If you’re looking to complete your national Pokédex and truly catch them all, the Pokémon Company just opened up a new avenue to help you out. You can now transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO into Pokémon Home.
There are several things you need to do to get your favorite creatures from your Pokémon GO app to your Nintendo Switch. Here’s everything you need to know.
Getting Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Home
To get your Pokémon from Pokémon GO into Home, you need to have both of the apps downloaded on your mobile device. You will also need an active Nintendo Account that you can link to both apps. Once you set your Pokémon Home app up on mobile, you can begin the transfer process. Here’s how:
- Open Pokémon GO and navigate to the settings
- Scroll all the way to the bottom until you find the Pokémon Home option
- Link your Nintendo Account to Pokémon GO
- Click “send Pokémon” to use the GO Transporter
Keep in mind that you can only transfer a certain number of Pokémon at once. The GO Transporter uses energy for transfers, and once it’s out of energy, you won’t be able to transfer anything. The amount of energy it uses depends on the Pokémon you are transferring.
To recharge the GO Transporter, you can wait (it takes one full week to fully recharge), or you can use Pokécoins to instantly charge it. You can get the coins by defending gyms or purchasing them with real currency.
Once the Pokémon are in Pokémon Home, you can access them on the Nintendo Switch and transfer them to Pokémon Sword and Shield (assuming they are part of the Pokédex).
Keep in mind that for every Pokémon from Kanto, you can also get them onto the Nintendo Switch without using any transporter energy by importing them to Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee and then moving them from there to Pokémon Home.