Pokémon Home

During this morning’s update presentation for The Crown Tundra, The Pokémon Company announced that Pokémon Home should finally gain the ability to connect directly with Pokémon GO by the end of the year. Honestly, it’s about time, as transferring out of Pokémon GO right now is a major pain.

This coming update is long-awaited and will greatly ease the process of transferring your Pokémon into one consolidated place. Currently, the only games Pokémon Home connects to are Sword, Shield, and the Let’s Go series. This means that if I wanted to transfer my shiny Porygon from the last Pokémon GO community day into Shield, I’d first need to transfer it to Let’s Go Pikachu or Eevee, catch it in the Go Park Complex, then transfer it into Home. From there, I can freely transfer it into Shield. Aside from being a convoluted process to begin with, the bigger problem is that you can’t transfer Pokémon into Let’s Go if they don’t already appear in-game, meaning that creatures from Generation II onward can’t be transferred at all. This new update, then, will solve both problems at once.

One benefit of transferring a Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Home is the ability to open a Mystery Box in the mobile title. This box acts as an incense, drawing the mythical Pokémon Meltan to your position for 30 minutes. Though this functionality is not new (you get the same reward for transferring to a Let’s Go title), it’s great to see it be implemented here as well. Also, as a one-time bonus, by transferring a Pokémon to Pokémon Home, you’ll receive a free Gigantamax Melmetal via Home‘s Mystery Gift function. This Metmetal hasn’t been available until now, so be sure to get it once the update drops!

Steven Rollins
Steven has been involved in video game reporting for over five years now. In his spare time, he can be found speedrunning, writing fanfiction, or watching as much anime as he possibly can.

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