Pokémon Home Price, Details, GTS & Trading Features Explained

In 2020 Pokémon Sword and Shield will expand with two DLC expansions. However, Pokémon Home will finally help trainers get their partners from past generations over to Galar through use of a mobile app.

The Pokémon Company has released more information on this upcoming paid service including how trades and transfers work, as well as a list of features to expect when it releases in February.

While a specific release date was not revealed, trainers won't have to wait too long for Pokémon Home's release.

Here's what we learned about Pokémon Home.

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HOW TO TRADE POKEMON IN POKEMON HOME

Pokémon Home acts as more than just a storage system like the old Pokémon Bank for 3DS once did. It's also a hub for trainers to trade their Pokémon by creating rooms that enable local communication with other Pokémon Home users and the Global Trade System (GTS) returns.

Here's a rundown of which kinds of trades will be available when Pokémon Home releases according to the service's official press release.

  • 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.
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OTHER FEATURES

Pokémon Home will bring more features to those who use it, including its own National Pokédex, a way to receive Mystery Gifts and a new way to earn Battle Points (BP) to purchase more items for competitive play.

Here's a rundown of what trainers can do with Pokémon Home:

  • Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokédex when users deposit them in the Boxes in Pokémon 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 a Pokémon's Abilities or moves.
  • Trainers can receive Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon 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 Pokémon HOME can be directly deposited in a Box in Pokémon HOME. Trainers can also receive some gifts, such as items for Pokémon, by receiving a code for a Mystery Gift in Pokémon 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 Rooms tab, Trainers will be able to see all sorts of information about events or the games they've connected to Pokémon HOME. They'll also be able to edit their profile using stickers. They can obtain stickers in Pokémon HOME when they meet certain conditions or perform certain tasks called Challenges.
  • In the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME, users can see 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 Pokémon 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.

POKEMON HOME PRICE AND HOW IT WORKS

The Pokémon Home apps on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices will be a little different on each platform.

The Switch app will allow for Pokémon to be transferred from Let's Go Pikachu/Eevee and Sword and Shield as well as transfers of HOME points for Battle Points. However, the mobile version is where trainers can check for the latest news, trade Pokémon locally and receive Mystery Gifts.

The graph below explains what each version of Pokémon Home is capable of.

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As for the price of Pokémon Home, trainers can download and use the base apps for free. However, there are limitations as to what the free (basic) version of Pokémon Home can do. Trainers won't be able to transfer from the 3DS Pokémon Bank if they only have the basic plan. The amount of Pokémon that can be deposited, placed in the Wonder Room and more will be limited too.

The IV Checker will also not be available.

The Pokémon Home premium package allows many more Pokémon to participate in various features. The infographic below shows what is and is not available in both plans.

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To purchase the premium version of Pokémon Home there are three options: one month, three months and an annual fee. This is how the prices break down.

  • One month (30 days) - $2.99
  • Three months (90 days) - $4.99
  • 12 months (365 days) - $15.99

When Pokémon Home is launched, one month of Pokémon Bank for the 3DS will be free to get trainers started transferring Pokémon from previous generations.

What do you think of Pokémon Home? Do you believe the premium version is worth it? Let us know in the comments section.