Pokémon Bank Cloud Service To Launch In December, Will Cost $5 A Year

By Ishaan . October 4, 2013 . 1:01pm

Last month, Nintendo revealed a new cloud service for their Pokémon RPGs, dubbed Pokémon Bank. As previously detailed, this will be a downloadable app for the Nintendo 3DS that will allow you to upload Pokémon from the Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games to the Internet. It will launch in the U.S. on December 27th.


Pokémon Bank will be a paid service, but the first month will be free, if you download and use the app (which includes obtaining the free pass) by January 31st, 2014. It will give you access to 100 storage boxes of your own, enabling you to store up to 3,000 Pokémon (that’s 30 Pokémon per box). The service will cost $4.99 per year.


When you download Pokémon Bank, you will also be given access to download a second application for your 3DS, titled Poké Transporter. This app will allow you to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Black/White and Black 2/White 2 to Pokémon Bank, by inserting the cartridges of those respective games into your 3DS. Note that Poké Transporter will not allow you to transfer these monsters back to the previous games.


Poké Transporter is an app that works together with Pokémon Bank, so you won’t be able to download it separately without using Pokémon Bank as well. Nintendo point out that Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter may not work with Pokémon that have been illegally created or modified.


Additionally, Nintendo note that Pokémon Bank will be compatible with Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, as well as with future Pokémon games as well. The annual $4.99 fee is intended to support long-term management and maintenance of the service.


You can find more details on Pokémon Bank in this FAQ on the official website.

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  • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

    Im happy they’re doing this. Lets them prevent any hacks (items/pokemon) from getting in. Also lets you mix between generations ( Items seem to stick to only one pool in a generation ) (Also because DS-3DS communication doesnt seem to work according to serebii.)

    • Anesia Hunter

      I somewhat expect PokeGen users to test the new system. Most likely a lot will get through, since the current system mainly just considers pokemon with unusually high IVs (more than 31 in each IV) or EVs (more than 510 EVs) as hacks. And even if they can’t slip them through they’ll still be able to slip through the off-spring of their creations. But anyways, just don’t be surprised if you see PokeGen or RNG’d Pokemon in X & Y once people can start transferring.

      Also, I hate a how we’ll have to wait until late December, but it also gives us Pokemon Breeders time to find out more about the Pokemon in gen 6 (such as the mega-evolutions) and see what Pokemon will be worth doing mass breeding of. (That stuff takes a lot of time and effort to perfect.)

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Well they can recode the service if it requires them to.

        • Anesia Hunter

          And have it red flag what? Maxed out EVs or flawless IVs? Or even shiny Pokemon? If they did either of those it would lead straight to chaos because of competitive battlers would seriously rage hard about being unable to use their long time (or expensive (Join Avenue)) EV trained, RNG’d to flawless or nearly flawless Pokemon in X & Y.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            They have it flag Giratina’s distortion so they can send Cyrus to absorb as his nihilism leads to automatic seppukku.

      • Max

        At least we won’t see hacked gen VI Pokemon in a long, long time, if ever at all.

  • Izzy Miyake

    $5 a year? Chump change, I’m down for this.

    • 324234

      It’s cheap but I don’t see how often I’m going to need to use the service..all it seems like I’m going to use it for is for transferring Pokemon game to game. Which essentially means this just increases the cost of each game by $5, X/Y will be $45, X/Y2 will be $45, and so on. Kind of annoying in that sense.

      • Anesia Hunter

        If they even do a X/Y2, it’ll probably use the same system so you most likely won’t have to pay for a whole new system since they have it set for you to be able to store 3000 Pokemon in total. So most likely they’re planning ahead for future games as well.

        For all we know though, they’ll probably make it so if people want additional boxes that they’ll have to pay to have more added (and most likely their yearly subscription cost will also increase.)

        • 324234

          You won’t have to pay for a new system..but you will have to pay $5 a year, which is the same rate they release Pokemon games. It’s a $5 add-on cost to the price of each game, essentially, is my point.

          • Anesia Hunter

            It’s still not that much more. Now if it was $5 a month or $15 a year then I’d see a serious problem, but $5 a year sounds fair enough to me, considering what the money will go to.

    • chibidw

      I’ve been asking for this sort of thing since Pokemon Box. It’s about time. Definitely going to subscribe.

  • KyoyaHibari

    I like this idea, I find it better than the stupid mini games and restrictions with transferring over Pokemon from past games. Like Izzy said, chump change, so I’m cool with this.

  • Chaos_Knight

    $5 a year. Nice. :D

  • Hunts Rattata

    What’s up with Transporter and Bank being referred to as partially-but-not-entirely separate things? They make it pretty clear that the two need to work in tandem. Maybe there will be other ways of accessing Bank eventually, like from your computer or Wii U.

    • Suicunesol

      They need to work in tandem only to transfer Pokemon from the old games to the new ones. If you never owned any previous Pokemon games, and thus have no Pokemon to transfer, and thus are only using Bank to store Pokemon from X/Y, then transporter will be of no use to you.

  • konsama

    I don’t mind the cost, but seriously, till december 27th? This is lame as hell.

