Pokébank Update


Qinru Zhang
Sports Editor

Since the release of Pokémon Sun and Moon, players have been asking for an updated Pokébank. After months of waiting, this wish was granted on January 24th.

Pokébank is, according to the official site, “an application and service that will allow you to deposit, store, and manage your Pokémon in private Boxes on the Internet.” It allows players to deposit, withdraw and transfer Pokémon from many titles of the core series, including Pokémon Sun and Moon, Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Black and White and the original trilogy, Pokémon Blue/Red/Yellow. The subscription fee is 4.99 USD/year.

The bank allows storage for up to 3000 Pokémon. In addition, every member receives a Mewnium Z, usable in Pokémon Sun and Moon, but only for the legendary Pokémon Mew. The new update also involves some code related to Pokémon GO, implying that a future update that includes GO is foreseeable.

Games preceeding Black 2 and White 2, only have the capacity to transfer Pokémon without the option to withdraw. Newer games starting from X and Y can both withdraw from and deposit into the bank.

Other features were also added for this update, which is now double the size of the previous Pokébank. The National Dex will also be introduced in Sun and Moon, as many of the previously uncatchable Pokémon can now be transferred to the title and thus collected.

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