Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter allow you to safely store and manage up to 3,000 of your Pokémon in the cloud, away from your physical game. (Learn more about it here.) Using these two applications is fairly straightforward—but there are some things you should know.
The Green Arrow
The arrow cursor is red when you launch Pokémon Bank. But you can change the color and function of the arrow—and knowing what the different colors do will save you lots of time!
Press START to change the color of the cursor.
Red cursor: This is the default color, used to select Pokémon. When you select a Pokémon with this cursor, a menu of options and actions you can take appears, such as moving the Pokémon or viewing its summary.
Blue cursor: Use this color to swap the position of individual Pokémon. When you select a Pokémon with this cursor, you do not have to make any further selections to move your Pokémon. Just move the cursor and your Pokémon is pulled along for the ride.
Green cursor: This is the secret weapon cursor in Pokémon Bank, serving the same function as it does in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Switch to the green cursor, press A to start drawing a box, and use the Control Pad on your Nintendo 3DS system to move the green cursor to enclose two or more Pokémon within that box.
Press A again to complete your box, and all the Pokémon will be selected and ready to move to an empty area in that Box or another Box. This will save you lots of time—you never have to move Pokémon individually between Boxes!
Note: You can also use the L Button and R Button to switch between Boxes.
Held items such as battle items and Berries may not be saved in Pokémon Bank. If your Pokémon is holding an item—any item—and enters Pokémon Bank, the item is left behind. It isn’t lost forever, but it is automatically placed back in your Bag in the game the Pokémon comes from. If your Bag is already full, the item is deleted.
In other words, you cannot transfer items between games using Pokémon Bank. However, you can continue to trade individual Pokémon that are holding items, without using Pokémon Bank.
Pokémon from Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version 2, and Pokémon Black Version 2 can be put into Pokémon Bank using Poké Transporter—but it’s a one-way street. Pokémon can leave, but they can never return to those older games.
Instead, you can take the Pokémon you’ve caught in those games and play with them in Pokémon X and Pokémon Y. Once Pokémon are stored in Pokémon Bank, you may transfer them between Pokémon Bank, and different copies of Pokémon X and Pokémon Y as much as you want.
Black and White to Bank
Transferring Pokémon from Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version 2, and Pokémon Black Version 2 to Pokémon Bank may seem a bit tricky at first, so here’s a brief how-to. First you must download Pokémon Bank from the Nintendo eShop, and you then download Poké Transporter from within Pokémon Bank.
1. Launch your copy of Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version 2, or Pokémon Black Version 2. Go to a Pokémon Center and use the PC to put the Pokémon you wish to transfer to Pokémon Bank into the first Box (Box 1). Only Pokémon in the first box can be transferred. Rename the Box to distinguish it from others, like Bank Box, then save and quit your game.
2. Launch Poké Transporter and follow the prompts to transfer your Pokémon. After your changes are saved, quit Poké Transporter.
3. Insert your Pokémon X or Pokémon Y game card.
4. Launch Pokémon Bank.
5. Transfer the Pokémon you put in the Transporter Box from Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version 2, and Pokémon Black Version 2 using Poké Transporter into the various Boxes of your choice in Pokémon Bank.
Repeat these steps for however many Pokémon you would like to transfer. Note that this may require launching Pokémon White Version, Pokémon Black Version, Pokémon White Version 2, and Pokémon Black Version 2 multiple times to move Pokémon into the first Box to make them available for transferring through Poké Transporter—at least if you have a lot of Pokémon you would like to save in Pokémon Bank.
You may be tempted to move most of your Pokémon from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y into Pokémon Bank to have one central place where you can manage all your Pokémon at once. Before you do, though, remember that this will affect your chances of winning the lottery in Lumiose City! The fewer Pokémon you have in your game, the less of a chance you have of matching the day’s numbers.
Don’t worry about losing your Internet connection while using Pokémon Bank. If the connection drops, the Pokémon won’t be deleted, though they may not transfer to the Boxes you intended. You may have to repeat some steps, but all your Pokémon will still be there.
Likewise, Pokémon Bank and Poké Transporter do not support the Sleep function of the Nintendo 3DS. Do your transferring before setting your Nintendo 3DS System to sleep!