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Published on February 4th, 2014 | by Firestorm

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Pokémon Bank Rolling Out to Europe and Australia (Update: and North America)

Update: Pokémon Bank is out in North America now!

After weeks of waiting, Pokémon Bank is finally seeing distribution outside Japan. Players in Europe and Australia are able to download Pokémon Bank now from the eShop. Those in North America will need to wait though we don’t expect it to be much longer. The free trial period has been update and will be 30 days as long as you download before March 14th, 2014. Additionally, if you use the service before September 14th, 2014 you’ll receive a Celebi! The level 10 Celebi will know Safeguard, Recover, Heal Bell, and Hold Back with a random nature that you cannot reset for.

If you’re in the regions with Pokémon Bank, just fire up your 3DS camera and use the QR code below to instantly get to its eShop page and then download Poké Transporter from within the downloaded app:

qr_code_pokebank

Not in one of those regions? Prep for its release by sorting out your boxes! Remember that only Box 1 in 5th generation Pokémon games can be transferred to Pokémon Bank and none of your Pokémon can be holding any items! Here’s hoping there aren’t any server issues and everyone gets access to the service asap.

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46 Responses to Pokémon Bank Rolling Out to Europe and Australia (Update: and North America)

  1. Firestorm says:

  2. zakzedd says:

    ALL ABORD THE HYPE TRAIN

  3. Terrakhaos says:

    My life is complete

  4. Safro Amurai says:

    It’s just kinda weird that Pokebank came to Europe and Australia before america, what’s up with that?
    or is it already out in america?

  5. P3DS says:

    Now it is great to be British for once! Now I can get all my fav mons onto pokemon X and Y!!! And I just downloaded it before all the School childern come out and realize what happened. 

  6. MSK says:

    Woo Hoo, time to bring over all those 6IV, 0IV Speed, and hidden power spread Japanese Ditto’s I RNG’d for shiny breeding :)

  7. Dragoon124 says:

    NO FUN DUCKING WAY! FINALLYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

  8. Terrakhaos says:

    Now I’m sure….Nintendo really hates America xD

  9. buxbunny says:

    Just finished downloading it! Getting my pass now Celebi here i come!!!!
    Now to find that dsi…

  10. Scott says:

    Cautiously optimistic everything is actually functioning correctly now, then

    Also, it’s not very surprising they’re continuing to stagger releases given that they couldn’t handle demand originally with just Japan and holiday WiiU customers. It’ll probably be a few days at least for NA while the initial rush from Europe and Australia dissipates.

  11. Crawdaunt says:

    That makes a lot of sense Scott. Kind of funny really :P
     
    Also… this has taken so long now that I really don’t need Pokebank… Other than niche egg moves… I have the ability to breed everything quickly anyways. Not sure if want…

  12. Gonzo says:

    My rush was like:

    1. Move boxes of prefect mons to the bank.
    2. Get a box of my old VGC teams I liked so much. (that’s when I got Celebi as well)
    3. Start grinding in Etrian Odyssey IV.

    The spell breaks when you actually get it.

  13. Crunchy says:

    Well that explains all the Totodiles and Chimchars I’ve been getting from Wonder Trade. Now we just need to patiently wait for America to get on board!

  14. Ok so while I am grateful to have it, I’m not grateful for this little system in it: I was trying to use the transporter, but couldn’t for some odd reason. So I figured I’d check the bank, just in case! I went on there and it kicked me cause of the server stress (gave me a message saying about “too much server in use”). When picking up my 3DS again I accidentally caught the A button and tried to rejoin the server. I have now been banned from accessing the server for the evening because “Your previous attempt to access the server did not go through but the system still shows you are using it”.

    So in a nutshell: It kicks me cause of the server stress, then bans me because the server is stressed.

  15. Notal says:

    Imagine the horror when it is released in NA.
     
    The eShop will more likely than not, crash.

  16. shinryu says:

    What

    The

    Yams

    /wrists until Pokebank gets released in the US.

  17. shinryu says:

    Well nice to know some things don’t change, such as crappy Nintendo servers.

  18. FamousDeaf says:

    Sadly, you can’t soft reseting Celebi but who’s care about it?
    When the poke bank is out:
    1. pokecheck everything I need and transfer them to xy (pokecheck ribbon will pass to pokebank.)
    2. My life is complete.
    Now, Nintendo was show some love for Australia because they released pokebank in Australia before US.

  19. It seems I have pokebank but I misplaced my white 2 D:

  20. mattj says:

    Booooooo Europe

  21. Gonzo says:

    Sure, boo us. Then try asking us about banking for you, when Spring regs are around the corner and there’s no Us Pokemon Bank yet… (true story, my uncle works at Game Freak!)

  22. Age of Kings says:

    Well nice to know some things don’t change, such as crappy Nintendo servers.

     
    lol….that was the whole point in delaying the thing in the first place. Nice to know that Nintendo would rather have a PR disaster than invest in better infrastructure. No wonder their stock is dropping faster than a bag of rocks. 

  23. Kyoto says:

    The U.S is disliked everwhere. Explains why it’s not out here yet.

  24. Shaq says:

    Hopefully it comes out soon in the U.S. also! Enjoy Europe and Australia!

  25. LSpark says:

    Somewhat unrelated question that doesn’t deserve a thread here: to use a pokémon on VGC, does it only need to be in the Kalos dex or must it have the pentagon? For example, can I use a BW TTar or does it have to be from Kalos? (I guess the latter one since otherwise tutor moves would be everywhere but still asking)

  26. backlot says:

    Somewhat unrelated question that doesn’t deserve a thread here: to use a pokémon on VGC, does it only need to be in the Kalos dex or must it have the pentagon? For example, can I use a BW TTar or does it have to be from Kalos? (I guess the latter one since otherwise tutor moves would be everywhere but still asking)

    It does need the pentagon.  You can use Pokemon from previous gens as parents to breed new Pokemon though.

  27. P3DS says:

    Booooooo Europe

    Boo us if you like, still no pokebank.

  28. MSK says:

    Ah, so much easier to breed now :)
    While I admit it is still easy to breed flawless Pokemon this gen, it still takes time when you start with 2 2IV pokemon and have to keep changing up.
    Yet I’ve just bred a flawless own tempo Espurr-M with 0 Attack in just 10 eggs :) only way it could’ve been better is if it had come out shiny lol

  29. Go go go guys.
     

    I would suggest going to download now before any potential lag spikes.  

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