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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 February 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.
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==In-game continuity==-->
==Advances in gameplay==-->
* The addition of {{cat|Generation VIII Pokémon|86 new Pokémon}}, bringing the total to 890.
* The addition of {{cat|Generation VIII moves|80 new moves}}, bringing the total to 781.
* The addition of {{cat|Abilities introduced in Generation VIII|26 new Abilities}}, bringing the total to 258.
* A new region to explore, the [[Galar]] region, based on {{wp|England}}.
* 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 teams|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.
* 14 new [[regional form]]s, now including Pokémon from Generations II, III, and V as basis, and being the first generation to have forms from multiple generations.
** In addition, the introduction of [[List of Pokémon with cross-generational evolutions|cross-generational evolutions]] exclusive to [[regional form]]s.
* The introduction of [[List of Pokémon with form differences#Alcremie|70 new forms]] for {{p|Alcremie}}, the most forms a Pokémon has ever had.
* Similarly, the introduction of several other new [[List of Pokémon with form differences|forms]].
* Many animations for characters and Pokémon are refined and expanded to be more expressive.
* 10 new [[Gym]]s, 4 of which have different type specialties depending on which version the {{player}} has.
* A new battle mechanic, [[Dynamax]], which powers up Pokémon exponentially for three turns. [[Gigantamax]] takes this one step further by changing a Pokémon's form and granting them a special move.
* The introduction of [[Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass|downloadable content]] to the main series.
 
===Alterations from Generation VII===
* Pokémon not featured in the [[regional Pokédex]] cannot be transferred in game, locking 490 Pokémon out from the game.
* Similarly, many [[move]]s from earlier games have been [[Move#Deprecated moves|deprecated]], and will not work in-game.
* The [[Town Map]] is now a part of the [[menu]], and the player can use the replacement for [[Poké Ride]] {{p|Charizard}} Glide, [[Flying Taxi]], at the start of the game.
* [[Island challenge]]s have been reformatted into [[Galar League|Gym Challenge]]s, while [[Trial Captain]]s, [[Totem Pokémon]], and [[Island Kahuna]]s have been abandoned.
* Certain Pokémon can evolve from a preexisting [[evolutionary stone]] which could not do so before, including evolutions into {{p|Leafeon}}, {{p|Glaceon}}, {{p|Darmanitan}}, and {{p|Charjabug}}.
* The [[Elite Four]] is replaced by the [[Galar League#Champion Cup|Champion Cup]].
* [[Battle Royal]] and [[SOS Battle]] are abandoned.
* [[Poké Pelago]] is replaced by [[Poké Jobs]].
* [[Pokémon Refresh]] is replaced by [[Pokémon Camp]].
* [[Trainer Card (game)|Trainer Cards]] are replaced by [[League Card]]s.
 
==Region==
* Generation VIII is the first [[generation]]:
** To not have its [[Core series|main paired releases]] compatible with the entirety of the Pokémon species and [[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 {{2t|Normal|Flying}}-type Pokémon.
** To introduce a non-[[Legendary Pokémon|Legendary]] pure 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 not introduce any dual typed [[Starter Pokémon]] since [[Generation II]].
** To lower the base stat total of a {{p|Aegislash|pre-existing Pokémon}}.
** Where Pokémon can no longer lose access to moves by evolving.
** To put old Pokémon in new [[Egg Group]]s.
** To introduce expansion packs.
* 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]].