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Pokemon Home Lets You Transfer A Bunch More Old Pokemon And Legendaries To Sword & Shield

Pokemon Home is live on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, which means you can now transfer Pokemon from Bank to Sword and Shield (if you have a paid premium plan). While not every old Pokemon can be brought over into the Gen 8 games, a few more non-Galar-native monsters can now be added to your collection, including a handful of Legendaries.

35 Pokemon that weren’t previously obtainable in Sword and Shield can be transferred into the titles from Pokemon Home. These include the other two starters from Pokemon Red and Blue–Bulbasaur and Squirtle–as well as the three starter Pokemon from Sun and Moon: Rowlet, Litten, and Popplio.

On top of that, a few Legendaries and Mythical Pokemon can be brought into Sword and Shield via Pokemon Home, including Mewtwo, Celebi, Jirachi, and Meltan. You can also use Home to bring in regional forms that weren’t previously obtainable in the Gen 8 games, such as Alolan Vulpix and Kantonian Ponyta. You can see the full list of non-Galar Pokemon that can be transferred into Sword and Shield (courtesy of Pokemon fansite Serebii) below.

Another Mythical Pokemon you can bring into Sword and Shield via Home is Mew, but there’s another way to obtain it in the Gen 8 games. The Poke Ball Plus accessory that was released alongside Let’s Go Pikachu and Eevee in 2018 comes with a free Mew, and you can use that to transfer the Mythical Pokemon into Sword and Shield (if you haven’t already redeemed it in one of the Let’s Go titles). We explain how to get Mew in Sword and Shield here.

Pokemon Home is free to download, but as previously mentioned, it offers a paid premium plan that gives you access to additional storage space and other features. You can see which plan is right for you in our Pokemon Home pricing guide. You can also nab a couple of free Pokemon just for using the service.

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