Pokémon Home will add support for Pokémon Legends: Arceus, as well as Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl with the 2.0.0 update in the coming weeks. With the new update, Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be compatible with Pokémon Sword and Shield, allowing Pokémon to be freely moved between them using the Pokémon Home app, albeit with changes to their movesets.
Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will be part of a complex ecosystem that also includes Pokémon Go, Pokémon Let’s Go and Pokémon carried over from the Nintendo 3DS games. However, the latter games will still only support one-way transfers with Pokémon Home.
To help illustrate the system, the official website included this handy infographic.
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are also giving away some freebies to celebrate the update. When players first transfer a Pokémon to Home from Legends: Arceus, they will receive Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott at maxed-out levels as Mystery Gifts in the smartphone app version.
Meanwhile, transferring a Pokemon from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl will give players a Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup with hidden abilities.
Since Pokémon Legends: Arceus is set in the distant past where certain types of Poké Balls from other games don’t yet exist, the update will also add “Strange Balls” to the Pokémon universe. Any Pokemon from any of the modern games will be transformed into a strange ball when carried over to Pokemon Legends: Arceus. Strange Orbs also appear in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, but not in Sword and Shield.
The official publication points out that transferring a Pokémon to a new game can cause changes to moves and levels. It’s unclear if Pokémon currently unavailable in Sword and Shield, such as B. Chimchar, will be transferrable from the other two games.
All new Pokémon in Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were released last November, with IGN saying in our 8/10 review, “Like the themes of [their story, the games] are solid and enduring – and lean towards the past, with all its triumphs and stumbling blocks.”
When the spin-off launched a few months later, IGN said in our 7/10 review: “Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an ambitious overhaul that successfully revolutionizes the formative Pokémon experiences of catching and fighting, but unfortunately in a dreary setting plays. empty and sometimes boring world.”
It won’t be too long before Pokémon Home needs another update either, as Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were announced earlier this year, with a release date expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.
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Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally thinks about tweeting @thelastdinsdale. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.