Earlier today, The Pokémon Company unveiled a new trailer showing off new exclusive Pokémon, unique Z-Moves, and trainer customization options for Pokémon Sun and Moon. There was still a little more Pokémon news that they reserved for the official website, though, and it concerns Pokémon Bank. We’ve known for a while that Sun and Moon would be made compatible with the Pokémon storage service, but now we have a release window: January 2017, about two months after the games launch.
This update will also introduce Poké Transporter abilities to the Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, allowing you to bring your first generation creatures to Bank, where they can then be transferred into the latest installments of the series. Not every Pokémon can be sent to every game, however; the website states clearly that creatures from Sun and Moon cannot be taken back into earlier generations, and Gen I Pokémon can only be transferred into seventh generation titles. You also cannot send Pokémon back from the Bank to Red, Blue, or Yellow, even if they originated in those games.
Along with these newly supported titles, the update will also introduce another big feature to Bank: the service’s own National Pokédex. When you connect one of your Gen VI or VII Pokémon titles to Pokémon Bank, the service will now read your save data from that game and import your records into its Pokédex, letting you view all the data for those creatures in one place.
Will you be trying out these new features when the update comes in January? What do you think of the idea of a National Pokédex in Pokémon Bank? Let us know in the comments!