Global Link to End in 2020

The Pokémon Global Link will cease operations in February 2020, but its spirit lives on in features present on the Nintendo Switch’s Pokémon Sword and Shield.

After operating for nearly a decade, it was recently announced that in February 2020, the Pokémon Global Link (PGL) will cease to function. Fans playing Sun and Moon will no longer be able to access features requiring a PGL connection, however players of the new Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will be able to access similar features via the Nintendo Switch.

After more than nine years of operation, the Pokémon Global Link (PGL) service will be retired on February 24, 2020, at 23:59 UTC. After PGL service has ended, you will no longer be able to use any gameplay features that require a connection to the PGL on your Pokémon Ultra SunPokémon Ultra MoonPokémon Sun, or Pokémon Moon games. You will still be able to use other online functionality apart from the PGL.

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield will provide services similar to the PGL’s Rating Battles and Online Competitions features and will be available to play via Nintendo Switch.

Thank you for using the PGL, and we hope you will continue to enjoy using the PGL until the service ends.

Pokémon fans will remember years of fun times had with the PGL and are sure to enjoy its Sword and Shield successor.

Edited by Siddhar