Here is a simple explanation of how to transfer Pokemon up through the generations of Pokémon video games. The process will take some time, but I’ll explain how to bring your beloved Pokémon to Pokémon X and Y and the Pokemon Bank.
How to Transfer Pokemon from Previous Generations to the Pokémon Bank
Keep in mind, the only Pokémon games that you CANNOT transfer your Pokémon from are the first and second generations. Generation one and two only trade between each other via the Time Capsule in Pokémon Centers. The Pokémon games Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver and Crystal are not compatible at all with generation three or above games.
Luckily, you are able to permanently transfer your Pokémon up from generation three (Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red and Leaf Green) to generation six, Pokémon X and Y. Admittedly, it will be a pain to go through the process of transferring six Pokémon at a time.
For any of the following transfers, be sure that the Pokémon you wish to transfer does not know any HM moves or have any held items.
How to Transfer Pokemon from Generation 3 to Generation 4
Generation three is the furthest you can go back in order to move your Pokémon up through the tiers of Pokémon video games. If you have Pokémon in Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Fire Red and Leaf Green, you can transfer them up to your Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or SoulSilver games via the Pal Park feature. You will need a Nintnedo DS with a Game Boy Advance slot, so either the original Nintendo DS or a Nintendo DS Lite, as these are backwards compatible with Game Boy Advance games.
In the generation four games, the Pal Park is located on the East end of Route 221 in Sinnoh and Fuchsia City in place of the Safari Zone in Kanto. In Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, you will not be able to access the Pal Park until you have seen all Pokémon in the Sinnoh Pokédex and obtain the National Pokédex. In HeartGold and SoulSilver, you must at least have the National Pokédex.
Insert the games of your choice into both slots on the Nintendo DS or Nintendo DS Lite, and start up your DS Game. Once you visit the Pal Park, you are given an option in your game’s Main Menu to migrate your Pokémon from the GBA slot. You are able to then migrate any six Pokémon from the GBA slot into the Pal Park. You are only able to do this once every 24 hours. Enter the Pal Park to capture your six migrated Pokémon.
How to Transfer Pokemon from Generation 4 to Generation 5
Transferring Pokémon from generation four games to generation five games is a slightly different process. You will have to have two Nintendo DS systems. There are no restrictions on which two systems, you can mix and match if you like. You are able to use an old Nintendo DS and a Nintendo 2DS, it doesn’t matter. You will be using the Nintendo DS’s Download Play feature.
To access the Poké Transfer, you must visit the Poké Transfer Lab in the Unova region on Route 15. In order to use the feature, you must have the National Pokédex. When you enter the Lab, you will need to download a DS Download Play application on your Nintendo DS that has the generation four game in it (Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or SoulSilver). This allows you to choose which six Pokémon you would like to transfer over. There are no limits on how many times per day you can transfer your Pokémon. You will be playing a mini-game on your generation five game in order to catch your migrated Pokémon. If you do not capture all of them in the mini-game, the remaining Pokémon will be transferred back to their original game.
Pokémon Bank and the Poké Transporter
These features will be available in December 2013. The Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter are applications for the Nintendo 3DS (and 2DS, obviously). The prices for the Pokémon Bank have been announced on the official Pokémon X and Y website. In the United States, it will cost $4.99 per year, in the UK it will cost £4.99 per year, in Europe it will cost €4,49 per year, In Australia it will cost $6.50 per year and in New Zealand it will cost $8.50 per year. The Japanese price for Pokémon Bank was previously announced to be ¥500 per year.
The applications will be released in North America, Australia and Europe on December 27, 2013, and in Japan and Korea on December 25, 2013.
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