Why Can’t Some Pokémon Be Transferred? (Why Some Pokémon Cannot Be Transferred?)

When Pokémon HOME first hit the market in 2020, saying I was excited is an understatement. Finally, I could transfer my Pokémon into a safe store even though it only offered a partial solution.

Some of my Pokémon couldn’t be deposited, and honestly, there are quite a number 😔. Through a lot of trial and error, I have discovered all the untransferable Pokémon, so if you want to know more, keep reading.

What Pokémon can’t be transferred?

Why Can’t Some of the Pokémon Be Transferred? 
What Pokémon can’t be transferred? Image source: Pokemon

Pokémon HOME is a cloud service with a running Pokedox 📦 which provides a central place for trainers to store their Pokémon.

It is handy as it can be linked to various Pokémon games and hold your Pokémon as you advance and catch more.

You can also withdraw them at your convenience, but not all Pokémon are eligible since they cannot be transferred.

Here are some of the various restricted ones:

Pokémon GO

Cannot transfer:


Any lucky, shadow, or purified Pokémon

Mega evolved Pokémon

Pokémon in gyms

Can transfer but will change form:

Rainy, snowy, or sunny Castform

Origin Giratina

Shock, chill, douse and burn Genesect

Sunshine Cherrim

Piroutte Meloetta

Pokémon Scarlet & Violet

Pokémon from the Kanto region – Ekans, Golbat, Vulpix, Cubone, Arbok, Venusaur, Pidgey, Oddish, Abra etc

Pokémon from the Hoenn region – Nuzleaf, Wurmple, Dustox, Seedot, Lotad, Treecko, Cascoon, Taillow etc

Pokémon from the Sinnoh region – Bedew, Shieldon, Grotle, Cherrim, Lopunny, Piplup, etc

Pokémon from the Johnte region – Kabuto, Lapras, Pinsir, Gloom, Onix, Marowak, etc

Pokémon from the Alola region – Litten, Dewpider, Minior, Litten, Wishiwashi, etc

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, and Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon not native to the game version

Can you transfer legendary Pokémon?

Via Tenor

Yes, you can transfer legendary Pokémon to and from your Pokémon HOME, but first, you must toggle on the option in your app settings.

Enabling this function will also allow you to transfer Mythical Pokémon, but know that some, like Mew and Celebi, are untransferable regardless.

With various Pokémon games, you can also mass transfer Legendary Pokémon if you so wish 👨‍👨‍👧‍👧.

This is how to do it:

  1. Launch your Pokémon app.
  2. Go to the settings tab.
  3. Scroll down the page and enable the ‘Expanded Group Transfer option’.
  4. Choose the Pokémon you want to transfer and open your Pokémon HOME app to claim them.

Can you transfer shiny Pokémon?

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It is possible to transfer Shiny Pokémon✨ and the best part is that they retain their attributes (such as coloration) during storage. The only exception to the rule are Shiny Event Pokémon.

Further, you cannot transfer multiple Shiny Pokémon that have reached Good Buddy status and above.

Even though you are capable of transferring Shiny Pokémon to your HOME, it is not advisable. In fact, the game will give a warning reminder when you attempt to do it: “Do you really want to transfer this Shiny Pokémon?”

This is because transferring a Shiny Pokémon, especially a Shiny Legend, can deplete all your energy.

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