Generation VIII

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Generation VIII
ShieldTitle.png
Title screen of Pokémon Shield
Debut EN November 15, 2019
JA November 15, 2019
Pokémon 901* (92 new)
Main games Sword and Shield (Expansion Pass)
Region introduced Galar
Other RPGs Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Legends: Arceus
Contains remakes of Generation IV
Storage games HOME
Current length EN 705 days
JA 705 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 Let's Go remakes of Pokémon Yellow, Generation VIII is the first generation not to include every previously available Pokémon to obtain, 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 Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, were announced on that day's Pokémon Presents with a release date of November 19, 2021 worldwide. Pokémon Legends: Arceus was also announced during same Pokémon Presents, slated to be released on January 28, 2022 worldwide.

Advances in gameplay

Alterations from Generation VII

Further additions in Sword and Shield updates

Version 1.1.0

The Isle of Armor (Version 1.2.0)

The Crown Tundra (Version 1.3.0)

Further additions in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Further additions in Legends: Arceus

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 will be featured in Generation VIII in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which are remakes of the Generation IV games Diamond and Pearl.

Starter Pokémon

The starter Pokémon featured in the remakes are the same as the original Generation IV titles, following the series' usual Grass/Fire/Water setup. The player is given a choice between Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup.

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

Gym Leaders

Sinnoh League
Generation IV Region: Sinnoh
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
 
Roark
ヒョウタ Hyouta
Oreburgh City
クロガネシティ
Kurogane City
Rock  
Coal Badge
 
Gardenia
ナタネ Natane
Eterna City
ハクタイシティ
Hakutai City
Grass  
Forest Badge
 
Maylene
スモモ Sumomo
Veilstone City
トバリシティ
Tobari City
Fighting  
Cobble Badge
 
Crasher Wake
マキシマム仮面 Maximum Mask
Pastoria City
ノモセシティ
Nomose City
Water  
Fen Badge
 
Fantina
メリッサ Melissa
Hearthome City
ヨスガシティ
Yosuga City
Ghost  
Relic Badge
 
Byron
トウガン Tougan
Canalave City
ミオシティ
Mio City
Steel  
Mine Badge
 
Candice
スズナ Suzuna
Snowpoint City
キッサキシティ
Kissaki City
Ice  
Icicle Badge
 
Volkner
デンジ Denzi
Sunyshore City
ナギサシティ
Nagisa City
Electric  
Beacon Badge

Hisui

Main article: Hisui

Hisui will be introduced in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It is what the Sinnoh region used to be called before gaining its current name.

Starter Pokémon

The starter Pokémon featured in the game follow the series' usual Grass/Fire/Water setup. The player is given a choice between Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott.

 
Rowlet
 
Cyndaquil
 
Oshawott
Grass Flying Fire Water
  Dartrix   Quilava   Dewott
Grass Flying Fire Water
  Decidueye   Typhlosion   Samurott
Grass Ghost Fire Water


Title screens

English title screens

Pokémon Sword Pokémon Shield
   
Pokémon Sword
(After defeating Leon)
Pokémon Shield
(After defeating Leon)
   

Japanese title screens

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

Trivia

  • Generation VIII is the first generation:
  • Generation VIII has both the longest and shortest gaps between main series games in the same generation.
    • At 735 days, the time between Pokémon Sword and Shield and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is the longest gap in-between two main series games in the same generation.
    • At 70 days, the time between Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the shortest gap in-between two main series games in the same generation.



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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