The ability to transfer Pokémon from Go to Home is now available. Niantic are currently rolling out to different levels on a continous basis, and should be fully rolled out within the next few days. I suspect those who are Level 5 or Level 10 will be the lowest level that will get this new feature.
What’s Pokémon Home?
Pokémon Home is a cloud-based service that was launched for the Nintendo Switch to allow trainers who play Pokémon Games on the console device(s) to store their Pokémon’s in the cloud in order to free up space in their game storage. The 2 main games on the Nintendo Switch device are Pokémon Let’s Go (Eevee and Pikachu) and Pokémon Sword & Shield. Pokémon Home supports moving Pokémon’s from the Pokémon Bank to Pokémon Home
Is Pokémon Home Free?
There are 2 Plans with Pokémon Home. Basic and Premium. And supports a granular pricing plan depending on how much you plan to use it.
Below are 2 tables showing how much the plans are (monthly, 90 days and yearly)
We understand that Pokémon Home Premium Plan won’t appeal to everyone, and agree that 30 Pokémon is a bit on the low side. But with all the development gone into the product since launch, $15.99 isn’t a bad deal. From time to time, the creators of Pokémon Home will release some gifts / perks for those who meet certain in-game criteria’s / challenges.
What’s required for Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home to work?
There are a few things you will need to get this to work.
Firstly, and most obviously, you will need Pokémon Go and a valid account.
Secondly, you will need a Nintendo Account.
Thirdly, you will need to have the Pokémon Home installed on your Mobile device (Apple or Android). This is needed in order to ensure that the Pokémon(s) you are trading from Pokémon Go to Home can be completed. This is irrespective of whether you have the Pokémon Home on your Switch or Not.
We need to make it clear that you don’t need the Premium version in order to use this service, but you will need to accept the limitations that come with the Basic account, and how much you can be transferred from Pokémon Go to Home. You will need an active Internet connection in order to do the transfer.
When you initiate the transfer for the first time (on a given device), you will need to link your Nintendo account to the Pokémon Go account. From some limited testing, it doesn’t appear to be limited to 1 Pokémon Go account to 1 Pokémon Home account, but this could change.
How do to link Pokémon Home to Pokémon Go.
Select Pokémon HOME Option, which can be found near the bottom.
You will see the Sign In button where you can link your account.
Select the Sign In button and follow the on-screen instructions to link your Nintendo account to Pokémon Go. You will need to accept the conditions of use before you can progress. Once successfully completed, you will see the below screen.
At this point, we will need to tell you that when you transfer a Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home, it will be a one-way process. It can’t be reversed. Also, if your phone runs out of battery, or the app crashes during mid transportation, there is a risk that the Pokémon may not arrive into Pokémon Home. So, if you are transferring a rare Pokémon (such as a Mythical), you should make sure your phone is sufficiently charged and the app is restarted.
Sending Pokémon from Go to Home.
Firstly, make sure you have sufficient storage in Pokémon Home before starting the process. Once confirmed, read on.
The transfer process is based on Transporter Energy. Don’t worry, you don’t need to call Scotty (Star Trek reference) and ask to be beamed up.
A full Energy tank consists of 10,000 Transporter energy. Each transport will consume some energy based on the table shown below. Once a transport has completed, it will take 1 hour to gain 60 Transporter energy. If you use all the energy, it will take 7 days for the Transporter energy to be repopulated automatically. However, if you are eager and keen to fill the energy up quicker, you can pay for it with your coins. The easiest way to get coins is from occupying gyms, or handing over your hard-earned cash.
The below table will show you the Energy Costs.
As expected, the shiny transfer cost is a lot higher than the others. If you are planning on transferring the Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home to Pokémon Sword & Shield, at the time of writing, it is understood that if the Pokémon doesn’t exist in Sword and Shield, whilst you can transfer the Pokémon from Go to Home, you won’t be able to transfer from Home to Sword and Shield.
If you have transferred a Shiny Legendary, based on the above table, you will have used up all the energy. So, if you are looking to do multiple trades from Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home, you may want to consider the priorities, or at the very least have enough coins to acquire more Transporter Energy. If you don’t want to use coins, and you are happy to wait, you can wait for up to 7 days to trade some more. 1 coin will get 100 Transporter energy, and 1000 coins will give you all the energy back.
Certain Pokémon’s (mainly Clone and Costume ones) are barred from being sent to Pokémon Home. Not entirely sure why yet. Not entirely sure why this is the case yet, but may have something to do with Sword and Shield not having these types already.
I don’t have a Switch or any of the Pokémon games on Switch. Is there any point?
Unless you have access to someone who has Pokémon Let’s Go, the only way to get a Meltan Box will be from sending a Pokémon to Pokémon Home. When Niantic releases the Meltan Event, you will be given the chance of getting a shiny Meltan. So ultimately, if you are just looking to get a shiny Meltan, then transferring a Pokémon that has no value to you would be worth it. But just remember, if you use up the whole 10,000 Teleport Energy, you will need to wait 7 days to be able to get the full energy back, but you may be able to do some more trades during the 7-day period, but not the high energy ones. At the time of writing, you can get a new Meltan box every 3 days (72 hours) from the moment you open the last one. So, if your sole intent is to get a Meltan Box, you will need to think about what Pokémon you want to send to Pokémon Home.
Once the Teleporting of the Pokémon is complete, you will need to go to Pokémon Home to receive the Pokémon you sent from Pokemon Go.
How to receive the Pokémon in Pokémon Home?
Once you have successfully teleported the Pokémon from Go to Home, you need to do the following:
- Launch Pokémon Home. (It doesn’t matter if Pokémon Go is open or not).
- Tap Start (if Prompted).
- You will see a message asking you want to receive the Pokémon or Pokémon’s you have sent from Pokémon Go. Assuming you don’t want to lose them, select yes.
- Tap on the View Transferred Pokémon at the bottom of the screen.
- You will see the Pokémon that you have teleported from Pokémon Go. Follow the on-screen prompt.
You have now transferred the Pokémon from Pokémon Go. Regardless of whether you have a Nintendo Switch and Pokémon Sword and Shield, if this is your first transfer, you may want to claim the Gigantamax Melmetal from the Mystery Box, if it is available. Even if you have done multiple transfers, the Gigantamax Melmetal may still be available. Why is it important? If you know someone who has Sword and Shield, they may become your new best friend.