Pokémon players rejoice, as you can now start completing your national Pokédex after utilising Pokémon Bank to transfer your existing Pokémon from X/Y/Ruby/Sapphire/Red/Blue/Yellow to Sun & Moon. Pokémon Bank was unable to be used for Sun & Moon up until now, owing to the fact that the game creators wanted players to experience the game properly and not just sweep the entire game with overpowered previously owned Pokémon.
If trainers send their Pokémon from the virtual console copies of Red, Blue and Yellow – previously hidden Pokémon parameters such as natures, abilities, special attack and special defence will be revealed. The parameters of these transferred Pokémon will likely have some great individual strength, so it’ll be worth the effort. Two additional features have also been added to Pokémon Bank in the recent update; Pokédex entries and Adventure records. For me, Pokédex entries are one of my favourite parts of any Pokémon game, as you always get to learn a little more about the Pokémon you’ve captured. Pokédex entries are therefore a very welcome addition to the service with all past Pokédex entries (from every game) now included for every Pokémon, so you’ll be granted a nice big block of information for the Pokémon you have caught. Adventure records, the other new feature, will grant gamers records of their past gaming exploits. Figures and stats such as the number of Pokémon captured or encountered will now be accessible from the data of your saved games and registered to Pokémon Bank.
Players who deposit their existing Pokémon into the bank will also receive PokéMiles relative to the number of Pokémon they deposit and how long they sit within the bank. PokéMiles can then be received as Battle points, which can be exchanged in Sun & Moon for various rare and valuable items. So for those trainers who have a substantial number of Pokémon in their bank, this will become a veritable gold mine of PokéMiles to make use of. Lastly, those who access Pokémon Bank in-between 25 Jan 2017 – 2 October 2017 will be able to acquire a rare Z-Crystal for the legendary Pokémon Mew. The crystal, Mewnium Z, is unobtainable through regular gameplay. Once Mew has been equipped with Mewnium Z and knows the move Psychic it will be able to use Genesis Supernova, which sounds super-badass!
Pokémon Bank is a subscription service which has an annual membership fee. For more information, including ways to claim the Mewnium Z, please visit Pokemonbank.com/en-gb . Pokémon Bank is compatible with the following Pokémon games: Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black 2 Version, Pokémon White 2 Version, Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Moon and the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console versions of Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue and Pokémon Yellow.