Pokémon Home is where you can keep a large amount of Pokémon all in one place online. The platform allows you to bring any Pokémon you want to use, from the oldest games to the newest ones. You can do this through the Pokémon Bank, and Pokémon Go. Now, if there’s a Pokémon you’re looking for, you might be able to trade it with another player. Rather than looking for available trades through websites, Discord, or Reddit, you can trade them in Pokémon Home.
To trade a Pokémon Home, you need to have access to the mobile application. You can get it for an iOS or Android smartphone. Both of them are free, but there are premium versions of Pokémon Home available where you can keep up to 6,000 Pokémon in various boxes. You do not need the premium version to trade.
When you have the mobile application installed on your phone, you want to open it up and go to the trade section on the upper left portion of your screen. Click on it, and you should transfer over to a blue screen where you can see the total trades made from Pokémon Home, the current trade rankings, wonder box, GTS, room trades, and friend trades. All of these are different methods of trading on Pokémon Home.
With wonder box, you place a Pokémon in there and wait for it to go out to another trainer. When it does, you receive a random Pokémon in return. It’s a fun way to trade if you’re not looking for a specific one.
To use GTS, you can be a bit more specific. First, you pick a Pokémon you want to trade and then type the name of the Pokémon you want to receive. You can include its gender, level, and even what Pokémon game it comes from. However, at the bottom, you can also choose to receive a random Pokémon for the one you put up. You can place up what you’re looking for in exchange, such as a random Pokémon, something to help you out, something you want to use that is strong in battles, or even to fill your Pokédex.
Alternatively, you can create a room trade where you exchange a Pokémon with a specific trainer. To create a room, you do need to have the premium version of Pokémon Home. However, if a friend wants to trade with you and they have the premium version, they can set up the room, and you join their room through the specific ID attached to it or by the code pattern your friend creates to make the room private. At the bottom, you have the option to join a random trade room to trade a Pokémon with someone.
The final option is a friend trade. Before you do this, you need to have friends on Pokémon Home, which you can do from the main screen. When you have them added, you can choose to reach out to them and form a trade. Everyone has access to this and 10 friend trades available.
There are several ways to trade Pokémon in Pokémon Home, so hopefully, you meet another trainer who can exchange with you the Pokémon you’ve been trying to find. It’s also a great way to trade with friends who you have an old Pokémon from one of the older games you’ve always wanted to use.