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Pokemon Quest - Can You Transfer Save From Switch to Phone

Evolving Pokemon in Pokemon Quest, cooking recipes, best Pokemon in Pokemon Quest, and more.

Guide by Jake Green, .

Pokemon Quest released May 30 on Nintendo Switch, the same day it was unveiled by Nintendo at a pokemon event in Tokyo. It's a little different to most core Pokemon games, in that it features a blocky art-style and passive battle system. It released first on Nintendo Switch, before arriving on iOS, Android a month later. One of the things players have been wondering now that Pokemon Quest is available on mobile devices is how to transfer a save to phone from Switch. In this guide, we'll take a look at whether it's possible to do so, using what we've gleaned from playing the game, and info available from the Pokemon Company.

For more on Pokemon Quest, including what's the best starter pokemon to use, every Pokemon Quest recipe explained, and more, head over to our Pokemon Quest Guides hub. It's filled with useful info for those who are just picking up the game after its mobile release, and for those who've been there from the start.

Pokemon Quest Save Guide

Pokemon Quest is a strange case in that it is the same game running on both a console and mobile. While we have seen this in the past, it's rare that the two versions are so similar to each other. As such, it's easy to see why a lot of fans are looking to transfer saves between phone and Nintendo Switch, especially after a month of building up an account on Switch. So can you transfer a Pokemon Quest account from Switch to phone? Let's find out.

Can You Transfer Pokemon Quest to Phone - Moving a Save File From Switch to Mobile

When Pokemon Quest was revealed and released back in May, one of our chief concerns was whether or not players would be able to transfer a Pokemon Quest save to mobile, after having put so much work into their Nintendo Switch accounts. The Pokemon Company answered this question pretty soon after launch - and it's not good news. Speaking in a blog post on the game's official website, The Pokemon Company states:

Please be aware that save data from the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon Quest cannot be transferred to the mobile versions nor vice versa. For more details about Pokémon Quest, please visit the official site.

This will no doubt be disappointing for many who were hoping to continue their Pokemon Quest journey on mobile, but unfortunately, for now at least, it seems that this is not possible.

Will You be Able to Transfer Pokemon Quest From Switch to Mobile in the Future?

Now that The Pokemon Company has dashed our hopes of being able to transfer saves between Switch and mobile, we can look to the future and see if it is likely to happen. Unfortunately, it looks pretty unlikely that Nintendo will implement the feature anytime soon. Nintendo is notoriously strict about transferring data between Nintendo Switch consoles, so allowing mobile to get in the act would be a huge jump for them.

One ray of hope comes in the form of everyone's favorite battle royale shooter, Fortnite. In Fortnite, you can use the same account for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC. If Pokemon Quest is seen as a big enough property for Nintendo, it's possible that they will implement something similar. Here's hoping.

If you're thinking about moving forward on mobile with a new account, we've got plenty to help you get started in Pokemon Quest again. You can head over to our Pokemon Quest Starters guide for our recommendations of the best starter pokemon to pick, our collection of best pokemon in Pokemon Quest, and our Pokemon Quest Recipes Guide.

