You can load pre-12.5 database dumps and transaction logs and upgrade the databases. To determine the size requirements for the upgrade, see the discussion about size requirements in “sybsystemprocs”.
Some issues of which you should be aware:
Upgrade requires space for copying data and logging changes to the system tables during upgrade. If the source database in the dump was nearly full, the upgrade process might fail due to insufficient space. While this is expected to be uncommon, you can use alter database to extend the free space in the event of insufficient-space errors.
After reloading an older dump, run sp_checkreswords from the new installation on the loaded database to check for reserved words.