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    How Pokémon GO works with the Pokémon Home app

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    Pok√©mon GO is a mobile game where you can capture Pokemon in the real world, going to real locations and finding the Pokemon you need to catch to complete Field Research events and battling gyms! 



    It's a very fun game. But what if you're a big fan of Pokemon, with Pokemon Sword or Shield and Pokemon GO, and you want to share your Pokemon between those games? Well, that's where Pokémon Home comes in.

    What is Pokemon Home?

    Pokémon Home is a cloud-based service that allows you to store and transfer Pokémon between modern Pokémon games. You can bring all your favorite Pokemon into a game and have the team you'd like from platform to platform. This service has both free and premium options, so it's worth considering what you're planning to use it for!

    It's a separate app on mobile or Nintendo Switch that you need to download and sign into the app, syncing it with your Nintendo Switch account and your Trainer account for Pokemon Go. There's a whole setup process, but once it's done, it's done.

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    What games does it work with?

    Pokémon Home works with different games in many ways. If you are playing Pokémon Go, Pokémon Bank (on Nintendo 3DS), Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu, and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee, you can only transfer your Pokémon to the house. With Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, however, you can transfer your Pokémon to Pokémon Home and transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Home to those two games.



    Using Pokemon Home

    There are many reasons to use Pokémon Home to track your Pokémon and move them between your Nintendo Switch and your phone.

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    As you use Pok√©mon Home to collect Pok√©mon, your Pokedex will track your entries (including Mega Evolve and Gigantamax forms), which can help you complete a Pokedex much more efficiently. 


    By using the app, you can unlock Mystery Gifts for Pokémon Home, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield. It's also a great base for news about Pokémon games and to collect stickers for your profile if you complete challenges within Pokémon Home. You can earn Pokémon Home Points, which can be exchanged for BP in Pokémon Core games.


    If you're looking for an edge in Pok√©mon Sword and Shield, you can view progress in ranked battles and competitions online and look at trainer battle data, as well as popular moves that are used in competitions, and then plan accordingly. You can search your Pokemon by skill or move, which gives you a better idea of ‚Äč‚Äčwhich Pokemon to use when.

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    Trade with Pokemon Home

    You can also trade Pok√©mon Home with other Pok√©mon Home users to continue building your Pokedex. You can do this in four different ways: Wonder Box trading allows you to trade even when Pok√©mon Home is not being actively used. 

    The Global Trading System allows you to specify which Pokemon you would like to trade and which Pokemon you would like to receive for it. Using room swap will allow you to swap in a private room with up to 20 other people, while friend swap will allow you to swap with someone close to you.

    Basic plan vs premium plan

    On the basic (free) plan, you can deposit a total of 30 Pok√©mon and trade 3 Pok√©mon at a time in the Wonder Box. 


    You can only put 1 Pok√©mon in the Global Trading System at once and can participate in Room Trades. If you upgrade to Premium, you can move Pok√©mon from the Pok√©mon Bank (which you can't do in Basic), as well as put 6000 Pok√©mon in the Drop Box. 


    You can drop 10 Pokemon in the Wonder Box, 3 in the Global Trading System at once, and both participate and host Room Trades. You will also have the role of judge. So if you like to trade and collect lots of Pokemon, you might want to consider going premium!

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