It's finally happening. After years of catching hard-earned Pokémon from different games and wondering if we'd ever be able to use them again, the Pokémon Company has come through with a new trading and storage system.

During the 2019 Pokémon Press Conference, Game Freak's director, Junichi Masuda announced a new cloud service called Pokémon Home. It's a Pokémon storage and trading service that works with the Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, and the 3DS storage system - Pokémon Bank.

June 11, 2019: Only some Pokémon can be transferred into Sword and Shield

During E3, Junichi Masuda of Game Freak announced via interpreter that only the Pokémon that are in the Galar region Pokédex can be transferred into the new games. This means you might not be able to play the new Switch games with your favorite monsters that you've caught elsewhere.

When will Pokémon Home release?

This service launches in early 2020. We don't have any detailed information about the release date yet, but we'll update this article as we learn more.

How do you trade?

This service will make it so you can trade with other Pokémon players around the world or with people nearby using a smartphone. At the moment, it's unclear if you'll be able to trade using the Nintendo Switch.

What games are compatible with Pokémon Home?

This is a somewhat tricky answer. The press conference stated that the service would work with Pokémon Bank, Pokémon GO, Let's Go Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!, and the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games. If it's been awhile or if you aren't familiar, the 3DS handheld system's Pokémon Bank allowed you to store up to 3,000 monsters from several games. This means that if you have a 3DS and use Pokémon Bank, you'll be able to store monsters into Pokémon Home from the many Pokémon games available on 3DS, as well.

Games that work with Pokémon Home

  • Pokémon GO
  • Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!
  • Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee!
  • Pokémon Sword
  • Pokémon Shield
  • Pokémon Bank

Now the thing is, Pokémon Bank worked with a number of games from the 3DS system. However, some of the games could only deposit into Pokémon Bank but couldn't receive transfers from the storage service. We're guessing that something similar will be put in place for Pokémon Home.

The above image is for Pokémon Bank, not Pokémon Home.

Games that work with Pokémon Bank on the 3DS

  • Pokémon Black
  • Pokémon White
  • Pokémon Black Version 2
  • Pokémon White Version 2
  • Pokémon Red (Virtual Console)
  • Pokémon Blue (Virtual Console)
  • Pokémon Yellow (Virtual Console)
  • Pokémon Gold (Virtual Console)
  • Pokémon Silver (Virtual Console)
  • Pokémon Crystal (Virtual Console)
  • Pokémon X
  • Pokémon Y
  • Pokémon Alpha Sapphire
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby
  • Pokémon Sun
  • Pokémon Moon
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun
  • Pokémon Ultra Moon

Transfer limitations

During the press conference the above image was shown. As you can see the direction for transferring a Pokémon for the most part is one way. However, it looks like the only games you can transfer Pokémon to is Sword and Shield.

There are also limitations for which Pokémon can be transferred into the new games. We learned during the E3 2019 Nintendo Treehouse livestream that you'll only be able to transfer a Pokémon into Sword and Shield if that Pokémon is in the Galar region Pokédex. By scouring trailers and advertisements we've made a list of all the Pokemon we know to appear in the Sword and Shield gameplay. We'll update this as we learn more.

  • Arcanine
  • Axew
  • Bewear
  • Braviary
  • Budew
  • Bunnelby
  • Butterfree
  • Duskull
  • Flygon
  • Frillish
  • Ghastly
  • Goldeen
  • Golurk
  • Growlithe
  • Grubbin
  • Gyrados
  • Hawlucha
  • Hippopotas
  • Hoothoot
  • Inkay
  • Lucario
  • Ludicolo
  • Machamp
  • Machoke
  • Machop
  • Mantine
  • Mantyke
  • Metapod
  • Meowstic
  • Miltonic
  • Minccino
  • Mudsdale
  • Munchlax
  • Pancham
  • Pikachu
  • Quagsire
  • Rhyhorn
  • Sawk
  • Seismitoad
  • Snorlax
  • Snover
  • Steelix
  • Stenee
  • Stufful
  • Togekiss
  • Tyranitar
  • Wailmer
  • Weavile
  • Wingull
  • Wishiwashi
  • Wobbuffet
  • Wynaut
  • Zwelious

What are your thoughts about this new service? Tell us about it in the comments.

Updated June 2019: Added information about how you can only transfer certain Pokémon into Sword and Shield.