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Pokémon Bank

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Pokémon Bank
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Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Category: Storage
Players: 1 player (online)
Predecessor: My Pokémon Ranch
Successor: Pokémon Home
Release dates
Japan: December 25, 2013 (initial launch)
(v1.1 title text): ©2013 Nintendo ©1995-2013 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / Game Freak Inc.

Pokémon Bank is a Pokémon transfer application for Nintendo 3DS. Due to an excessive volume of traffic, the initial release of this software had to be postponed.


It is not a game but a transfer software to be used with existing Pokémon games. Pokémon Bank allows the player to manage up to 3000 Pokémon for an annual fee (however, on launch it was available for a limited time for free), and move them across Generation VI and VII games.

Additionally in combination with Poké Transporter, it can transfer Pokémon from Generation I and II (via the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Yellow, Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Crystal) or Generation V up to Generation VI or Generation VII (however Virtual Console Pokémon can only be transferred to Generation VII, and once a Pokémon is in Generation VII it cannot be transferred to Generation VI). Before using Bank, this can be combined with previous transfer methods to transfer from Generations III and IV as well, namely Poké Transfer and Pal Park.

There are a few bonus Pokémon the player can obtain through the software through events. Pokémon Bank has been succeeded by Pokémon Home for Nintendo Switch and mobile/smart devices.

Release data

Version number Date released Description
1.1 Default Initial release
1.2 November 18, 2014, November 21, 2014 Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire support. Other unspecified adjustments.
1.3 January 24, 2017 Pokémon Sun and Moon support and "new Pokédex feature". Adds Traditional and Simplified Chinese support.
1.4 November 19, 2017 Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon support. Fixes a Pokédex glitch in which Alolan Rattata, Raticate and Raichu were specified to not have gender differences.
1.5 February 11-12, 2020 Pokémon Home support for transporting the contents of Pokémon Bank. (In turn support for Pokémon Sword and Shield)

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