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Pokémon Box Link
Pokémon Box
Pokémon BoxPokémon Box Link
Pokémon Box Link
The Pokémon Box menu in Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Introduced in Generation VII
Generation VIII Bag Key items pocket icon.png Key items

The Pokémon Box Link (Japanese: ポケモンボックス Pokémon Box), introduced in Pokémon GO as Pokémon Box, is a Pokémon storage system in Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! and Pokémon GO, and an extenstion of the Pokémon Storage System in Pokémon Sword and Shield. It can also be accessed by the player at any time, without the need to be at a PC.


In the core series


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In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

The Pokémon Box is a single continuous list of Pokémon, with newly caught Pokémon placed at the bottom of the Pokémon Box. It can hold up to 1,000 Pokémon. A player can choose to mark a Pokémon as a "favorite" with the Favorite icon PE.png icon. However, depositing a Pokémon into the Pokémon Box will not restore its HP, status, or PP.


The player can manually arrange the order in which Pokémon appear in the Pokémon Box, but there cannot be any gaps between Pokémon.

The Pokémon Box can be sorted, with several different possible sort methods provided. If the player sorts their Pokémon Box, any manual ordering of Pokémon within the Pokémon Box will be permanently lost. If the method by which the player has most recently sorted their Pokémon Box is by level or CP, every Pokémon's level or CP (respectively) will be displayed over its menu sprite in the Pokémon Box.

The following sort options are available:

  • Sort by order caught
  • Sort by Pokédex number
  • Sort by level (high to low)
  • Sort by level (low to high)
  • Sort by CP (high to low)
  • Sort by CP (low to high)
  • Sort with favorites on top
  • Sort by species name

Sorting with favorites on top sorts all favorites and all non-favorites by Pokédex number, but favorites are placed at the top of the Pokémon Box.


The player can search their Pokémon Box for Pokémon with specific attributes. The player can build a query using any number of these attributes, which causes the query to return results based on the intersection of all filled fields. Each field (except Markings) can only have one entry. The fields are as follows:

Attribute Notes
Name The player can select a species name of a Pokémon that is registered as owned in their Pokédex.
Type 1 The player can select any of the 18 types. The results returned are not affected by whether a type is a Pokémon's primary or secondary type.
Type 2
Known move The player can select any move that exists in the game, except Celebrate and moves that debuted in Pokémon: Let's Go.
Compatible TM The player can select any move taught by a TM in their possession.
Nature The player can select any nature
Gender The player can select ♂, ♀, or Unknown.
Markings The player can select whether the Pokémon is a favorite or not and any number of markings (each in either blue or red).

In Pokémon Sword and Shield

The Pokémon Box Link allows the player to access their Boxes at any time, with the exception of during their Gym Challenges. Because of this addition, depositing Pokémon into the Boxes no longer restores their HP, status, or PP. Instead, all Pokémon under the player's ownership, regardless of wether or not they are in the party, will be restored when checking with the Pokémon Center Nurse.


Games Description
PE Not applicable
SwSh A device that allows you to access the Pokémon storage system. There are some places where it won’t work.


Games Method
PE Pallet Town (in the player's Bag at the start of the game)
SwSh Meetup Spot (from Sonia, at the fence near the entrance to Rolling Fields)

In spin-off games

Pokémon GO

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Reason: History of maximum upgradeable capacity.
The storage system in Pokémon GO

In Pokémon GO, the player has a Pokémon Box that can initially hold 250 Pokémon, including up to 9 Eggs. Pokémon Storage Upgrades can be purchased in the Shop for PokéCoin.png200, which expand the capacity by 50 Pokémon. Since July 29, 2019, the maximum upgradeable capacity is 2,500 Pokémon.

The Pokémon Box screen allows the player to sort Pokémon, in ascending or descending order, by the following criteria:

  • Most recently acquired
  • Designated favorites
  • Pokédex number
  • Proportion of remaining HP
  • Name
  • Combat Power (CP).

In the case of a tie on the sorting criteria (such as multiple favorite Pokémon or Pokémon with full HP), the tied Pokémon are sorted by Combat Power in descending order.

The player can also hold a press on a Pokémon to activate a transfer mode where they can mark multiple Pokémon to be sent to Professor Willow. This feature was added in version 0.49.1 (labeled 1.19.1 in the iOS App Store), which was released on December 8, 2016

Search queries

The Pokémon storage screen also allows the player to search Pokémon by name or species; the search results will return any Pokémon whose species name or nickname begins with the searched string. Starting in version 0.67.1 (labeled 1.37.1 in the iOS App Store), released on June 20, 2017, the search bar also supports key terms that are not searched as literal strings.[1]

All of the following searches are case insensitive.

