Poké Transporter

This article is about the application that transfers Pokémon to Pokémon Bank. For the feature that transfers Pokémon to the Generation V games, see Poké Transfer.
Poké Transporter
Poké Transporter logo.png
The logo of Poké Transporter.
Provider Nintendo
Launched December 25, 2013, January 21, 2014 (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong)

February 4, 2014
(Europe, Australia, and New Zealand)

February 5, 2014
(The Americas)

Shutdown March 27, 2023 (new users)[1][2][3]
Service provided Transferring Pokémon from Generation V and the Virtual Console releases of Generations I and II
Accessible by Nintendo 3DS family of systems
Website Pokemonbank.com/en-us/transporter/ (English)
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Poké Transporter (Japanese: ポケムーバー PokéMover) is an application for the Nintendo 3DS line of systems, released on the Nintendo eShop. It allows for Pokémon to be transferred to Pokémon Bank from the Generation V core series games and the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II core series games. Currently, it is available as part of a paid Pokémon Bank subscription.

Poké Transporter's eShop download page is normally hidden from view, and can only be accessed by following a link within 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 (Pokémon Red, Green, Blue, and Yellow in Japanese) to Pokémon Bank. On November 19, 2017, it was updated again to be compatible with the Virtual Console releases of Pokémon Gold and Silver, along with Pokémon Crystal, which was released later. From Pokémon Bank, these Pokémon can then be moved to the Generation VII games (but not Generation VI games).[4]

On February 16, 2022, due to the discontinuation of the Nintendo 3DS eShop on March 27, 2023, it was announced that Poké Transporter will become free to use on this date (though it will only be available to users who downloaded the application prior to the eShop discontinuation).[1][2]

Features

This software allows Pokémon to be sent from the Generation V core series games and the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II core series games to Pokémon Bank. The service allows one-way transfer; once transferred, they cannot be moved back to the Generation V or the Virtual Console Generations I and II games.

Pokémon sent from the Generation V games can be withdrawn from Pokémon Bank in Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Sun and Moon, and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon (although they cannot be withdrawn in the Generation VI games once they have been withdrawn by the Generation VII games). Pokémon sent from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and Generation II games can be withdrawn from Pokémon Bank in Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon only.

Poké Transporter allows the player to select an inserted physical copy of Pokémon Black, White, Black 2, or White 2, a Virtual Console copy of Pokémon Red, Blue, or Yellow (in Western languages) or Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow (in Japanese), or a Virtual Console copy of Pokémon Gold, Silver, or Crystal. 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 (without the use of glitches), and the entire Box will be transported at once, limiting the transfer to up to 30 Pokémon at a time (20 from the international versions of the Generations I and II games); if any Pokémon in the Box are ineligible to be transported, they will simply remain in the Box while all eligible Pokémon in the Box are transported. The Pokémon transported to Pokémon Bank are placed in the Transport Box. A new transfer cannot be made if there are any Pokémon in the Transport Box.

If coming from Generation II games, any Pokémon holding items will not be transferred (remaining in Box 1 of the original game, with the player being warned that some Pokémon couldn't be transferred). If coming from Generation V games, Pokémon holding items will be transferred, while the items held by Pokémon being transferred are returned to the Bag, or deleted if the Bag is full. Pokémon that know HM moves can be transported without having to forget those moves (unlike Pal Park and Poké Transfer). 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.

Legality checking

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 (though not in Japan), Shiny Jirachi could not be transported prior to the release of the Shiny 2014 Tanabata Jirachi. Pokémon hatched from the Odd Egg cannot be transported unless they forget the move Dizzy Punch, as the Odd Egg is not obtainable in the Japanese version of Pokémon Crystal on the Virtual Console.

Only Mew with the original Trainer GF or ゲーフリ and Trainer ID number 22796 are considered legal, which are the Original Trainer and Trainer ID number of Mew obtained from the Generation I Virtual Console distributions (the Nintendo UK's Pokémon Festival Mew and the Japanese Game Freak Mew).

In the Virtual Console release of Pokémon Crystal, it is possible to catch a wild Celebi at level 30 due to the in-game GS Ball event. Poké Transporter will refuse to transport Celebi if its level is below 30. Prior to this release, Poké Transporter refused to transport all Celebi from Generation II.

Pokémon over level 100 can be transferred, but their level will be reduced to level 100.

Modifications to transported Pokémon

Nicknames and original Trainer names

Unnicknamed Pokémon

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Reason: Check unnicknamed Mr. Mime and Farfetch'd from Spanish and Italian games, and Mr. Mime from French games.

The names of unnicknamed Pokémon will be made to match the formatting of their species name in their language of origin in the Generation VI games. This is relevant for two main cases:

  • Unnicknamed Pokémon from Generation I to IV (which have their species names in all-caps) have their names changed to be capitalized normally.
  • Unnicknamed Pokémon transferred from Generation V, that were evolved in a game of a language different to their language of origin (which have their name in the language of the game they were evolved in), have their name changed to match their language of origin.

