home. You can add friends using the Add Friend feature in Pokémon Home. The features related to adding and managing friends in Pokémon Home cannot be used by users under the age of 16.
Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokédex when you deposit them in the Boxes in Pokémon Home. If you move a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve or Gigantamax, then these forms will be registered, too! In the National Pokédex, you’ll be able to see Pokédex entries from various different games in one place. With the mobile app version of Pokémon Home, you’ll be able to see much more than just Pokédex entries. You’ll also be able to search by Pokémon’s Abilities and moves!
You can receive Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon Home! With this feature, you can receive Mystery Gifts for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield as well as gifts specifically for Pokémon Home. Pokémon received in Pokémon Home can be directly deposited in a Box in Pokémon Home.
If you’ve enrolled in a Premium Plan, you’ll have access to the Judge function, which allows you to check how strong your Pokémon are.
In your room, you’ll be able to see all sorts of information about events or the games you’ve connected to Pokémon HOME. You’ll also be able to edit your profile using stickers. You can obtain stickers when you meet certain conditions or perform certain tasks in Pokémon HOME known as Challenges.
In the mobile app version of Pokémon Home, you can check out how Ranked Battles and various Online Competitions in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are going, as well as the rankings of the Pokémon being used in them. By going to Battle Data, you’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
Pokémon Home Points are points that accumulate in Pokémon Home as you deposit more Pokémon. When using the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon Home, you’ll be able to exchange your Pokémon Home points for BP (Battle Points) to be used in core Pokémon series games.