League of Legends
Call of Duty
These three games will be mutually compatible through Pokémon HOME. This means trainers will be able to transfer any Pokémon they caught in a Generation 8 game to any of the other Generation 8 titles. Of course, this only works as long as that Pokémon appears in the given game’s Pokédex.
In addition, Pokémon HOME version 2.0.0 will add the respective regional Pokédexes from Legends: Arceus, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Previously, Pokémon deposited in Pokémon HOME were only registered to the National Pokédex.
The #PokemonHOME update you’ve been waiting for is almost here, Trainers! 🏠
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) May 12, 2022
Transferring to Pokémon HOME from Legends: Arceus, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
A new type of Poké Ball will appear in Legends: Arceus, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl alongside the version 2.0.0 update. Since Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place much before the games set in modern times, its Poké Balls are foreign to the modern games and vice versa.
As a result, trainers who transfer Pokémon between Hisui and Sinnoh will receive them in the newly-introduced Strange Balls. However, Strange Balls will not appear in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Instead, any Pokémon that trainers send to the Galar region will appear in regular Poké Balls.
In celebration of the version 2.0.0 update, trainers will also be able to receive special gift Pokémon. These will be available through the Mystery Gift function in the mobile version of Pokémon HOME. If they deposit a Pokémon from Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl to the Switch version of HOME, they will receive a Turtwig, Chimchar and Piplup.
Likewise, if they deposit a Pokémon from Legends: Arceus to the Switch version of HOME, they will receive a Rowlet, Cyndaquil and Oshawott. The Sinnoh starters will all have their Hidden Abilities. Meanwhile, the Hisui starters will all have maximum effort levels.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.