Pokémon HOME, a platform that is available as a smartphone app and as a Nintendo Switch feature and allows the transfer of Pokémon between different games, has been updated to version 3.0.0 on 30 May 2023!
In this article we review why this update is relevant to the Pokémon VGC scene and all the novelties it brings along to Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet!
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Impact on VGC Regulation Set C
The current official format of Pokémon VGC only allows for Pokémon with a Paldea Pokédex number, so the impact in the short-term is quite limited. You will have some time to get familiarised with the other Pokémon before they become VGC-legal.
For now, the inclusion of some Legendary Pokémon brings about their exclusive items in the Porto Marinada auctions. Most exclusive items only affect uneligible Pokémon for VGC, except for Arceus’s Plates, which have equivalent items already in Paldea… except the Pixie Plate! Fairy-type offensive Pokémon will be happy to hear their type’s boosting item is now available!
The other effect this update has on VGC legality is about moves, since some Egg Moves can now be learned by holding a Mirror Herb and camping with previously unavailable Pokémon, or breeding with compatible Pokémon. This is the case for the following:
- Growlithe and Arcanine gain access to Raging Fury through a partner Hisuian Arcanine
- Psyduck, Golduck, Spoink and Grumpig gain access to Simple Beam through another Psyduck, Golduck, Spoink or Grumpig coming from an older game
- Happiny, Chansey and Blissey gain access to Heal Bell through another Happiny, Chansey or Blissey coming from an older game
- Qwilfish gain access to Barb Barrage through a partner Hisuian Qwilfish or Overqwil
- Stantler gain access to Psyshield Bash through a partner Wyrdeer
- Rellor and Rabsca gain access to Cosmic Power through a partner Arceus or Eternatus
Compatibility with Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet
The most important feature of this update is the compatibility between Pokémon HOME and the newest games Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet, which were released over 6 months ago. This allows the transfer of Pokémon from the application to the games and viceversa. These Pokémon may come from any of the following:
- Nintendo 3DS and older games:
- Pokémon Bank
- Pokémon GO
- Nintendo Switch:
- Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu! & Let’s Go Eevee!
- Pokémon Sword & Shield
- Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl
- Pokémon Sword & Shield
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus
- Pokémon Scarlet & Violet
However, not any Pokémon can be transferred. The list of transferrable Pokémon includes the following!
- Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex
- Alternative forms of Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex
- Tera Raid Battle event-exclusive Pokémon
- Previously unavailable Pokémon
Let’s have a look at those groups!
Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex
You will be able to transfer to Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet any Pokémon that has a Paldea Pokédex number and was already available.
You can find the list of these 400 Pokémon here!
Alternative forms of Pokémon in the Paldea Pokédex
All Pokémon with a Paldea Pokédex number were already available in Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet, but for a few exceptions in some alternative forms. Regional variants do not have a Paldea Pokédex number, but are also coming to the game.
The latest addition happened on 27 February 2023, when compatibility between Pokémon GO and Pokémon Scarlet & Violet was released and all Vivillon patterns from the smartphone game became available in Paldea; and a Hisuian Zoroark became available as a DLC early-purchase Mystery Gift giveaway.
(Please note that Galarian Meowth and the original Wooper were always available as part of in-game trades or gifts, and thus neither they nor their evolutionary families are listed here.)
Now, these forms and their evolutionary families can be obtained in the games.
Tera Raid Battle event-exclusive Pokémon
Some Pokémon without a Paldea Pokédex number and their evolutionary families were already available in Pokémon Scarlet & Pokémon Violet as part of Tera Raid Battle events. They were restricted in a time slot and you can no longer catch them if the event finished.
(Please note that even though event-exclusive through a Tera Raid Battle event, Walking Wake and Iron Leaves are not listed since they can only be obtained in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet.)
Now, these Pokémon can be obtained in the games at any time by transferring them from Pokémon HOME. Take a look at them!
Previously unavailable Pokémon
Some Pokémon will be able to visit Paldea for the first time. Take a look at them!
Some moves are not available in certain games and thus a Pokémon may be forced to delete them. With the new update of Pokémon HOME, you can teach these moves to them again from the own app when selecting to which game you want to transfer your Pokémon!