After having transferred a Mew and a Mewtwo to Pokémon Home from Pokemon Go, I tried then transferring them to my Sword boxes:

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But I got the error message:

The selected Pokémon brought over from Pokémon GO has not been obtained in this save file.

The Pokémon cannot be withdrawn.

It clearly isn't all Pokémon that are locked to first being obtained in a certain save file. Mewtwo can be found in the Dynamax Adventures, so okay sure whatever. But Mew isn't obtainable unless you buy a Pokéball Plus. Obviously, I could also do a quick touch-back trade with someone who has a Mew and quickly unlock my own for game use, but what is this point to these locks?

Which Pokémon are locked for the whole GO ---> Home ---> SWSH process? Is there a good reason for it?

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The website for Pokemon Home has an info page on How to receive Pokemon with this brief answer:

Conditions for withdrawing Pokémon

In order to bring certain Pokémon caught in Pokémon GO and transferred to Pokémon HOME into the Pokémon Sword or Pokémon Shield game, you must either have registered that Pokémon’s species to your Pokédex or have obtained a Pokémon of that species at any point in that game. A list of applicable Pokémon can be found by going to the Help menu in the mobile device version of Pokémon HOME and selecting Other.

Incorporating Dave's comment, that list contains basically all the legendary and mythical pokemon.

  • I just saw this comment on reddit: i recently transfered my mew from pokemon go to pokemon home to put it in my shield game but when i go to put it in shield it saids "the selected pokemon brought over from pokemon go has not been obtained in this save file so i asked my friend to trade me his mew that hers had for some time just so its registered and its still saying the same thing is anyopne else having this problem ???? Can a mew be transferred in if it is in your party then?
    – Mou某
    Commented Nov 13, 2020 at 13:01
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    Okay I figured it out: Mew has to be in your party/boxes for you to transfer it out of Home. Mew has no Dex entry so this is the only way to keep it "registered," for you to be able to take it out.
    – Mou某
    Commented Nov 13, 2020 at 14:45
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    This doesn't answer the question, which is "which Pokemon are locked?" Obviously OP knows some are locked, this is only repeating the info in the error message.
    – Kat
    Commented Nov 13, 2020 at 21:48
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    This also doesn't apply to non-legendaries, despite the Nintendo message. I have transferred multiple Pokemon like Dratini and Beldum into Sw/Sh despite having never encountered them in Sw/Sh
    – BGamer
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 1:42
  • Can't answer this Question as a new user to this StackExchange, but in Pokémon Home Mobile, if you Click Menu > Help > Other > Pokémon Transferred from Pokémon Go, you'll get the full list of 40 Pokémon that have this specific restriction - Have to be be registered/obtained in Pokemon Sword/Shield - In place. Info from support.pokemon.com/hc/en-us/articles/…
    – Dave
    Commented Jan 11, 2021 at 3:34

Which Pokémon are locked for the whole GO ---> Home ---> SWSH process?

Hard Locked

At the time of writing, the Pokémon that are hard-locked are Darkrai and all forms of Deoxys. You can transfer Darkrai and Deoxys into Pokémon Home from Pokémon Go, but they cannot be transferred into Pokémon Sword or Shield because they were not supported in the Crowned Tundra release.

Other Mythical Pokémon were not supported in the Crowned Tundra as well (such as Manaphy, Shaymin, and Arceus for example). While they are not currently obtainable in Pokémon Go, they will likely be hard-locked as well due to lack of support.

Soft Locked

Based on my experience (and this guide which lists Pokémon excluded from the Crownded Tundra Pokédex), the Pokémon that are soft-locked are any Legendary and Mythical Pokémon that are supported in the Crowned Tundra.

For Legendaries, you can get around this lock by either catching the Pokémon in your game, or by using the GTS to obtain one that was caught outside of Pokémon Go.

Mythical Lock

The current Mythical Pokémon that exist in Pokémon Go that are supported in The Crowned Tundra are Victini, Genesect, Mew, Celebi, and Jirachi. For more information in this category, see the answer to the next question.

No Lock

Any Pokémon that exists in the Pokédex, as well as the Hoenn starters (Torchic, Mudkip, Treeko, and their evolutionary lines) appear to be transferrable without a pre-existing entry in your game.

The Hoenn starters do not have entries within the Pokédex, but I was able to transfer a Torchic into Pokémon Home from Pokémon Go, and was able to move into Sword without issues.


Serebii contains a list of Pokémon that cannot be transferred into Pokémon Home. Some are completely restricted and some will change forms


  • Spinda
  • Armored Mewtwo
  • Any costumed Pokémon from various events
  • Clone Venasuar, Charizard, Blastoise, and Pikachu
  • Pokémon that are Mega Evolved. You can transfer them when they revert back to their standard form.
  • Shadow Pokemon


  • Sun, Rain, and Snow Castform will be converted standard Castform
  • Origin form Giratina will be converted into Altered form
  • Sunshine form Cherrim will be converted into Overcast form
  • Purified and Lucky Pokemon are transferable, but they will loose the purified and lucky status
  • Genesect with a Drive with be converted to Driveless form

Is there a good reason for it?

(shrug) There isn't much to say here aside from speculation.

The only reason I can think of for this is exclusiveness and rarity. For the most part, Pokémon has been very big on the exclusiveness of Mythical Pokémon and making them fairly difficulty to obtain due to timed events. The same goes for Legendary Pokémon and only being able to catch one of them in your game.

Since Pokémon Go has made it easy to obtain a large amount of Legendary and some Mythical Pokémon (Darkrai, Dexoys, and Genesect for example could be caught through raids), they likely wanted to keep the exclusiveness there and make it impossible to use the Mythical Pokémon without previously owning one.

Obviously, I could also do a quick touch-back trade with someone who has a Mew and quickly unlock my own for game use

Trading with another trainer is not a guaranteed method to obtain Mythical Pokémon. Certain Pokémon cannot be traded in a linked trade or surprise trade.

In my experience, I have two friends who have Marshadows obtained through events. One friend was able to trade the Marshadow, but the other was not. A few users from this Reddit thread were able to trade Shiny Necrozma, but not shiny Solgaleo or shiny Lunala. Another trainer was blocked attempting to trade a Mew, but another was able to trade an event Mewtwo.

Based on my research, the eligibility to trade Mythical or Legendary Pokémon is determined on whether it has a special ribbon. As stated on bulbapedia, Pokémon with a special ribbon are blocked from trading. So in order to obtain a Mythical Pokémon in Sword or Shield through trading, you will need locate one that does not have any of these ribbons.

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    I think the 'no lock' category works for all non-legendaries. I trasnferred Dratini, Beldum, Electrike, and some baby Pokemon into Sw/Sh without a pre-existing entry.
    – BGamer
    Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 1:43
  • @MBorg Yes, you are correct. I specifically mentioned the Heonn starters because they don’t have a Dex entry in the Crowed Tundra, just like the legendaries :) I’ll update my answer Commented Nov 15, 2020 at 1:45

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