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  • Avatar for curtiswilliamhinze94 #1 curtiswilliamhinze94 A month ago
    I got a shiny ponyta...it has bluehair
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  • Avatar for ryantrammell75 #2 ryantrammell75 A month ago
    I just got a shiny Magikarp!!!
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  • Avatar for zacholdham08 #3 zacholdham08 A month ago
    I just got a shiny dratini
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  • Avatar for SirSoupcan #4 SirSoupcan A month ago
    I've pulled two shiny Pokemon so far (Spearow and Bulbasaur). Don't know if this helps the odds, but both times, I had made a single-color meal (all apricorn when I pulled Spearow, all honey when I got Bulbasaur).
    And if this helps anyone else, did all icy stone in a bronze pot, didn't get a shiny there, but I did pull 2 Dratini and a Tangela with just the one meal.
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  • Avatar for imadeanewaccounttoco #5 imadeanewaccounttoco A month ago
    I got shiny growlithe and duduo so that’s an addition to the list
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  • Avatar for karlosilveti27 #6 karlosilveti27 A month ago
    What level does eggsegcute evolve into eggsegutor?
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  • Avatar for karlosilveti27 #7 karlosilveti27 A month ago
    What level does eggsegcute evolve into eggsegutor?
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  • Avatar for karlosilveti27 #8 karlosilveti27 A month ago
    What level does eggsegcute evolve into eggsegutor?
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  • Avatar for karlosilveti27 #9 karlosilveti27 A month ago
    What level does eggsegcute evolve into eggsegutor?
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  • Avatar for bryanmay92 #10 bryanmay92 A month ago
    Starmie with hydro pump is the best dps in the game, Im suprised you don't have it on the list.. phycic is no where NEAR the best dps in the game lol have you even cleared 12-boss?
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  • Avatar for moochan #11 moochan 25 days ago
    I get why people try Free to Play on console but outside of Fortnight I can't really think of another big console Free to Play game. Especially when monetization is part of the gameplay. Pac-Man 256 I felt handle things well enough. Free to Play on mobile and $5 or so bucks on console and took out the monetization and just let people enjoy it.
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  • Avatar for tomasrodriguez32 #12 tomasrodriguez32 23 days ago
    I got a shiny growth on my first try getting a Pokémon
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  • It's weird how Nintendo and Microsoft team up to promote cross-play, and for this game, they just don't care :(
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  • Avatar for Baneslayer510 #14 Baneslayer510 21 days ago
    I got a shiny Meowth but honestly I couldn't even tell until it said I had completed the challenge get to get a shiny pokemon. It doesn't really look different to me even as an evolved Persian. It has a star in the corner though so I know it's not an error lol.
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  • Avatar for danielkhushairi68 #15 danielkhushairi68 18 days ago
    I got a shiny vulpix. But not from cooking rather the daily friendly pokemon. So i guess thats another way to get a shiny pokemon. Simply randomEdited 3 weeks ago by danielkhushairi68
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  • Avatar for ritzasajar65 #16 ritzasajar65 17 days ago
    It's a good thing that they're following the national Pokedex on how to evolve Pokemon.
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  • Avatar for ritzasajar65 #17 ritzasajar65 17 days ago
    @curtiswilliamhinze94 OMG You can get a shiny?????
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  • Avatar for Maniaco1975 #18 Maniaco1975 17 days ago
    I wonder to know there is pokemon lvls to evolve but if you get a pokemon already passed that lvl when will evolve?
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  • Avatar for dallashancock75 #19 dallashancock75 16 days ago
    Just got shiny shellder
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  • Avatar for Noodle2002 #20 Noodle2002 15 days ago
    Does any one know what level Tangela evolves? In standard Pokémon games it evolves into Tangrowth if you level up while knowing ancient power. Does that mean I have to reteach Tangela until she learns ancient power? Or does it evolve at a certain level
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  • Avatar for christophermo02 #21 christophermo02 15 days ago
    Hey guys, im trying to get an alekezam and have been cooking with the silver pot. I got a level 59 abra. Does anyone know if it would still be able to evolve?
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  • Avatar for zacbarnes38 #22 zacbarnes38 14 days ago
    @Noodle2002 you cant evolve it because its not first gen i believe
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  • Avatar for Ritsu-Anime #23 Ritsu-Anime 13 days ago
    Hey guys I got a lv 30 Machop is it still able to evolve?
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  • Avatar for maddilensing04 #24 maddilensing04 12 days ago
    I got a shiny poliwag! Color difference was so subtle I didn’t even notice at first!
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  • Avatar for răzvanzinca92 #25 răzvanzinca92 11 days ago
    @Ritsu-Anime Yes, it still can evolve
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  • Avatar for Vealey #26 Vealey 7 days ago
    So I brought a level 55 Abra into my camp, any idea on how to make him evolve since he's way past his evolution level?
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  • Avatar for Drudd #27 Drudd 6 days ago
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  • Avatar for Drudd #28 Drudd 6 days ago
    The recipe for the Ground food is 2 Fossils and 3 Big Roots, found this through testing. Tried the combination thinking it seemed kinda Groundy and it turned out to be correct. Got a Cubone from this.
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  • Avatar for Drudd #29 Drudd 6 days ago
    @Noodle2002 Tangrowth isn't in this game because it was introduced in Gen 4, Diamond & Pearl. Quest only has Gen 1 so unfortunately you can't obtain later-Gen evolutions like Tangrowth (4), Crobat (2), Slowing (2), Magnezone (4), etc.
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  • Avatar for Flitterbug #30 Flitterbug 5 days ago
    What's the best way to get a shiny pokemon? I wasn't aware that you could get them, but I would like to have one.
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  • Avatar for rennix #31 rennix 5 days ago
    If I get a level 57 machop from the pot how do I evolve it?
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  • Avatar for JToTheJ #32 JToTheJ 4 days ago
    The best way to level up and evolve is by cooking and attracting the same type of Pokemons, then use them for training. There's the app that helped me a lot when I played Pokemon Quest. It generates the recipes based on how many ingredients you have, and you can filter by pot, quality or recipe type.

    For Apple devices, Quest Recipe Guide: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quest-recipe-guide/id1412495863?ls=1&mt=8.
    For Android devices, Pokemon Quest Recipes: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jjhe.pokemonquestrecipe
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  • My first shiny was after getting about 100 Pokémon to my camp. It’s an exeggcute.
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  • Avatar for xXKiwieXx #34 xXKiwieXx 4 days ago
    @christophermo02 yes it will. It will evolve as soon as it levels up 1 level
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  • Avatar for edgoulding72 #35 edgoulding72 3 days ago
  • Avatar for xXKiwieXx #36 xXKiwieXx 3 days ago
    Why doesn’t Onix evolve?
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  • Avatar for xXKiwieXx #37 xXKiwieXx 3 days ago
    @rennix level it up just one time per evolve
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  • Avatar for Tobirama-Senju #38 Tobirama-Senju 2 days ago
    @xXKiwieXx onix evolves to steelix which is gen 2Edited Yesterday by Tobirama-Senju
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  • Avatar for hterrance15 #39 hterrance15 2 days ago
    Are you retarded? For one, the best buffer is Machop, because Machops bingos can go up to 45% cooldown ratio of the move bulk up, and it's usually a 20 second cooldown for each bulk up you apply, and each stack has its own cooldown, without Machop, it takes 8 seconds to cast each bulk up, so 3 stacks requires a 24 second cast time, but with machops 45% CDR, it's less then 15 seconds to get all 3 stacks off, and 3 stacks gives a 80% buff, the cap, to every Pokemon on your team. And for two, psychic is not the best fucking DPS in the game. Starmie hydro pump is. People are getting 1:00 clears on the last stage with that. Nobody even uses psychic Alakazam as the "best team" you're so dumb. At least do some research. Even Vine whip on a Bulbasaur is better then psychic. And you also forget that evolving pokemon lower the bingos you receive. You seem to be very misinformed on everything, I don't think creating this guide was your best idea.
    EDIT: Yeah...stick to a beginner's guide. Sorry if this sounded harsh. But I hate misleading content. People like Verlisify are annoying. But you actually changed everything around. I believe that you do not have any misleading motives, so therefore I am not annoyed at you.Edited 5 times. Last edited Yesterday by hterrance15
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