Talk:Poké Transfer

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When it says "not know any HM moves"

Does it mean the nine Gen IV HMs, Cut, Fly, Surf, Strength, Defog, Whirlpool, Rock Smash, Waterfall, and Rock Climb? Or does it include Dive, which is an HM in BW? TTEchidna 21:17, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

Lock Capsule

How is this item transferrable then if "no held items can be allowed for transfer"? ht14 07:27, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

As far as I know, the Lock Capsule is a key item and can't be held anyway. Maybe there's something hidden in BW like the Ranger menus that pop up on DP? Bluesun 09:54, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
Maybe you have to use the Transfer Machine.--Celibi25 15:08, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
Never mind...--Celibi25 15:11, 13 January 2011 (UTC)


I don't think we should call this a location. The location is the Poké Transfer Lab, this is just the mechanic itself. --SnorlaxMonster 07:45, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

It should get the same treatment as the pal park just merge it with the Poké Transfer Lab especially since that page is almost completely empty —Mada-sama (Talk to me!)— 08:33, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

PokéTransfer Edits Each Pokémon's Catch Data!

We should add a little tidbit concerning how the PokéTransfer edits each Pokémon's catch data. That is to say, the Pokémon's....:

  • ...capture location is edited from the specific location (Route 30, Power Plant, etc.) to simply the Region where it originally came from (Johto, Kanto, etc.)
  • (However I'm not 100% sure that the actual location ID [that is to say, the location ID# the Pokémon originally received upon capture] is truly replaced with a new ID number, or if it keeps its original location ID number that it was given and that all the related IDs are all simply labeled "Kanto" or so, if you get my drift.)
  • ...capture level is edited from the level it was caught or otherwise acquired at (Lv 5, Lv 30) to the level it was at when the Pokémon was transferred via the PokéShifter ("Apparently arrived at Lv. 12").
  • ...capture date is edited from the date it was originally captured (if caught in Gen IV) or when it was transferred to the PalPrk (seeing as Gen III didn't record capture dates) to the date it was transferred via the PokéTransfer (that is to say, it deleted/ignores any prior dates and replaces it with the day it came into Black/White)

Basically the PokéTransfer ignores the capture data which makes a Pokémon unique and essentially pretends that the Pokémon suddenly sprang into existence at that very moment in time, with no regard to the unique information it possessed before being transfered. I think it is important for this article to mention this data just to warn people about it, because "lineage-freaks" like me prefer to have that individual data to remain. ... I also think it was stupid for Game Freak to do that, seeing as Pal Park kept all the data from Pokémon that IT had transferred (well, maybe not the unique location data, but even then it was at least still encoded!)

Now the one thing that the PokéTransfer DOES do right, which I think is a nifty addition, is..... With Pokémon that came from a Gen 3 game, after the text "Apparently arrived at Lv. XX", it adds "after a long travel through time." I haven't tested it yet, but I'm sure Kanto Pokémon from HGSS DOESN'T have that text. It thus makes me wonder if the Gen V non-Unova game will be a remake of RSE; that is to say, seeing that we have Hoenn Pokémon from Gen 3 with that "time travel" text, it implies that there will eventually be Hoenn Pokémon WITHOUT it... and a RSE remake is the only way for that to happen! This is also akin to how the location "Johto" was discovered in the code for DPP, or how Gen I and II Pokémon data was found in Ruby/Sapphire, despite no way to actually acquire them in Ruby/Sapphire.

Anyways, just FYI! -- Nick15 22:04, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

It doesn't read the location data at all. It reads the game of origin byte. Pokémon caught on, say, Route 3 in HGSS are said to be met in Johto, while on Route 3 in FRLG are said to be from Kanto. That's because the Kanto Pokémon has the "game" byte set for FR or LG, while the Johto one has it set for HG or SS. Regardless of where it was caught. Generator game does that. TTEchidna 07:11, 29 September 2011 (UTC)


I know that if you transfer Pokémon that weren't nicknamed, their name will be in all caps, as in "Magnemite" would be written as "MAGNEMITE," but if I evolved it, would its name be written as "Magneton" (normal spelling), "MAGNETON," or would it keep "MAGNEMITE" as its name? ----Zewis (29) 14:52, 26 July 2011 (UTC)

It would be 'Magneton', the normal spelling. I tested that yesterday, actually, with my SNOVER, which evolved into Abomasnow, and had its name written like that. TyraniThrone 15:00, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the help! Should we put it in the article or something? ----Zewis (29) 18:02, 26 July 2011 (UTC)
Yeah, that's the same way it works if you evolve an unnicknamed Japanese Pokémon too. So if you used a Water Stone in an English Black or White game on a Poliwhirl nicknamed ニョロゾ, it should evolve into a Poliwrath nicknamed "Poliwrath". --SnorlaxMonster 08:58, 27 July 2011 (UTC)
That's because of the nickname byte. TTEchidna 07:08, 29 September 2011 (UTC)

Location data

What about the location for Pokémon found in Pokémon XD or Colosseum? Would it be a faraway place again? ht14 02:52, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

Sent back?

"There is a time limit, and if all six Pokémon are not captured within the time limit, the Pokémon not captured will be sent back to the Generation IV game, while those that are caught will be sent to the Black or White game, allowing less than six Pokémon to be sent at a time." Is this true, because I remember the first time i used PokéTransfer I didn't catch all six but I got all six over to my Black. Can somebody confirm this? AshKetchumNo.1 (talk) 22:13, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Number of DS systems

Is it possible to do transfer Pokemon with one DS, or do you need two? --YatzSliversword (talk) 17:21, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

This feature requires two Nintendo DS or 3DS systems. --SnorlaxMonster 07:16, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Pokéball Type

When using the Poké Transfer, does the Gen V game indicate the type of Pokéball used to originally capture the Pokémon, or does it reset to a regular Pokéball or some other type indicating it was transferred from gen IV? -Gunslick 15:14, 20 July 2013

I think so. I vaguely remember having a Kingdra that I caught in a Great Ball still having its Great Ball (it was transferred from Generation 4). --NOBODY (talk) 21:34, 20 July 2013 (UTC)


I'll bet my bottom Poké that I'm going to sound like a moron for asking this, but are Eggs transferable via Poké Transfer (or, while I'm asking, Poké Transporter)? Giratina's Embodiment - Please don't hurt us... 01:22, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

No, they are not in either case. It's already mentioned in this article, but it wasn't in the Transporter article, so I've added it. --SnorlaxMonster 07:16, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Figures. Sorry about that. I had scanned the article, but didn't see anything concerning Eggs. Not closely enough, evidently. Giratina's Embodiment - Please don't hurt us... 18:54, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

HM moves

It probably needs to be an HM in the game of origin, but I'd like to have confirmation.

In particular, according to PokéWiki, it's possible to trade Defog to HGSS and transfer it from there, which makes me wonder if the opposite is true (trading Whirlpool from HGSS to DPPt and trade from there)? Nescientist (talk) 12:14, 16 August 2020 (UTC)

Note: This comment was originally a reply to this section above. Nescientist (talk) 07:29, 22 August 2020 (UTC)
Recently received confirmation that you can transfer Whirlpool from DPPt. Nescientist (talk) 12:21, 6 December 2020 (UTC)