Pokémon Home update

As the Pokémon universe has become increasingly complex, Game Freak is always coming up with new ways to transfer those lovable monsters around. This is especially important now that Sword and Shield have ditched the National Dex. If you want all of them in the same place, Pokémon Home is the answer. This upcoming service can connect to recent games as well as the previous service, Pokémon Bank. Unfortunately, this all comes at a price. Today Game Freak finally gave us those pricing details, and they also revealed an inferior free version.

Pokémon Home price revealed

If you want all that Pokémon Home has to offer, there are a few payment options. You can pay $3 a month, $5 every 90 days, or $16 for a full year. If that’s too steep of a price, you can stick with the free version. However, this option will significantly limit what you can do. Here’s a handy chart that breaks down the differences between the base and premium versions.

Pokemon Home price free version

Free version details

As you can see, there are a number of downsides to the free version. You can only store up to 30 Pokémon, and there are Wonder Box and GTS restrictions as well. You also cannot host a Room Trade, and bizarrely, you’re unable to check your Pokémon’s IVs in the free version of Pokémon Home. Still, it guarantees that people who don’t want to fork over cash at least have some option.

Game Freak has also confirmed via press release that you’ll be able to use Pokémon Bank and the Poké Transporter free for one month after Home launches. This should make it easier to bring any of your favorite creatures from the past to the new service.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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