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Pokemon Bank

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”.

The note in full:


After a month-long delay, Nintendo’s Pokémon Bank app is finally available on the European and Australian 3DS eShop. For the low price of absolutely nothing (plus a subscription fee), those in PAL regions can now transfer their beloved Rattatas from the fifth generation Pokémon titles to Pokémon X/Y.

Will the popularity of the application cause the eShop to crash yet again? Will Pokémon Bank also make it to the American eShop this week? Will my internet connection ever be stable enough to actually download the bloody thing? Stay tuned to Nintendo Everything for more details.

Now that Pokemon Bank has relaunched in Japan, fans are anticipating the app’s launch in overseas countries. Nintendo of Europe – similar to Nintendo of America – doesn’t have a specific release date to announce, but did share another update on Twitter a short while ago.

Nintendo once again apologized for Pokemon Bank’s delay as well as the time it took to provide the latest news about its availability. With Pokemon Bank and Poke Transporter’s relaunch in Asian territories, Nintendo says it will “be closely monitoring player’s experiences as we prepare for the European release.”

The tweets in full:


Update: Bumped to the top of the page. We have the following tweets from Nintendo of America’s Twitter account:



Pokemon Bank has finally returned to the Japanese 3DS eShop. Earlier this month, the app was pulled following extensive downtime affecting Nintendo’s online services. Perhaps this is a sign that we’ll be seeing Pokemon Bank in the west soon as well?