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The logo of Pokémon Bank.
|| December 25, 2013, January 22, 2014|
(Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong)
February 4, 2014
(Europe, Australia, and New Zealand)
February 5, 2014
| Service provided
|| Online Pokémon storage
| Accessible by
|| Nintendo 3DS (XL, 2DS)
|| Pokemonbank.com/en-us/ (English)
The Pokémon Bank (Japanese: ポケモンバンク Pokémon Bank) is a downloadable online application for the Nintendo 3DS that is available for the Nintendo eShop. It serves as a complement to Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire, and the Pokémon Storage System.
Due to server expenses, use of the software requires the payment of an annual fee. This fee is ¥500 in Japan, $4.99 in the United States and Canada, £4.49 in the United Kingdom, €4.99 in Europe, $6.50 in Australia, $8.50 in New Zealand, ₩5000 in South Korea, $150 in Taiwan, $40 in Hong Kong and R$ 8.99 in Brazil. A free 30-day trial was offered and could be instated until January 31, 2014 before the service was postponed due to server issues. An Internet connection is required to download and use the service.
Pokémon Bank being used in a copy of Pokémon X
The main feature of Pokémon Bank is the possibility of players depositing up to 3000 Pokémon from the games in an online cloud. The referred cloud will work as a PC, and will have 100 Boxes capable of carrying, like in a normal PC, 30 Pokémon each. Boxes can also be categorized into groups (with a maximum of 10 groups), and the player can customize the name of each group. The service features extensive search options and filters, allowing the player to locate deposited Pokémon. Pokémon from Generation VI games can be transferred to the service individually, or entire Boxes can be transferred at once.
Brigette (the host of Pokémon Box Ruby and Sapphire) maintains the Pokémon Bank service. She gives the player 100 Poké Miles when Pokémon are deposited for the first time into Pokémon Bank, although the player can also opt to receive rewards in the form of Battle Points instead. Additional Poké Miles are awarded for the length of time that a given Pokémon is deposited into Pokémon Bank. The amount of Poké Miles earned by the player increases if more Pokémon are deposited into Pokémon Bank. Both Poké Miles and Battle Points are sent to Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire using the in-game option called Pokémon Link.
Pokémon that are holding Berries or other items cannot be deposited into Pokémon Bank, and it is advised to return any held items to the Bag prior to depositing Pokémon. If the player attempts to deposit Pokémon that are holding Berries or other items, the items will be removed and sent to the player's Bag. Items held by Pokémon being deposited into Pokémon Bank will disappear if the player's bag is full.
Pokémon that evolve via trading will not evolve when deposited in or withdrawn from Pokémon Bank.
Any number of physical or digital copies of Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire can be used in conjunction with the service. Pokémon Bank can be utilized at any point after the player obtains the Pokédex in Pokémon X and Y. The service cannot be used if a new game in Pokémon X and Y has not been started. If a player owns multiple copies of Pokémon Bank on different Nintendo 3DS systems, Pokémon cannot be transferred between those Pokémon Banks.
Pokémon Bank accounts are tied to the user's Nintendo Network ID, which cannot be used across multiple Nintendo 3DS systems. While Pokémon X and Y are region-locked themselves, Pokémon Bank can still communicate with an X or Y game card of any region when it is inserted into a Nintendo 3DS, although Nintendo does not make any guarantee for the performance of software or systems in the Nintendo 3DS family when used outside of their intended regions.
When Pokémon Bank (along with Poké Transporter) is downloaded, any restrictions on the Nintendo 3DS system for Shopping Services need to be removed within the Parental Controls before Pokémon Bank can be utilized. Any restrictions set in place pertaining to usage of the Nintendo 3DS's Internet browser also require removal each time that the Pokémon Bank software is used.
After the expiration of the aforementioned trial period, Pokémon in Pokémon Bank can still be withdrawn (without an annual pass) for a set period of time before the Pokémon are lost.
- Main article: Poké Transporter
After the download of Pokémon Bank, it is possible to use a separately downloaded application, the Poké Transporter, to transfer Pokémon from Generation V games to the cloud. After this, it is possible to complete such migration by simply downloading them to the Generation VI game.
Anything that can be transferred from older generation games to Generation V is transportable. That means Pokémon as far back as Generation III can be transferred—those from Generation III have to be transferred to Generation IV using the Pal Park and then to Generation V at the Poké Transfer Lab. From there, they can be sent to the Bank.
Additionally, the migration of certain Pokémon from Generation V via Pokémon Bank will trigger the availability of related items within Pokémon X and Y. The transfer of Kyurem and Genesect allows the DNA Splicers and the Drives, respectively, to become available within X and Y.
- Main article: List of game-based Pokémon distributions in Generation VI
If the player accessed Pokémon Bank before September 30, 2014, they could receive a special event Celebi. This Celebi knew Hold Back, an event-exclusive move similar to False Swipe.
| Distributed to XY by Pokémon Link in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan; Australia, Europe, and New Zealand; North America from varied to September 30, 2014.
| Date recieved is dependent on the receiving system's date, not the date of distribution.
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, the Nintendo eShop was temporarily inaccessible. When the Nintendo eShop was accessible again on December 29, 2013, Pokémon Bank was removed from the Nintendo eShop (although players who had previously downloaded Pokémon Bank could still download Poké Transporter, which can only be downloaded through Pokémon Bank). 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.[dead link]
On January 21, 2014, Pokémon Bank was re-released in Japan, South Korea, and other Asian territories.
The service was launched in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 4, 2014. 
The service was launched in the Americas on February 5, 2014.
Interacting with Brigette in Pokémon Bank
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In other languages
- ↑ 
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Pokémon.co.jp
- ↑ 포켓몬 뱅크 Pokémon Bank (Korean - Korea)
- ↑ 任天堂溥天股份有限公司 (Traditional Chinese - Taiwan)
- ↑ 任天堂(香港)有限公司網站 (Traditional Chinese - Hong Kong)
- ↑ Twitter / NintendoAmerica
- ↑ Kotaku - Nintendo's Online Services Broken Now, Continuing Christmas Malfunctions
- ↑ Nintendo of Japan ~ "ニンテンドーeショップの接続障害に伴う『ポケモンバンク』の一時配信停止のお知らせ"
- ↑ Twitter / NintendoAmerica
- ↑ Pokémon Bank Announcement | Nintendo 3DS Family | Nintendo Support
- ↑ Twitter / NintendoAmerica
- ↑ https://twitter.com/NintendoEurope/status/430673592527769600