‘Pokemon HOME’ to Launch with Free and Premium Features, GTS, IV Checking

TPCi has released new details for Pokemon HOME. It will include multiple trading capabilities (including the GTS, Wonder Box, Room Trade, and Friend Trade), storage to hold your Pokemon, a National Dex to track your collection, Mystery Gifts, and a Judge feature to check your Pokemon’s IVs.

The service will be available in a free or premium version. A premium subscription will cost either $2.99 a month, $4.99 a quarter, or $15.99 a year.

The Nintendo Switch and mobile app versions will have differing features.

You can read all the details in the press release:

Bellevue, WA—January 28, 2020—Today, The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced more details for the new cloud service app Pokémon HOME. The app enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. Pokémon HOME will launch in February 2020 for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices as well as the Nintendo Switch system.

Designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather, Pokémon HOME will enable Trainers to bring over Pokémon from linked Pokémon series games and deposit them in Pokémon Boxes in the cloud or move them around to linked compatible games. Also, by linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version, fans will be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes from both hardware platforms. The Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME supports connectivity with the Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Both the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank. Support for Pokémon GO is also in development.

Connecting Pokémon HOME to Pokémon Games

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Once the games are linked, users can deposit or retrieve Pokémon that can be obtained using those games.

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! can link to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME. Users can move Pokémon back and forth between Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! or into Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! is moved to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, it cannot be returned to its original game.

If a user is enrolled in a Premium Plan (paid), they will be able to move Pokémon from Nintendo 3DS Pokémon titles to Pokémon HOME using Pokémon Bank. Once a Pokémon from Pokémon Bank is moved into Pokémon HOME, it cannot be moved back to Pokémon Bank.

To celebrate the release of Pokémon HOME, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will be available at no cost for a one-month period after Pokémon HOME is released. Trainers will be able to bring over Pokémon from various Pokémon series games using Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter. Once they have their Pokémon in Pokémon Bank, Trainers will then be able to move the Pokémon to Pokémon HOME.

Trade Pokémon

There are four ways to trade Pokémon using Pokémon HOME on a mobile device. This makes it possible to trade Pokémon anywhere and anytime.

  • 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.

More Features

Pokémon HOME has many features that Trainers can use to connect with games in the Pokémon series and more.

  • 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 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 Yours Room 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 known as Challenges.

  • In the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME, users can check out 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.

There are some differences in what the Nintendo Switch version and the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME can do.

Certain features can be expanded or added when Trainers enroll in a Premium Plan.

The Premium Plan has a few different subscription options.

  • 1 month (30 days) – $2.99
  • 3 months (90 days) – $4.99
  • 12 months (365 days) – $15.99

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  1. Rcxd9999 Aspiring Trainer


    Very nice, a significant improvement from PokeBank. Sadly, that is definitely represented by the significant increase in price and the lack of a package deal with PokeBank is disheartening. Otherwise, I'm quite pleased with Pokemon Home, even if the price leaves something to be desired.

    One thing I would like to know is what the filter options are for GTS. Hopefully they are a vast improvement over just selecting gender and level range. Edit: Nevermind, the only new specification is what game you want the Pokemon from, welp.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2020
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  2. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer

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  3. Tormentedsoul14 Aspiring Trainer


    How is it pay to win when all it is a transfer service
  4. MtSilverHermit Aspiring Trainer


    National Pokédex is the feature that most excites me. I'll have to wait and see if the new features are worth the 3x price tag.
  5. RisingRaichuu Aspiring Trainer

    Advanced Member Member

    It's pay to win because every gen they come up with a new system you have to pay for to transfer all your good Pokemon from previous games.
  6. Wolfgirl90 Professor Luna

    Advanced Member Member

    But you can't use those Pokemon in competitive matches anyway, so what difference does it make? And in most cases, you would need to have a good held item for that Pokemon to work efficiently, which you aren't going to be able to transfer into HOME.

    You might be able to show off in front of your friends, but that's about it.
  7. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer


    What are we winning?

    I think you're mistaken on the definition of "pay 2 win." It means that you have to pay for a significant competitive advantage, not that you have to pay a lot of money.
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  8. Yaginku Aspiring Trainer


    Even with a large part of the Dex coming back through free DLC, they're still locked behind the Home paywall.
    Extracting Pokemon from the bank should be free.
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  9. Fawnlily Aspiring Trainer


    I wonder what happens if you let your subscription lapse, since pokemon that can't enter s&s can't return to their original games either
  10. The Rhyperior I am still Mr. Rhyperior
    The Rhyperior


    $16 a year, Oh My Gosh. Cash grabbing to the highest level. Not gonna lie, even an average employee can't even afford it. But if you want all of your Pokemon you obtain since the Pokemon Transfer came out, no choice but to do it.
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  11. Tails The Blonde Brainiac

    Forum Mod Advanced Member Member

    It would be like Bank. They would just be locked behind the paywall until you re-upped your subscription.

