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Pokémon Home will allow you to keep your favourite Pokémon pals - for a price

By Tim Augustin - on 30 Jan 2020, 11:43pm

Pokémon Home will allow you to keep your favourite Pokémon pals - for a price

Image: The Pokémon Company

The Pokémon Company has revealed pricing details for their upcoming successor to Pokémon Bank - Pokémon Home. This new service will allow players of the mainline Pokémon games to store and transfer their favourite Pokémon back and forth from other games. 

 

How does it work?

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An official blog post detailed the new service and its pricing tiers - and it’s a little complicated, to say the least. If you had Pokémon stored in Pokémon Bank from older games like Pokemon Sun/Moon or X/Y, you can transfer them to Pokémon Home. Once they're in Pokémon Home, you can use the new service to transfer them to the Nintendo Switch Pokémon games. 

That means that you could use your favourite Pokémon from older games in newer Switch games like Pokémon Sword/Shield and Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee - as long as your Pokémon are supported in those titles.

Pokémon Home can be operated from phones, other mobile devices and the Nintendo Switch itself - but the Switch version will only support games on its platform. Soon, you’ll be able to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Go as well - but that feature is currently still in development. 

 

How much would it cost?

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To ease players into this, The Pokémon Company has made Pokémon Home free for the first month. However, the free version of Home won’t allow players to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Bank - you’ll need the ‘premium’ version for that. The free version will only allow up to 30 Pokémon to be stored in Home, but the premium version allows for up to 6000 Pokémon.

The service will cost mobile users US$2.99 (S$4) a month, US$4.99 (S$6.80) for three months and US$15.99 (S$21.80) for a full year. 

 

What do I need it for?

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You can basically use Pokémon Home to trade Pokémon in four different ways, and I’ll quote the blog post directly here: 

  • Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box can be traded with people around the world. Pokémon placed in the Wonder Box will be traded even when Pokémon HOME is not being used.

  • With the Global Trade System (GTS), fans can specify which Pokémon they want to trade and which Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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 Pokémon with nearby users who they have become friends with in Pokémon HOME. Trainers can add friends using the Add Friend feature in Pokémon HOME. 

Pokémon Home also comes with a couple of other features. The Pokémon you store in Home will be registered to the National Pokédex. You can also receive Mystery Gifts from Pokémon Sword and Shield in Pokémon Home, and vice versa. Much like Pokémon Go’s ‘Appraisal’ feature, premium customers can use a ‘Judge’ function to learn how strong their Pokémon are. 

Players can also check information on Switch games in the mobile app, and receive ‘Home Points’ every time they deposit a new Pokémon - which can be converted to Battle Points in the mainline Pokémon games. 

 

Is this a good move?

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Online, Pokémon Home has garnered a near-universal negative reaction from fans. It's no surprise why - Pokémon Home triples the cost of Pokémon Bank for very little reason, and forces players to pay even more for a service that used to be completely free. This is Pokémon we're talking about, though. Negative online comments aren't going to be a dealbreaker for the company. 

A launch date for Pokémon Home hasn’t been released yet, but check back for more news as it happens.

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