Pokémon HOME getting support for Legends: Arceus and BDSP in upcoming Version 2.0.0 update
Home is where the heart is!
Pokémon HOME is about to be much more inclusive of recent Pokémon titles. The Pokémon Company has announced that the Version 2.0.0 update will to be released “in the coming weeks,” adding compatibility for both Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl. Since Legends: Arceus takes place before many of the Poké Balls in the other games existed, the update will also introduce “Strange Balls” to the games for the purpose of transferring from Pokémon Sword/Shield or Pokémon Let’s Go! Pikachu/Eevee.
Check out more details below via the press release.
Pokémon HOME enables Trainers to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games. The Pokémon that players can take to each game are limited to the Pokémon that appear in those games. Players can view the details on which Pokémon can be taken to which games from the Help menu of the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.
Introducing Strange Balls
Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in the distant past of the world of Pokémon, where Poké Balls from the other games do not yet exist. When Pokémon caught in Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield are transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they will appear in Strange Balls. Strange Balls will only appear in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl. All Pokémon caught in Pokémon Legends: Arceus that are transferred to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield will appear in regular Poké Balls.
In Pokémon HOME, players will be able to see the Poké Balls that Pokémon were originally caught in.
Claim Special Pokémon When Linking Games
To celebrate Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus becoming compatible with Pokémon HOME, players will be gifted special Pokémon when linking each game to Pokémon HOME.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus Connectivity
After depositing a Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus into the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, players will receive Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott with maximum effort levels as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl Connectivity
After depositing a Pokémon from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl into the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, players will receive Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup with Hidden Abilities as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.
Connectivity Between Various Games
The moves that Pokémon can learn in Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield differ from those that they can learn in other games, so a Pokémon’s moves will not be reflected when it is transferred to another game. When a Pokémon is taken to another game for the first time, the moves it can use will be determined by its level.
If a Pokémon is brought from the game it was caught into another game and learns other moves, and is then brought back to the game it was caught in, it will go back to having the moves that it originally knew.
Linking to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl
Players can check on the condition of Pokémon deposited from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME as well as their other details.
Please be cautious of the following when connecting Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl to Pokémon HOME.
- Special Pokémon that can only be caught once during regular gameplay can only be deposited once per save data to Pokémon HOME.
- Some Pokémon, such as those obtained through unintended means or by illicit modification, cannot be deposited into Pokémon HOME.
- If there are any other problems with the Pokémon, it cannot be deposited into Pokémon HOME.
Linking to Pokémon Legends: Arceus
You can view the effort levels of Pokémon deposited from Pokémon Legends: Arceus to Pokémon HOME as well as its other details.
- The objective of Pokémon Legends: Arceus is to help compile the first Pokédex in the Hisui region. As such, the National Pokédex in Pokémon HOME will update its Pokédex entries based on your completion of the Pokédex in your Pokémon Legends: Arceus save data.
- If a Pokédex entry in Pokémon Legends: Arceus is incomplete, you will not be able to see that Pokémon’s entry in Pokémon HOME.
Additional Achievements and Stickers
Players can obtain stickers by completing achievements by meeting certain conditions in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME. New achievements and stickers based on Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be added from version 2.0.0 onwards.
For more information on Pokémon HOME version 2.0.0, please click here.
Finally!! I've been waiting for this for months!
I completely understand why modern pokemon games don't feature every single pokemon ever.
But I'm very nostalgic for the days of Pokemon bank where you had your pokemon, you had bank, and you knew you could always offload them into the most current pokemon game.
But you really didn't care because bank was just $5 a year, anyway.
Now I need an info graphic each time a game comes out to figure out whether my pokemon can go to the newest game or not, or how transferring them into bank or another game may potentially alter the Pokemon's stats.