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Pokémon Home will cost $15.99 a year for premium users

The app is launching in February

A Nintendo Switch console and a phone displaying the Pokémon Home app Image: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo
Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

When Pokémon Home, The Pokémon Company’s cloud-based storage system, launches in February, two pricing options will be available: Basic and Premium. The company updated its website today with new information about the app.

The Basic plan is free, but gives players limited access to Pokémon Home’s features — the number of Pokémon that can be deposited, for instance. The Premium plan has three options: one month for $2.99, three months for $4.99, or 12 months for $15.99. Deciding which plan to get should be easy: If you want to deposit a lot of Pokémon — more than 30 — you’ll need the Premium plan.

These are all the features available in each plan:

Premium Plan Upgrades

Features Basic Premium
Features Basic Premium
Moving Pokémon from Pokémon Bank No Yes
Number of Pokémon that can be deposited 30 6,000
Number of Pokémon that can be placed in the Wonder Box at once 3 10
Number of Pokémon that can be placed in the GTS at once 1 3
Room trade Participate Participate and host
Judge function No Yes

Pokémon Home will connect on the Nintendo Switch with Pokémon Sword and Shield, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! (The company noted, however, that a Pokémon moved from Let’s Go, Pikachu! or Let’s Go, Eevee! cannot be moved back to the games once it’s been transferred to Sword and Shield. Pokémon can move freely between Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, though.)

Both the mobile app and Switch versions will allow players to connect to Pokémon Bank, the older Pokémon storage system from the Nintendo 3DS era. The Pokémon Company said Pokémon Home will eventually support Pokémon Go, too — but not at launch.

A Pokémon Home infographic Image: The Pokémon Company/Nintendo

Players will be able to trade through the Wonder Box, Global Trade System (GTS), Friend Trade, and Room Trade. These can all be accessed from the Pokémon Home mobile app. The Wonder Box is used to trade with people around the world even when you’re not using the app, while GTS is for the times you want to be specific with what you’re trading and receiving. You’ll be matched with a trainer that meets the criteria input. The Premium plan increases the amount of Pokémon that can be traded at once for each of these options.

Room Trade allows players to create a room to freely trade Pokémon in, and each room can hold 20 people. Friend Trade, on the other hand, is trading with users you’re friends with, naturally. “To add a little suspense, you won’t know what Pokémon you’ll receive until the trade is complete,” The Pokémon Company wrote.

Pokémon Home has a bunch of other features, too, like the National Pokédex, where you’ll be able to see all the Pokémon you’ve collected across games. Mystery Gifts are accessible through Pokémon Home, too. There’s also the Judging feature, which will let players check how strong their Pokémon are.

Lastly, The Pokémon Company detailed the Your Room feature, which is essentially a profile that you can edit and customize with stickers earned from challenges in-app.

Battle data will also be available “sometime after the February 2020 launch of Pokémon Home,” according to the website. “In the mobile app version of Pokémon Home, you can check out how Ranked Battles and various Online Competitions in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are going, as well as the rankings of the Pokémon being used in them,” The Pokémon Company wrote. “By going to Battle Data, you’ll be able to see the battle records of each Trainer as well as information about what moves are popular among the Pokémon in the competitions.”

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