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Pokémon: Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl

How to Connect with Pokémon HOME

Vincent Lau

This page describes how to connect Pokémon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl with Pokémon HOME.

What is Pokemon HOME?

Pokémon HOME is the current generation of online Pokémon creature storage–basically the successor of Pokémon Bank. It’s an app developed by Nintendo, available for free on the Nintendo Switch (via the eShop) and mobile devices (via the Apple store or Play store etc.).

How to Use Pokemon HOME

When you first open Pokemon HOME, you must link a Nintendo Account. If you don’t already have one, it’s free to create a Nintendo Account, via your Nintendo Switch or Internet browser on your computer/mobile device.

Free Versus Paid Plan

Although Pokémon HOME is a free app, there are limitations unless you pay for a subscription.

Feature Free users Paid users
Number of Pokémon that can be stored. 30 6000
Number of Pokémon in Surprise Box. 3 10
Number of Pokémon in GTS 1 3
Set up a trade room Join only Host or join
Stats judge No Yes
Transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Bank No Yes

Nintendo Switch Versus Mobile Devices

Additionally, some features are exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version or the mobile device version.

Feature Nintendo Switch Mobile devices
Transfer Pokémon from Let’s Go Pikachu/Eevee Yes No
Transfer Pokémon between HOME and Sword/Shield Yes No
Transfer Pokémon from Pokémon Bank Yes Yes
Transfer Pokémon from Pokémon GO Yes Yes
Stats judge Yes Yes
Trade Pokémon between Pokémon HOME No Yes
Receive Mystery Gifts in Pokémon HOME No Yes
Check Battle Data and News No Yes
Exchange HOME points for BP Yes No


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  • Publisher
    Pokemon Company International
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  • Guide Release
    29 October 2021
  • Last Updated
    2 December 2021
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This strategy guide for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl contains all the information Pokémon trainers will need to complete the game and catch every single Pokémon!

In this remake of the classic Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, you’ll journey through the mystical Sinnoh region to become a Pokémon master. Along the way, you’ll confront the scheming Team Galactic and witness the awesome power of the Legendary Dialga or Palkia.

The finished version of our guide will contain:

  • Tips for Adventuring in Sinnoh.
  • Tips for Pokémon battling.
  • An introduction to the Grand Underground.
  • An introduction to Super Contest Shows.
  • A complete walkthrough of the main story and postgame.
  • Strategies for defeating the Gym Leaders and Elite Four.
  • Wild Pokémon and item locations for each route and dungeon.
  • A full breakdown of the Grand Underground.
    – All the Pokémon that inhabit the Hideways.
    – Information for all the treasure you can dig up.
  • A full guide for Super Contest Shows.
    – How to cook the best quality Poffins.
  • Explanation of advanced mechanics, such as IVs and EVs.
  • How to breed Pokémon.
  • A detailed Sinnoh region Pokédex.

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