Whenever a new Pokémon game releases, there is only one question on the lips of veteran players. Is it possible to transfer Pokémon from previous generations into the new game?
Shiny hunters, perfect IV enthusiasts, and those with sentimental attachments to starter Pokémon will always want the pride of their Pokémon collection to be playable on the newest software. Game Freak has become consistently better at allowing this over the years, making transfers more direct without the need to play a pointless catching minigame.
Technically, through the use of the 3DS virtual console games, it is possible to transfer a Pokémon all the way from Generation 1 Red and Blue titles to Scarlet and Violet.
So, while it is likely that Pokémon Home will be supported for Scarlet and Violet, is this confirmed? Let's find out!
Will Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Support Pokémon Home?
The short answer - yes! Pokémon Scarlet and Violet have been confirmed to be compatible with Pokémon Home. Players will be able to transfer Pokémon between older generations and use them during their time in the Paldea region.
However, there are a few caveats that come with this. Firstly, not every Pokémon is eligible to be transferred. Ever since Pokémon Sword and Shield introduced the culling of the Pokédex, only a select batch of creatures is included in each new game (with more added in DLC). Therefore, any Pokémon that does not exist in the Paldea national dex cannot be transferred over.
Thankfully, from what we've seen so far, the Paldea national dex seems to have a strong mix of heavy hitters and fan favorites (including several Hisuian forms from Legends: Arceus).
Secondly, Pokémon Home will likely not be available for Scarlet and Violet initially. Being able to transfer a level 100 Rayquaza to your fresh game copy would kind of invalidate the entire experience Game Freak has been building up to. Don't expect Pokémon Home support on Day One.
When Will Pokémon Scarlet And Violet Receive Pokémon Home Support?
There has been no confirmation of when Pokemon Home will come to the generation nine games, only that it will come eventually.
If we take a look at some previous games, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were released in November 2021 and did not receive Pokémon Home support until approximately June 2022. Players can expect a similar timeline for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.
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