Pokémon Home Can't Transfer Every Pokémon to 'Pokémon Sword and Shield'

There was quite a bit of new information about Pokémon Sword and Shield revealed at E3 2019, but one detail regarding Pokémon Home is problematic.

Pokémon Home was announced in May during the Pokémon conference in Japan and is the replacement for Pokémon Bank. It will allow trainers to transfer Pokémon from the 3DS games, Pokémon Go and Let's Go to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Director Junichi Masuda came on the Nintendo Treehouse Live stream following the Nintendo Direct at E3 2019 on Tuesday to explain a little bit more about how Pokémon Home works. He says the team has decided to allow only Pokémon found in the Galar region to be transferred to Sword and Shield and deliberated for a long time about which to make available.

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It's confirmed that certain Pokemon can't be transferred to 'Sword and Shield' Pokemon Company/NewsGeek

Of course, this brings up a big problem. With more than 800 species of Pokémon in existence, not all of them will be in Sword and Shield. That means Pokémon bred and raised for competitive battles, or Shinies, will essentially be left behind.

While we don't know all of the Pokémon that will be a part of the Galar region, the fact that trainers won't be able to bring some of them to the new console seems short-sighted. Perhaps The Pokémon Company will bring an update down the line that will allow for all of them to be transferred, but for now the cold hard truth is that some won't make the leap to the Switch.

After all, the confirmed Pokémon from other regions that will appear in Sword and Shield are less than 200 out of 809 known species.

Pokémon Home is expected to launch in early 2020, after Sword and Shield's release, so perhaps TPC will change course in that time. For now, here are the confirmed - so far - Pokémon from other regions that will be transferable through Pokémon Home separated by generation. This list will be continuously updated as more information is obtained.

GENERATION 1

  • Pikachu
  • Raichu
  • Snorlax
  • Eevee
  • Vaporeon
  • Jolteon
  • Flareon
  • Rhyhorn
  • Rhydon
  • Onix
  • Gastly
  • Haunter
  • Gengar
  • Caterpie
  • Metapod
  • Butterfree
  • Charmander
  • Charmeleon
  • Charizard
  • Magikarp
  • Gyarados
  • Growlithe
  • Arcanine
  • Vulpix
  • Ninetales
  • Machop
  • Machoke
  • Machamp
  • Goldeen
  • Seaking
  • Diglett
  • Dugtrio
  • Clefairy
  • Clefable
  • Mew

GENERATION 2

  • Pichu
  • Hoothoot
  • Noctowl
  • Larvitar
  • Pupitar
  • Tyranitar
  • Umbreon
  • Espeon
  • Wobbuffet
  • Steelix
  • Mantine
  • Chinchou
  • Lanturn
  • Togepi
  • Togekiss
  • Cleffa
  • Wooper
  • Quagsire
  • Sneasel

GENERATION 3

  • Trapinch
  • Vibrava
  • Flygon
  • Wailmer
  • Wailord
  • Duskull
  • Dusclops
  • Feebas
  • Milotic
  • Wingull
  • Pelipper
  • Roselia
  • Snorunt
  • Glalie
  • Electrike
  • Manectric
  • Lotad
  • Lombre
  • Ludicolo
  • Ralts
  • Kirlia
  • Gardevoir

GENERATION 4

  • Riolu
  • Lucario
  • Munchlax
  • Glaceon
  • Leafeon
  • Wynaut
  • Hippopotas
  • Hippowdon
  • Snover
  • Abomasnow
  • Rhyperior
  • Dusknoir
  • Mantyke
  • Budew
  • Roserade
  • Combee
  • Vespiquen
  • Bronzor
  • Bronzong
  • Froslass
  • Togekiss
  • Weavile
  • Drifloon
  • Drifblim
  • Gallade

GENERATION 5

  • Minccino
  • Cinccino
  • Deino
  • Zweillous
  • Hydreigon
  • Rufflet
  • Braviary
  • Sawk
  • Roggenrola
  • Boldore
  • Gigalith
  • Golett
  • Golurk
  • Frillish
  • Jellicent
  • Tympole
  • Palpitoad
  • Seismitoad
  • Axew
  • Fraxure
  • Haxorus
  • Joltik
  • Galvantula
  • Vanillite
  • Vanillish
  • Vanilluxe
  • Trubbish
  • Garbodor

GENERATION 6

  • Espurr
  • Meowstic
  • Sylveon
  • Bergmite
  • Avalugg
  • Hawlucha
  • Pancham
  • Pangoro
  • Inkay
  • Malamar
  • Bunnelby
  • Diggersby
  • Swirlix
  • Slurpuff
  • Goomy
  • Sliggoo
  • Goodra

GENERATION 7

  • Grubbin
  • Charjabug
  • Vikavolt
  • Wishiwashi
  • Bounsweet
  • Steenee
  • Tsareena
  • Stufful
  • Bewear
  • Mudbray
  • Mudsdale
  • Mimikyu

Pokémon Sword and Shield will release November 15.

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