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Nintendo said that they gonna ban players with altered saved date thru unauthorized means. What exactly does this concern? By that, I mean for example, if one has a genned legal mon, will you get banned? Also, say for example you genned a legal mon on the 3ds, then transfer to it home, will you get banned? Or does this only concern mons that are straight up illegal like dragon dance Garchomp or shiny Keldeo?


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“Altered save data” has always referred to all hacked Pokémon (and items, for that matter). However, Game Freak has no real way of telling the difference between a legitimate Pokémon and a hacked Pokémon with possible stats. Historically, they rarely ban players with illegal Pokémon, either (although there have been a handful of ban waves), but I’m not sure how often they issue notices like this, so this could mean they’re going to be cracking down on illegal Pokémon going forward.

Pokémon Home is more closely monitored than your PC boxes in game, since the Pokémon are stored on Game Freak’s servers rather than locally on your Switch. When Pokémon Home first dropped, there were a lot of cases of people bringing hacked Pokémon over from Bank and getting bans. I haven’t heard as much of this recently, so they might have lightened enforcement on this, but there’s no question that Home runs a legitimacy test on all Pokémon that come in. If they decide to be more strict, they’re definitely going to use Pokémon Home to weed out hackers.
If you have illegal Pokémon in your PC boxes in game, then as normal, avoid using them online or release them. Right now, online functions only check the Pokémon you’re trading or battling with, not your whole PC. It’s unlikely this will change unless they add an update to the game.

UPDATE: after this announcement, Game Freak has started actively banning players from online communication who have Pokémon with URL nicknames or OT names. If you have a Pokémon with .com, .tv or something similar as its nickname or OT name, it is strongly recommended that you release it immediately.

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So, this means that if I use a genned mon that is legal, I'll be fine even if that mon was transferred from bank?
Most likely, yes. Although there could be a case where invisible details (like a Pokémon with 511 total EVs) could trip the hack check, but the chances of this happening are very small, especially if you received it through wonder trade or GTS, since the Pokémon would already have passed through a hack check for the trade.
I see. Thanks