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How To Transfer Pokémon From Pokémon Home To Pokémon GO

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It’s been almost two years since Pokémon Home became compatible with Pokémon GO. Since the cloud-based app is available on Switch and mobile devices for Pokémon GO, it lets you send your Pokémon from GO to Switch games like Legends Arceus and Sword and Shield.

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Yet, can you transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Home To Pokémon GO? Let’s find out.

Can You Transfer Pokémon From Pokémon Home To Pokémon GO?

Unfortunately, you can not move Pokémon from Pokémon Home to Pokémon GO. While Niantic never addressed the issue, one possible reason might be the fact that transferring Pokémon from GO to Home is a one-way journey. As such, once you send a Pokémon from GO to Home, you can’t retrieve it back into GO.

How To Transfer Pokémon From Pokémon GO To Pokémon Home

However, it is possible to send Pokémon from GO to Home. But the process is not your conventional way of using Pokémon Home on Switch; hence it may come off as confusing. If you’re looking to know how to transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO to Pokémon Home, follow these steps.


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  1. Link Pokémon Home with Pokémon GO

You’ll want to start by linking your Pokémon GO account with the Nintendo Account using Pokémon Home. This step is simple. All you need to do is tap on settings in Pokémon GO, scroll down and select the Pokémon Home option. Now enter your Nintendo Account login details to connect both apps.

  1. GO Transporter

Once both accounts are connected, you’ll see the Send Pokémon option. Click on that, and the GO Transporter will appear. This device is your only means of sending Pokémons from GO to Home. Press, Continue, and you’ll see a list of moveable Pokémon. Select the Pokémon you want to send to Pokémon Home.

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However, it is worth noting that the GO Transporter has a limited amount of 10,000 energy consumed after sending Pokémon. The energy consumed depends on the type of Pokémon transferred. Fortunately, it regenerates 60 energy every hour. If you’d like to know the energy consumed, look at this table.

Standard PokémonLegendary PokémonMythical Pokémon
CP 1001-2000+100CP 1001-2000+300CP 1001-2000+500
CP 2001++300CP 2001++500CP 2001++700
  1. Receive Pokémon

While you automatically receive Pokémon in Home boxes from Switch games, you’ll have to receive Pokémon from GO to Home manually. You can receive them either from the Switch or the Mobile app. After receiving them, place them in any Home box.

  1. Transfer Pokémon To Any Other Game

The Pokémon you’ve just received can now be transferred to Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Legends: Arceus and Sword and Shield. But you cannot resend them to your GO account — just like the father who went to get milk but never returned.

What Pokémon Can You Transfer From Pokémon GO To Pokémon Home

Using the GO Transporter, you can transfer any Pokémon from your Pokémon GO account to the Pokémon Home app. However, there are few restrictions as to which Pokémon can be sent, and these include Favorited Pokémon, Spinda, Mega-Evolved Pokémon, Shadow Pokémon, Buddy Pokémon, costumed Pokémon and Pokémon defending Gyms.

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Moreover, some Pokémon with different forms will change once sent to Pokémon Home. For instance, an Origin Forme Giratina will turn into an Altered Forme Giratina upon transfer.

Final Thoughts

All in all, you can’t receive Pokémon from Pokémon Home in your Pokémon GO account. They can only be sent from your GO account into Pokémon Home, after which you can’t retrieve them. So, that’s a lesson learned if you’ve mistakenly transferred a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon, which are hard to come by in Pokémon GO!

Moreover, some Pokemon with different forms will change once sent to Pokemon Home. For instance, an Origin Forme Giratina will turn into an Altered Forme Giratina upon transfer.