Pokemon Go players can now transfer their Pokemon creatures to other games with Pokemon Home connectivity. This feature allows players to send Pokemon collected in highly popular mobile AR games to Pokemon Home, a cloud-based service that connects with other Pokemon games. Essentially, players can send their creatures to Pokemon Home on Nintendo Switch, from where they can be used in Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield. However, this is a one-way transfer and you will not be able to retrieve the Pokemon.
As stated on the official Pokemon support page, Pokemon Go and Pokemon House can be linked together. Players will need the mobile version and the Nintendo Switch version of Pokemon Home, both of which need to be linked to the same Nintendo account in order to transfer creatures to Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield on Switch. In addition, you need a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership to transfer Pokemon.
Transferring Pokemon from Pokemon Go to Pokemon Home is done using the Go transporter in the game that uses transporter energy. This means that you will have to wait for the Go Transporter to fully charge over time before you start transferring Pokémon. Each Pokemon, depending on the class, spends energy to transfer. According to the Reddit post in TheSilphRoad subreddit, transferring ordinary Pokemon costs 10 energy, ordinary Shiny Pokemon costs 1,990 energy, legendary base Pokemon costs 1,000 energy, and legendary Shiny Pokemon costs 9,000 energy.
Go Transporter can store up to 10,000 energy at a time, and players need to be at level 40 to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Go to Pokemon Home.
Once you transfer the required Pokemon to Pokemon Home, you can transfer them from Pokemon Home to Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield. However, the species must have been registered in your Pokedex. In addition, this is a one-way transfer, once a Pokemon is sent to Pokemon House, it cannot be returned to Pokemon Go.
To start transferring Pokemon, click Poke Ball in Pokemon Go, select “Settings”, select “Pokemon Home”, log in with your Nintendo account to associate your Pokemon Go app with it. Next, choose to send Pokemon, check the energy of the transport, select the Pokemon to transfer, and click Next. Once you are sure that everything is correct, click Transfer. Once completed, you can go to the mobile version of Pokemon Home or the Nintendo Switch version to receive them.
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