With the impending end of the Nintendo 3DS online services in April 2024, Pokémon trainers must take necessary steps to transfer their Pokémon from the Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME before it’s too late. While Pokémon Bank will still be accessible for some time, without the 3DS online services, transferring Pokémon to HOME on the Nintendo Switch will be impossible. Moreover, there is a potential risk of losing the Pokémon stored in the Bank if the app shuts down. To avoid any such losses, it is highly recommended that trainers transfer their Pokémon from the Bank to HOME while the 3DS online services are still active.

What You Need to Transfer Your Pokémon from Bank into HOME

To successfully complete the transfer process from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME, you will need the following:

  1. Nintendo 3DS console with access to the internet
  2. Pokémon Bank installed and updated on the 3DS
  3. A compatible Nintendo Switch console
  4. Pokémon HOME application installed on the Switch
  5. Nintendo Switch Online subscription (for certain features in Pokémon HOME)
  6. A Nintendo Account linked to both the 3DS and the Switch

It is essential to gather these requirements beforehand to ensure a smooth transition of your Pokémon.

About the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan

Pokémon HOME offers a Premium Plan that provides additional features and benefits to trainers. While the basic version of Pokémon HOME is available for free, the Premium Plan requires a subscription. The Premium Plan allows trainers to transfer Pokémon from the Bank to HOME and access various features, such as the Wonder Box, GTS, Room Trade, and the Judge function.

How Much Does the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan Cost?

The Pokémon HOME Premium Plan offers two subscription options: a monthly plan and an annual plan. The monthly plan costs $2.99, while the annual plan costs $15.99. Opting for the annual plan offers better value for money and ensures uninterrupted access to the Premium features throughout the year.

What Are the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan Benefits?

Subscribing to the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan comes with several advantages for trainers:

  1. Ability to deposit Pokémon from Pokémon Bank into Pokémon HOME
  2. Enhanced features like the Wonder Box, GTS, Room Trade, and the Judge function
  3. Increased number of Pokémon that can be placed in the Wonder Box or GTS simultaneously
  4. Improved trading options with friends or trainers around the world
  5. Access to the Judge function, which provides detailed information about a Pokémon’s individual strengths
  6. Support for Pokémon Mobile System (PMS) to quickly trade with players nearby

The Premium Plan unlocks a range of features and maximizes the functionality of Pokémon HOME.

How to Select a Pokémon HOME Premium Plan

To subscribe to the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Pokémon HOME application on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select the menu icon (usually three horizontal lines) in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Choose “Options” from the menu.
  4. Select the “Premium Plan” option.
  5. Follow the prompts to select either the monthly or annual plan and complete the subscription process.

By selecting the Premium Plan, trainers can enjoy all the additional features available in Pokémon HOME.

How to Turn off the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan Automatic Renewal

If you wish to discontinue the Pokémon HOME Premium Plan after subscribing, you can turn off the automatic renewal option. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Pokémon HOME application on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select the menu icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Choose “Options” from the menu.
  4. Select the “Premium Plan” option.
  5. Locate the “Automatic renewal” section and turn off the toggle switch.

By disabling automatic renewal, your subscription will not renew automatically, allowing you complete control over the Premium Plan.

What Happens if Your Premium Plan Expires but You Have More than one Box of Pokémon still in HOME?

In the event that your Pokémon HOME Premium Plan expires, but you have more than one box of Pokémon stored in HOME, don’t worry. You will still have access to view and withdraw your Pokémon from any additional boxes you have until the expiration date. However, you won’t be able to deposit any new Pokémon or use the premium features until you renew your subscription.

How to Transfer Pokémon from a Nintendo DS (or Older) Game into Pokémon Bank

To transfer Pokémon from a Nintendo DS game (or an older game) into Pokémon Bank, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure you have a compatible Pokémon game inserted into your Nintendo DS console.
  2. Launch Pokemon Bank on your 3DS and select the appropriate game.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to initiate the transfer process.
  4. Once transferred to Pokémon Bank, these Pokémon can be managed and eventually transferred to Pokémon HOME.

How to Transfer Your Pokémon from Bank to HOME

To transfer your Pokémon from the Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME, use the following steps:

  1. Ensure you have all the requirements mentioned earlier in place.
  2. Launch Pokémon Bank on your 3DS.
  3. Select the Pokémon you want to transfer to Pokémon HOME.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to initiate the transfer process.
  5. Once the transfer is complete, launch Pokémon HOME on your Switch.
  6. Download the transferred Pokémon from the cloud into Pokémon HOME.
  7. Your Pokémon will now be available for use in your Nintendo Switch games.

Following these steps will ensure a successful transfer of your cherished Pokémon from the Bank to HOME before the 3DS online services end.

How to Make a New Pokémon Game Save File on Nintendo Switch Without Erasing Your Previous File

To create a new Pokémon game save file on your Nintendo Switch without erasing your previous file, follow these steps:

  1. On the Nintendo Switch Home screen, highlight the Pokémon game you want to create a new save file for.
  2. Press the “+” button on your Joy-Con controller to open the options menu.
  3. Select “Manage Software” from the options menu.
  4. Scroll down and choose “Save Data” from the list of options.
  5. Select the “Delete Save Data” option.
  6. Choose the specific user’s save data you want to delete and confirm.
  7. Launch the Pokémon game and create a new save file as prompted.

By following these steps, you can start a new Pokémon game without losing your previously saved data.

How to Move Pokémon Between Switch User Accounts Using Pokémon HOME

To move Pokémon between different user accounts on your Nintendo Switch using Pokémon HOME, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Pokémon HOME on your Nintendo Switch.
  2. Select the user account that has the Pokémon you want to move.
  3. Navigate to the Pokémon you wish to transfer and select them.
  4. Choose the “Move Pokémon” option.
  5. Select the target user account where you want to move the Pokémon.
  6. Confirm the transfer, and the Pokémon will be moved to the desired user account.

Following these steps, you can easily move Pokémon between different user accounts on your Nintendo Switch using Pokémon HOME.

With the approaching end of the 3DS online services, it is crucial for Pokémon trainers to transfer their Pokémon from the Pokémon Bank to Pokémon HOME. By following the steps outlined in this guide, trainers can ensure a seamless transition and safeguard their cherished Pokémon for future adventures on the Nintendo Switch. Don’t miss the deadline and make sure to complete the transfer process before it’s too late.