Pokemon Home is here! The doors have opened for the Nintendo Switch app, and people are able to gather together their Pokemon and start moving them on in. This comes after the reveal that it would come to the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices in February 2020. Update: It is now available on Google Play and the App Store as well.
With Pokemon Home, people have the ability to manage their Pokemon across games. You can transfer, store, and trade. It is also the new home for the Global Trading System. Both paid and free accounts are available, though the free account does have some limitations. Essentially, a paid account can store and trade more Pokemon. It could also be the host of a room where people can all gather together to trade Pokemon. (Free accounts can participate in such a room, but not host one.)
Pokemon Home also introduces a new character to the Pokemon canon. Grand Oak greets you once you log into the application. He is a researcher who “created” Pokemon Home and wants to see all of your creatures. He looks similar to the original Professor Samuel Oak and his cousin, Samson Oak. To call attention to the trading and transferring features, he has some unique shades made up of two green, pointing arrows.
Pokemon Home is available for the Nintendo Switch, Android devices, and Apple iOS devices. Pokemon Sword and Shield are available for the Nintendo Switch.