Pokémon Home: How to Transfer From Bank to 'Sword and Shield'

Pokémon Homeis finally live, and with it comes the ability to transfer your Pokémon from previous generations into your Sword and Shield games.

Of course, there are limitations to what can be transferred, but, for now, Pokémon Home will replace Pokémon Bank as every trainer's preferred way to store their partners for future generations.

If you're looking to transfer your Pokémon from previous games or Pokémon Bank to Pokémon Home, here's everything you need to know.

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Transferring Pokémon to Pokémon Bank (3DS) is simple. Normally, you'd need a paid subscription to to do so, but in the 30 days after installation, the app is free on your Nintendo 3DS. Trainers should use this time to transfer their Pokémon from past generations into Pokémon Home for safe keeping.

  1. Select "Use Pokémon Bank"
  2. Select the game you are using
  3. Move the Pokémon from the bottom screen to the top
  4. Select X to save your progress

If you want to use the Pokémon Transporter feature to bring older-gen Pokémon to the Bank app, you'll need to follow these steps:

  1. Download Pokémon Bank
  2. Download Poké Transporter from either the Nintendo eShop (search Pokémon) or open up Pokémon Bank app and press the "Download Poke Transporter" option. Poke Transporter will take up 218 blocks of memory on your Nintendo 3DS.
  3. Open Poké Transporter and it will ask which game you will want to use. Once you have Red, Blue or Yellow on your 3DS, you can choose one of them. Select "Use this Game." It should be noted that once Pokémon have been transported, they cannot go back.
  4. If you have a glitched Pokémon like Mew, it will be removed from the Transfer Box.
  5. The way Poké Transporter works is that instead of taking Pokémon one by one like Pokémon Bank, it transports an entire box from your game. Once you choose the box to transport, it will send it to Pokémon Bank.
  6. Open Pokémon Bank and choose the "Use Pokémon Bank" option. Shift the box on the top screen to the left of Box 1 to get to the Transport Box. From there you can move the Pokémon one by one to your Sun or Moon game.
  7. Press X to save and your Pokémon will be transferred.


To transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon Home, you'll need to do a few things. First, be sure to download the app on your mobile device (iOS/Android) and have the latest version of Bank updated on your 3DS.

You'll also need to purchase a premium (paid) pass to transfer Pokémon from Bank to Home.

Once that's completed, follow these steps to transfer Pokémon from Bank to Home:

  1. Open Pokémon Bank and select "Move Pokémon to Pokémon HOME"
  2. Agree to recognize that Pokémon transferred from Bank to HOME can't be undone
  3. Select all the boxes you wish to transfer from Bank and press the Y button when you're done
  4. Pokémon Bank will ask for a 16-digit code that you'll need to retrieve in Pokémon Home
  5. On your Pokémon Home app, select "Options" and under "Account" select "Move Pokémon"
  6. Select "Begin move!" to acknowledge that Pokémon transferred in this way can't be reversed
  7. Select "Ready!" twice
  8. Select "Display Moving Key!" - NOTE you'll only have three minutes to input the code
  9. Input moving key in Pokémon Bank (3DS) and select OK
  10. Pokémon Bank and Pokémon Home will connect and after a few seconds the process is complete

It's easier to transfer from Pokémon Bank on the 3DS to Home on the Switch.

  1. Once both Bank and Home are connected to the same Nintendo Account players can select "Move" in the main menu of Home (Switch).
  2. Select "Begin Move"
  3. Select "Ready!"
  4. In Pokémon Home (3DS), select "Move to Pokémon Home"
  5. Select "Begin" and then select the boxes of Pokémon you wish to move and press Y
  6. When you're ready to input a Moving Key, select "Display"
  7. Input Moving Key from Pokémon Home (Switch) into Pokémon Bank (3DS) and press OK to start the process


To transfer Pokémon from the Home app to Sword and Shield, you'll first need to download the app from the Nintendo eShop.

After you've set up your Pokémon Home app and linked to a Nintendo Account, the Switch version will ask if you've set up on your mobile device. Select "yes," and it'll automatically connect it with your same Nintendo Account.

  1. The Switch app will then ask if you want to transfer all the Pokémon in the boxes as is or if you want to manually place them in the Switch version.
  2. After the transfer, the main menu will have two options, the Pokémon you deposited and a Pokédex. For this process, select "Pokémon."
  3. Select the game that you want to connect with Pokémon Home. Your only choices here are Sword, Shield, Let's Go Pikachu, and Let's Go Eevee.
  4. Choose your game and select "yes" to connect
  5. The next screen will show your Pokémon Home Pokémon on the left screen with your Switch game boxes on the right. Manually select Pokémon and transfer them from left to right or vice versa
  6. Note: Pokémon that are not included in your game will have a sign signifying that they can't be transferred yet.
  7. Once finished, select the plus sign to quit and "save changes and exit"

What do you think of the Pokémon Home app so far? Let us know in the comments section.