The Pokémon Company has finally revealed details about the Pokémon Home storage service. If you really want to benefit from the app, you have to pay.
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Since the announcement of Pokémon Home, the cut of the sword and shield from Pokémon and the information that Pokémon can not be transferred back to the original game with the exception of the current two games, fans have been waiting for new information on how exactly the service is implemented.
Now this detail has been illuminated. As is known, Pokémon Home will be released in February. It looks like there will be versions of the application for smart devices and the switches. Pokémon from Pokémon Bank, the old 3DS storage service, Pokémon Go and Let's Go Pikachu / Evoli can be transferred to home, but cannot be retrieved. For this, transfers between the Evoli and Pikachu versions are possible. Up to now, Pokémon can only be transferred from and to the sword and shield from Pokémon Home, provided that they are listed in the game's Galar Dex.
In addition to the transfer, the exchange also belongs to the functional scope of Home. However, many options are hidden behind a paid premium model. You can exchange Pokémon in four ways using your smartphone. If you put it in the wonder box, it will be exchanged with people from all over the world, even if the app is not currently active. It is annoying th at the Global Trade System, which was always part of the actual game, has now been outsourced to the app. Pokémon can be exchanged there according to criteria. With both types of exchange, the number of collectible creatures that can be exchanged at the same time can be increased as a premium customer.
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The group exchange makes it possible to create groups for up to 20 people in which you can exchange blindly. This is where the subscription model comes into play again. Only premium users can create a group at all. Finally, friends from a list can swap with each other.
So much for the standard repertoire. It becomes interesting with regard to the additional functions, as Game Freak always emphasized that Pokémon would not simply acidify in Home. But if you look at the extra features, it looks exactly like this. In addition to the National Pokédex, information on skills and learnable attacks via the mobile app also distributed secret gifts. For example, serial codes are distributed via smartphone, but must be redeemed in the game. Anyone who chooses premium membership will have access to the judge function, which can be used to view a Pokémon's DV. "Your area" provides information about the linked games. There will also be small achievements.
Finally, combat data on current rank fights and online tournaments can be viewed, such as the most popular Pokémon and their attacks used there. Similar to Pokémon Bank, you can collect points in Pokémon Home by using the functions and exchange them for points.
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Now the most exciting question: How much does a premium membership cost? The subscription is staggered in different intervals. The service costs EUR 2.99 per month. 4.99 euros are due for a quarter. An annual subscription costs 15.99 euros. If you take a look at the table on the official website, it quickly becomes clear that Home is hardly suitable for storing Pokémon if you don't pay for a subscription. Then only 30 Pokémon can be deposited. Otherwise there are 6,000.
What do you think of the functions of the app?