Nintendo has posted a detailed FAQ on the Pokemon X and Y website detailing how the Pokemon Bank storage and Poke Transporter services will work when they launch next month.
Pokemon Bank will offer users 100 boxes in which 30 Pokemon each can be stored, giving players a total of 3,000 extra digital spaces in which to store their Pokemon. On the FAQ page, Nintendo notes that this is double the space previously available in external Pokemon storage solutions, including GameCube's Pokemon Box Ruby and Sapphire. The Bank app only needs to be downloaded once for use across multiple copies of Pokemon X and Y and includes search and batch move features, allowing players to easily locate and move groups of Pokemon.
Deposited Pokemon will be monitored by Nintendo to ensure Pokemon that are hacked or created by "unauthorized" means aren't stored. Details on what these checks will be have not been released, as Nintendo believes the information "could be used in an effort to circumvent such checks in the future."
Moving forward, Nintendo is posing Pokemon Bank as the main method of moving Pokemon between generations of games, which is how the company justifies the $4.99 annual usage fee. Yearly subscriptions "will allow the service to be maintained long-term so it can provide support for future Pokémon titles" and "enable the management and maintenance needed to allow everyone access to the online storage," according to the FAQ.
Previous-generation Pokemon from Pokémon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2 can be transported to Pokemon X and Y through the Poke Transporter app. This free app allows players to insert a cartridge from the DS or 3DS versions of the aforementioned games and add their Pokemon to Pokemon Bank. Nintendo notes that Pokemon transported out of these games cannot be transported back into them, and Poke Transporter cannot be used without Pokemon Bank. Pokemon holding Berries and another items cannot be transported.
Nintendo did not share details on what happens if a subscription to Pokemon Bank runs out while a player's Pokemon are stored on it; more information on this feature will be shared closed to the app's launch.
Currently these two apps are only compatible between Pokemon X and Y and Pokemon Black, White, Black 2 and White 2. However, Nintendo notes that is it possible to trade into X and Y Pokemon from other previous generation games by trading them into the Black and White suite of games first. Detailed instructions on how to do this are available on the FAQ.
Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter will launch in Japan and Korea on Dec. 25, and in North America, Australia and Europe on Dec. 27. A free trial period for Pokemon Bank will be available shorty after launch, which can be utilized by downloading the app before Feb. 1, 2014.