    It's a once-a-year 16 dollar payment. I don't think it's $16.00 per month, per year. If that's the case (which I doubt), we'd have a problem here.
  12. Number51x Blasting off at the speed of light!


    They die and you're a horrible trainer who will have to live with that.
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  13. aschefield101 is behind you !


    Holy restrictions batman!

    EA really has taken over TPCi haven't they...
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  14. Hongo Aspiring Trainer


    Does the subscription leave a lot to be desired? Absolutely.

    Is it going to break the bank? Not even close.

    $16 for a year is nothing.


    Are you willing to send me $16 a year for nothing? PM me and I'll give you my PayPal and we can get this sorted.
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  16. Hongo Aspiring Trainer


    Like I said, it leaves a lot to be desired. I’m not subscribing to it as I’m not really the type of player who needs all of my Pokémon transferring between various titles so it’s moot for me personally.

    But I’ve also spent more than $16 on various games for one-time purchases that could be debated as ridiculous and nothing for what the player actually got. Dragalia Lost rupies, Pokémon Go storage expansion for Pokémon and Items, Pokémon Bank, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, etc.

    It’s just part of the market, specifically mobile. And Pokémon Home is (for better or worse) a mobile centric and mobile focused application. It’s even presented as such with the feature list between mobile and Switch versions. I don’t agree with how they’re doing it, but I also don’t think that the admission price for “premium” (according to them) features is appalling.

    I personally think this app should have been a Pokémon Bank/Pokédex 3D Pro hybrid app. With name pronunciation and full model viewer and even AR or something. Little things that could have maybe built a little more value into just being a cloud storage and transfer application.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2020
  17. Skeleton Liar サーナ~
    Skeleton Liar



    The only real frustrating thing is locking the ability to transfer from Pokemon Bank behind the paywall. Offering Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter for free for a month after Home's launch is nice, but mostly only relevant if you're already paying for Home. ...And if you're only transferring Pokemon that are already available in SwSh. Otherwise you have to wait for additional Pokemon to be added to SwSh with the Expansion packs, which there's a chance that not all of the Pokemon you'd transfer would be added. So the thought of those services being free for a month is nice, but it's kind of moot.

    Putting aside the off-putting taste of there being a paywall, the prices for the premium plans are fine. It is what it is. Personally, I don't see much of a need to pay for more than a month (or as needed), though. You have an entire month to transfer everything. I think that's more than enough time to accomplish whatever you're doing. And if, at some point in the future, you have a need to transfer Pokemon again, that's just another $3 for a month.

    The other incentives for paying for a premium plan just seem... meh? At first, I thought the idea of the IV checker was nice. For some reason, I was under the impression that it would give IV numbers, which would be great! Despite the continued improvements on EV training and such, checking IV's in-game has always been overly simplified to the point of not being useful, outside of checking IV's of Lv.1 egg Pokemon. But then I saw the "Decent" and "Pretty good" ratings in the Judge screenshot. Nevermind. And what does "Decent" even mean? In the context of that screenshot, Mimikyu's HP and Attack IV's look like they'd be lower than 10, but its Speed is close to 20, yet that's all considered "Decent?" Whatever. You're still better off using an IV calculator for free online.

    The National Dex is interesting, but not at this time. Without all of the Pokemon being available to transfer into SwSh, I don't like the thought of the rest of the missing Pokemon being in limbo in Home (behind a paywall), until they're possibly added into SwSh.

    A potential huge positive? Unless I'm misunderstanding something, you're allowed to transfer to and from SwSh with the free option of Home. Also available in the free option is the GTS and it seems trading with friends. Did they really give a workaround for not having to pay for Nintendo Switch Online? I don't have Sword or Shield, so I'm not sure how trading online works in these games, if at all. But if what I'm seeing is true, that's by far the best thing about Pokemon Home.

    Lastly, I like the classic Gen 3 - 5 sprites being used for your avatar in Home. It's a nice touch!
  18. Mimikeon Aspiring Trainer


    Just stop. As a Pokemon fan, you're either completely against everything or an apologist. If you try to be anything other than extreme you'll be called the other extreme by people on one extreme.
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  19. Wynter Griffing 49/500 CP
    Wynter Griffing


    $16 a year is nothing. Just don't go to Chipotle, like, 2 times every year and you're good.
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  20. Frost Amethyst AMAB-NB


    Or I could just not pay $16 for a storage app after paying $20 for online and $60 for a game that wasn't finished and be even more fine.
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