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Generation VIII
SwordTitle.png
Title screen of Pokémon Sword
Debut EN November 15, 2019
JA November 15, 2019
Pokémon 896* (87 new)
Main games Sword and Shield (Expansion Pass)
Region introduced Galar
Storage games HOME
Current length EN 241 days
JA 241 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.

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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.

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.

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

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
VSMilo.png
Milo
ヤロー Yarrow
Turffield
ターフタウン
Turf Town
Grass Gym logo.png
Grass
Grass Badge.png
Grass Badge
VSNessa.png
Nessa
ルリナ Rurina
Hulbury
バウタウン
Bow Town
Water Gym logo.png
Water
Water Badge.png
Water Badge
VSKabu.png
Kabu
カブ Kabu
Motostoke
エンジンシティ
Engine City
Fire Gym logo.png
Fire
Fire Badge.png
Fire Badge
VSBea.png
Bea
サイトウ SaitōSw
VSAllister.png
Allister
オニオン OnionSh
Stow-on-Side
ラテラルタウン
Lateral Town
Fighting Gym logo.png
Fighting
Ghost Gym logo.png
Ghost
Fighting Badge.png
Fighting Badge
Ghost Badge.png
Ghost Badge
VSOpal.png
Opal
ポプラ Poplar
VSBede 2.png
Bede
ビート Beet
Ballonlea
アラベスクタウン
Arabesque Town
Fairy Gym logo.png
Fairy
GalarFairy Badge.png
Fairy Badge


VSGordie.png
Gordie
マクワ MakuwaSw
VSMelony.png
Melony
メロン MelonSh
Circhester
キルクスタウン
Circus Town
Rock Gym logo.png
Rock
Ice Gym logo.png
Ice
Rock Badge.png
Rock Badge
Ice Badge.png
Ice Badge
VSPiers.png
Piers
ネズ Nezu
VSMarnie 3.png
Marnie
マリィ Mary
Spikemuth
スパイクタウン
Spike Town
Dark Gym logo.png
Dark
Dark Badge.png
Dark Badge


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

Title screens

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Reason: Shield title screens, Japanese Sword Champion title screen.

English title screens

Pokémon Sword
SwordTitle.png
Pokémon Sword
(After defeating Leon)
SwordTitle Champion.png

Japanese title screens

Pokémon Sword
Japanese SwordTitle.png

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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