Pokémon Bank Cloud Service Launches This Month, Here’s A Trailer

By Ishaan . December 13, 2013 . 8:30am


On December 27th, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company will launch Pokémon Bank, a cloud service for Pokémon X and Y that allows you to store up to 3,000 Pokémon, and access them via the Internet whenever you please. This morning, they released a trailer explaining the service, which you can watch above.


As previously reported, Pokémon Bank is a paid service. It will cost $4.99 per-year, and will give you access to 100 storage boxes to store your Pokémon in. Each box will be able to store up to 30 Pokémon. If you download the app before January 31st, 2014, you’ll get a free month-long trial.


When you download the Pokémon Bank app for your 3DS, you’ll also get another app called Poké Transporter, which will allow you to import Pokémon from Pokémon Black/White and Black/White 2 into Pokémon Bank. These Pokémon can then be accessed and transferred to Pokémon X and Pokémon Y.


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

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  • Scarlet_Devil_Slave

    What about HeartGold/SoulSilver and Diamond/Pearl/Platinum?

    • Gen V only.


      Well, you can transfer Pokemon from HeartGold/SoulSilver and Diamond/Pearl/Platinum to Black/White and Black/White 2 and then import them to X and Y.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        Takes time, but worth it

      • komiko12

        I think the annoyance is those minigames that you do before you get the Pokémon.

        • ZnTxn

          And even more annoying if you still have to transfer Pokemon from Gen 3 to Gen 4. At least they got rid of the “6 pokemon a day” limit in HeartGold SoulSilver.

          • komiko12

            Heh. Good thing I never experienced that. I’m still in a bind, though. I don’t have my own Gen V game and I wish to transfer many Pokémon from my Platinum and HeartGold games.
            I know one person who owns one but we are not exactly close, just acquaintances at best.

  • Joshen McEwen

    Looks like Nintendo wants to put Bill and his PC out of business.

    • Freakmasta

      PC can only take so much. Cloud is where it’s at.

      • Until said cloud crashes.

    • Minos


      Bill failed to…

      ( •_•)
      ( •_•)>⌐□-□


      Evolve with the Times.


  • AuraGuyChris

    And Japan gets it earlier, giving them more time to prepare more confusing teams for the rest of the world.

    Seems like Masuda dropped that worldwide release rule very soon.

    • James Todd

      japan always gets it earlier because the are usually a day ahead of everyone else

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Time for me to export my Pokemon from Emerald/fire red to ether Diamond/Pearl/Platinum/HeartGold/SoulSilver then export them to Black and White 1or 2…..This….This is going to take some time,


      Yeah, I just started doing that a few days ago.
      Transfering a large quantity of Pokemon going back as far as Gen III all the way up to Gen VI…time consuming.
      Starting a new game on Y using a Cyndaquil as my starter…priceless.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        I’m even going to take pokemon from My Colosseum games and put them in the bank lol. I should make a video about this


          Damn. That’s pretty hardcore.
          Well, Godspeed!

          • NBXX

            Thanks to guys like you people who dont have old games will have be able to obtain them, assuming you will wander trade some of them :D

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            of course ^_^. *thanks to cloning*

        • Pekola

          Dude, I have the special bonus disc to get Jirachi from that game (do you guys remember that?)

          Sadly I don’t have a GameCube or the cable to pass it to R/S.

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            doh man! Ive been looking for that Disk online.

    • komiko12

      This is perfect for those who are attached to the Pokémon they trained back then. I would definitely transfer my Torterra with crappy stats and my Milotic with lots of ribbons but male.

      • Milotic? Might as well make some eggs, people will trade anything for a Milotic.

    • Anthony Hadow

      Nintendo has no idea about the gold mine there sitting on. They could re-release a bunch of the previous pokemon games on the eshop with a tweak that allows them all access to pokebank. This would save people the time of transfering from game to game to game.

  • epy

    Here come all the hacked shiny perfect pokemon! …yay… >_>

    • Kurizu208

      non kalos native pokemon can not be used in rating battle so only gts should be affected

      • AuraGuyChris

        Unless you breed them all over again in the current gen.

    • Izzy Miyake

      Pretty sure they mentioned that any hacked pokemon wouldn’t be allowed to be transferred to Pokemon Bank.

      • epy

        I hope you’re right, I kinda doubt it though. I’m sure pokemon with moves they can’t learn or with bases higher than allowed or obvious stuff like that won’t get through, but I see a lot of cheaters that are confident that their hacks will fool the system. Again, it would be great if GF ended up laughing at their faces, but I doubt it.

  • komiko12

    Anyone here who won’t be immediately using the service? I fear that the service might crash with the influx of Pokémon.

    • NBXX

      The poketrafic will be huge Lol

  • Revorse

    Is there a mass release of function? I got like 500Lickitungs that need to be disposed off.

    • Pekola

      Wat. I need them licks to finally have a Lickylicky on my team. Where did you get them!? (Assuming you’re talking about X and Y)

      Lickitungs ; ~ ;

      • Revorse

        Yeah I am. I breed mine. But I think I found the original somewhere around Victory Road.

      • NimbusStev

        My first ever shiny Pokemon was a Lickitung I just found on Victory Road! :D

  • Godman

    I already have all my Pokemon (Evolutions as well) all set in numbered order ready to transfer over from White 2, which is by the way in a special case hidden somewhere because we all know that’s precious cargo

  • AkiraScare

    THIS IS A HOLD UP GIVE ME ALL YOUR POKEMON!!!!! (^_^) pokemon bank…

  • Yay! Finally! =^_^=

  • lozffvii

    Unless you can transfer pokemon from the fourth generation (i.e. Di/Pe or SS) I think I may have to start fresh…

    …Because I am not buying B/W/B2/W2 purely to use this service.

    • Pereb

      Unfortunately, you need two DS systems and one of the Gen 5 games.

      • lozffvii

        Oh well, it doesn’t bother me too much anyway.
        I’ve been starting fresh with every game thus far (except SS, I deliberately wanted to get all three starters from the beginning of the game, so I did a bit jigery-pokery and got baby versions of the three from Colosseum into SS).
        I’ll probably still use PokeBank, just not the transfer service (I meant the transfer thing when I said ‘this service’ originally).

  • Jettythesunfish

    My Pokemon’s bodies are ready.

  • KrazyBean

    My aim is to try and get all 3 starters from all generations.

  • Vash bane

    interesting has it been answered when this can be started in-game yet?

    like we can use this from the start?

  • Hinataharem

    Is that the chick from Pokemon Box Ruby/Sapphire?

  • Serephitus

    Have my living pokedex sitting in my White 2 waiting for this

  • grevlinghore

    Dat tune :3

  • I really want to get my Palkia on my Pokemon Y copy but its going to be such a problem taking into consideration I dont even have Pokemon Black or White,,,


    Can’t wait for this. I want a Swampert and an Infernape.

  • Chris Evan Jonance Ingeniero

    now i wish we can transfer items from one gent to another… i would LOVE to get my collection of stones that i didnt use in BW2

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