Have you been waiting to bring over your Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl team to Pokemon Home? Well, you might not have to wait much longer. Nintendo has confirmed that Pokemon Home BDSP compatibility, as well as compatibility with Legends: Arceus, is on the way.
When will Pokemon Home BDSP compatibility be added?
The Pokemon Home service is already linked to major Pokemon games like Pokemon Go, and now, it's getting two new connections. Soon, you'll be able to link Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokemon Legends: Arceus to your Pokemon Home account, bringing across your Pokemon from those games and storing them securely in Home. You can then use 'mons you've deposited in other games (provided, of course, those 'mons already appear in that particular game).
There are a few restrictions, of course. You can't use Pokemon that don't appear in their respective games; for example, you can't transfer a Wyrdeer to BDSP, because it doesn't appear in that game. There are also some quirks regarding moves; since moves are different between games, your 'mon might end up having different moves if you transfer it. Sending it back to the game it came from will give it back its original moves, though. If you catch Mythical Pokemon (or, indeed, transfer ones earned through gifts, like those given away in BDSP in March), you can only transfer them once per save data.
If you transfer Pokemon from BDSP or Arceus to Pokemon Home, you'll also get some special gifts. Transferring from BDSP will net you special versions of Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup, all of whom have Hidden Abilities. You'll need to access the mobile version of Pokemon Home to take advantage of this. If you transfer from Arceus, you'll get special maximum EV versions of Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott. Again, you'll need the smartphone version of the app for this. Be sure to check out the full post over on the official Pokemon website for full details about the upcoming update, which we're expecting to land in the next few weeks.
What else is happening in the world of Pokemon?
It's all go for the world's biggest media franchise right now. A new Pokemon Go expansion for the Pokemon TCG is landing this July, so you'll have that to look forward to if you're a fan of the card game. There's also the upcoming Pokemon: Hisuian Snow anime, the first episode of which is debuting next Wednesday (with two more on the way at undetermined dates). This is, of course, in addition to two new flagship games, Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, which are currently scheduled to launch later this year.
You can download Pokemon Home right now for Nintendo Switch. It's also available on Android and iOS, and you'll need the smartphone versions (or the tablet versions) if you want to claim your gift Pokemon. You can also pick up both Pokemon Legends: Arceus and Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on Switch right now. We'll bring you more on this upcoming Pokemon Home update as soon as we get it, which should be in the next few weeks or so.