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The logo of Poké Transporter.
|| 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
|| Transferring Pokémon from Generation V and the Virtual Console releases of Generation I
| Accessible by
|| Nintendo 3DS family of systems
|| Pokemonbank.com/en-us/transporter/ (English)
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.
On January 24, 2017, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter received an update that allows players to transfer Pokémon from the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow to Pokémon Sun and Moon.
This software allows Pokémon to sent from the Generation V core series games and Virtual Console Generation I core series games to Pokémon Bank. The service allows one-way transfer; once sent, they cannot be withdrawn in the Generation V or Virtual Console Generation I games.
Pokémon sent from Generation V core series games can be withdrawn from Pokémon Bank in Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, and Pokémon Sun and Moon (although they cannot be withdrawn in the Generation VI games once they have been withdrawn by Generation VII games). Pokémon sent from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I core series games can be withdrawn from Pokémon Bank in Pokémon Sun and Moon only.
Poké Transporter allows the player to select an inserted physical copy of Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2; or a Virtual Console copy of Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow (in Western languages) or Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, Yellow (in Japanese). While Japanese versions of Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, and White 2 are region-locked due to being DSi-enhanced, Generation V games of any region can be used with Poké Transporter.
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 (20 from Western language versions of the Generation I games); 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.
Poké Transporter has a legality checker that is intended to prevent Pokémon obtained or modified through external devices or modified by 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.
Mewtwo that knows Pay Day, which it can learn via TM in Pokémon Red and Blue (Red, Green, and Blue in Japanese) but not Pokémon Yellow, is considered not legal and remains in the Generation I game.
Only Mew obtained from the Generation I Virtual Console distributions (the Nintendo UK's Pokémon Festival Mew and the Japanese Game Freak Mew) can be transported to Pokémon Bank. Specially, Mew must have the original Trainer GF or ゲーフリ and Trainer ID number 22796 in order to be considered legal.
Modifications to transported Pokémon
From Generation V
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Reason: Are OTs checked for censored words?.
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.
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 Generation VI, the level obtained at is changed to the level arrived at, and the date obtained becomes the date it was transported to Pokémon Bank; in Generation VII, the level obtained at and date obtained are removed from Pokémon obtained in previous generations.
To determine the met location in Generation VI and VII, 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.
From Generation I
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Reason: Details of game of origin and language of origin (are they assumed to be the current game?). Whether Ä, Ö, Ü, ä, ö, ü are preserved in a Pokémon's nickname (check both German and non-German). What happens to the OT of in-game trade Pokémon in each language. Check unnicknamed Mr. Mime from French, Spanish, and Italian games. Are OTs checked for censored words?.
Any Pokémon transferred from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I games have their Hidden Ability. Their IVs are randomly generated, but three are guaranteed to be perfect (five if the Pokémon is Mew). Stat experience is completely erased, so the transferred Pokémon has 0 EVs. As these games do not keep track of which Poké Ball is used to catch a Pokémon, all transferred Pokémon will be in a regular Poké Ball.
A transferred Pokémon will be Shiny if in Generation I its Speed, Attack, and Special IVs are all 10, and its Defense IV is 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 or 15. This is similar to the method used to determine whether a Pokémon is Shiny in Generation II, but swaps the roles of the Defense and Attack stats. If it does not meet these requirements, it will never be Shiny.
A transferred Pokémon has a randomly assigned gender (independent of its individual value, which is used to determine gender in Generation II). Its nature is that nature whose index number corresponds to the Pokémon's experience modulo 25; the Pokémon's experience is then reset to the minimum amount of experience required for its current level.
Nicknames and original Trainer names
Unnicknamed Pokémon, which have their species names in all-caps, have their names changed to be capitalized normally. If an unnicknamed Mr. Mime (only possible with the Mew glitch) is transported from Generation I, it will be given the nickname
MR-MIME. A name consisting of only spaces, which is only possible in Generation I, will remain unchanged.
If a Pokémon has
× in its nickname or original Trainer, this will be converted to
x (respectively) upon being transported.
Since the character encoding in Generation I does not draw a distinction between the hiragana
り and the katakana
リ, Poké Transporter converts the character to hiragana or katakana depending on the first character of the Pokémon's name that is not space or
ー. If the first character is hiragana (other than the four kana in question), the character is converted to hiragana
り; if the first character is katakana or any of the four kana in question, the character is converted to katakana.
If a Pokémon's nickname contains a word which is prohibited by the Nintendo 3DS system's filter, the Pokémon's nickname will be erased, reverting to the default species name in its language of origin. This filter is applied after converting characters such as
Pokémon transported from Generation I have their met information (including met level and date) replaced by "Seems to have traveled across both space and time to reach you from the Kanto region in the good old days." This differs from the text used for Pokémon from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen only by the text "in the good old days."
Pokémon transported from Generation I have the icon (in the same place the blue pentagon and black clover appear for applicable Pokémon).
Mew is flagged as being met in a fateful encounter.
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 that 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 then launched in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 4, 2014; 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
|| 寶可夢虛擬傳送 Pokémon Hēuiyíh Chyùhnsung
|| 寶可夢虛擬傳送 / 宝可梦虚拟传送 Pokémon Xūnǐ Chuánsòng
|| Poké Transfert
|| 포켓무버 PokéMover
|| Поке-Транспортёр Poke-Transportyor*
|| Poké Trasladador