Sinnoh comes home…

After months of waiting, Pokémon HOME is finally getting the required update that adds support for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: ArceusNo release date has been given yet, but a whole host of details have been shared, which can be seen here:

New Pokémon HOME Update to Add Recent Pokémon Game Compatibility:


Plus, connect to Pokémon Legends: ArceusPokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl to receive special Pokémon as Mystery Gifts.


A new update to Pokémon HOME (version 2.0.0) will soon arrive, adding the ability to link to Pokémon Legends: ArceusPokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl, along with past games Pokémon SwordPokémon ShieldPokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, and Pokémon GO.

Pokémon Legends: ArceusPokémon Brilliant DiamondPokémon Shining PearlPokémon Sword, and Pokémon Shield will be mutually compatible with Pokémon HOME, and you will be able to deposit and withdraw Pokémon to and from each of these games. For example, you will be able to take a Pikachu that you caught in Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield into Pokémon Legends: ArceusPokémon Brilliant Diamond, or Pokémon Shining Pearl.

Please note that transferring Pokémon to a game they were not originally caught in may cause certain changes to known moves, level, and what type of Poké Ball they were caught in.

Until now, the only Pokédex in Pokémon HOME was the National Pokédex. But starting from version 2.0.0, the Pokédex from each game will be added. Pokémon in your Boxes in Pokémon HOME will be registered in their respective game’s Pokédex after version 2.0.0 of Pokémon HOME is installed. Pokémon that aren’t in a Box when the ver. 2.0.0 update is installed, such as those that have been traded away, will not be registered.

You can obtain new stickers to edit your profile by completing achievements in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME. These achievements can be completed by meeting certain conditions.


Strange Balls:

Since Pokémon Legends: Arceus takes place in the distant past of the world of Pokémon, Poké Balls from the other games do not yet exist. So, when Pokémon caught in Pokémon Brilliant DiamondPokémon Shining Pearl, Pokémon Sword, or Pokémon Shield are transferred to Pokémon Legends: Arceus, they will appear in Strange Balls. Likewise, when Pokémon caught in Pokémon Legends: Arceus are transferred to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl, they will also appear in Strange Balls. When transferred to Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield, however, they will appear in standard Poké Balls.


Linking to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl:

You 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.


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 Hisui region’s first Pokédex. 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 Pokédex entry in Pokémon HOME.


Claim Special Pokémon:

To celebrate Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl becoming compatible with Pokémon HOME, you will be gifted special Pokémon when you link each game to Pokémon HOME.

When you deposit a Pokémon from Pokémon Brilliant Diamond or Pokémon Shining Pearl to the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, you will receive Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup with Hidden Abilities as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.

If you deposit a Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus into the Nintendo Switch version of Pokémon HOME, you will receive Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott with maximum effort levels as Mystery Gifts in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME.

Source: Pokémon

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: / Website: YouTube channel:

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