Pokemon: Free Starters Available for Pokemon Legends, Shining Diamond/Shining Pearl

Pokemon Home a added support for more Pokemon games with its new 2.0 update, and you will earn a special bonus for connecting these titles to the service. Transfer a Pokemon from Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl or Pokemon Legends: Arceus to Pokemon Home and you’ll receive starter Pokemon from the Sinnoh and Hisui regions for free.

Here’s how to claim your free Pokémon.

How to Get Free Sinnoh Starters


You can get Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup for free for depositing a Pokemon from Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl.

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Anyone who deposits a Pokémon from the Brilliant Diamond or Brilliant Pearl games in Pokemon Home will get Sinnoh’s three starter Pokemon: Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup. What makes these particular monsters special is that they all have their hidden abilities, which are normally hard to find.

To get the free starters, first launch Pokemon Home on Nintendo Switch, then log into Pokemon Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl when prompted. Move any Pokemon from your game to Pokemon Home, then save and exit the service. After that, open Pokemon Home on your mobile device and you will be greeted with a notification that Free Pokemon are available in your Mystery Gift Box.

How to Get Free Hisui Starters


Deposit a Pokemon from Pokemon Legends: Arceus and you’ll get a free Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott.

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Players who drop a monster from Pokemon Legends: Arceus into Pokemon Home will receive that game’s three starter Pokemon: Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott. These three monsters also have a special characteristic. Each Pokemon has max stress levels, making them stronger than any you can catch in the wild.

The process to receive free Hisui starters is the same as above. Open Pokemon Home on Nintendo Switch, then log into Pokemon Legends: Arceus. After transferring a Pokemon from the game to the service, launch the mobile version of Pokemon Home and you’ll see a message that the Pokemon are available in your Mystery Gift Box.

The free starters are being given away to celebrate the release of Pokemon Home’s 2.0 update, which added the ability to transfer and store Pokemon from Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl and Pokemon Legends: Arceus. You can read additional details about the update on the official website pokemon website.

Pokemon Home is available on Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. The service offers both free and paid plans, the latter costing $16 per year and offering extensive functionality. You can read more about the service in our Pokemon Home Explained.