Trading Pokemon is one of the oldest and greatest features in Pokemon history! Every generation of Pokemon has at least two version with Pokemon specific to each version. This was done to encourage players to trade with each other. Trade Pokemon to fill up your Pokedex or receive rare items from characters throughout the game.
Almost any Pokemon can be traded unless it has a specific forme change. These Pokemon can hold any item if the game allows the items to be held (No Technical Machines or Key Items), which is a great way to transfer items between games.
Once the Pokemon are transferred, their nicknames, original trainer name, and original trainer ID will never change. Traded Pokemon will also gain extra experience in each battle, allowing them to grow faster than normal Pokemon.
If you don’t have the right badge, the Pokemon will start disobeying you. For example, if you don’t have the first gym badge, traded Pokemon will start disobeying at around Level 10. They may use different moves, use no moves at all, or even fall asleep! The first badge will allow Pokemon up to Level 30 to obey all of your orders. After obtaining all eight badges, all Pokemon at all levels will obey no matter what. The only other reason a Pokemon may disobey is if they were a rare Pokemon hacked onto the game.
Transferring Between Generations
For those that don’t know, Pokemon games are split up into “generations.” There are currently seven generations:
- Generation 1: Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow
- Generation 2: Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal
- Generation 3: Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red, and Leaf Green
- Generation 4: Pokemon Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Heart Gold, and Soul Silver
- Generation 5: Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2
- Generation 6: Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire
- Generation 7: Pokemon Sun and Moon
Generations are used to show the compatibility between games. Games in the same generation can easily trade back and forth – though there was a little trouble with generation six games. Games in different generations can only transfer Pokemon one way to the next generation, but items cannot be transferred along with them. At this time, Pokemon can be transferred one way all the way back from generation three. See the steps below on how to do this:
- Generation three Pokemon can be transferred to generation four if you have a DS with both the DS and GBA ports. Transfer the Pokemon using Pal Park in Generation four games while a generation three game is in the GBA slot.
- Generation four Pokemon can be transferred to generation five games if you have two DS or 3DS systems. Transfer the Pokemon using the Poke Transfer Lab in generation five games. The two DS or 3DS systems must be linked with wireless communications.
- Generation five Pokemon can be transferred to generation six games using the Poke Transporter and Pokemon Bank 3DS apps. Those Pokemon can then be downloaded on to generation six games.
- Generation six Pokemon can be transferred to generation seven games using the updated Pokemon Bank 3DS app after January 24, 2017.
Pokemon Bank is an application that allows trainers to upload and store up to 3000 Pokemon to the internet, manage them, and download them to any generation six or seven Pokemon games. The service will require an annual fee of $4.99.
Download the app onto the 3DS to use it with any number of physical or digital copies of Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, Sun, or Moon at any time after obtaining the Pokedex in the game. You can then use the Pokemon Link option at the main menu of your Pokemon game to receive the Pokemon.
Pokemon Bank is also bundled with another app called Poke Transporter. This app allows players to upload Pokemon from Black, White, Black 2, White 2, Red, Blue, and Yellow to the Pokemon Bank. The transfer is one way, which means they cannot be withdrawn to those generation five games.
How to Transfer
Transferring Pokemon to the Pokemon Bank requires a few steps:
- In your copy of Pokemon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2 game, move your Pokemon to the first PC storage box and save the game.
- Open up Poke Transporter and transfer all Pokemon in the first box over to the Pokemon Bank’s transfer box.
- Open up Pokemon Bank and transfer the Pokemon from the transfer box to one of the other boxes.
- This can be done one at a time or by selecting multiple Pokemon by pressing the SELECT button before choosing Pokemon with the A button.
- Empty the transfer box of all Pokemon before repeating the process.
Compatibility with Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow
Pokemon Sun and Moon is compatible with the 3DS Virtual Console releases of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow. Pokemon can be transferred from RBY to the Pokemon Bank App, and then transferred to Pokemon Sun and Moon after updating the Pokemon Bank after January 24, 2017.
For the full FAQ, see the Pokemon Bank official website. I highlighted a few note-worthy answers below:
- Poke Transporter will not be available without Pokemon Bank.
- You will need an internet connection to use Pokemon Bank.
- All legal, non-hacked Pokemon can be transferred to the Pokemon Bank.
- Depositing or withdrawing Pokemon will NOT cause them to evolve if they normally evolve through Trading.
- If your Pokemon is holding an item, the item will be dropped and sent to your bag before it is transferred to the Bank. If your bag is full, the item will disappear.
- If you still have Pokemon in the Pokemon Bank when the trial or annual fee period passes, you will have a short time to withdraw your Pokemon. If you don’t withdraw them in this short period, the Pokemon will be lost.
- Pokemon transferred from X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire to Sun and Moon cannot be transferred back.
- Cosplay Pikachu cannot be transferred to the Pokemon Bank