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      You get a free month when you download it

      • Suicunesol

        He’s complaining that the service doesn’t open up until December 27th, so he can’t transfer Pokemon for another 2-3 months. He doesn’t care about the cost.

        It is lame as hell. But oh well. It’s not like I’d be using my old Pokemon in my initial playthrough anyway.

    • Detrimont

      i think it’s so people dont go and get all their old pokemon instead of taking a chance and training the new ones. Sure i dont like the date of it coming out either, but if that is the case, i think it makes sense.

  • Learii

    did I read it right? is say per year not month?
    lol I won’t use pokemon bank anyway since I never play pokemon games on DS

    • 3PointDecoupage

      So you just play pokepark wii? Good call.

      • KuroNathan

        I think he meant he uses a battle simulator like pokemon showdown (the bane of my free time)

      • Learii

        lol as I say I never play pokemon games on DS I been played pokemon since ruby

    • Anesia Hunter

      it’s for the 3ds games too, so even if you aren’t transferring pokemon from the DS games you can still store your pokemon from x and y to it.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    $5 a year?! so my charizard doesn’t have to take that maid job to pay for it after all!

    • Anesia Hunter

      she’s still gotta watch out for stealth rocks though.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        and rock slid

  • D. Collins

    Alright im kind of confused. so can i port my Pokemon that are from Soul Silver or Pearl into Pokemon x and y or just only Black and White and Black and White 2

  • FirstaLasto

    damn, I was hoping the horribly unbalanced and unfairly distributed dream world pokemon from fifth gen wouldnt be in sixth gen. I guess my only hope now is that dream world pokemon just wont be transferable.

  • Shadowman

    That’s in my price range, so heck yeah!

  • Vash bane

    wait so have there been any info if pokemon with items/special items can be used too(honestly I think its a no since past games never did it)?

    • FirstaLasto

      According to serebii, items cannot be held at all when putting pokemon into the bank.

      • Vash bane

        ah that sucks well I hope the game has in-game events or event to get those special items back

        • FirstaLasto

          they might have done this to avoid coding in every single old item, but fifth gen had items all the way from first to fourth gen coded into it (many of which were completely unobtainable), so who knows?

        • J_Joestar

          yeah, it is worrisome that items can’t be stored, in particular with Mega Stones and future generations (Mawilenite better be easily accessible in future games Nintendo!)

    • The FAQ states that any item your Pokémon is carrying will be transferred back into your game’s item box. If your item box is full, the item will be discarded.

  • Raltrios

    What happens if you have a thousand ‘mons in the Cloud when your subscription runs out? THAT’S what I want to know…

    • Arrei

      They’re still working on a final answer to that question, according to their FAQ.

    • Anesia Hunter

      most likely you’ll be reminded multiple times before it runs out to pay another $5 and that after the due date it’ll just get locked up until a certain point of time before they simply delete it. i doubt they be like some other places that just automatically delete your account because you’re late on paying your yearly dues.

    • SlickRoach

      They’re sent to PokePurgatory.

  • Sephiroth420

    very interesting, what a good idea, dunno about the fee, but hey its pokemon, they gotta make that monaay

  • artemisthemp

    $5 a year ain’t bad, but hopefully Pokemon Bank is link to proper account and not save on System, since we all have heard horror story about Nintendo system breaking down and users losing their game.

    • J_Joestar

      I do agree about the account system, hopefully one will be in place by the time Bank comes out.
      although on the other hand, Nintendo systems are typically built to last as long as you take reasonable care of them, it would really take a notable amount of damage to completely prevent them from at least doing a system transfer.

  • LM009

    pretty smart move for micro transaction, $5 x (total # of suckers such as myself)=a lot of money, tbh I feel like this should be automatically incorporated into the game but w/e

  • Jah-keem York

    For a second I was going to rage cause I thought that was $5 a month, but $5 a year why the heck not that’s really good.

  • Whinp

    WTF?! I will not pay. That is such dumb! I thought Pokémon services were ALWAYS free, FOREVER!
    No, I still love Pokémon, but I want to trade my Pokémons to other games. I want this as a free service! Nintendo already knows that he/she GAINS MONEY VERY VERY MUCH, with the games being sold.
    But… I’m wrong. Nintendo, make it a free service. Please. ;_;

    • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

      they need to maintain servers for an online cloud system… and THOSE are not free… just be glad thats its 5$ a year instead of 5$ a month

  • Whinp

    But well. I’ll try to buy it.

  • artemisthemp

    I just realized that Pokemon Bank means, you don’t need friends with Pokemon Y or a second 3DS :)

    Did they announce if, Pokemon Bank could store egg?

  • Margaret Chan

    I would just like to know, still, if eggs can be stored.

  • Auvers

    I wish it worked with SoulSilver/HeartGold.

  • Kai Leggitt

    It’s $5 a year. Less than 25 cents per month. Less than a penny a day. And you people are complaining about it? It could be $5 a MONTH. Or $15. Or $50. $5 a year to transfer Giratina, Dialga, Shaymin, Heatran, Arceus, Manaphy, Azelf, Uxie, Mesprit, Zekrom, and Thundurus to every new game? $5 a year to transfer level 100 Infernape, Staraptor, Luxray, Graveler, Kricketune, and Bibarel to every new game? I’d say it’s worth it.

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