Pokémon Sword and Shield can connect with [[Pokémon HOME]]. This allows it to store and receive Pokémon from Pokémon HOME, including Pokémon from previous [[generation]]s that were transferred into Pokémon HOME
. However, only Pokémon in the [[List of Pokémon by Galar Pokédex number|Galar regional Pokédex and the listed "foreign" species]] can be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Shield. The list of compatible foreign species is expected to expand in conjunction with the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass releases.
Additionally, several [[ move]]s from past core releases cannot be used or learned in Sword and Shield. If a Pokémon knowing any of these moves is migrated into Sword or Shield , it will not be able to use these moves in battle; the moves' description will also recommend that these moves be forgotten.
: ''For a full list of unavailable moves, see [[list of moves by availability (Generation VIII)]].''