Y’know, back in my day, when we wanted to store our Pokemon long term, we would place our Game Boy cartridges in a plastic shell and lock them in a toy safe. You kids today got it easy with your digital storage systems and your cable-less trading. Of course, all that fancy technology doesn’t mean much if you can’t actually use it with the game you’re playing. On that subject, does Pokemon Home work with Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?
Does Pokemon Home Work with Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl?
Currently, Pokemon Home does not work with Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. At time of writing, you can’t transfer Pokemon out of Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl into your Pokemon Home cloud storage, nor can you transfer Pokemon from other Home-compatible games into Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl. Nintendo was pretty upfront about this during one of their presentations about the Gen IV remakes, clarifying that neither they nor Pokemon Legends: Arceus would have Home functionality at launch.
However, in those explanations, Nintendo also assured that both games would eventually get full Home support some time in 2022. So while they’re not compatible with the service right now, they will be at some point in the not-too-distant future.
Presumably, Home will work with Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl the same way it works with Pokemon Sword and Shield. As long as you have both the game and the Home app installed on your Switch (or the game cartridge inserted into the console), they can be connected together, allowing you to transfer Pokemon out of your storage boxes in Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl and into the Home cloud storage. You can keep your Pokemon here long term to transfer into other Pokemon games later, provided there aren’t any Dex restrictions in place.