The Pokémon Bank update has finally made its way to Sun and Moon players, and fans are ready to move over their pocket monsters. Not just the newer ones, but Pokémon from the original Red, Blue and Yellow games equipped with their rare Hidden Abilities.
Pokemon Bank Info
The Pokémon Bank is a downloadable online application for the Nintendo 3DS that is available for the Nintendo eShop. It serves as a complement to the Pokémon Storage System, and is compatible with Pokémon X and Y, Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Sun and Moon, and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.
A companion application, Poké Transporter, also allows for the Generation V core games Pokémon Black and White and Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 and the Virtual Console releases of the Generations I and II games to connect to the Pokémon Bank service as well.
Due to server expenses, use of the software requires the payment of an annual fee. This fee is ¥500 in Japan, $4.99 in the United States, $6.29 plus tax in Canada, £4.49 in the United Kingdom, €4.99 in Europe, $6.50 in Australia, $8.50 in New Zealand, ₩5000 in South Korea, $150 in Taiwan, and $40 in Hong Kong.
Pokemon Bank in Sun and Moon
Pokémon Sun and Moon players that make use of Pokémon Bank by Oct. 2 will also be awarded Mew’s Z-Crystal, Mewnium Z. So it seems strange that a Mew obtained via the infamous glitch method can’t be transferred over, but when has that ever stopped the internet?
How to get Mew in Pokémon Sun and Moon
The Pokémon Company is stopping players from moving over Mew with the Pokémon Bank, even though it doesn’t require a cheating device, but some players discovered how to get your glitch-obtained Mew into Pokémon Bank.
The formula to allow Mew to be transferred over to Pokémon Sun and Moon requires carrying out the Mew glitch (of course). You also need to use Missingno to obtain hundreds of “X Special” items and discarding a large number of them in a particular order. The method also requires users to obtain “8F”.
After that’s done and the player now has the 8F item, they need to set up their party in a particular way, as well as their bags. Mew must be one of the Pokémon in the party, while another member has to be a Pidgey with a specific amount of HP. After that, there’s a whole list of items that players must have on hand in particular numbers before using the 8F item.
Once they do that, though, that’s it. Mew will be able to move between the Game Boy games and Sun and Moon, thanks to a newly compatible ID number. The whole ordeal may not be worth it to those who grabbed Mew early last year, when the Pokémon was part of a yearlong legendary giveaway. For those who have only ever had a Mew in their Pokédex because of this Mew glitch, however, this seems to be the main way to bring the Pokémon into the latest generation.
How to get Mew in Pokémon Sun and Moon: Other options
Moving over Mew from the first generation Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow games is just one way to obtain the legendary in your Sun and Moon. If the methods above are too laborious but you missed out on previous Mew events, there’s still hope. The Global Trade System is available for free for players to offer up Pokémon to trade as well as request what they’d prefer.
Along with trading online, Pokémon Sun and Moon players can use the Wii game My Pokémon Ranch. After trading 1,000 Pokémon from Diamond, Pearl and Platinum to My Pokémon Ranch, players will be awarded the rare Mew. Trading the Mew from the fourth-generation games to Black and White and then up to Pokémon Bank is recognized as legitimate by the Poké Transporter.