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Pokemon Bank

During today’s Pokemon Direct, it was announced that Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow on the 3DS Virtual Console are all compatible with Pokemon Bank. That means any Pokemon you catch in the classic games can eventually be transferred over to Sun and Moon.

Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter will both be experiencing a bit of maintenance on Tuesday. Here’s the rundown from Nintendo:

From Tuesday, June 23, 2015 6:00 PM
– Tuesday, June 23, 2015 7:00 PM Pacific Time
During the maintenance window, the following services may be unavailable.
Nintendo 3DS
– Online Play, Rankings, etc. for Poké Transporter
– Online Play, Rankings, etc. for Pokémon Bank


If you own Pokemon Bank, you can now download the fully evolved Johto starter Pokemon. During this distribution event you can get Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr with their Hidden Abilities of Leaf Guard, Flash Fire, and Sheer Force.

This latest distribution will run until November 30th and is available to all owners of the Pokemon Bank. The starter Pokemon can be sent to Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, or Alpha Sapphire games through their Pokemon Link feature.


Those who access Pokemon Bank starting on February 27 can receive Meganium, Typhlosion, and Feraligatr with their hidden abilities of Leaf Guard, Flash Fire and Sheer Force respectively. All three are being distributed through the Pokemon Link feature in Pokemon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire. There’s a limit of one of each per Pokemon Bank. Note that the promotion ends on November 30.

Here’s the official press announcement:

A new Pokemon Bank update is now available, and it takes up 210 blocks. Version 1.2 can be downloaded by accessing the 3DS eShop. The specifics of today’s update are unclear, but the patch is likely related to Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire.


Now that Pokemon Bank is out in the wild, Pokemon X/Y players can receive a free Celebi once they use the application. But how do you go about getting your free Pokemon?

Here’s a quick, handy guide:

1. Download Pokemon Bank from the eShop
2. Insert Pokemon X/Y game cartridge/keep downloaded version on your system
3. Purchase a free 30-day pass if you haven’t done so previously
4. Put one of your Pokemon into the bank
5. Boot up Pokemon X/Y and select “Pokemon Link” (receive your free miles or battle points)
6. Launch Pokemon Bank and receive Celebi
7. Boot up Pokemon X/Y once more and select “Pokemon Link” again, receive Celebi

That’s all! Pretty simple, no? Try Pokemon Bank before December and you can receive Celebi by following the steps above.

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

Pokemon Bank as well as Poke Transporter have launched across North America. 3DS owners can download the two apps at no extra cost, via the eShop. Pokemon Bank takes up 238 blocks of space on an SD card while Poke Transporter requires 218 blocks.

Pokemon Bank (and Poke Transporter) finally launched in Europe today. North America still doesn’t have access to the application, but it sounds like the wait won’t be too much longer.

The official Pokemon Twitter account sent out a message a short while ago confirming that players in the states “will be able to introduce their Pokémon to the Kalos region soon”.

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