Pokemon Sword and Shield screenshot gymSource: Game Freak

Best answer: Sort of. Nintendo has revealed a new trading and storage cloud service called Pokémon Home, which will be compatible with Pokémon Sword and Shield. You'll be able to transfer Pokémon from your Pokémon Bank account into your Pokémon Home account. However, Pokémon Home doesn't release on Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android devices until 2020.

What is Pokémon Bank?

Pokémon Bank is a Pokémon storage service that was introduced on the Nintendo 3DS. For just $5 a year, you can store and manage up to 3,000 of your captured Pokémon from Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. This way, players can trade Pokémon from compatible Pokémon games to get their ultimate Pokémon dream team. It is also a great resource for players who want to start their games over without losing rare Pokémon, or for gamers who compete in Pokémon competitions.

Pokemon Bank diagramSource: Nintendo

Can you transfer Pokémon from a 3DS game to Pokémon Switch games?

Players will still be able to store Pokémon caught on 3DS games into Pokémon Bank for the time being. When the new Pokémon Home cloud service launches, players will be able to transfer their Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon Home, but it appears to be a one-way transfer. Whether they are in the Pokémon Bank or Pokémon Home, Pokémon initially caught on another game can, in turn, be transferred into Pokémon Sword and Shield only if that specific Pokemon is in the Galar region Pokédex. We've made a list of all of the pre-existing Pokemon that we've so far seen featured in the Gen 8 games. We'll need to wait for Nintendo and Game Freak to release additional information to know the complete list.

Pokemon Bank screenshotSource: The Pokemon Company

What is Pokémon Home?

Pokémon Home is a new cloud service for trading and storing Pokémon. It will work with Pokémon Bank, Pokémon GO, Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!, and the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield games. This new app is currently in development and is set to release for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android devices sometime in 2020. Details on the specific release date haven't been revealed yet.

In 2018, during an interview, Pokémon director, Junichi Masuda, stated that the company was working on making it possible for Pokémon gamers to transfer Pokémon from older releases to the Nintendo Switch Pokémon games. Here are Masuda's words on the subject.

"I mean, obviously, people would be very sad if they couldn't use their Pokémon in a future game. So, it does get complicated when you talk about the details, and we're still figuring it out, but we do have plans to find ways to let players use their Pokémon in the next game."

At the time, we weren't sure if this meant that Pokémon Bank would survive in its current form or if Game Freak would create a new way for gamers to bring the previous Pokémon to the new Pokémon Sword and Shield Switch games. Now, we know that there is a new Pokémon Home cloud app that will allow gamers to trade and store Pokémon from Pokémon Bank, Pokémon GO, Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee, Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. There's still much to learn. We'll post updates when we learn anything new.

How much will Pokémon Home cost?

Neither The Pokémon Company nor Game Freak have revealed the subscription price for Pokémon Home. But, considering that Pokémon Bank costs $5 per year, my educated guess is that it will cost between $5 and $10 per year. It's also likely that Switch users will need a Nintendo Switch Online account in order for this feature to work.

Are there any limitations with Pokémon Home?

We got a ton of new information about Pokémon Sword and Shield at E3 2019, but not all of it was good. During the Nintendo Treehouse livestream, Junichi Masuda revealed that you'd only be able to transfer Pokémon into Sword and Shield from Pokémon Home if that Pokémon was in the Galar region Pokédex. This means that some of your old catches won't be usable in the new games.

In previous games that worked with the Pokémon Bank service, you were able to--for example, in Sun and Moon--bring over any Pokemon, even if they weren't in the Alola Pokédex. . . At Game Freak we really spent a lot of time thinking about what the best way to move forward was, really preserving the quality of all the different Pokémon while also taking into account the battle balance, having so many different Pokémon available, all within a limited development time, so we don't keep fans waiting too long for every new entry in the series. And after a lot of discussion, we decided to come to a new direction.

