How to transfer Pokemon from 3DS games to Home

Ezequiel Leis
Pokemon Home logo with a Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon backgroundThe Pokemon Company

Nintendo is shutting down the 3DS eShop in April 2024, so players should download all digital games or apps before it’s too late. With this in mind, here’s all you need to know to transfer your creatures from Pokemon Bank to Home, and if all this will still be active after the 3DS eShop shuts down.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet finally have compatibility with Pokemon Home, but longtime fans of the franchise should keep an eye on their 3DS adventures. Nintendo announced that they’ll be shutting the 3DS eShop down in April 2024, keeping players from downloading new games and apps.

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Players who caught beloved Pokemon in different games like Pokemon X and Y or Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon can keep and transfer them to Pokemon Home using the Pokemon Bank to reunite with them in other installments.

In this article, we’ll show you how to transfer Pokemon from 3DS games to Pokemon Bank using Poke Transporter and what you can do from there to get your creatures in Pokemon Home.

How to download Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter in the Nintendo 3DS eShop

Fans can no longer download the Pokemon Bank app on the Nintendo 3DS eShop. The app download was available until March 27, 2023. Players who have the app downloaded can store and transfer their Pokemon at no cost.

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If players have Pokemon Bank, they can download Poke Transporter from the app’s main menu.

Pokemon Bank 3DS connectivity diagramThe Pokemon Company
Players can store up to 3000 Pokemon from 3DS games in Pokemon Bank.

Is Pokemon Bank shutting down?

No, Pokemon Bank will not shut down when the Nintendo 3DS online services do. Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have officially confirmed that Pokemon Bank will retain its online services for free after March 27, 2023.

How to transfer Pokemon from 3DS games to Pokemon Bank

To transfer Pokemon from 3DS games to the Pokemon Bank app, players must follow these steps:

  1. Open the game you want to transfer Pokemon from and fill the first box in your in-game PC only with the Pokemon you want to transfer.
  2. Open the Poke Transporter app and use it to transfer them to the Pokemon Bank’s transfer box.
  3. Open the Pokemon Bank app and transfer those Pokemon to a Pokemon Bank box you choose.
  4. Make sure to empty the transfer box before repeating the process.

It’s important to note that “Pokemon transferred to Pokemon Home from Pokemon Bank cannot be transferred back to Pokemon Bank or used with Nintendo 3DS titles,” according to the official Nintendo support site.

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With that in mind, make sure you don’t want those transferred Pokemon in your 3DS games anymore before jumping to the next step. If you want to transfer Pokemon between 3DS games, you can do it from Pokemon Bank using Poke Transporter any time you want.

Pokemon games supported for transfer are Pokemon X/Y, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon Sun/Moon and Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon, and Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow Version (Virtual Console).

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Pokemon Black/White and Black/White 2 are also supported, but you’ll need the actual cartridge since these games were never released in digital format. You can transfer Pokemon from other classic games like Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal if you played them on the 3DS Virtual Console.

Pokemon Home connectivity diagramThe Pokemon Company
Players can now transfer Mons to Pokemon Scarlet and Violet with its Home compatibility.

How to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Bank to Home

Once players have Pokemon stored in the 3DS Pokemon Bank app, they must follow these steps to transfer them to Pokemon Home:

  1. Open the Pokemon Bank app.
  2. Select Move Pokemon to Pokemon Home from the main menu.
  3. Select all the boxes you want to transfer.
  4. Open Pokemon Home on the Nintendo Switch or your mobile device.
  5. On Nintendo Switch, select the 3DS Icon, then tap Begin Move.
    • On mobile, press the green Menu icon, then Options, and select Move Pokemon.
  6. Enter the Moving Key that is generated in Pokemon Home into Pokemon Bank.
  7. Wait until the transfer is completed.

You’ll need Pokemon Home’s premium plan for this. It costs $15.99 a year and lets you store Pokemon from Pokemon Sword/Shield, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee!, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, and Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. The mobile device version of Pokemon Home also supports connectivity with Pokemon Go.

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About The Author

Ezequiel is a Writer at CharlieIntel. With a great knowledge on gaming, movies and TV, he's focused on Pokemon and Games stories in general. With a journalism degree, Ezequiel has worked on La Cosa and Infobae, two of the most prestigious outlets in Argentina. He joined CharlieIntel in 2023. You can reach Ezequiel at [email protected], or via his Twitter @ExoPLeis.