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What do I get if I get Poke-Bank (besides the ability to transfer Pokemon up from older games), and, are there any alternatives?

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    As you already know, the Pokébank is the only way to get Pokémon from Gen 3-5 (RSE, DPPt, BW/2) to Gen 6 (XY). It is also the only way to trade Pokémon from Gen 6 with only 1 handheld. – Nolonar Mar 17 '15 at 21:23
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There's usually some kind of promotional event going on that gives you a free Pokémon. Back when it was released, it was a free Celebi.

Right now, there seems to be a promotional event running for three free Pokémon by using Pokébank, namely:

They all have a Hidden Ability. It looks like it will be running from Feb 27 to Nov 30 2015, so you have plenty of time to get them. While there's no confirmation, I daresay there will be another promotional Pokémon after that. So far, like Event Pokémon in the games, you don't have to be a "new" player to get these. If you've been playing since the start, you'll have access to all of them.

Other than that, and the ability to transfer Pokémon through the internet, there's the added benefit of having a 3000-space Pokémon storage, should you ever have that many Pokémon.

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    A complete living Pokedex with all different versions/Formes and including shinies takes 1785 slots at the present time and will be increased to 1786 once Hoopa releases. Including hacked shinies of events and legendaries not currently available as shinies, the total is 1798, with 2 open spots for Volcanion and its shiny, so exactly 60 of the 100 boxes would be taken by such a project alone, leaving 1200 storage space. For people who do run such a project, this is a major reason for Bank. – scenia Mar 18 '15 at 7:54

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