Pokemon Home chartSource: The Pokemon Company

Considering that there are now over 800 Pokémon, you can see how creating the visuals and coding for each and everyone would delay the production of the Switch games further. We still aren't happy with it, but you can see why Game Freak has decided to only include some of the pre-existing Pokémon into Sword and Shield's Pokédex.

However, in a interview on November 10, 2019, Junichi Masuda revealed that this is the approach GameFreak will be taking for all future Pokémon games. Given that the generations to follow Sword and Shield will also have limited Pokédexes, the Pokémon Home service will be even more critical as a place to store Pokémon in between generations when they cannot be used.

Which Pokémon can I transfer into Sword and Shield?

Here are all of the pre-existing Pokémon that will be in the Sword and Shield Pokédex. Any marked with an asterisk have a Galarian form. This list is in alphabetical order rather than the Pokédex order. If you want, you can also check out our list of every leaked new Pokémon.

  • Abomasnow
  • Accelgor
  • Aegislash
  • Araquanid
  • Arcanine
  • Aromatisse
  • Avalugg
  • Axew
  • Baltoy
  • Barbacle
  • Barboach
  • Basculin
  • Beartic
  • Beheeyem
  • Bellossom
  • Bergmite
  • Bewear
  • Binacle
  • Bisharp
  • Boldore
  • Bonsly
  • Bounsweet
  • Braviary
  • Bronzor
  • Bronzong
  • Budew
  • Bunnelby
  • Butterfree
  • Caterpie
  • Chandelure
  • Charizard
  • Charmander
  • Charmeleon
  • Charjabug
  • Cherrim
  • Cherubi
  • Chinchou
  • Cinccino
  • Claydol
  • Cleffa
  • Clefairy
  • Clefable
  • Cloyster
  • Cofagrigus* (Runerigus)
  • Combee
  • Conkledurr
  • Corphish
  • Corsola*
  • Cottonee
  • Crawdaunt
  • Croagunk
  • Crustle
  • Cubchoo
  • Cutiefly
  • Darmanitan
  • Darumaka
  • Deino
  • Delibird
  • Dewpider
  • Dhelmise
  • Diggersby
  • Diglett
  • Ditto
  • Doublade
  • Drampa
  • Drapion
  • Drifloon
  • Drifblim
  • Drilbur
  • Dugtrio
  • Duosion
  • Durant
  • Dusknoir
  • Dusclops
  • Duskull
  • Dwebble
  • Eevee
  • Electrike
  • Elgyem
  • Escavalier
  • Espeon
  • Espurr
  • Excadrill
  • Farfetch'd*
  • Feebas
  • Ferroseed
  • Ferrothorn
  • Flareon
  • Flygon
  • Fraxure
  • Frillish
  • Froslass
  • Gallade
  • Galvantula
  • Garbodor
  • Gardevoir
  • Gastly
  • Gastrodon
  • Gengar
  • Gigalith
  • Glaceon
  • Glalie
  • Gloom
  • Goldeen
  • Golett
  • Golisopod
  • Golurk
  • Goodra
  • Goomy
  • Gothita
  • Gothitelle
  • Gothorita
  • Gourgeist
  • Growlithe
  • Grubbin
  • Gurdurr
  • Gyarados
  • Hakamo-o
  • Haunter
  • Hawlucha
  • Haxorus
  • Heatmor
  • Helioptile
  • Heliolisk
  • Hippopotas
  • Hippowdon
  • Hitmonchan
  • Hitmonlee
  • Hitmontop
  • Honedge
  • Hoothoot
  • Hydreigon
  • Inkay
  • Jangmo-o
  • Jellicent
  • Jolteon
  • Joltik
  • Karrablast
  • Krabby
  • Kingler
  • Kirlia
  • Klang
  • Klink
  • Klinklang
  • Koffing
