Pokémon Home will add support for Legends: Arceus, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl in the coming weeks with update 2.0.0.
Nintendo and The Pokémon Company are also giving away some freebies to celebrate the update. The first time players transfer a Pokémon from Legends: Arceus into Home, they’ll be given Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott with maximum effort levels as Mystery Gifts in the smartphone app version.
When they transfer a Pokémon from Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, they’ll receive Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup with Hidden Abilities.
Given that Legends: Arceus is set in the distant past where Poke Balls don’t exist, the update will also add “Strange Balls” to the Pokémon universe. Any Pokémon from one of the modern-day games will be switched into a Strange Ball when transferred to Legends: Arceus.
Being the latest releases, Arceus: Legends, Brilliant Diamond, and Shining Pearl feature Pokémon with moves that don’t exist in the previous games, so their moves will be changed to equivalents based on the Pokémon’s level if they’re transferred to older games.
All New Pokemon in Legends: Arceus
The moves will be transferred back to what they were originally when returned to the first game, so players should be careful not to accidentally lose progress and delete moves they want to keep.
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl were released in November last year, with IGN saying in our 8/10 review: “Like the themes of [their story, the games] are solid and enduring – leaning on the past, with all of its triumphs and tripwires.”
With the spin-off launching a couple of months later, in our 7/10 review IGN said: “Pokémon Legends: Arceus is an ambitious revamp that successfully revolutionizes the defining Pokemon experiences of catching and battling, but is unfortunately set in a drab, empty, and at times tedious world.”
It also won’t be too long before Pokémon Home will need updating again as Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were announced earlier this year, with a release date expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.