KEY POINTS

  • Players will soon be able to transfer Pokemon from "Pokemon Go" to the Switch-exclusive "Sword" and "Shield"
  • It will be a one-way transfer and some Pokemon are non-transferable
  • A few other bonuses will be unlocked after a transfer

“Pokemon Go” players will be able to transfer Pokemon from the mobile game to “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield” on the Nintendo Switch before the year is over, The Pokemon Company's latest video presentation has revealed.

If and when Niantic and Nintendo pull this off, they will be fulfilling a dream of collectors of the pocket monsters. After all, who wouldn’t want to transfer an evolved Charizard from one system to another and have them wreak havoc elsewhere?

The transferring of Pokemon is an exciting prospect, but there are a few things players should note. The Pokemon Company warned that “certain special Pokemon” are non-transferable. Also, a transfer only works one way, so any Pokemon moved from “Pokemon Go” to either “Pokemon Sword” or “Pokemon Shield” will not be able to move back.

These seem like perfectly understandable warnings and would avoid having players make their Pokemon jump systems whenever they feel like it in the future. These restrictions will really force players to think long and hard before committing to a move.

Also, Pokemon site Serebii cautioned that a cooldown has to happen between transfers from “Pokemon Go.” The cooldown can be shortened, however, if PokeCoins are used. It is not clear how many PokeCoins are needed to initiate this.

If a player does transfer a pocket monster over from the mobile game to Home, a few bonuses will be unlocked, GameSpot noted.

The first of these is the Mystery Box in “Pokemon Go.” Opening the Mystery Box allows the mythical Meltan to spawn for a limited time. It is then catchable within that span of time.

On the side of “Pokemon Sword” and Pokemon Shield,” players will get the Mystery Gift that is Meltan’s evolved form, namely Melmetal.

Prior to this crossover, the only way to transfer Pokemon from “Pokemon Go” to the Nintendo Switch was through the 2018 games “Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu” and “Pokemon: Let's Go, Eevee,” GameSpot noted. However, the transfer then only applied to Gen 1 monsters.

As previously reported, the second expansion pack for “Pokemon Sword” and “Pokemon Shield,” dubbed “The Crown Tundra,” is set to be released on Oct. 22. Players will be able to travel to a frigid, snowy area with jagged mountains to lead an exploration team and investigate the land.

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