Due to a glitch, the names of several species of Pokémon from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II games are not recognized properly if coming from languages that use diacritics or ligatures. In French, if an unnicknamed Pokémon of a species that has a diacritic or ligature in its species name is transported from a Generation I or II game, due to the Generation I and II games not using diacritics or ligatures, it will be given the nickname corresponding to the way its species name is displayed in Generations I and II (not changing upon evolution).

As a workaround, if the Pokémon's nickname in the Generation I or II game is set to a censored word, its nickname will be removed when it is transported to Pokémon Bank, causing it to become an unnicknamed Pokémon with the correct name.

Character limitations

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Reason: Whether Ä, Ö, Ü, ä, ö, ü are preserved in a Pokémon's nickname if sent from a non-German game. Whether the Á/Í in the OT (FALCÁN/MANÍA) of the in-game trade Voltorb/Shuckle is preserved when transferred from a Spanish and non-Spanish game. Check if any have been fixed with version 1.3

A name consisting of only spaces, which is only possible in Generation I, will remain unchanged. If a Pokémon has PK, MN, [, ], or × in its nickname or original Trainer, this will be converted to P, M, (, ), or x, respectively, upon being transported.

In Japanese, if a Pokémon transferred from Generation I or II has a nickname or Original Trainer that includes an exclamation mark or question mark (which can be entered in Generation II but not Generation I), that character will be converted to a space upon transfer. This does not occur in other languages, because it is possible to enter exclamation and question marks in Generation I in those languages. Conversely, the kana を / ヲ wo and small vowel katakana (which can be entered in Generation II but not Generation I) are retained upon being transported to Pokémon Bank.

In the Generation I character encoding and Generation II character encoding, several pairs of hiragana and katakana share the same code points due to being rendered the same way in-game; in later generations, this is not the case, with each character having its own code point. These characters are the hiragana (including and ) and and the katakana (including and ) and . Poké Transporter converts the character to hiragana or katakana depending on the first character of the Pokémon's name that is not a space or a chōonpu (). If the first character is hiragana (other than the four kana in question), the character is converted to hiragana or ; if the first character is katakana or any of the four kana in question, the character is converted to katakana.

Pokémon from in-game trades

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Reason: Whether the replacement OT depends on the language of the Virtual Console game or the language of Poké Transporter, and as a result whether the Korean/Chinese OTs are actually used

In Generation I, the Original Trainer of Pokémon from in-game trades uses a control character (0x5D) that displays Trainer in the games' language (e.g. TRAINER in English). Transported Pokémon have this OT converted to regular capitalization and any abbreviations expanded.

Language OT
Gen I Gen II Bank
Japanese トレーナー トレーナー トレーナー
English TRAINER TRAINER Trainer
French DRES. DRESSEUR Dresseur
German TRAINER TRAINER Trainer
Italian ALLEN. ALLEN. Allenatore
Spanish ENTREN. ENTREN. Entrenador
Korean N/A 트레이너 트레이너
Chinese (Traditional) N/A N/A 訓練家
Chinese (Simplified) N/A N/A 训练家

Censored words

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Reason: Whether the replacement OT depends on the language of origin of the Pokémon, the language of the Generation V/Virtual Console game, or the language of Poké Transporter; and as a result whether the Chinese OTs are actually used. Check if the filter applies to Pokémon from Korean games

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. For Pokémon from Generation V, this will be in the Pokémon's language of origin; for Pokémon from the Virtual Console games, this will be in the language of the game from which it was transferred.

If a Pokémon's original Trainer contains a word which is prohibited by the filter, the original Trainer will be replaced by a generic name depending on the game from which it was transferred.

Game Language
Japanese English French German Italian Spanish Korean Chinese
Black, Black 2 ブラック. Kuro* Kuro* Kuro* Kuro* Kuro* 블랙. Black.
White, White 2 ホワイト. Shiro* Shiro* Shiro* Shiro* Shiro* 화이트. White.
Red レッド. Red* Rouge* Rot* Rosso* Rojo* 레드. Red.
Green グリーン. Green* Vert* Grün* Verde* Verde* 그린. Green.
Blue ブルー. Blue* Bleu* Blau* Blu* Azul* 블루. Blue.
Yellow イエロー. Yellow* Jaune* Gelb* Giallo* Amarillo* 옐로. Pika.
Gold ゴールド. Gold* Or* Gold* Oro* Oro* 금. Gold.
Silver シルバー. Silver* Argent* Silber* Argento* Plata* 은. Silve.
Crystal クリスタル. Crystal* Cristal* Kristall* Cristallo* Cristal* 크리스털. Cryst.

This filter is applied after converting characters such as PK. Since the Generation VII update, this filter is not applied to kana.

Location data

For Pokémon transported from Generation V that were also originally generated in Generation V, while the met location data is retained, it will be displayed as "the Unova region" and does not display the proper met location for the area it was obtained in. For Pokémon who were originally generated in Generation III or IV, Poké Transporter keeps the region from Poké Transfer, though the text (e.g.) "Kanto" is expanded into "the Kanto region" and the text "Distant Land" is expanded into "a distant land".

