How to Trade From Pokémon Platinum to Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

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This page explains how to trade from Pokémon Platinum to Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

Overview

To transfer pokémon from Pokémon Platinum to Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, you need to do the following steps:

  1. Transfer the pokémon from Pokémon Platinum to Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2
  2. Transfer the pokémon from Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 to Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

Trade from Pokémon Platinum to Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2

To transfer pokémon from Pokémon Platinum to Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2, go to Route 15 in Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 and go into the Poké Transfer Lab. Go inside. If this is your first visit, a scientist will talk to you and take you to the top of the room. If you have visited before, go talk to the scientist at the top.

When asked to use another DS, choose Yes. When you are informed that the pokémon can't be sent back, choose Yes. When prompted to start DS Wireless Communications, choose Yes. When asked to save the game, choose Yes.

Turn on your other Nintendo DS or 3DS that has the Pokémon Platinum cartridge in it, then choose DS Download Play from the menu (if using a 3DS, Download Play is in the home screen. Look for the orange icon with a DS on it. When prompted, choose to download Nintendo DS software). Select the game that has the ID number that is displayed in your Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 game, then say Yes to download. After it downloads, choose exactly six pokémon that you want to transfer, and say Yes when asked if you want to transfer those pokémon. Say Yes if the game tells you that held items will be put into the bag.

After you have chosen the pokémon, you will play a minigame in Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 where you throw pokéballs at pokémon that move around the screen. To throw the pokéballs, drag the stylus on the touchscreen to pull the Pokéball downward, and watch the top screen to see where the pokéball will land. Take the stylus off of the screen to throw the pokéball. If a pokémon is hiding in a bush, throw a pokéball at the bush to make the pokémon jump out. Throw a pokéball at a jumping pokémon to catch it. Near the end of the time limit, a pink cloud of Sleep Powder will float across the screen. Hit the pink cloud with a pokéball to make the pokémon fall asleep. Then throw pokéballs at the sleeping pokémon. If a pokémon is not on the screen when you hit the pink cloud, you won't be able to catch that pokémon until it wakes up and comes back onscreen.

If there are any pokémon that you do not want to send from Pokémon Platinum to Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2, just don't catch those pokémon. Uncaught pokémon will go back to Pokémon Platinum.

After the time runs out, you will be asked if you want to transfer the caught pokémon. If you say No, the pokémon will go back to Pokémon Platinum. Otherwise, say Yes to transfer them. The game will be saved. You will be asked if you want to use the Poké Transfer again. Choose No if you are done, or choose Yes if you want to transfer more pokémon. If you are done, the game will ask you to turn off the power.

In Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2, the caught pokémon will be sent to your PC Box.

Trade from Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 to Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

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 Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 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.

Use Pokémon Bank

If you already have Pokémon Bank, you can proceed with the trade. If you downloaded it in the past, you can redownload it from the eShop Settings menu if needed. It is no longer possible to get Pokémon Bank from the 3DS shop, so if you have not downloaded it in the past, it will not be possible for you to transfer your pokémon from Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 to Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

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.

Use Poké Transporter

If you already have Pokémon Transporter, you can proceed with the trade. If you downloaded it in the past, you may be able to redownload it from within Pokémon Bank if needed. It is no longer possible to get Pokémon Transporter, so if you have not downloaded it in the past, it will not be possible for you to transfer your pokémon from Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 to Pokémon Alpha Sapphire.

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 Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 are holding any items, those items will go back to your bag in Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2.

After you have read all the messages, you will see the pokémon in Box 1 of your Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 game. If you want to transfer ALL the pokémon from your PC Box 1 in Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 to the Pokémon Bank, choose Yes. If there are some pokémon that you do not want to transfer, you will need to open Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 and move those pokémon from PC Box 1 to a different PC Box, then repeat this step.

Transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Bank to Pokémon Alpha Sapphire

Go to the home screen and close Poké Transporter. If your copy of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire is on a cartridge, remove your copy of Pokémon Black/Pokémon Black 2/Pokémon White/Pokémon White 2 from the Nintendo 3DS cartridge slot and put your copy of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire into the Nintendo 3DS cartridge slot.

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 Pokémon Alpha Sapphire 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 Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and choosing Pokémon Link in the game select menu to receive your gifts from Pokémon Bank.

Back in Pokémon Bank, after you select Pokémon Alpha Sapphire 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 bank in the top screen. Press left to go to the Transport Box. Then use the cursor to move the pokémon from the Transport Box to your PC Box in the touch screen. 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 Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, press the X button to save your changes and return to the title screen.