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The eighth generation (Japanese: 第八世代 eighth generation) of Pokémon games is the eighth installment of the Pokémon video game series. Like previous generations, the eighth generation began with Pokémon Sword and Shield. However, unlike them, the games received two DLC packs, the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. The games of the eighth generation are presented on the Nintendo Switch.
The eighth generation of Pokémon was announced with the reveal of Pokémon Sword and Shield on February 27, 2019. These games were released worldwide on November 15, 2019.
Sword and Shield players will be able to store their Pokémon in the cloud-based application, Pokémon HOME, slated for release for Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android in February 2020. Users of HOME can carry forward their Pokémon from Pokémon Bank, GO, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! to the new application. Through the combined use Pokémon Bank, Poké Transporter, Pokémon HOME, and other inter-generational transfer methods, allows players to transfer forward Pokémon from as early as Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire to as late as Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as well as the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II games.
Advances in gameplay
- The addition of 86 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 890.
- The addition of 80 new moves, bringing the total to 781.
- The addition of 26 new Abilities, bringing the total to 258.
- A new region to explore, the Galar region, based on England.
- A new open area with several landmarks and Pokémon, and connecting several towns, known as the Wild Area.
- The addition of Y-Comm, which allows trainers to battle and trade Pokémon locally or online with Nintendo Switch Online.
- A new villainous team, Team Yell.
- The introductions of the Rotom Phone, which functions as a menu, and the Rotom Bike, an upgraded version of traditional bikes that can grant a speed boost and move on water.
- 14 new regional forms, now including Pokémon from Generations II, III, and V as basis, and being the first generation to have forms from multiple generations.
- The introduction of 70 new forms for Alcremie, the most forms a Pokémon has ever had.
- Similarly, the introduction of several other new forms.
- Many animations for characters and Pokémon are refined and expanded to be more expressive.
- 10 new Gyms, 4 of which have different type specialties depending on which version the player has.
- A new battle mechanic, Dynamax, which powers up Pokémon exponentially for three turns. Gigantamax takes this one step further by changing a Pokémon's form and granting them a special move.
- The introduction of downloadable content to the main series.
Alterations from Generation VII
- Pokémon not featured in the regional Pokédex cannot be transferred in game, locking 490 Pokémon out from the game.
- Similarly, many moves from earlier games have been deprecated, and will not work in-game.
- The Town Map is now a part of the menu, and the player can use the replacement for Poké Ride Charizard Glide, Flying Taxi, at the start of the game.
- Island challenges have been reformatted into Gym Challenges, while Trial Captains, Totem Pokémon, and Island Kahunas have been abandoned.
- Certain Pokémon can evolve from a preexisting evolutionary stone which could not do so before, including evolutions into Leafeon, Glaceon, Darmanitan, and Charjabug.
- The Elite Four is replaced by the Champion Cup.
- Battle Royal and SOS Battle are abandoned.
- Poké Pelago is replaced by Poké Jobs.
- Pokémon Refresh is replaced by Pokémon Camp.
- Trainer Cards are replaced by League Cards.
- Main article: Galar
The starters of the eighth generation, like the starters of the previous seven regions, follow the Grass-Fire-Water trio, with Grookey the Grass-type, Scorbunny the Fire-type, and Sobble the Water-type.
|Generation VIII||Region: Galar|
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- Generation VIII is the first generation:
- To not have its main paired releases compatible with the entirety of the Pokémon species and moves existing as of its release.
- To introduce Fossil Pokémon that are genderless, cannot breed, and are not Rock-type
- To not introduce a Normal/Flying-type Pokémon.
- To introduce a non-Legendary pure Flying-type Pokémon.
- To introduce a Gym Leader specializing in the Dark-type.
- To not introduce any dual typed Starter Pokémon since Generation II.
- To lower the base stat total of a pre-existing Pokémon.
- Where Pokémon can no longer lose access to moves by evolving.
- To put old Pokémon in new Egg Groups.
- Generation VIII is the first even-numbered generation to not introduce a new Eeveelution.
- At the time of its debut, Generation VIII introduced no new Mythical Pokémon.
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