Poké Transporter

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Poké Transporter
Poké Transporter logo.png
The logo of Poké Transporter.
Provider Nintendo
Launched December 25, 2013, January 22, 2014 (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong)

February 4, 2014
(Europe, Australia, and New Zealand)

February 5, 2014
(The Americas)

Service provided Transferring Pokémon from Generation V
Accessible by Nintendo 3DS family of systems
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The Poké Transporter (Japanese: ポケムーバー PokéMover) is an application for the Nintendo 3DS line of systems. It was released on the Nintendo eShop, serving as an extension to Pokémon Bank.


This software allows players of the Generation V core series games to migrate Pokémon to Generation VI games. The service allows one-way transfer of Pokémon from Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 to Pokémon Bank, from where they can be moved to Pokémon X and Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. When one of the Nintendo DS cartridges is inserted into the system, it is possible to transport Pokémon belonging to it to Pokémon Bank. Then, such choices can be downloaded into a connected Generation VI game using the Nintendo 3DS.

Only the Pokémon from Box 1 can be transported, and the entire Box will be transported at once, limiting the transfer to up to 30 Pokémon at a time; if any Pokémon in the Box are ineligible to transport, they will simply remain in the Box while all other Pokémon in the Box are transported. The Pokémon transported to Pokémon Bank are placed in the Transport Box, from where they can be moved into Pokémon Bank's regular boxes or a Generation VI game. Pokémon cannot be transported if there are any Pokémon remaining in the Transport Box.

Any held items will be returned to the Bag, or deleted if it is full. Unlike the Pal Park and Poké Transfer before it, Pokémon that know HM moves can be transported without having to forget those moves. Kyurem must be in its normal form to be transported. Eggs cannot be transported.

As a part of Pokémon Bank, the player must have a valid pass in order to use Poké Transporter. While the Generation V games are region-locked due to being DSi-enhanced, Generation V games of any region can be used with Poké Transporter.

In January 2017, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter will receive an update that will allow players to transfer Pokémon from the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow to Pokémon Sun and Moon.

Legality checking

Poké Transporter has a legality checker that is intended to prevent Pokémon obtained or modified through external devices or a glitch such as the Rage glitch from passing through. However, it does not prevent all illegitimate Pokémon, and does stop some legitimate Pokémon. While legitimately obtainable, Shiny Jirachi could not be transported prior to the release of the Shiny 2014 Tanabata Jirachi.

Modifications to transported Pokémon

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The names of unnicknamed Pokémon will be rechecked upon transportation. An unnicknamed Pokémon's name will be made to match its species name in its origin language if it had obtained a name from another language by evolution in a game in that language. Unnicknamed Pokémon from before Generation V, which have their species names in all-caps, have their names changed to be capitalized normally. If a Pokémon's nickname contains a word which is prohibited in the Generation VI games, the Pokémon's nickname will be erased, reverting to the default species name in its language of origin.

Blue-Striped Basculin with the Ability Reckless will have their Ability changed to Rock Head upon transportation. Starly that have their Hidden Ability flag set (such that they would evolve into Reckless Staravia) will have their Ability changed to Reckless upon transportation. Venipede, Whirlipede, and Scolipede with Quick Feet will have their Ability changed to Speed Boost upon transportation.

Pokémon obtained in Generation III that gained an Ability in Generation IV that would change Ability slot upon evolution will be locked into their current Ability slot upon transportation (although it can still be changed using the Ability Capsule). Female Azurill that would evolve into male Marill will be permanently locked into being female upon transportation.

Location data

When a Pokémon is transferred, its location becomes simply the name of the region it was caught rather than the exact location it was caught. A Pokémon caught in HeartGold or SoulSilver will have its location listed as Johto, regardless of whether it was caught in Kanto, the Sinjoh Ruins, or the Pokéwalker. In addition, the level obtained at is changed to the level arrived at, and the date obtained becomes the date it was transported to Pokémon Bank.

To determine the met location in Generation VI, Poké Transporter only reads the data of the game the Pokémon was originally generated in, rather than its met location in the Generation V game. This sets any Pokémon created in FireRed or LeafGreen to Kanto; HeartGold or SoulSilver to Johto; Ruby, Sapphire, or Emerald to Hoenn; Diamond, Pearl, or Platinum to Sinnoh; Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 to Unova, and Colosseum or XD to "distant land". (Pokémon obtained from Wonder Cards are treated as being created in the game they were received in.) A Pokémon whose Egg was obtained in a game based in one region and traded to another region before it was hatched will display the name of the region it was generated in, rather than the one it was hatched in; this means that a Pokémon generated in Platinum but hatched in SoulSilver would have the OT and ID of the SoulSilver player but list that it was met in Sinnoh.

If a Pokémon was met in a fateful encounter, this information is retained upon transfer.

Server issues

On December 25, 2013, Pokémon Bank and the Poké Transporter were both released in Japan, South Korea, and other Asian territories. Due to high volumes of traffic throughout the Nintendo Network caused by a large volume of Nintendo Network IDs being created,[1] the Nintendo eShop was temporarily inaccessible.[2][3] When the Nintendo eShop was accessible again on December 29, 2013,[4] Pokémon Bank was removed from the Nintendo eShop (although players that had previously downloaded Pokémon Bank could still download Poké Transporter, which can only be downloaded through Pokémon Bank).[citation needed] In addition, the release of Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter for the Americas, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand—originally set to be December 27, 2013—was delayed due to the aforementioned issues.[5][dead link]

On January 21, 2014, Pokémon Bank was re-released in Japan, South Korea, and other Asian territories.[6] The service was then launched in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 4, 2014;[7] and in the Americas on February 5, 2014.



  • Unlike Pokémon Bank, Poké Transporter is theoretically compatible with the Nintendo 3DS's save-data backup feature. However, it cannot be used, giving the error "There is no save data that can be backed up.", even if it has already been used to transfer Pokémon.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 寶可夢虛擬傳送 Pokémon Hēuiyíh Chyùhnsung
Mandarin 寶可夢虛擬傳送 / 宝可梦虚拟传送 Pokémon Xūnǐ Chuánsòng
France Flag.png French Poké Transfert
Germany Flag.png German PokéMover
Italy Flag.png Italian Pokétrasferitore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓무버 PokéMover
Russia Flag.png Russian Поке-Транспортёр Poke-Transportyor*
Spain Flag.png Spanish Poké Trasladador


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Inter-generational communication
Gen I Time Capsule Gen II
Gen III Dual-slot modePal Park Gen IV
Gen IV Poké TransferRelocator Gen V
Gen V Poké Transporter Gen VI
Gen I (VC) Gen VII
Gen VI Pokémon Bank

Stadium series: Stadium (JPEN) • Stadium 2Battle Revolution
Storage series: Box RSMy Pokémon RanchBank (Transporter)
Colosseum series: ColosseumXD
Other games: Dream Radar
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