It has been announced that Pokemon Home will be launching in February of 2020, and will cost $16 each year ($3 a month, $5 every 3 months.)
What is Pokemon Home?
Pokemon Home will be “a cloud service for Nintendo Switch and compatible mobile devices designed as a place where all Pokémon can gather.” This means that, on the Switch and Mobile versions, you will be able to access the same Pokemon. Additionally, you will be able to transfer Pokemon between games and trade them with other users.
Free subscription VS Paid subscription
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With the free version of Pokemon Home, you will not be able to transfer Pokemon from Pokemon Bank to Pokemon Home. You will be able to store a maximum of 30 Pokemon, with a maximum of 3 being able to be placed in the Wonder Box (A place to allow Pokemon Trades with people around the world) at the same time. You will be able to place only a single Pokemon in the GTS (Global Trade System) at one time. You will be able to participate in Room Trades, but not be able to host them, and you will not have access to the Judge Function (which allows you to see your Pokemon’s EV’s and IV’s quickly).
With a paid subscription, you will be able to move Pokemon from Pokemon Bank to Pokemon Home. You will be allowed to store a maximum of 6,000 Pokemon. You will be able to place 10 Pokemon in the Wonder Box and 3 Pokemon in the GTS. You will be able to participate in Room Trades, as well as hosting them and you will have access to the Judge Function.
As you can see, the paid subscription is much better and more useful. If you are a big Pokemon fan and would like to have your Pokemon with you, wherever you go, you will most likely want the paid subscription. If you aren’t a big Pokemon fan or don’t need your Pokemon with you, the free subscription might just be enough (although, in my opinion, free users should get at least 100 slots, 30 is just not enough.)
To celebrate the launch of Pokemon Home, Nintendo will be making Pokemon Bank free for a month, which will allow people to move their Pokemon to the new service.
Mystery Gifts will be able to be obtained both online and locally through Pokemon Home as well.