Pokémon HOME integration has finally arrived in Pokémon GO. Fans have been waiting for this feature to roll out on the app for quite some time. The plans of integrating the two apps came back in February 2020 and the feature finally started rolling out for the highest level trainers a few days ago. Now all trainers regardless of their level can link their Pokémon GO and Pokémon HOME accounts.
Pokémon HOME is a cloud service for Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. It’s designed to gather all your Pokémon you’ve gathered in different games into one place and trade them with your friends. Until now, Pokémon HOME was only compatible with the main series games on Nintendo Switch and previous consoles.
If you don’t play the main series games on Switch or other Nintendo consoles, don’t worry, you can still use Pokémon HOME with your Pokémon GO account. The main reason why Pokémon GO players would want to take advantage of the feature is to get their hands on Meltan and its evolution Melmetal.
Meltan and Melmetal are unique Pokémon in many
ways. All the Pokémon in Pokémon GO had been previously introduced in the main
series games and have their respective regions and generations, such as Kanto
(the first generation), Johto (the second generation), Hoenn (the third
Meltan and Melmetal were first revealed in September 2018 and were only obtainable through Pokémon GO. Users could link their GO account with their Nintendo Switch games Let’s Go Pikachu or Let’s Go Eevee to send over a Pokémon from their GO account. A player would get a Mystery Box that once opened spawned Meltan with the same mechanic as the Incense. Aside from being the first Pokémon exclusively obtainable in Pokémon GO, Meltan is also the only Mythical Pokémon that can evolve.
For those who don’t own a Nintendo Switch, the Pokémon HOME integration opens a new possibility of obtaining Meltan. Before now, the only other way to get the Hex Nut Pokémon without the Nintendo Switch was to complete the Let’s Go, Meltan Special Research Task. This only gave a player one Meltan and not enough candies to evolve it to Melmetal.
To offer the players ability to transfer Pokémon from GO to HOME, Niantic, the developer behind Pokémon GO, implemented a new Go Transporter Energy system. The Energy starts at 10,000 and needs an entire week to recharge to full.
The energy needed to transfer a Pokémon from your GO account to HOME depends on a specific Pokémon. High CP Pokémon, shinies, Legendaries, and Mythicals all require much more energy than regular, low CP Pokémon. A shiny Pokémon uses up all 10,000 energy in one go, regardless of its CP.
You also have to be aware that if you transfer a Pokémon to HOME, there’s no way of getting it back to your GO account, so make sure you’re not transferring your favorite mons. However, you can transfer your Pokémon from GO to HOME and then to Pokémon Sword and Shield games, if you play those.
The first thing to do to transfer Pokémon from your Pokémon GO account is to download the Pokémon HOME app on your mobile device, either from the App Store on iOS or the Play Store on your Android. Once you open the app, you will be asked to open a Nintendo account or link your existing account.
Once you get that out of the way, head to the Pokémon GO app. On the settings page, scroll all the way down, where you will see Pokémon HOME. You will be presented with information on the integration and the terms of transferring your Pokémon to HOME. Once you’re ready, press SEND POKÉMON.
Now you can choose which of your Pokémon you wish to transfer to HOME. You can choose as many as your remaining Go Transporter Energy allows. You will get once candy for each Pokémon, like you would if you transferred it to Professor Willow.
The energy bar on your Go Transporter will lower depending on the Pokémon you sent and you’ll be able to see the time needed for it to fully recharge. You also get the option of buying the energy with Pokécoins. If you want to make another transfer, you have to accept the sent Pokémon in your HOME app before you can use the feature again.
Once you send your Pokémon, you will receive the Mystery Box, which you can access in your backpack. Once opened, you will spawn Meltan around you for an hour. Make sure to use Pinap berries, because evolving it into a Melmetal comes with a hefty 400 candy price.
As of right now, due to the global pandemic, as a part of the special bonuses, Incense and Mystery Box duration is an hour instead of 30 minutes, so make sure to take advantage of that while you can.
Whether you play the main series games or you just enjoy walking to catch your favorite Pokémon with Pokémon GO, this is an exciting update, making one of the most unique Pokémon accessible to even more players around the world.
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