We learned a lot of new details about Pokemon Sword and Shield’s upcoming Crown Tundra expansion during The Pokemon Company’s latest presentation, but that wasn’t all that was discussed during the video. Near the end of the broadcast, the company also reconfirmed that Pokemon Go compatibility is coming to Pokemon Home before the year is up, which means you’ll soon be able to move monsters you’ve caught in the mobile game into Sword and Shield.
The Pokemon Company didn’t pin down exactly when this compatibility will go live, but it did confirm that it’s coming before the end of 2020. Once it’s added, you’ll be able to transfer Pokemon you’ve caught in Pokemon Go directly to Pokemon Home, and from there into Sword or Shield (if that Pokemon appears in the Galar Pokedex). Previously, the only way to transfer Pokemon from Go to Home was through Let’s Go, Pikachu or Let’s Go, Eevee, but this only applied to Gen 1 monsters.
The Pokemon Company hasn’t yet detailed exactly how this transfer process will work, but there are a few caveats. First, the company notes that “certain special Pokemon” aren’t transferrable. This presumably applies to the costumed Pokemon that appear during events and other such monsters. Each transfer only works one way as well; any Pokemon brought from Go into Home cannot be returned to its original game.
There may be another wrinkle to the process. Serebii reports that the Japanese Pokemon support site mentions that transferring Pokemon from Go may cost PokeCoins. It appears that there will be a cooldown period after players transfer a Pokemon from Go to Home, and this period can be shortened by spending PokeCoins. It’s not yet clear how many PokeCoins this will cost.
If you do transfer a pocket monster over from the mobile