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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}}.
* Pokémon that are not present in a game's current patch cannot be transferred into it.
* Many [[move]]s from earlier games have been [[Pokémon Sword and Shield#Unusable moves|deprecated]], and cannot be used or learned in Sword and Shield.
* 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.
* The abandonment of the following elements:
** The [[Moss Rock]], [[Ice Rock]], and [[special magnetic field]].
** [[Battle Royal]] and [[SOS Battle]].
** [[Mega Evolution]] and [[Z-Move]]s.
* The [[island challenge]] has been replaced by the [[Galar League|Gym Challenge]]. After signing into it, the player can use the replacement for [[Poké Ride]] {{p|Charizard}} Glide, [[Flying Taxi]], which is implemented to the [[Town Map]], which became a part of the [[menu]].
* 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|Vikavolt}}.
* The [[Elite Four]] is replaced by the {{DL|Galar League|Champion Cup}}.