Pokémon Home: tons of details and pictures (features, plans, more)

The Pokémon Company have finally revealed Pokémon Home: the new cloud service for Nintendo Switch and Android/iOS, that will allow players to transfer Pokémon, store them in the cloud, trade with other players via the GTs, and much more. The official website has been launched, and features tons of details and pictures about the game, including the various features and plans: click here to check it out… or just keep reading for the details from the press release!

Here’s some general details:

The app enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. Designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather, Pokémon HOME will enable Trainers to bring over Pokémon from linked Pokémon series games and deposit them in Pokémon Boxes in the cloud or move them around to linked compatible games. Also, by linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version, fans will be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes from both hardware platforms. The Nintendo Switch version supports connectivity with the Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank. Support for Pokémon GO is also in development.

Next, some details about how you will be able to connect the service to the various Pokémon games:

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Once the games are linked, users can deposit or retrieve Pokémon that can be obtained using those games.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Users can move Pokémon back and forth between Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! or into Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is moved to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, it cannot be returned to its original game.

If a user is enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid), they will be able to move Pokémon from Nintendo 3DS Pokémon titles to Pokémon HOME using Pokémon Bank. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon Bank is moved into Pokémon HOME, it cannot be moved back to Pokémon Bank.

To celebrate the release of Pokémon HOME, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be available at no cost for a one-month period after Pokémon HOME is released. Trainers will be able to bring over Pokémon from various Pokémon series games using Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter. Once they have their Pokémon in Pokémon Bank, Trainers will then be able to move the Pokémon to Pokémon HOME.

On Android / iOS, players will be able to trade Pokémon, with a comeback of the GTS (Global Trade Station) from past Pokémon games and absent from Pokémon Sword and Shield:

  • 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.

Overall, the service will be more than just a service to store Pokémon in the cloud and transfer them from game to game. Here’s a list of the various features available:

  • Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokédex when users deposit them in the Boxes in HOME. If users deposit a Pokémon that can Mega Evolve or Gigantamax, then these forms will also be registered. In the National Pokédex, Trainers will be able to see Pokédex entries from various games in one place. With the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME, users will also be able to search by Pokémon Abilities or moves.
  • Trainers can receive Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of HOME. With this feature, they can receive Mystery Gifts for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield as well as gifts specifically for Pokémon HOME. Pokémon received in HOME can be directly deposited in a Box in HOME. Trainers can also receive some gifts, such as items for Pokémon, by receiving a code for a Mystery Gift in HOME and then using that code in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon 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 Pokémon 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 HOME. They’ll also be able to edit their profile using stickers. They can obtain stickers in HOME when they meet certain conditions or perform certain tasks known as Challenges.
  • In the mobile device version of HOME, users 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, they’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.
  • In HOME for mobile devices, Trainers will be able to receive news about Pokémon being distributed as gifts and information about Online Competitions for Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.
  • Pokémon HOME Points are points that accumulate in Pokémon HOME as Trainers deposit more Pokémon. When using the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, Trainers will be able to exchange their Pokémon HOME Points for BP (Battle Points) to be used in core Pokémon series games.

The service will be useable for free, but plenty of features will be available exclusively to users who get a paid subscription. You can find more details about what is included in each plan on this page.

Here’s the pricing for the Premium Plan:

Nintendo Switch

1 month (30 days)2.99€ / £2.69 / $2.99
3 months (90 days)4.99€ / £4.49 / $4.99
12 months (365 days)15.99€ / £14.39 / $15.99

Mobile

1 month (30 days)3.49€ / £2.99 / $3.49
3 months (90 days)5.49€ / £4.99 / £5.49
12 months (365 days)17.99€ / £15.99 / $17.99

Finally, here’s plenty of screenshots for both the Nintendo Switch and mobile verions of the service:

Pokémon Home (Switch, Android, iOS) will launch in February worldwide.

Source: The Pokémon Company PR


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