Pokémon GO Transporter: The Basics

Pokémon GO integration with Pokémon HOME has gone live, enabling trainers to transfer their caught Pokémon between compatible games.
Pokémon GO integration with Pokémon HOME has gone live, enabling trainers to transfer their caught Pokémon between compatible games. | Photo courtesy of Niantic

Pokémon GO Transporter has finally arrived, but there are several key points trainers should keep in mind before using it.

With the integration between Pokémon GO and Pokémon HOME in place, trainers can transfer their caught pocket monster to Sword and Shield, place them in the Wonder Box to trade with others, and more.

Pokémon GO Transporter: The Basics

While only level 40 Pokémon GO trainers are able to make the link with Pokémon HOME at the moment, the transfer feature will also be live for lower level players soon.

The first thing to note is that using the GO Transporter to move Pokémon to the cloud service is permanent. Additionally, trainers can't transfer certain special Pokémon, including those that wear hats or costumes, and Shadow or Mega Evolved Pokémon.

Before using the GO Transporter, trainers will have to make sure their proper Nintendo account is linked and the Pokémon HOME tutorial is complete.

Once the housekeeping stuff is done, the GO Transporter is ready to use at the cost of energy.

In addition to the set amount of GO Transporter Energy needed for each Pokémon, the total amount of energy gradually increases along with the rarity of those being transferred.

While transferring a regular Legendary Pokémon takes up a bit of the GO Transporter's energy bar, transferring a Shiny Legendary Pokémon depletes the whole thing.

Energy lost by the GO Transporter recharges over time, but is able to be refilled immediately by those who have 1,000 Poké Coins to spare. When completely empty, it takes nearly a full week to refill the Go Transporter.