How to Trade From Pokémon X 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 X to Pokémon Sword.

What You Need

To send pokémon from Pokémon X 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.

In-Game Requirements

Before you can trade from Pokémon X to Pokémon Sword, you need to have the Pokédex.

How to Trade

This is a ONE-WAY TRANSFER! Pokémon sent from Pokémon X to Pokémon Sword cannot be sent back to Pokémon X!

Transfer Pokémon from Pokémon X to 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 X to Pokémon Sword.

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

Back in Pokémon Bank, after you select Pokémon X and choose "Use this Game", your PC Boxes in Pokémon X will be displayed in the touch screen, and your Pokémon Bank boxes will be displayed in the upper screen. Use the control pad or circle pad (the stylus cannot be used in Pokémon Bank) to move the desired pokémon from Boxes in the the touch screen to Boxes in the upper 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 from Pokémon X to Pokémon Bank 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 your Premium Plan subscription expires, 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.