Pokémon Home Gets Stealth Release on Switch eShop Today

Although the Pokémon Home has had a confirmed release date of February for some time now, no specific date was ever announced. That’s why we’re incredibly surprised to have seen the Pokémon transfer app hit the Switch eShop out of nowhere today. Interestingly, the mobile app appears to still be absent despite this surprise release (at least on iOS from what we can confirm). Now that the app is available, details are going to start streaming out pretty quickly, but the following details have already been confirmed by the team at serebii.net

– You cannot deposit eggs into Pokémon HOME.
– Pokémon from Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee receive additional meta-data such as abilities once transferred to Sword/Shield.
– The GTS shows the point of origin for each Pokémon. IE. Pokémon Home, Pokémon Bank, Pokémon Go.
– The yet to be released mobile version will feature 3D models of each Pokémon with the ability to rotate and view from a full range of angles.
– The National Pokédex in Home is broken down into different categories allowing you to also see the Pokédex for each individual region as well.
– Players are gifted a level 5 Pikachu and one of the 3 Kanto starters (Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle) the first time they open the application.

In addition to this surprise release, Pokémon Bank has also received an update today on the 3DS to allow it to connect to the new service. Players who don’t already have a Pokémon Bank account are being given one month free (expires March 20th, 2020) so they can transfer their monsters from the 3DS to the Switch at no additional cost.

We’re sure there are more secrets to be uncovered in the application as more players spend time with it and begin to transfer/deposit Pokémon. If you want to keep an eye on those developments we recommend checking out the information page at Serebii as they’ll be updating as things happen in real-time. In the meantime, we’ll be waiting for the Pokémon Home mobile app to drop, as well as for the addition of Pokémon Go to the service!

Update: The mobile version of the game is now confirmed live on both iOS and Android.

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