‘Pokemon Sun And Moon’: How To Transfer Ash Greninja, Old Pokemon To The New Games

With Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon having been released, players are looking to gear up for a new adventure with new virtual monsters.

If you’re a fan of the Pokemon game series, chances are you’ve got old Pokemon that you may like to transfer to the newer games. New regions have opened up, new Pokemon are ready to be fought and tamed, and the competition will be fierce with so much new information to take in. There’s even a special Pokemon that can be obtained when playing through the Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon demo: Ash’s Greninja.

The demo allows players to utilize Ash-Greninja as a more powerful form of the normal Greninja. As such, it’s easier to battle other Pokemon in the demo. According to a report by US Gamer, you can transfer the Ash-Greninja over to the full Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon games. Once you’ve finished Professor Kukui’s instructions and taken out the competition, Ash-Greninja will remain in your possession. Simply speak to Professor Kukui in the demo, and he’ll inquire as to what you’d like to do with the Pokemon and items you’ve obtained on your adventure. From there, you can request that these contents be moved into the full game.


Be warned, however, as Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon Ash-Greninja and item will prioritize the physical game if you happen to have a version downloaded onto your Nintendo 3DS. Once you’ve moved Ash-Greninja into your respective Pokemon game, you’ll find an NPC at the Pokecenter who you won’t normally see. Speak to them, and you’ll discover that the NPC is a messenger. Ash-Greninja will be placed into your party upon confirmation, so you’ll want to be sure that you have a spare slot in your party.

As with any powerful Pokemon, you’ll need to ensure that you’ve completed the level-appropriate challenges in order for them to listen to you. Ash-Greninja will also have different natures when transferred over, so there’s a chance you’ll get a nature better or worse than what you had before.

Alongside this, there’s a way to transfer your Pokemon from old games into the newer Sun and Moon versions. In a report by IGN, there are multiple ways to transfer Pokemon from previous installments. This adds quite a bit of replay value to the Pokemon games, as team builds will be both new and familiar. There are a couple of ways to transfer Pokemon: The Pokemon Bank application, a service that costs an annual $4.99, and the Poke Transporter. The Pokemon Bank application allows players to move Pokemon from physical copies of Pokemon X, Pokemon Y, Pokemon Omega Ruby, Pokemon Alpha Sapphire, Pokemon Sun, and Pokemon Moon.


The Poke Transporter, included with the Pokemon Bank application, allows trainers to transfer Pokemon from older titles such as Pokemon Black, Pokemon White, Pokemon Black 2, Pokemon White 2, and the 3DS Virtual Console titles Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow.

Unfortunately, there are a few downsides. As with other titles, the transfer of Pokemon is only one way. This means that once your Pokemon from older titles are transferred to the new, there’s no going back. Additionally, support for Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon aren’t currently available. There’s an update that’s expected to arrive in January 2017, so players can look forward to being able to utilize these services around that time.

The Bank and Transporter apps will require an internet connection, so you’ll want to be sure that a stable connection is handy. Moving the Pokemon from older generation titles like Black or White will require that the Pokemon you desire to transfer be in the first PC Storage Box. Once this is done, the Transporter App can be opened up and used to move your virtual monsters into the Pokemon Bank transfer box. Afterward, open the Pokemon Bank app and move those Pokemon to other boxes. If they’re holding items, it’ll be removed and pushed back into your bag’s inventory. If there’s no space, the item will be lost.

There’s a seemingly endless amount of Pokemon builds that trainers are capable of. With the update expected to drop in January, players can look forward to getting even more out of the new Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon games.

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