For Pokémon transported from Generation I or II, Poké Transporter uses the game from which the Pokémon was transferred, as these games do not store the game of origin. This sets any Pokémon transferred from Red, Green, Blue, or Yellow to Kanto, and Gold, Silver, or Crystal to Johto, using the met information "Seems to have traveled across both space and time to reach you from the Kanto/Johto region in the good old days." This differs from the text used for Pokémon from Pokémon FireRed, LeafGreen, HeartGold, and SoulSilver only by the text "in the good old days." Pokémon transported from the Virtual Console games have the   origin mark.

If a Pokémon was met in a fateful encounter, this information is retained upon transfer. Mew and Celebi transferred from the Virtual Console games are also flagged as being met in a fateful encounter.

From Generation V

  • Several species of Pokémon have their Ability changed:
  • Female Azurill that would evolve into male Marill will be permanently locked into being female upon transportation.
  • Pokémon transferred from Generation V with more than 252 EVs in any stat will have the extra EVs removed.
  • Since the Shiny chance was doubled in Generation VI, some PIDs that were not Shiny in Generation V would become Shiny upon transfer. Specifically, if the Shiny value is between 8 and 15, the Pokémon would not be Shiny in Generation V, but would be Shiny if it had the same PID in Generation VI+. To prevent this, Poké Transporter checks for this case, and if the Shiny value is between 8 and 15, changes the PID's most significant bit (adds or subtracts 0x80000000, depending on whether the PID is above or below this value).[5]

From Generation I and II

  • A transferred Pokémon's 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.
  • Any Pokémon transferred from the Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II games have their Hidden Ability.
  • The method of assigning gender has varied:
    • In version 1.3, a Pokémon transferred from the Virtual Console games has a gender assigned based on its Attack IV, like in Generation II.
    • In version 1.2, the gender assigned was randomly assigned (regardless of the Pokémon's Attack IV).
  • The IVs of Pokémon transferred from the Virtual Console games are randomly generated, but three are guaranteed to be 31 (five if the Pokémon is Mew or Celebi). This also means that the type of Hidden Power may change compared to its type in the Generation II games.
  • Stat experience is completely erased, so the transferred Pokémon has 0 EVs.
  • The method to determine whether a Pokémon will be Shiny has varied:
    • In version 1.3, a transferred Pokémon will be Shiny if in Generation I its Speed, Defense, and Special IVs are all 10, and its Attack IV is 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 or 15. This is the method used to determine whether a Pokémon is Shiny in Generation II. If it does not meet these requirements, it will never be Shiny.
    • In version 1.2, the roles of the Defense and Attack stats were swapped.
  • 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.
  • As these games do not keep track of the language or game of origin, these are set to those of the game from which they were transported.
  • The Pokémon's country, location, and 3DS region are set to those of the Nintendo 3DS.
  • The Pokémon's Secret ID number is set to 00000.

Server issues

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,[6] the Nintendo eShop was temporarily inaccessible.[7][8] When the Nintendo eShop was accessible again on December 29, 2013,[9] 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).[citation needed] 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.[10][dead link]

On January 21, 2014, Pokémon Bank was re-released in Japan, South Korea, and other Asian territories.[11] The service was then launched in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand on February 4, 2014;[12] and in the Americas on February 5, 2014.

Version history

Version Release date Changes
1.1 December 25, 2013
January 21, 2014
February 4, 2014
February 5, 2014[13]
  • Initial release
1.2 January 24, 2017[14]
1.3 September 5, 2017[14]
  • Adjustments have been made to make for a more pleasant gaming experience.
1.4 November 19, 2017[14]
1.5 February 11, 2020[14]


Gallery

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Before Version 1.3,
    • If an unnicknamed Farfetch'd was transported from an English Generation I game, its name would turn into FARFETCH D and be treated as a nickname (since this is different from its species name). Unnicknamed Farfetch'd can be normally obtained in Pokémon Yellow.
    • If an unnicknamed Mr. Mime was transported from an English Generation I game, its name would turn into MR-MIME and be treated as a nickname. (Glitches are required to obtain an unnicknamed Mr. Mime in Generation I.)

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 寶可夢虛擬傳送 Pokémon Hēuiyíh Chyùhnsung
Mandarin 寶可夢虛擬傳送 / 宝可梦虚拟传送 Pokémon Xūnǐ Chuánsòng
  French Poké Transfert
  German PokéMover
  Italian Pokétrasferitore
  Korean 포켓무버 PokéMover
  Russian Поке-Транспортёр Poke-Transportyor*
  Spanish Poké Trasladador


References

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Gen I Time Capsule Gen II
Gen III Dual-slot modePal Park Gen IV
Gen IV Poké TransferRelocator Gen V
Gen V Poké TransporterBank Gen VI
Gen I (VC) SMUSUM
Gen II (VC)
Gen VI Bank
GO GO Park PE
Bank HOME Gen VIII
PE
GO GO TransporterHOME


Side series Pokémon games
Stadium series: Stadium (JPEN) • Stadium 2
Storage software: Box RSMy Pokémon RanchBank (Transporter) • HOME
Orre games: ColosseumXD
Other games: Battle RevolutionPokéwalkerDream WorldDream RadarGO
Pokémon game templates


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