  • Kommo-o
  • Lampent
  • Lanturn
  • Lapras
  • Larvitar
  • Leafeon
  • Liepard
  • Linoone*
  • Litwick
  • Lombre
  • Lotad
  • Lucario
  • Ludicolo
  • Lunatone
  • Machop
  • Machoke
  • Machamp
  • Magikarp
  • Malamar
  • Mamoswine
  • Mandibuzz
  • Manectric
  • Mantine
  • Mantyke
  • Maractus
  • Mareanie
  • Mawile
  • Meowstic
  • Meowth
  • Metapod
  • Mew
  • Mime Jr.
  • Mimikyu
  • Minccino
  • Milotic
  • Morelull
  • Mr. Mime
  • Mudbray
  • Mudsdale
  • Munchlax
  • Munna
  • Musharna
  • Natu
  • Nincada
  • Ninetales
  • Ninjask
  • Noctowl
  • Noibat
  • Noivern
  • Nuzleaf
  • Octillery
  • Oddish
  • Onix
  • Oranguru
  • Palpitoad
  • Pancham
  • Pangoro
  • Passimian
  • Pawniard
  • Pelipper
  • Persian
  • Phantump
  • Pichu
  • Pidove
  • Pikachu
  • Piloswine
  • Ponyta*
  • Pumpkaboo
  • Pupitar
  • Purrloin
  • Pyukumuku
  • Quagsire
  • Qwilfish
  • Raichu
  • Ralts
  • Rapidash*
  • Remoraid
  • Reuniclus
  • Rhydon
  • Rhyhorn
  • Rhyperior
  • Ribombee
  • Riolu
  • Roggenrola
  • Roselia
  • Roserade
  • Rotom
  • Rufflet
  • Sableye
  • Salandit
  • Salazzle
  • Sawk
  • Scrafty
  • Scrappy
  • Seaking
  • Seedot
  • Seismitoad
  • Shedinja
  • Shellder
  • Shellos
  • Shelmet
  • Shiftry
  • Shiinotic
  • Shuckle
  • Sigilyph
  • Silvally
  • Skorupi
  • Skuntank
  • Sliggoo
  • Slurpuff
  • Sneasel
  • Snorlax
  • Snorunt
  • Snover
  • Solosis
  • Solrock
  • Spritzee
  • Steelix
  • Steenee
  • Stufful
  • Stunfisk*
  • Stunky
  • Sudowoodo
  • Swinub
  • Swirlix
  • Swoobat
  • Sylveon
  • Throh
  • Timburr
  • Torkoal
  • Togepi
  • Togetic
  • Togekiss
  • Toxapex
  • Toxicroak
  • Trapinch
  • Trainquill
  • Tevenant
  • Trubbish
  • Tsareena
  • Turtonator
  • Tympole
  • Type: Null
  • Tyranitar
  • Tyrogue
  • Umbreon
  • Unfezant
  • Vanillite
  • Vanillish
  • Vanilluxe
  • Vaporeon
  • Vespiquen
  • Vibrava
  • Vikavolt
  • Vileplume
  • Vullaby
  • Vulpix
  • Wailmer
  • Wailord
  • Weavile
  • Weezing*
  • Whimsicott
  • Whiscash
  • Wimpod
  • Wingull
  • Wishiwashi
  • Woobat
  • Wooper
  • Wobbuffet
  • Wynaut
  • Xatu
  • Yamask*
  • Zigzagoon*
  • Zwelious

Blue sword and red shield

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Explore the Galar region in Pokémon Sword

Generation 8 is almost here with the upcoming Pokémon Sword game. Capture Pokémon, battle in gyms, and explore a brand new map as you prove that you are the greatest Pokémon trainer of them all. You'll be able to trade Pokémon with other Switch gamers who own their own copies of Pokémon Sword or Shield.

Pokémon Bank

Pokémon Bank for 3DS

Transfer and store pocket monsters

Pokémon Bank allows you to store and manage up to 3,000 Pokémon from several different Pokémon 3DS games. Create your dream team by transferring your favorite monsters from Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

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