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Generation VIII

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Advances in gameplay
* Many animations for characters and Pokémon are refined and expanded to be more expressive.
* 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 also changing a Pokémon's form and turning moves of a certain type into [[G-Max Move]]s
* The introduction of {{wp|downloadable content}} in the form of the {{pkmn|Sword and Shield Expansion Pass}}.
** [[Trial Captain]]s, [[Totem Pokémon]], and [[Island Kahuna]]s.
** [[Battle Royal]] and [[SOS Battle]].
** [[Mega Evolution]] and [[Z-MovesMove]]s.
* The [[Islandisland challenge]]s have been replaced by the [[Galar League|Gym Challenge]]s.
* 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 [[{{DL|Galar League#Champion Cup|Champion Cup]]}}.
* [[Poké Pelago]] is replaced by [[Poké JobsJob]]s.
* [[Pokémon Refresh]] is replaced by [[Pokémon Camp]].
* {{ga|Trainer Card}}s are replaced by [[League Card]]s.