- Get your Pokémon Ready to Transfer
- Download/Update Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter
- Purchase Pokémon Bank Pass
- Use Poké Transporter
- Move Pokémon Out of the Transport Box
- Download Pokémon Home for Nintendo Switch
- Purchase the Premium Plan
- Get Pokémon Bank Ready
- Get the Moving Key
- Enter the Moving Key
- Transfer the Pokémon to Pokémon Home
- Move Pokémon from Pokémon Home to Pokémon Sword
Choose the Games that You Want to Trade Between
To begin, choose the game to trade from, OR use the form below.
This page explains how to trade from Pokémon Blue to Pokémon Sword.
Virtual Console Only
If you have the Virtual Console version of Pokémon Blue, you can transfer pokémon from it to Pokémon Bank. You cannot transfer pokémon from the Game Boy cartridge version of Pokémon Blue to Pokémon Sword.
What You Need
To send pokémon from Pokémon Blue to Pokémon Sword, you need a Nintendo 3DS with Pokémon Bank installed, and a Nintendo Switch with Pokémon Home installed, and an active Pokémon Home Premium Plan subscription.
Before you can trade from Pokémon Blue to Pokémon Sword:
- In Pokémon Blue, you need to get the Pokédex from Professor Oak in Pallet Town.
- In Pokémon Sword, you need to have the Pokédex.
How to Trade
Make sure that your Nintendo 3DS has wireless turned on and can connect to the Internet.
Get your Pokémon Ready to Transfer
If your copy of Pokémon Blue is on a cartridge, put the cartridge into your Nintendo 3DS. Open the game, choose the pokémon that you want to transfer, then move them to Box 1 in your PC Box. If there are any pokémon in PC Box 1 that you do not want to transfer, move them to a different box in your PC Box. Save the game, then go back to the 3DS home screen.
Download/Update Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter
If you don't have Pokémon Bank, go to Pokémon Bank in the eShop. You can use the Nintendo 3DS camera and tap the QR code button to scan the following QR Code to go to the Pokémon Bank page in the eShop.
Then open Pokémon Bank. If you are prompted for your password, enter it and sign in.
Purchase Pokémon Bank Pass
If you do not have a Pokémon Bank Pass, or if your pass has expired, you will be prompted to purchase a Pokémon Bank Pass. Tap Purchase, then tap Purchase to complete the purchase. If this is the first time that you have used Pokémon Bank, Brigette will introduce herself. She explains that you can't store held items in the Pokémon Bank, so they will be sent back to the Bag if you store pokémon in the Bank. But if the Bag is full, the item will disappear.
After Brigette finishes her explanation, a menu will appear. If you don't have Poké Transporter, Choose "Download Poké Transporter". There will be a message explaning what Poké Transporter is. Choose Download. The game will ask if it is OK to go to the eShop. Choose Yes. If you are prompted for your password, enter it and sign in. Tap the "Tap Here to Download" button. Poké Transporter is free. Tap Next, then tap Download. You can choose to Download Now or Download Later.
If you do have Poké Transporter but you need to update it, go to the eShop and choose Menu at the top-left, then scroll down and choose Settings/Other, then scroll down and choose Updates. If there is an update for Poké Transporter, it will be listed on this screen.
Use Poké Transporter
Go to the home screen and open Poké Transporter. If this is the first time that you have used it, it will explain that if the pokémon in Pokémon Blue are holding any items, those items will go back to your bag in Pokémon Blue.
After you have read all the messages, you will see the pokémon in Box 1 of your Pokémon Blue game. If you want to transfer ALL the pokémon from your PC Box 1 in Pokémon Blue to the Pokémon Bank, choose Yes. If there are some pokémon that you do not want to transfer, you will need to open Pokémon Blue and move those pokémon from PC Box 1 to a different PC Box, then repeat this step.
Move Pokémon Out of the Transport Box
Go to the home screen and close Poké Transporter. Open Pokémon Bank. If you are prompted for your password, enter it and sign in. Choose "Use Pokémon Bank" in the Pokémon Bank menu. Use the cursor to choose any of the games in the top screen, then choose "Use this game".
If a message says that your Pokémon Link is full, you will be asked if you still want to use Pokémon Bank. You won't lose your gifts if you say Yes. You can get your gifts by opening the game that you selected and choosing Pokémon Link in the game select menu to receive your gifts from Pokémon Bank.
Back in Pokémon Bank, after you select a game and choose "Use this Game", use the control pad or circle pad (the stylus cannot be used in Pokémon Bank) to move the cursor to the first box in the top screen. Press left to go to the Transport Box. Pokémon need to be moved out of the Transport Box before they can be moved to Pokémon Home, so use the cursor to move the pokémon from the Transport Box to any of the other boxes in Pokémon Bank. Make sure that the pokémon that you want to move to Home are not in the same boxes with pokémon that you do not want to move. You can press START to switch between a red cursor, which shows you several options when you select a pokémon with it; a blue cursor, which picks up one pokémon at a time without showing any options; and a green cursor, which allows you to select multiple pokémon at a time.
When you are done moving your pokémon to other boxes, press the X button to save your changes and return to the title screen.
Download Pokémon Home for Nintendo Switch
If you haven't already, go to the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo Switch and search for Pokémon Home, then download it.
Purchase the Premium Plan
To move pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon Home, you will need to pay for the Premium Plan. In Pokémon Home on the Nintendo Switch, choose the 3DS icon. If you haven't purchased the Premium Plan, it will ask how long you want to subscribe for (1, 3, or 12 months). The 12 month option gives you the lowest cost per month. If the Premium Plan expires later, you will only have access to the 30 most recent pokémon in Pokémon Home, and the rest of the pokémon will be stored for an unknown amount of time before they are permanently deleted.
Get Pokémon Bank Ready
After you have subscribed to the Pokémon Home Premium Plan, go to Pokémon Bank on the 3DS. From the Pokémon Bank title screen, go to the main menu and choose "Move Pokémon to Pokémon HOME". After you read the information and scroll down, select "Begin" to proceed. The boxes from Pokémon Bank will be displayed. Use the cursor to select all of the boxes that you want to move to Pokémon Home. THIS IS A ONE-WAY TRANSFER! POKÉMON SENT FROM POKÉMON BANK TO POKÉMON HOME CANNOT BE SENT BACK TO POKÉMON BANK! You can press R or use the cursor to select the "All" button to select all boxes, and you can press X or use the cursor to select the "Reset" button to unselect all boxes. If you are ready, press Y or use the cursor to select the "Done" button. You will be asked for the Moving Key.
Get the Moving Key
In Pokémon Home, if you have a Premium Plan subscription (see above), choose the 3DS icon and choose Begin Move. read the information on the screen, then if you are ready, choose "Ready!" Read the information, then choose "Display". The moving key will be displayed, along with a countdown showing when the moving key will expire.
Enter the Moving Key
In Pokémon Bank, enter the Moving Key that is displayed on the Nintendo Switch then tap OK or use the cursor to select OK. Watch the Nintendo Switch for messages about the progress of the transfer.
Transfer the Pokémon to Pokémon Home
Pokémon Home will notify you how many pokémon can be transferred. You have the option to move all pokémon as they are, or one pokemon at a time, or organize boxes.
Move Pokémon from Pokémon Home to Pokémon Sword
From the main menu of Pokémon Home on the Nintendo Switch, choose the Pokémon button, then choose Pokémon Sword from the list of games, and choose Yes to confirm.
You can then move pokémon from the Pokémon Home box to your boxes in Pokémon Sword.