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Generation VIII
SwordTitle.png
Title screen of Pokémon Sword
Debut EN November 15, 2019
JA November 15, 2019
Pokémon 898* (89 new)
Main games Sword and Shield (Expansion Pass)
Region introduced Galar
Storage games HOME
Current length EN 541 days
JA 541 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, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Like Generation III and Generation V before it, Generation VIII can be considered something of a "reboot" of the franchise. Released after the remakes of Pokémon Yellow, Generation VIII is the first generation not to include every previously available Pokémon to obtain (despite being on code), the first generation to include paid DLC in lieu of an additional game, and the first to be released entirely on a home console system, the Nintendo Switch.

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!, Let's Go, Eevee!, and GO to the application, allowing for a transfer of Pokémon that originate in core series games as early as Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, as well as the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II games.

On June 17, 2020, The Isle of Armor, the first downloadable content in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, was released, introducing new moves, new abilities, new forms and new Pokémon to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

On October 22, 2020, The Crown Tundra, the second downloadable content in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, was released, introducing new moves, new abilities, new forms and new Pokémon to Pokémon Sword and Shield.

On February 26, 2021, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, remakes of the IV games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, were announced on that day's Pokémon Presents with a release date of late 2021. Pokémon Legends: Arceus was also announced during same Pokémon Presents, slated to be released in early 2022.

Advances in gameplay

Alterations from Generation VII

Further additions in game updates

Version 1.1.0

The Isle of Armor (Version 1.2.0)

The Crown Tundra (Version 1.3.0)

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.

 
Grookey
 
Scorbunny
 
Sobble
Grass Fire Water
  Thwackey   Raboot   Drizzile
Grass Fire Water
  Rillaboom   Cinderace   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
 
Milo
ヤロー Yarrow
Turffield
ターフタウン
Turf Town
 
Grass
 
Grass Badge
 
Nessa
ルリナ Rurina
Hulbury
バウタウン
Bow Town
 
Water
 
Water Badge
 
Kabu
カブ Kabu
Motostoke
エンジンシティ
Engine City
 
Fire
 
Fire Badge
 
Bea
サイトウ SaitōSw
 
Allister
オニオン OnionSh
Stow-on-Side
ラテラルタウン
Lateral Town
 
Fighting
 
Ghost
 
Fighting Badge
 
Ghost Badge
 
Opal
ポプラ Poplar
 
Bede
ビート Beet
Ballonlea
アラベスクタウン
Arabesque Town
 
Fairy
 
Fairy Badge


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


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

Sinnoh

Main article: Sinnoh

Sinnoh was featured in Generation VIII in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which are remakes of the Generation IV games Diamond and Pearl. The region is also featured in Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Starter Pokémon

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Reason: Adding Starter Pokémon from Pokémon Legends: Arceus

The starters of Sinnoh are the same from Generation IV, being Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup

 
Turtwig
 
Chimchar
 
Piplup
Grass Fire Water
  Grotle   Monferno   Prinplup
Grass Fire Fighting Water
  Torterra   Infernape   Empoleon
Grass Ground Fire Fighting Water Steel

The second starters of Sinnoh during the ancient past are given by a traveling Pokémon Professor, being Rowlet, Cyndaquil, and Oshawott

Title screens

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Reason: Shield title screens, Japanese Sword Champion title screen

English title screens

Pokémon Sword
 
Pokémon Sword
(After defeating Leon)
 

Japanese title screens

Pokémon Sword
 

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)
Brilliant Diamond & Shining PearlLegends: Arceus
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