Gathering up favorite companions in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet is about more than just catching species lurking in the Paldea region. Fans also enjoy bringing partners from previous games forward via Pokémon HOME, the Nintendo Switch edition of the online storage system.
HOME is critical in storing and moving Pokémon in modern games, much like Poké Bank on the Nintendo DS and 3DS. Players use it to store favorites before a restarting a game, keep track of Shiny catches, and to keep companions from previous generations until they can be transferred into the newest option for Pokémon adventures.
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Can Pokémon HOME Be Used With Scarlet & Violet
Yes, Pokémon Scarlet & Violet are compatible with Pokémon HOME. Players can also use HOME with the Gen 9 DLC The Teal Mask and The Indigo Disk.
While not all Pokémon species can be transferred from past games forward into Scarlet & Violet, Pokédex expansions for Kitakami and Blueberry academy have added favorites like the Starters from previous gens.
Can Pokemon Be Transferred from Scarlet & Violet to Sword & Shield
Yes, Pokémon caught in Scarlet & Violet can be transferred to Sword & Shield. But there are a few limitations, primarily that they must exist in the Galar Pokédex. Additionally, any items, abilities, and moves unique to Gen 9 won’t transfer over. Because of this, players will want to think carefully about what Pokémon they choose to transfer.
The transfer ability is particularly useful for fans of Shiny species, as it is much easier to Shiny hunt in Pokémon Scarlet & Violet than in Sword & Shield. Like transferring bonus Shiny catches from Pokémon Go, players can choose to shuffle their extra Paldean Shinies to Galar for new playthroughs, or just to add some character to their Dynamax teams.