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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.
 
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, {{wp|iOS}}, and {{wp|Android (operating system)|Android}}.
 
Regarding connectivity with previous generations, users of Pokémon HOME can carry forward their Pokémon from [[Pokémon Bank]], [[Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!|Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!]], and (in the future,) [[Pokémon GO{{pkmn|GO]],}} to the 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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* Ten new [[Gym]]s, four of which have different type specialties depending on which version the {{player}} has.
* A new battle mechanic, [[Dynamax]], which increases the size of a Pokémon and allows them to use [[Max Move]]s for three turns. [[Gigantamax]] expands on this mechanic by changing a Pokémon's form and turning moves of a certain type into [[G-Max Move]]s
* The introduction of [[wikipedia:downloadable content{{wp|downloadable content]]}} in the form of the [[Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass{{pkmn|Sword and Shield Expansion Pass]]}}.
 
===Alterations from Generation VII===
* The [[Moss Rock]], [[Ice Rock]], and [[special magnetic field]] are no longer found.
* 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}}.
* [[Mega Evolution]] and [[Z-Moves]] have beenare removed.
* The [[Elite Four]] is replaced by the [[Galar League#Champion Cup|Champion Cup]].
* [[Battle Royal]] and [[SOS Battle]] are abandoned.
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