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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. The eighth generation began with Pokémon Sword and Shield and then continued with the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass DLC packs.
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.
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.
Advances in gameplay
- The addition of 81 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 890.
- The addition of 54 new moves, bringing the total to 796.
- The addition of 25 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.
- Nineteen new regional forms (including two for two different forms of a Pokémon), 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, as well as introducing the first Gym that specializes in Dark-type Pokémon.
- Ten new Gym Leaders, including the first Dark-type leader. It also introduced a former Champion who was previously a Fighting-type Gym Leader.
- 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.
- The introduction of cosmetic marks and titles.
Alterations from Generation VII
- Pokémon that are not programmed into a game's current patch cannot be transferred into it.
- Many moves from earlier games cannot be used in Sword and Shield.
- The Town Map is now a part of the menu, and the player can use the replacement for Poké Ride Charizard Glide, Flying Taxi, when they registered for the gym challenge.
- The abandonment of the following elements:
- The Moss Rock, Ice Rock, and special magnetic field.
- Trial Captain
- Totem Pokémon
- Island Kahunas
- Battle Royal
- SOS Battle
- Mega Evolution
- Primal Reversion
- Rotom Powers
- Berry Growth
- Island Scan
- The Island challenge has been replaced by the Gym Challenge.
- The Elite Four is replaced by the Champion Cup.
- Poké Pelago is replaced by Poké Jobs.
- Pokémon Refresh is replaced by Pokémon Camp.
- Trainer Cards are replaced by League Cards.
- 12 Pokémon from the previous generations receive new egg groups.
- 2 Pokémon receive new abilities.
- Repels no longer prevent symbol encounters from appearing.
- Nicknames can only be changed by it's original trainer again.
- Wild Pokémon in the overworld can no longer appear shiny.
Further additions in game updates
The Isle of Armor (Version 1.2.0)
- The addition of:
- Three new Pokémon (the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu, Urshifu and the Mythical Pokémon Zarude), bringing the total to 893.
- A new area to explore, the Isle of Armor based on the Isle of Man.
- 22 new moves, some available exclusively as tutor moves, bringing the total to 818.
- Two new Abilities, Quick Draw and Unseen Fist, bringing the total to 260.
- Seven new Gigantamax forms, bringing the total to 32.
- Max Soup, which allows the player to add or remove the Gigantamax Factor to Pokémon they own.
- The introduction of the regional form for Slowbro.
- The return of:
The Crown Tundra (Version 1.3.0)
- The addition of:
- Five new Legendary Pokémon (Calyrex, Regieleki, Regidrago, Glastrier and Spectrier), bringing the total to 898.
- A new area to explore, the Crown Tundra, based on Scotland.
- Eight new moves (Thunder Cage, Dragon Energy, Freezing Glare, Fiery Wrath, Thunderous Kick, Glacial Lance, Astral Barrage, and Eerie Spell) bringing the total to 826.
- Seven new Abilities (Curious Medicine, Transistor, Dragon's Maw, Chilling Neigh, Grim Neigh, and As One (which is two different abilities)) bringing the total to 267.
- The introduction of the regional forms for Slowking, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.
- The introduction of Dynamax Adventures.
- The introduction of the Galarian Star Tournament.
- The return of:
- 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.
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Japanese title screens
- Generation VIII is the first generation:
- To not have the mascot Legendary Pokémon appear in the title screen.
- To not have the region's Pokémon Professor introduce the world of Pokémon to the player. Instead the role was done by Rose.
- The choosing of the player's gender and appearance as soon as you start up the game, rather than having the Pokémon Professor ask for it.
- To have a Pokémon Professor be a colleague to one from a spinoff game.
- 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.
- Unlike other fossil Pokémon, they can be restored using two different fossils and they are caught in the wild.
- To not introduce a Normal/Flying-type Pokémon.
- To introduce a non-Legendary pure Flying-type Pokémon.
- To not introduce a Pokémon with Flying as its secondary type.
- To introduce a Gym Leader specializing in Dark-type Pokémon.
- To not introduce any dual-typed evolved forms of 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.
- To have paid DLC for its main paired releases.
- To have no Pokémon that appear in the anime before its start.
- To introduce new members to an existing trio.
- To introduce no new Mythical Pokémon at the time of its debut.
- Generation VIII is also the first even-numbered generation to not introduce a new Eeveelution.
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