Pokemon Go Will Be Linked to Pokemon Home By End of This Year

Pokemon Go Will Be Linked to Pokemon Home By End of This Year

Bring your mobile pals into the world of Sword and Shield.

The ways in which you can transfer Pokemon into your growing Pokemon Home collection will be expanding this year. The Pokemon Company confirmed today that Pokemon Go will be able to work with Pokemon Home before the end of this year.

Any Pokemon caught in Pokemon Go will be able to transfer those pocket monsters to Pokemon Home, where they can then head on into the Nintendo Switch with Pokemon Sword and Shield. Keep in mind though, while Pokemon can freely move between Sword/Shield and Home, moving them from Pokemon Go to Home is a one-way ticket. Any Pokemon sent to Pokemon Home from Go cannot be returned to Go.

A simple graphic explaining the new links between Go, Home, and Sword and Shield. | The Pokemon Company

There are some other restrictions as well. Certain "special" Pokemon can't be transferred from Go to Home, and in order to bring some Pokemon from Go into Home and further on into Sword and Shield, that Pokemon must already be either registered in your Pokedex or been obtained at least once in-game.

Once it goes live, players who use the transfer will be able to get a special Meltan in Go, and a Gigantamax-capable Melmetal in Pokemon Sword and Shield. These features are set to arrive before the end of the year, though no date was confirmed.

This will finally deliver on bringing Pokemon Go into the unified Pokemon ecosystem of Home. If you've ever wanted to see that Sandshrew you caught at the local playground fight in a Galar stadium, you'll get your chance. Some restrictions still exist, and there is the matter of paid Pokemon Home subscriptions—today's trailer notes that a subscription will be required to access "certain features"—but bringing the disparate worlds of Pokemon games closer together is still pretty cool.

Also announced today was a release date for the Crown Tundra DLC, which will be coming to Pokemon Sword and Shield on Oct. 22, 2020. This region looks set to be filled with all kinds of Legendary Pokemon and trainers to fight, so maybe bringing over some Pokemon Go powerhouses will be helpful in the battles ahead.

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Eric Van Allen

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