Pokemon Global Link Service to Shut Down in February 2020

Updated: Mar 27


The Pokemon Global Link is shutting down, after nine years. After the release of Pokemon Black and White on the original DS, it served as a battling hub for the Pokemon games series. It allows players to participate in online competitions and view their rankings. However, its latest entries Pokemon Sword and Shield make the service no longer necessary.


The Pokemon Company revealed that it will shut down the service on February 24, 2020, on the Pokemon Global Link website. After this, players will not be able to any of the gameplay features that need a connection to PGL either in Pokemon Sun and Moon or Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. However, regular features such as trading and battling will still be available.


Interestingly, before the Pokemon Global Link shuts down, the company is giving away one final free Pokemon to all its Global-Link users.


You can claim you free Fennel’s Munna in a Gen 7 3DS game until February 24. The Munna is designed after the one owned by Fennel, the Dream World researcher from Pokemon Black and White. All you need to do is, log into the Pokemon Global Link and a personal notification about the free Pokemon will appear on the homepage. You will have to click on the link within to get a code.


Next, you will have to go into the Mystery Gift in your 3DS game of choice(Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon) and follow the steps;

  • Select Receive Gift

  • Select Get with Password/ Code

  • Follow directions to connect online

  • Enter download code

  • Open your save file

  • Get the Pokemon from the deliveryman from any Pokemon Center

While the Pokemon Global Link may be shutting down, its functionality will remain in Sword and Shield’s Battle Stadium that lets players compete in online competitions.

The new Pokemon Home service is slated to launch in early 2020. It will feature some PGL functionality and will also allow you to transfer Pokemon from 3DS to Switch.

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