Happy birthday to Pokemon! Pokemon Yellow was the first video game I ever played and still have the cartridge. To celebrate, many current Pokemon games have special events.
Pokemon Sword and Shield (until March 1st)
In the Wild Area, you can now encounter the Kanto Starters, their middle evolution, and Mewtwo (non-catchable). Fighting the starters will give you many EV-reducing berries, a Toxic/Flame/Life Orb, and fighting Mewtwo will give you PP Max, Bottle Caps, and potentially Ability Changer. Mewtwo is level 100 so it is incredibly difficult. The Kanto starters can be Shiny and can have their Hidden Abilities.
Pokemon Go (until March 2nd)
For Pokemon’s anniversary, you can catch Pikachu, Eevee, Charmander, Bulbasaur, and Squirtle with party hats! The Kanto original starters can only be caught in raids. To commerate with the CGI remake of Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back, you can catch Venasaur, Charizard, and Blastoise clone version from the movies in level 4 raids. The evolutions will have their community day moves which makes them useful for Ultra League and raids! For level 5 raids, you can catch Armour Mewtwo with Psystrike!
You’ll get 3,000 gems when you log-in. If you keep logging in, you’ll receive more than 10,000 gems! The Battle Villa, which opens tomorrow, will introduce Lucky Skills, new skills to be added to Sync Pairs by using the Lucky Cookie & Lucky Scroll items. You can also recruit Red and his Charizard.
On Netflix, you can now watch the CGI remake the first Pokemon movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution! They also announced a new Pokemon movie: Coco. (No relation to the Pixar movie). It showcases the new mystical Pokemon: Zarude.
Pokemon Home is coming this February. Are you going to transfer your Pokemon?
Pokemon Sword and Shield Players prepare yourself! Game Freak is finally releasing Pokemon Home in February which will allow players to transfer their Pokemon from previous games to Sword and Shield.
Below is an image on how to transfer your Pokemon from past Generation.
Pokemon Home has two plans: Free and Premium
The free plans allows you to store 30 Pokémon and can use the GTS (Global Trade Service) and sent Pokémon to the Wonder Box and participate in Room Trades. Premium plans allows players to store 6000 Pokémon, transfer Pokémon from Bank to HOME, host and participate in Room Trades store 10 Pokémon through the Miracle Box at a time, hold 3 Pokémon in the GTS, and have a IV Checker (Serebii).
What Are the Features?
Besides being able to transfer your Pokemon, Pokemon Home will have the National Pokedex which is not featured in Pokemon Sword and Shield. Thus, it is the only way to bring all your older Pokemon onto the Switch but not Sword and Shield at the moment of this article. Wonder Room allows you to wonder/surprise trade up to 20 people. If you purchase the premium version, it will also be available on Mobile.
How Much Does it Cost?
The premium plan is 370 Yen/$2.99 a month or 610 Yen/$4.99 for 3 months or 1960 Yen/$15.99 for 12 months. To go along with the release of Pokemon Home, Pokemon Bank and Pokemon Transporter are free to use for the month of February. Pokemon Bank is a 3DS download that allows players to transfer their Pokemon to a box that allows transfer to any generation as long as the Pokemon exists in the game. Pokemon Transporter allows the release original Game Boy Pokemon Games to be transferred to the Pokemon Bank.
Is Pokemon Home Worth It?
The value is entirely up to you. Do you have some old friends that you would love to bring to the newest game once they are released? Did you have amazing Pokemon with perfect stats that you want to remake your team on? Do you have a shiny that you love? If so, there are ways to transfer them over for free. You have to pay for Pokemon Box currently but if you have been waiting for a free opportunity, February looks to be the ideal time. It does not have a release date but Game Freak stats February 2020.
Game Informer previously reported that Pokemon Sword and Shield would feature 18 Pokemon gyms to challenge on October 1st: 9 Major and 9 minor gyms. Fans were extremely excited as it would defeat Pokemon Gold and Silver in overall amount of gyms to challenge (it featured 16).
Unfortunately, it seems Game Informer mistranslated communications with Game Freak. What Game Freak meant was that there are 18 across the league in Pokemon Sword and Shield. There are just 8 gyms as usual but each have version exclusive gyms.
This comes as a huge disappointment from fans but hopefully the other features in the game will remove their fears.
Pokemon Sword and Shieldreleases worldwide November 15th, 2019.