How Pokemon GO works with the Pokemon Home app
Pokemon Go is a mobile game where you can capture Pokemon in the real world, going to actual locations and finding the Pokemon you need to capture to complete Field Research events and battling against gyms! It’s a really fun game. But what if you are a huge Pokemon fan, with Pokemon Sword or Shield and Pokemon Go - and you want to share your Pokemon between these games? Well, that’s where Pokemon Home comes in.
What is Pokemon Home?Pokemon Home is a cloud-based service that allows you to store and transfer Pokemon between modern Pokemon games. You can bring all your favourite Pokemon to one game and make sure that you have the team you’d like from platform to platform. This service has both free and premium options, so it is worth considering what you are planning on using it for!
It is a separate app on mobile or Nintendo Switch that you need to download and log into the app, syncing it with your Nintendo Switch account and your Trainer account for Pokemon Go. There is a whole setting up process, but once it is done it is done.
What games does it work with?Pokemon Home works with different games in various ways. If you are playing Pokemon Go, Pokemon Bank (on Nintendo 3DS), Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let’s Go Eevee, you can only transfer your Pokemon into Home. With Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield, however, you can transfer your Pokemon into Pokemon Home, and transfer the Pokemon in your Pokemon Home out into those two games.
Using Pokemon HomeThere are a lot of reasons to use Pokemon Home to keep track of your Pokemon and to move them between your Nintendo Switch and your phone.
As you use Pokemon Home to collect Pokemon, your Pokedex will track your entries (including Mega Evolve and Gigantamax forms) which can help you complete a Pokedex much more efficiently. While using the app, you can unlock mystery gifts for Pokemon Home, Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. It’s also a great base for news on the Pokemon games and collecting stickers for your profile if you complete challenges within Pokemon Home. You can earn Pokemon Home Points, which can be exchanged for BP in core Pokemon Games.
If you are looking for an edge up in Pokemon Sword and Shield, you can see progress on Ranked Battles and Online Competitions and look at Trainer battle data as well as popular moves that are used in competitions, to then plan accordingly. You can search your Pokemon by ability or move, giving you a better idea of what Pokemon to use when.