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The eighth generation (Japanese: 第八世代 eighth generation) of Pokémon games is the eighth installment of the Pokémon video game series. The eighth generation began with Pokémon Sword and Shield and then continued with the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass DLC packs.
Like Generation III and Generation V before it, Generation VIII can be considered something of a "reboot" of the franchise. Released after the remakes of Pokémon Yellow, Generation VIII is the first generation not to include every previously available Pokémon to obtain (despite being on code), the first generation to include paid DLC in lieu of an additional game, and the first to be released entirely on a home console system, the Nintendo Switch.
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.
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, iOS, and Android.
Regarding connectivity with previous generations, users of Pokémon HOME can carry forward their Pokémon from Pokémon Bank, Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!, and GO to the application, allowing for a transfer of Pokémon that originate in core series games as early as Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, as well as the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console releases of the Generation I and II games.
On June 17, 2020, The Isle of Armor, the first downloadable content in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, was released, introducing new moves, new abilities, new forms and new Pokémon to Pokémon Sword and Shield.
On October 22, 2020, The Crown Tundra, the second downloadable content in the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, was released, introducing new moves, new abilities, new forms and new Pokémon to Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Advances in gameplay
- The addition of 81 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 890.
- The addition of 54 new moves, bringing the total to 796.
- The addition of 25 new Abilities, bringing the total to 258.
- A new region to explore, the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom.
- 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.
- Nineteen new regional forms (including two for two different forms of a Pokémon), now including Pokémon from Generations II, III, and V as bases, 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.
- Ten new Gyms, four of which have different type specialties depending on which version the player has, as well as introducing the first Gym that specializes in Dark-type Pokémon.
- Ten new Gym Leaders, including the first Dark-type leader. It also introduced a former Champion who was previously a Fighting-type Gym Leader.
- A new battle mechanic, Dynamax, which increases the size of a Pokémon and allows them to use Max Moves 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 Moves.
- The introduction of downloadable content in the form of the Sword and Shield Expansion Pass.
- The introduction of cosmetic marks and titles.
Alterations from Generation VII
Further additions in game updates
- The addition of:
- The introduction of the regional form for Slowbro.
- The return of:
- The addition of:
- Five new Legendary Pokémon (Calyrex, Regieleki, Regidrago, Glastrier and Spectrier), bringing the total to 898.
- A new area to explore, the Crown Tundra, based on Scotland.
- Eight new moves (Thunder Cage, Dragon Energy, Freezing Glare, Fiery Wrath, Thunderous Kick, Glacial Lance, Astral Barrage, and Eerie Spell) bringing the total to 826.
- Seven new Abilities (Curious Medicine, Transistor, Dragon's Maw, Chilling Neigh, Grim Neigh, and As One (which is two different abilities)) bringing the total to 267.
- The introduction of the regional forms for Slowking, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres.
- The introduction of Dynamax Adventures.
- The introduction of the Galarian Star Tournament.
- The return of:
- 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.
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.
In Galar, most Gym Leaders are challenged in special stadium-style Gyms built on Power Spots that facilitate the use of Dynamax.
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- Generation VIII is the first generation:
- Generation VIII is the first even-numbered generation to not introduce a new Eeveelution.