During the Pokémon Company’s latest video presentation, they have confirmed that Pokémon Go compatibility will be added to Pokémon Home before the year is up, meaning it won’t be long until you can move monsters you’ve caught in the mobile game into Sword and Shield. The Pokémon Company did not pin down exactly when this compatibility will go live. Still, it did confirm that it is coming before the end of 2020. Once it is added, you will be able to transfer Pokémon you have caught in Pokémon Go directly to Pokémon Home and from there into Sword or Shield (if that Pokémon appears in the Galar Pokedex). Previously, the only way to transfer Pokémon from Go to Home was through Let us Go, Pikachu, or Let us Go, Eevee, but this only applied to Gen 1 monsters. The Pokémon Company has not yet detailed precisely how this transfer process will work, but there are a few caveats.
First, the company notes that “certain special Pokémon” is not transferrable. This presumably applies to the costumed Pokémon that appear during events and other such monsters. Each transfer only works one way; any Pokémon brought from Go into Home cannot be returned to its original game. There may be another wrinkle to the process. Serebii reports that the Japanese Pokémon support site mentions that transferring Pokémon from Go may cost PokeCoins. It appears that there will be a cooldown period after players transfer a Pokémon from Go to Home, and this period can be shortened by spending PokeCoins. It is not yet clear how many PokeCoins this will cost. If you transfer a pocket monster over from the mobile game to Home, you will receive a few bonuses. First, you will get the Mystery Box in Pokémon Go. When this is opened, the Mythical Pokémon Meltan will spawn in the wild for a limited time, letting you catch it. You can read more about how that process works in our Meltan guide.
On top of that, you will get a special Mystery Gift in Pokémon Home: Melmetal, Meltan’s evolved form. This particular Melmetal is capable of Gigantamaxing, making it a compelling addition to your collection. Gigantamax Melmetal’s G-Max Move is called G-Max Meltdown, a Steel-type attack that dishes out damage and prevents the opposing Pokémon from using the same move consecutively. In the meantime, The Crown Tundra DLC launches on October 22. This expansion takes you to the eponymous Crown Tundra. In this arctic region, you will be appointed the head of an expedition team by a Peony man. The Crown Tundra is also home to every Legendary Pokémon from previous games in the series and a handful of new Legendaries like Galarian Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. Finally, to celebrate the arrival of The Crown Tundra, The Pokémon Company is giving away a handful of special Pikachu wearing Ash’s different caps from the anime series. These Pikachu are being distributed via passwords across the other Pokémon social media channels. Four cap-wearing Pikachu are available to claim right now, with more on the way this month.