Pokémon Home, the Pokémon Company’s new cloud-based service and the modern version of Pokémon Bank, has been mentioned briefly but very few specifics have been released until today. The service will be used across your Nintendo Switch and a mobile app, from which you will be able to access the same Pokémon boxes. You will be able to transfer and trade Pokemon between compatible games and there are different payment plans available.
On the Nintendo Switch Pokémon Home will connect to Pokémon Sword and Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu!. Pokemon GO support is coming in the future. The mobile version can be used in other ways such as ‘Wonder Box’ which allows you to trade with people around the world, the ‘GTS’ lets you do specific trades like previous in game systems, ‘Room Trade’ allows you to make rooms with people for trading and you can also trade with friends. You can check out the Pokémon Home website for even more details.
Pokémon Home will be available on a free plan or a premium plan. The premium plan will cost $4.49 AUD ($2.99 USD) for a 30-day subscription, up to $24.99 AUD ($15.99 USD) for an annual subscription. It has also been revealed that Pokémon will be registered to the National Pokedex when you deposit them into the boxes within Pokémon Home, with Mega Evolutions and Gigantamax forms being separately registered. Pokémon Bank will be free to use for one month with the release of Pokémon Home, once that expires you will still be able to transfer Pokémon from Bank to Home at no additional cost but no other features will be accessible. It has also been confirmed that you don’t need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription to use Pokémon Home.
Pokémon Home will be available in February 2020 exclusively on the Nintendo Switch and Mobile, though we are still waiting on a specific release date.