A few months after Pokémon Sword and Shield released, we finally know when we can transfer our Pocket Monsters from games past onto our Nintendo Switch consoles.

Yup, transfer app Pokemon HOME has announced its release window and the pricing strategy. It’ll be coming to Switch as well as iOS and Android at some point in February.

This is where it gets a bit more confusing. The base version of the app will allow you to move your Pokémon between Sword and Shield and Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! BUT, if you move a creature from a Let’s Go game to one of the Galar games, you can’t move it back.

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You’ll also be able to move Pokémon from your 3Ds games (X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon and the download versions of Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver and Crystal) using the 3DS’ Pokémon Bank app, but you’ll need to be subscribed to the premium version to do that.

Bank itself also has a subscription fee of £4.49, but it will be free for a month after HOME’s launch. Once again, you won’t be able to move monsters back.

Pokémon Go compatibility is also coming at a later date.

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HOME also comes with the ability to add and trade with friends, as well as make specific trades with anyone using the GTS, join Trade Rooms, use a new Wonder Box feature, and collect Battle Points to use on goodies within Sword and Shield.

The premium versions let you hold 6,000 Pokémon compared to 30, have more Pokémon in the GTS at once, the aforementioned Bank app compatibility and expansions to Wonder Boxes and Trade Rooms.

The premium version has a range of pricing options across the Switch/phone versions, costing £2.69/£2.99 for 30 days, £4.49/£4.99 for 90 days, and £14.49/£15.99 for 365 days.

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That’s all quite a lot to take in, and while the increase in price comes with a host of new features, fans are quite divided over whether it’s actually worth it.

But that’s enough about people on Twitter. We want to know what you, the readers of Digital Spy, think about the price of Pokémon HOME.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are available to buy on Nintendo Switch now.


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