Pokémon Home will add support for Legends: Arceus, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl with the 2.0.0 update in the coming weeks.
The Nintendo Switch and smartphone app will therefore allow moving Pokémon between these three latest games and Sword and Shield, Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee, and Pokémon Go.
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.
If they transfer a Pokemon from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, they get Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup with hidden abilities.
Since Legends: Arceus is set in the distant past where Pokeballs don’t 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 Legends: Arceus.
As the most recent releases, Arceus: Legends, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl contain Pokémon with moves that don’t exist in the previous games, so their moves will be changed to equivalents based on the Pokémon’s level when carried over to older games.
All new Pokémon in Legends: Arceus
Moves will be transferred back to how they originally were when returning to the first game, so players should be careful not to accidentally lose progress and delete moves they wish to keep.
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.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally thinks about tweeting @thelastdinsdale. He’ll be talking about The Witcher all day.
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