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Generation VIII
Pokémon Sword Shield logo.png
Logos of Pokémon Sword and Shield
Debut EN November 15, 2019
JA November 15, 2019
Pokémon 436 (as of Patch 1.1.0) (87 new)
Main games Sword and Shield (Expansion Pass)
Region introduced Galar
Storage games HOME
Current length EN 203 days
JA 203 days

The eighth generation (Japanese: 第八世代 eighth generation) of Pokémon games is the eighth installment of the Pokémon video game series. The eighth generation began with Pokémon Sword and Shield and then continued with the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass DLC packs. Unlike previous generations, game updates and DLC were used to introduce new content instead of additional games set in the same region. The games of the eighth generation are presented on the Nintendo Switch.

Contents

History

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.

Since February 11, 2020, Sword and Shield players are able to store their Pokémon and trade with other players in the cloud-based application, Pokémon HOME, released on Nintendo Switch, iOS, and Android.

Regarding connectivity with previous generations, users of Pokémon HOME can carry forward their Pokémon from Pokémon Bank, Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, and (in the future) GO to the 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 85 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 894.
  • 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 the United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • Fourteen new regional forms, now including Pokémon from Generations II, III, and V as bases, 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.
  • Ten new Gyms, four of which have different type specialties depending on which version the player has.
  • A new battle mechanic, Dynamax, which increases the size of a Pokémon and allows them to use Max Moves for three turns. Gigantamax expands on this mechanic by also changing a Pokémon's form and turning moves of a certain type into G-Max Moves
  • The introduction of downloadable content in the form of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass.

Alterations from Generation VII

Region

Galar

Galar

Main article: Galar

The Galar region was introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield. This region appears to be a sprawling continent with a wide range of environments.

Starter Pokémon

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.

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Grookey
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Scorbunny
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Sobble
Grass Fire Water
Thwackey Thwackey Raboot Raboot Drizzile Drizzile
Grass Fire Water
Rillaboom Rillaboom Cinderace Cinderace Inteleon Inteleon
Grass Fire Water

Gym Leaders

In Galar, most Gym Leaders are challenged in special stadium-style Gyms built on power spots that facilitate the use of Dynamax.

Galar League
Generation VIII Region: Galar
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
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Milo
ヤロー Yarrow
Turffield
ターフタウン
Turf Town
Grass Grass Badge.png
Grass Badge
VSNessa.png
Nessa
ルリナ Rurina
Hulbury
バウタウン
Bow Town
Water Water Badge.png
Water Badge
VSKabu.png
Kabu
カブ Kabu
Motostoke
エンジンシティ
Engine City
Fire Fire Badge.png
Fire Badge
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Bea
サイトウ SaitōSw
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Allister
オニオン OnionSh
Stow-on-Side
ラテラルタウン
Lateral Town
Fighting Ghost Fighting Badge.png
Fighting Badge
Ghost Badge.png
Ghost Badge
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Opal
ポプラ Poplar
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Bede
ビート Beet
Ballonlea
アラベスクタウン
Arabesque Town
Fairy GalarFairy Badge.png
Fairy Badge


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Gordie
マクワ MakuwaSw
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Melony
メロン MelonSh
Circhester
キルクスタウン
Circus Town
Rock Ice Rock Badge.png
Rock Badge
Ice Badge.png
Ice Badge
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Piers
ネズ Nezu
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Marnie
マリィ Mary
Spikemuth
スパイクタウン
Spike Town
Dark Dark Badge.png
Dark Badge


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Raihan
キバナ Kibana
Hammerlocke
ナックルシティ
Knuckle City
Dragon Dragon Badge.png
Dragon Badge

Trivia



Generation I: Red & GreenBlue (JP)Red & BlueYellow
Generation II: Gold & SilverCrystal
Generation III: Ruby & SapphireFireRed & LeafGreenEmerald
Generation IV: Diamond & PearlPlatinumHeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V: Black & WhiteBlack 2 & White 2
Generation VI: X & YOmega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII: Sun & MoonUltra Sun & Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee!‎
Generation VIII: Sword & Shield (Expansion Pass)
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