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Generation VIII

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|ndex=435436 <small>(as of Patch 1.1.0)</small>
|debuten=November 15, 2019
|debutjp=November 15, 2019
The eighth generation of Pokémon was announced with the reveal of {{g|Sword and Shield}} on February 27, 2019. These games were released worldwide on November 15, 2019.
Sword and Shield players will be able to store their Pokémon in the cloud-based application, [[Pokémon HOME]], slated for release for Nintendo Switch, {{wp|iOS}}, and {{wp|Android (operating system)|Android}} in earlyFebruary 2020. Users of HOME can carry forward their Pokémon from [[Pokémon Bank]], [[Pokémon GO|GO]], [[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!|Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]] to the new application. Through the combined use Pokémon Bank, [[Poké Transporter]], Pokémon HOME, and other [[Template:Inter-gen transfer|inter-generational transfer]] methods, allows players to transfer forward Pokémon from as early as {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}} to as late as [[Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon]], as well as the [[Nintendo 3DS]] [[Virtual Console]] releases of the [[Generation I]] and {{gen|II}} games.
==In-game continuity==
* Generation VIII is the first generation:
** To not have its [[Core series|main paired releases]] compatible with the entirety of the Pokémon species and moves[[move]]s existing as of its release.
** To introduce [[Fossil]] Pokémon that are genderless, cannot breed and are not {{type|Rock}}.
** To introduce [[List of Pokémon with cross-generational evolutions|cross-generational evolutions]] exclusive to [[regional form]]s.
** To introduce [[Gym]]s with different type specialties depending on which version the player has.
** To not introduce a {{t2t|Normal}}/{{t|Flying}}-type Pokémon.
** To introduce a non-[[Legendary Pokémon|Legendary]] pure {{t|Flying}}-type Pokémon.
** To introduce a [[Gym Leader]] specializing in the {{t|Dark}}-type.
** Where certain Pokémon can evolve from a preexisting [[evolutionary stone]] which could not do so before.
** To put old Pokémon in new [[Egg Group]]s.
** To introduce expansion packs.
** Having more than two [[Game mascot]]s for a single [[Core series|main paired game]].
* Generation VIII is the first even-numbered generation to not introduce a new [[Eeveelution]].
* At the time of its debut, Generation VIII introduced no new [[Mythical Pokémon]].