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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.
 
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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==Advances in gameplay==
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* The addition of {{cat|Generation VIII Pokémon|86 new Pokémon}}, bringing the total to 890.
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* The addition of {{cat|Generation VIII moves|80 new moves}}, bringing the total to 781.
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* The addition of {{cat|Abilities introduced in Generation VIII|26 new Abilities}}, bringing the total to 258.
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* A new region to explore, the [[Galar]] region, based on {{wp|England}}.
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* A new open area with several landmarks and Pokémon, and connecting several towns, known as the [[Wild Area]].
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* The addition of [[Y-Comm]], which allows trainers to battle and trade Pokémon locally or online with [[Nintendo Switch Online]].
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* A new [[Villainous teams|villainous team]], [[Team Yell]].
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* 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.
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* 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.
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** In addition, the introduction of [[List of Pokémon with cross-generational evolutions|cross-generational evolutions]] exclusive to [[regional form]]s.
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* The introduction of [[List of Pokémon with form differences#Alcremie|70 new forms]] for {{p|Alcremie}}, the most forms a Pokémon has ever had.
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* Similarly, the introduction of several other new [[List of Pokémon with form differences|forms]].
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* Many animations for characters and Pokémon are refined and expanded to be more expressive.
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* 10 new [[Gym]]s, 4 of which have different type specialties depending on which version the {{player}} has.
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* 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.
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* The introduction of [[Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass|downloadable content]] to the main series.
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===Alterations from Generation VII===
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* Pokémon not featured in the [[regional Pokédex]] cannot be transferred in game, locking 490 Pokémon out from the game.
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* Similarly, many [[move]]s from earlier games have been [[Move#Deprecated moves|deprecated]], and will not work in-game.
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* 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.
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* [[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.
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* 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}}.
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* The [[Elite Four]] is replaced by the [[Galar League#Champion Cup|Champion Cup]].
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* [[Battle Royal]] and [[SOS Battle]] are abandoned.
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* [[Poké Pelago]] is replaced by [[Poké Jobs]].
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* [[Pokémon Refresh]] is replaced by [[Pokémon Camp]].
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* [[Trainer Card (game)|Trainer Cards]] are replaced by [[League Card]]s.
   
 
==Region==
 
==Region==
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* Generation VIII is the first [[generation]]:
 
* 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 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}}.
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** 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 not introduce a {{2t|Normal|Flying}}-type Pokémon.
 
** To introduce a non-[[Legendary Pokémon|Legendary]] pure 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.
 
** 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 not introduce any dual typed [[Starter Pokémon]] since [[Generation II]].
 
** To lower the base stat total of a {{p|Aegislash|pre-existing Pokémon}}.
 
** To lower the base stat total of a {{p|Aegislash|pre-existing Pokémon}}.
 
** Where Pokémon can no longer lose access to moves by evolving.
 
** Where Pokémon can no longer lose access to moves by evolving.
 
** To put old Pokémon in new [[Egg Group]]s.
 
** 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]].
 
* 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]].
 
* At the time of its debut, Generation VIII introduced no new [[Mythical Pokémon]].

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Generation VIII
Pokémon Sword Shield logo.png
Logos of Pokémon Sword and Shield
Debut EN November 15, 2019
JA November 15, 2019
Pokémon 436 (as of Patch 1.1.0) (87 new)
Main games Sword and Shield
Region introduced Galar
Storage games HOME
Current length EN 203 days
JA 203 days

The eighth generation (Japanese: 第八世代 eighth generation) of Pokémon games is the eighth installment of the Pokémon video game series. Like previous generations, the eighth generation began with Pokémon Sword and Shield. However, unlike them, the games received two DLC packs, the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass. The games of the eighth generation are presented on the Nintendo Switch.

History

The eighth generation of Pokémon was announced with the reveal of Pokémon 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, iOS, and Android in February 2020. Users of HOME can carry forward their Pokémon from Pokémon Bank, GO, 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 inter-generational transfer methods, allows players to transfer forward Pokémon from as early as Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire to as late as Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, as well as the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II games.

Advances in gameplay

  • The addition of 86 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 890.
  • The addition of 80 new moves, bringing the total to 781.
  • The addition of 26 new Abilities, bringing the total to 258.
  • A new region to explore, the Galar region, based on 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 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 forms, now including Pokémon from Generations II, III, and V as basis, and being the first generation to have forms from multiple generations.
  • The introduction of 70 new forms for Alcremie, the most forms a Pokémon has ever had.
  • Similarly, the introduction of several other new forms.
  • Many animations for characters and Pokémon are refined and expanded to be more expressive.
  • 10 new Gyms, 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 downloadable content to the main series.

Alterations from Generation VII

Region

Galar

Galar

Main article: Galar

The Galar region was introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield. This region appears to be a sprawling continent with a wide range of environments.

Starter Pokémon

The starters of the eighth generation, like the starters of the previous seven regions, follow the Grass-Fire-Water trio, with Grookey the Grass-type, Scorbunny the Fire-type, and Sobble the Water-type.

810Grookey.png
Grookey
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Scorbunny
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Sobble
Grass Fire Water
Thwackey Thwackey Raboot Raboot Drizzile Drizzile
Grass Fire Water
Rillaboom Rillaboom Cinderace Cinderace Inteleon Inteleon
Grass Fire Water

Gym Leaders

In Galar, most Gym Leaders are challenged in special stadium-style Gyms built on power spots that facilitate the use of Dynamax.

Galar League
Generation VIII Region: Galar
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
VSMilo.png
Milo
ヤロー Yarrow
Turffield
ターフタウン
Turf Town
Grass Grass Badge.png
Grass Badge
VSNessa.png
Nessa
ルリナ Rurina
Hulbury
バウタウン
Bow Town
Water Water Badge.png
Water Badge
VSKabu.png
Kabu
カブ Kabu
Motostoke
エンジンシティ
Engine City
Fire Fire Badge.png
Fire Badge
{{{size}}}
Bea
サイトウ SaitōSw
{{{size2}}}
Allister
オニオン OnionSh
Stow-on-Side
ラテラルタウン
Lateral Town
Fighting Ghost Fighting Badge.png
Fighting Badge
Ghost Badge.png
Ghost Badge
{{{size}}}
Opal
ポプラ Poplar
{{{size2}}}
Bede
ビート Beet
Ballonlea
アラベスクタウン
Arabesque Town
Fairy GalarFairy Badge.png
Fairy Badge


{{{size}}}
Gordie
マクワ MakuwaSw
{{{size2}}}
Melony
メロン MelonSh
Circhester
キルクスタウン
Circus Town
Rock Ice Rock Badge.png
Rock Badge
Ice Badge.png
Ice Badge
{{{size}}}
Piers
ネズ Nezu
{{{size2}}}
Marnie
マリィ Mary
Spikemuth
スパイクタウン
Spike Town
Dark Dark Badge.png
Dark Badge


VSRaihan.png
Raihan
キバナ Kibana
Hammerlocke
ナックルシティ
Knuckle City
Dragon Dragon Badge.png
Dragon Badge

Trivia



Generation I: Red & GreenBlue (JP)Red & BlueYellow
Generation II: Gold & SilverCrystal
Generation III: Ruby & SapphireFireRed & LeafGreenEmerald
Generation IV: Diamond & PearlPlatinumHeartGold & SoulSilver
Generation V: Black & WhiteBlack 2 & White 2
Generation VI: X & YOmega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire
Generation VII: Sun & MoonUltra Sun & Ultra Moon
Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee!‎
Generation VIII: Sword & Shield (Expansion Pass)
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