Search terms
  • [string] — Pokémon whose species name or nickname begins with the text
    • +[string] — the above and any Pokémon in the same evolutionary family (e.g. +Meowth returns all instances of Meowth and Persian)
    • The search term will only be interpreted as a literal string if it does not match any key term. For example, searching evolve will not return a Ditto nicknamed "Evolve", due to the term being interpreted as a key term instead of a literal string.
  • Numeric
    • [number] — Pokémon whose Pokédex number matches the searched number (e.g. 3 returns all Venusaur)
    • [number]-[number] — Pokémon whose Pokédex number falls between the two searched numbers, inclusively (e.g. 1-151 returns all Kanto Pokémon)
    • [number]- — Pokémon whose Pokédex index is at least the searched number (e.g. 151- returns all Pokémon starting from Mew)
    • -[number] — Pokémon whose Pokédex index is at most the searched number (e.g. -9 returns all Pokémon up to Blastoise)
    • Prepending cp or hp to a number instead searches for Pokémon based on CP or maximum HP (respectively) instead of Pokédex index (e.g. cp1000- returns all Pokémon with a CP of at least 1000)
    • Prepending distance to a number instead searches for Pokémon based on distance (in km) from where it was obtained to the player's current location (e.g. distance100- returns all Pokémon obtained at least 100 km away from the player's current location)
  • [type] — Pokémon of that type
  • All move set searches begin with @
    • @[move] — Pokémon with the searched move
    • @[type] — Pokémon with a move of the searched type (note: @psychic returns all Psychic-type moves, not merely Pokémon that know the move Psychic)
    • @weather — Pokémon with a move that is currently weather-boosted
    • @special — Pokémon with a move outside their standard move pool (i.e. all moves that cannot be relearned using a TM, including event-exclusive moves, legacy moves, Frustration, Return, and moves copied by Smeargle)
    • @1 followed by [type], [move], weather, or special — Pokémon whose Fast Attack that fits the criteria (e.g. @1bug returns all Pokémon with a Bug-type Fast Attack)
    • @2 followed by [type], [move], weather, or special — Pokémon whose first Charged Attack fits the criteria
    • @3 followed by [type], [move], weather, or special — Pokémon whose second Charged Attack fits the criteria
  • evolve — Pokémon which are currently able to evolve (i.e. the player has the appropriate Candy and any required item, and currently meets any other requirements)
  • item — Pokémon which require an item to evolve, for which the player has the necessary Candy and item to perform
  • defender — Pokémon currently defending a Gym
  • traded — Pokémon received from a trade
  • shinyShiny Pokémon
  • luckyLucky Pokémon
  • legendaryLegendary Pokémon
  • mythicalMythical Pokémon
  • Region
    • kanto — Pokémon first discovered in the Kanto region, including Alolan Forms (equivalent to 1-151)
    • johto — Pokémon first discovered in the Johto region (equivalent to 152-251)
    • hoenn — Pokémon first discovered in the Hoenn region (equivalent to 252-386)
    • sinnoh — Pokémon first discovered in the Sinnoh region (equivalent to 387-493)
    • unova — Pokémon first discovered in the Unova region (equivalent to 494-649)
    • alola or alolanAlolan Form Pokémon
    • galar or galarianGalarian Form Pokémon
  • hatched — Pokémon that were hatched from an Egg
  • eggsonlyBaby Pokémon
  • costume — Special Event Pokémon, such as Pikachu wearing a hat and sunglasses Squirtle (but not armored Mewtwo or Halloween costume Pokémon)
  • Gender
    • male — male Pokémon
    • female — female Pokémon
    • genderunknown — gender unknown Pokémon
  • IV appraisal
    • 0* — Pokémon whose IV total is between 0 and 22 (i.e. display 0 stars on the appraisal pop-up)
    • 1* — Pokémon whose IV total is between 23 and 29 (i.e. display 1 star on the appraisal pop-up)
    • 2* — Pokémon whose IV total is between 30 and 36 (i.e. display 2 stars on the appraisal pop-up)
    • 3* — Pokémon whose IV total is between 37 and 44 (i.e. display 3 stars on the appraisal pop-up with an orange background)
    • 4* — Pokémon whose IV total is 45 (i.e. display 3 stars on the appraisal pop-up with a red background)
  • shadowShadow Pokémon
  • purified — Purified Pokémon
  • ,, :, ; — union of conditions (e.g. fire,evolve returns all Pokémon that are Fire-type or can evolve)
  • &, | — intersection of conditions (e.g. shiny&swinub returns all Shiny Swinub)
  • ! — complement of the condition (e.g. !water returns all Pokémon that are not Water-type)

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 寶可夢盒 Bǎokěmèng Hé
Mandarin 寶可夢盒 / 宝可梦盒 Bǎokěmèng Hé
France Flag.png French Boîte Pokémon
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon-Box
Italy Flag.png Italian Box Pokémon
South Korea Flag.png Korean 포켓몬 박스 Pokémon Box
Spain Flag.png Spanish Caja de Pokémon

See also


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