The latest Pokemon Home update has added support for Legends: Arceus, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl. The 2.0.0 update, available now, will allow users to deposit and withdraw Pokemon between these three new games. Furthermore, the update will also add the Pokedex from each compatible Pokemon game. Users who link any of the above three games and deposit a Pokemon can also receive special gift Pokemon for each game they link.
Pokemon Home is an app that allows players to move their Pokemon from one game to another. This means that if a player originally caught a Pokemon in Sword or Shield, they can use Pokemon Home to move that Pokemon to their save files in other games. Some games, like Pokemon GO, Let’s Go, Eevee!, and Let’s Go, Pikachu!, will only allow the user to move the Pokemon once, after which it cannot be moved back.
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The Pokemon Company detailed the contents of the update in a post released last week. While the update will allow players to transfer Pokemon freely from the three games, there are a few caveats. One, due to the fact that Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the distant past, any Pokemon caught and transferred from BDSP, Sword, or Shield will come in Strange Balls. Similarly, Pokemon caught in Legends: Arceus and transferred to the above games will also appear in Strange Balls.
The special gift Pokemon will vary depending on the linked game. Linking Legends: Arceus, for example, will gift users with a Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott with maximum effort levels. BDSP, on the other hand, will net users a Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup with Hidden Abilities. Both will be available as mystery gifts in the mobile device version of Pokemon Home.
Pokemon Home is available on Nintendo Switch and iOS and Android devices. Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokemon Shining Pearl are available on Nintendo Switch.