Catching Pokémon is incredibly fun, but you have to have a safe place to store every one. Thankfully, we have Pokémon HOME, which allows us to transfer to and from compatible Pokémon games on Nintendo Switch. It's important to note that these games do have Pokédex limitations, so not every Pokémon can be traded into them. Additionally, any mainline games that don't currently work with Pokémon HOME will likely be added in the near future.
For even more transferring and trading opportunities, you'll want to download the mobile Pokémon Home app.
Trades around the world
Trade a bunch of Pokémon
It's possible to get rare or shiny Pokemon while using Pokémon HOME. Having the app can open up even more trading opportunities.
Which Pokémon games on Switch can transfer to and from Pokémon HOME?
As of the time of this writing, these are all of the Pokémon games on Switch that can transfer to and from Pokémon HOME.
- Let's Go, Pikachu!
- Let's Go, Eevee!
- Brilliant Diamond
- Shining Pearl
- Legends: Arceus
- *You'll be able to trade more Pokémon back and forth if you have the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass since it increases the National Pokédex.
All Nintendo systems that can transfer into Pokémon HOME on Nintendo Switch
It's also possible to transfer Pokémon from older games and systems into Pokémon HOME.
- 3DS: You can transfer to HOME from DS, 3DS, and Game Boy virtual console games if you have Pokémon Bank downloaded. Note that this service will no longer be downloadable once the 3DS eShop closes in March 2023.
- Game Boy Advance: Even though this is a much older system, it is possible to transfer Pokémon from much older games to Pokémon Bank and from there to Pokemon HOME, but it will take a lot of work.
Pokémon HOME: How to transfer to and from Nintendo Switch
- Open Pokémon HOME from the main Switch menu.
- Press A to get past the start screen.
- This screen will appear. Select Pokémon.
- Choose the game you want to transfer to.
- Select Yes
- Your Pokémon Boxes will appear. Select the Pokémon you wish to transfer.
- Note that you can transfer both into or out of Pokémon HOME at this point. If the Pokémon cannot be transferred to the Pokémon game you want, a red circle with a line through it will appear on the top right side of the Pokémon.
- Deposit the Pokémon into one of your Boxes on the right.
- When you're done selecting Pokémon, press the + button to exit.
- Select Save changes and exit.
- Press A when the screen reads "Your Boxes have been saved!" You've completed the transfer. Now you can either use those Pokémon in Sword or Shield or interact with them in Pokémon HOME.
Keep in mind that if you're trying to transfer Pokémon from older Pokémon games like Let's Go, Pikachu! or earlier titles via Pokémon Bank, some of them might not be able to leave Pokémon HOME once they've made it into the service. Once you've moved your Pokémon to Pokémon HOME, you can also access those monsters using Pokémon HOME through the free Pokémon HOME app for iOS and Android.
Take your old Pokémon on a new adventure
Transfer your Pokémon from various Pokémon games to and from Pokémon HOME and its compatible RPGs. Not all Pokémon can be transferred out of HOME and each game has limitations on which Pokémon it can receive due to each game's Pokédex. Have fun transferring and trading!
Slice them down!
Battle your way to the top
Pokémon Sword is one of two versions of the latest generation of Pokémon games. Journey through the U.K.-based Galar region, collect eight badges, battle rival trainers and the enthusiastic Team Yell, and catch as many Pokémon as you can.
Defend your world!
Defend the Galar region
Pokémon Shield is just like Pokémon Sword in terms of plot, characters, and mechanics, but many Pokémon are exclusive to either version. If you're after monsters like Galarian Ponyta or past favorites like Goomy, this is the version to pick up.
A new adventure
More Pokémon to play with
The Isle of Armor adds a new area to Pokémon Sword and Shield, a new Pokédex, and brings back many of your favorite Pokémon. It's an excellent way to extend your Pokémon.
Rebecca Spear is the dedicated gaming editor for iMore who loves playing games on Switch and iOS. She is a Zelda nut through and through and can also talk for hours about her favorite Pokémon games. She’s written hundreds of guides and reviews over the last six years to the point that if you get stuck in a game somewhere, she can help you out. On any given day, you’ll find her following the latest tech, digitally drawing with her iPad Air and Apple Pencil, reading a good book, or - you guessed it - playing video games. Follow her on Twitter @rrspear (opens in new tab) to see her post about her corgi, foster kitties, art, and favorite video game characters.
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