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Published on February 5th, 2014 | by Ithika

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Pokémon Bank is live in Australia, New Zealand and Europe

We may have missed out on free Zelda, but at least we get Pokémon Bank to try out before North America does.  We know it’s not a competition,  but we’re just saying.

For the unaware, Pokémon Bank is a subscription-based service for Pokémon X and Y, costing AU$6.50 and NZ$8.50.  The service allows players to store their Pokémon in Boxes over the internet, with the intention of streamlining the process of storing your Pokés.  Using the bank, you can store a total of three thousand Pokémon over 100 Boxes.

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So many options..

 

What happens to your Pokémon if you stop paying the subscription?  According to the official site, you will have a limited time to withdraw your Pokémon from the bank, after which time they will be lost.

If you install Pokémon Bank on your 3DS (or 2DS) before the 14th of March, you can enjoy a 30 day free trial.  More exciting still, if you use this trial (or pay for the service) between now and the 30th of September, 2014, you get your very own Celebii, the super-rare mythical Pokémon from the Johto region.  I’ve personally wanted a Celebii since I was about 13, so I’m pretty excited to use this service, if only to get my hands on this cute little guy.

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One small step for Nintendo, one giant leap towards Pokedex domination!

Downloadable from within Pokémon Bank is the app Poké Transporter, which allows you to store Pokémon from Black, White, Black 2 or White 2 in the Pokémon Bank – effectively giving you access to your Pokémon from previous generations. (All of them, if you have enough consoles!)  As it has always been, sending your Pokémon from a previous generation forward into a more recent one is a one-way trip.

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Soon.

Pokemon Bank is described as an entirely optional service – while it allows you to store far more Pokémon than is possible in the original X and Y games, it doesn’t unlock any secret content.  That said, transferring legendary Pokémon from Black, White, Black 2 and White 2 apparently unlocks special events.  You can also earn Poké Miles and Battle Points by using the Pokémon Bank, as well as the aforementioned Celebii.

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Ithika

Ithika is full of enthusiasm about, frankly, a lot of things. She started gaming at the tender age of 6 on a secondhand Atari Lynx, and it was pretty much all over from there. A Nintendo girl at heart but a Playstation girl in reality, Ithika has a strong preference for adventure and swashbuckling over just about anything else. Amazingly, she managed to stay focused for long enough to finish two degrees, and now she's (almost) an architect. Don't mess with her - she keeps a Charizard in her pocket.



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