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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Pokémon HOME NOW Links to Pokémon Legend Arceus, Brilliant Diamond, and “Shinning Pearl”

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - I'm arguably a fake Pokémon fan (lol), but I can at least point out typos no one else will.

After The Pokémon Company International announced last week that players will “soon” be able to link Pokémon HOME (their cross-platform cloud subscription service that allows for transferring Pokémon across games and generations) with Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, and Pokémon Shining Pearl, they surpassed people's patience expectations by making that available... as of publishing. (Not counting people's expectations this should've been done right at those games’ launches.) Version 2.0.0!

That means that you can transfer Pokémon from Shining Pearl, Brilliant Diamond, Sword, and/or Shield to Pokémon HOME... and then trade them to any of those, or to Pokémon Legends: Arceus. If they go there (back in time), they'll be put into a Strange Ball, which is this minty colour Poké Ball. Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus can also go to any of those games too (and may also appear in Strange Balls... when transferred to a Galar game, it's a normal Poké Ball)—though it won't work out if they're exclusive to Pokémon Legends: Arceus or not in a game's Pokédex. Pokémon moves and levels may also be changed... They aren't deleted though; if you put a Pokémon in, move it somewhere, and move it back to where it was, it can still have its original info (including moves, ball, and Alpha status).

Spinda cannot be transferred to/from Pokémon Shining Pearl or Pokémon Brilliant Diamond to Pokémon HOME.

There are some other new features to Pokémon HOME, too, including looking at individual game Pokédex entries, and new challenges and stickers based on Pokémon Legends: Arceus and the two Sinnoh remasters are available. For example, trading Lilligant and Hisuian Lilligant is a challenge that gets a sticker featuring both. Also, that page has a typo on it.

Pokémon HOME Brilliant Diamond Shining Pearl Shinning typo website
They're sinning with “Pokémon Shinning Pearl”.

I don't have any of the games on the list in the above picture... all I have is Pokémon Shining Pearl, but something else is written on there. So I don't have Pokémon HOME since there's no point.

That means I have no personal experience to offer on this topic. I've been asked over the course of this discussion when I'm going to play Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Even Kamek got it and beat it and he said it's the “Best Pokémon game I've played in a long time”. Ah, well, I'm currently and very slowly playing Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, which I've positioned as a better Pokémon Legends: Arceus. That means once I'm done with Monster Hunter Stories, I'm not going to go right to Pokémon Legends: Arceus... I'll go to Triangle Strategy. And THEN to Pokémon Legends: Arceus. Assuming Splatoon 3 ain't already released.

I'm not really sure why Pokémon Legends: Arceus even gets to be part of this Pokémon HOME ecosystem. Isn't it a spin-off with a very different battle system and set-up? It's a single-player game. It's set in the distant past. I think if Pokémon Legends: Arceus gets to be part of this, then so should Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, which are also spin-offs that can involve having every Pokémon on a team. Start with Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Rescue Team DX!

Ludwig wouldn't argue that he is a fake Pokémon fan, but he thinks someone else could try to argue that. He'd disagree. He just doesn't like the new series direction, but he's still surrounded by Pokémon plushies, has a big folder of anime screenshots, roleplays as a Team Rocket Grunt, and is almost always logged into TWO different Pokémon battle simulators when he's on his desktop. He's bad at actually finding time to sit down and play new videogames, between playing old games (and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate), his daily responsibilities as a prince, and writing KoopaTV articles.

Ludwig went and contacted TPCi to get them to fix their website's typo. They acknowledged his request but haven't fixed it.
The HOME website would later remove all references to these games being compatible with Pokémon HOME for an unknown reason.


  1. I think it's a lot more like the situation with Pokemon Colosseum and Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness. While I'll acknowledge that those happen to have more similarities to the main series, there is a precedent for Pokemon from side series games being transferable to the main series
    Although at the moment you can't actually transfer any of the Hisuian formes or evolutions (Or the new addition to the Kami Trio) to SwSh or BDSP.

    1. I feel like Colosseum/XD existed for transferring to main series to begin with. (Colosseum's obtainable Pokémon were mostly Johto Pokémon that were mostly missing in Gen 3.)

    2. That's true. But I could say the same of the Pokemon in Legends Arceus that aren't in BDSP or SwSh. They don't exist in those games so they included a way to access them in the same generation.

    3. I actually don't know wot the Pokémon in Hisui were that ain't in BDSP. I thought there was a massive overlap. >.>

    4. ...Could you give specific examples? 'cause after looking at the Hisuian dex... yeah, there IS massive overlap.


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