Important News: Pokemon Global Link ending Support for 6th Gen Games in October

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I was about to call it a night when I saw the following message shared on Facebook. Serebii.net confirmed it is true so I am sharing here for folks to be aware of:

 

Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Pokémon Global Link service will end in October

With the release of Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon, the Pokémon Global Link (PGL) will end its current Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y service. The PGL service will be updated to work with Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.

After the current PGL service ends, you won’t be able to link Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, or Pokémon Y with the PGL, or see data from these games reflected on the PGL. However, you will still be able to use the other non-PGL services via the Internet. Please see the following “Services” section for details.

We thank you very much for enjoying the current PGL since October 2013. We hope you’ll have fun in the updated
PGL!

Notes:

New registration of a game is still available until the current service ends. However, please note that the service that works with Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y will end, and you won’t be able to use various features.

You can’t transfer Poké Miles from the Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y version of the PGL to the Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon version of the PGL.

If you use Game Sync, the message “The service has been discontinued. (Error Code: 090-0211)” will be displayed.

You can keep trading Pokémon at the Global Trade Station (GTS), but you won’t be able to see your trading log on the PGL.

– After the current service ends, you won’t be able to participate in Random Matchup Rating Battles with Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y.

– Even after the current service ends, you’ll be able to keep enjoying the features of Pokémon Omega Ruby, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon X, and Pokémon Y using the Internet, such as Random Matchup Free Battles, the GTS, and Wonder Trades.

Services:

* Game Sync: Will be offline

* Bring items back to your game: Will be offline

* Create your Game Sync ID in your game: Will be offline

* Add your game / register as a new user: Will be offline

*GTS

– Trade Pokémon with your game: Will continue working

– Check your logbook on the PGL: Will be offline

* Wonder Trade

– Trade Pokémon with your game: Will continue working

– Check your logbook on the PGL: Will be offline

* Random Matchup

– Rating Battle: Will be offline

– Free Battle: Will continue working

*Receive Mystery Gifts: Will continue working

 

…There you have it. Note the parts I bolded.

To recap: ANY feature in the 6th Gen Pokemon games that makes use of the PGL will no longer work sometime in October. Until then, they will ALL continue to work. To the question “What if I buy X/Y/OR/AS after the services are discontinued? What does it mean for me?”, the answer is the game will work fine. You simply will not be able to use the PGL services AT ALL, for they will no longer exist. Those who used the Black/White and Black 2/White 2 version of the PGL when those games were current already know what to expect in that regard.

To those who, like me have been mostly stockpiling Poke Miles over the years, your patience is about to be rewarded: Starting on July 26, everything in the PokeMileage Club will be 50% off. In addition, Ability Capsules will return at the price of 5,000 PokeMiles. For those who don’t know, Ability Capsules allow Pokemon to switch their ability if they have two. For example Hawlucha has Limber and Unburden while Bronzong has Levitate and Heatproof.

The Ability Capsule CANNOT be used to access a Pokemon’s Hidden Ability or to switch out from their Hidden Ability if it is their active ability. Now, for those wondering the item CAN also be attained in-game. It is a prize from the Battle Maison in X/Y or the Battle Resort in OR/AS. The catch: You have to earn 200 points from battles in either facility first per item and no, it’s not reusable. The option of sidestepping this via the PGL is why it costs 5,000 PokeMiles.

PokeMiles are earned primarily via Streetpass. At this stage, if you live in a city it should be easy to quickly hit the max number, allowing you to redeem those PokeMiles in quick succession. If you haven’t signed up for the PGL before, you can register 1 copy of X, Y, OR and AS to a single PGL account. If you have multiple copies of a title, you will need to make an additional account for each one.

In closing, all of the core online features that don’t involve the PGL–Wonder Trade, GTS, Random Free Battle Matchup and Mystery Gift–will ALL remain online after the Sixth Gen PGL shuts down in October. PokeBank will presumably be unaffected by this–it shouldn’t given the previously announced cross-gen factor between the 1st Gen Virtual Console Games (Red, Blue and Yellow) and the 7th Gen Sun and Moon. Hopefully more info on this will be released soon.

 

 

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