Pokémon HOME FAQs

Pokémon HOME FAQs

General Questions (11)

Pokémon HOME is a cloud-based service that can be accessed through Nintendo Switch and compatible mobile devices. With Pokémon HOME, you can move Pokémon between compatible games, trade Pokémon on the go, collect Pokémon HOME Points, receive special Mystery Gift Pokémon, and more.

By linking the same Nintendo Account to both the Nintendo Switch version and mobile version of Pokémon HOME, you’ll be able to access the same Pokémon Boxes on both versions!

The Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME supports connectivity with the Nintendo Switch games Pokémon SwordPokémon ShieldPokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!

Both the Nintendo Switch version and mobile device version of Pokémon HOME support connectivity with the Nintendo 3DS software Pokémon Bank.

There are plans to support Pokémon GO in the future as well.

To take advantage of everything that Pokémon HOME has to offer, you will need the following:

  • Pokémon HOME on Nintendo Switch and/or smart device
  • Nintendo Account (required for Nintendo Switch version; highly recommended for smart device version)
  • Any of the following titles: Pokémon SwordPokémon ShieldPokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!Pokémon Bank
  • Pokémon HOME Premium Plan

Please note that a Nintendo Switch Online membership is not required to use Pokémon HOME.

A Nintendo Account is required to use the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME.

A Nintendo Account is not required for the smart device app, but it is highly recommended that you create or link a Nintendo Account the first time you connect to Pokémon HOME on a smart device. With a linked Nintendo Account, you will be able to view battle data and access your Pokémon and any Premium Plan features (if purchased) on a linked Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME as well.

When linked to a Nintendo Account, you can access your Pokémon HOME account from one smart device and multiple Nintendo Switch consoles.

Pokémon HOME on Nintendo Switch is tied to your Nintendo Account, so you can connect with any Nintendo Switch console that your Nintendo Account is associated to. For example, if your Nintendo Account is linked to two different Nintendo Switch consoles, you can use your Nintendo Account on either console to connect to your Pokémon HOME account.

Each Pokémon HOME account is limited to one smart device at a time. Linking your Nintendo Account to Pokémon HOME on a new smart device will transfer your information to the new device. In this case, your information would still be accessible through your Nintendo Switch console(s), but it would no longer be accessible from the old smart device.

Great question! The following table shows which features are available for each version of Pokémon HOME.

FeatureSwitch VersionMobile App Version
Move Pokémon with Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!
Move Pokémon with Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield
Move Pokémon with Pokémon Bank *
Judge Pokémon *
Trade Pokémon
Receive Mystery Gifts
Check Battle Data
Check News
Exchange Pokémon HOME Points for BP (Battle Points)

* A Premium Plan subscription is required to use this feature.

Players with a free Pokémon HOME Basic Plan can use Pokémon HOME to move and trade Pokémon between compatible Pokémon games. Additionally, Pokémon fans can enroll in the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan for even more great features.

The following table displays the features between the Basic Plan and Premium Plan.

Moving Pokémon from Pokémon Bank
Number of Pokémon that can be deposited30 Pokémon6000 Pokémon
Number of Pokémon that can be placed in the Wonder Box at once3 Pokémon10 Pokémon
Number of Pokémon that can be placed in the GTS at once1 Pokémon3 Pokémon
Room TradeParticipateParticipate and host
Judge Function

The following Pokémon HOME subscription plans and pricing (excluding tax) are current as of April 2020:

  • 1 month (30 days) is $2.99
  • 3 months (90 days) is $4.99
  • 12 months (365 days) is $14.99


No, you only need to purchase one Premium Plan. Your Pokémon HOME Premium Plan is tied to your Nintendo Account. Once you have linked your Nintendo Account to the Nintendo Switch and mobile device versions of Pokémon HOME, you can use the Premium Plan features on either device.

Please note that the Premium Plan is for one Nintendo Account. If there are multiple users on a Nintendo Switch console, each player will need to purchase their own Premium Plan if they want to use those extra features.

No, an NSO membership is not required for Pokémon HOME.

Players that have already purchased a Nintendo Switch Online membership will need to purchase the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan to access the Premium Plan features.

The subscription is for an individual membership only, so a separate subscription should be purchased for each player that wants to use all the features.

However, please keep in mind that a paid Premium Plan is not required to transfer Pokémon on Nintendo Switch. Anyone that can access Pokémon HOME on Nintendo Switch can transfer Pokémon to and from the compatible game save data for other players on the system.

Transferring Pokémon (2)

First, it’s not possible to directly transfer Pokémon from the Game Boy Advance (GBA) games to Pokémon HOME. Instead, you will need to follow a few time-consuming steps.

First things first. In addition to one of the Game Boy Advance games, you will need a Nintendo 3DS system (for the GBA slot) and a copy of either Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, SoulSilver, or HeartGold.

  1. Insert your GBA game of choice into the Nintendo 3DS GBA slot
  2. Insert your 4th Gen game of choice into the back slot on the Nintendo 3DS
  3. Visit Pal Park*; in Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, this is located on Route 221; in HeartGold and SoulSilver, this is located in Fuchsia City.

* Pal Park is only accessible after completing the National Pokédex. In addition, players need to beat the Elite Four in HeartGold and SoulSilver.

Once you are able to access Pal Park, simply follow the prompts to begin the transfer process. (You will have to play a mini game in order to finish the transfer, and you are able to only transfer six Pokémon at a time.)

After transferring your Pokémon to either Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, SoulSilver, or HeartGold, you will be able to continue transferring by visiting the Poké Transfer Lab* on Route 15 in the games Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2. You’ll need two Nintendo DS or Nintendo 3DS systems for this part of the process.

* The Poké Transfer Lab is only accessible after beating the Elite Four.

  1. Start Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2 on one of your systems
  2. Insert Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, SoulSilver, or HeartGold into the second system and choose “DS Download Play” from the menu
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts to transfer your Pokémon

Lastly, with your newly transferred Pokémon on a copy of either Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2, you will be able to continue transferring your Pokémon to the Poké Transporter app (available on Nintendo 3DS) and then to Pokémon Bank (available on Nintendo 3DS) and, finally, on to Pokémon HOME.