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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, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.
Like Generation III and Generation V before it, Generation VIII can be considered something of a "reboot" of the franchise. Released after the Let's Go remakes of Pokémon Yellow, Generation VIII is the first generation not to include every previously available Pokémon to obtain, 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.
On January 9, 2020, the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass was announced, introducing new moves, new abilities, new forms and new Pokémon to Pokémon Sword and Shield. Its first part, The Isle of Armor, was released digitally on June 17, 2020. Its second part, The Crown Tundra, was released digitally on October 22, 2020. A physical bundle was announced on September 29, 2020 and released on November 6, 2020.
On February 26, 2021, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, remakes of the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, were announced on that day's Pokémon Presents with a release date of November 19, 2021 worldwide. Pokémon Legends: Arceus was also announced during same Pokémon Presents, slated to be released on January 28, 2022 worldwide.
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.
The existence of a Mystery Gift Pokémon compatible between all five Generation VIII games implies that the games will be compatible with each other.
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 the 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.
- Eight new Gyms, two 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.
- 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
- Pokémon that are not programmed into a game's current patch cannot be transferred into it.
- Moves from earlier games that are not programmed into a game's current patch cannot be used in Sword and Shield.
- The Town Map is now a part of the menu, and once the player progresses to a certain point, they can use the replacement for Poké Ride Charizard Glide, the Flying Taxi, directly from the Town Map.
- The abandonment of the following elements:
- The Moss Rock, Ice Rock, and special magnetic field.
- Trial Captains
- Totem Pokémon
- Island Kahunas
- Battle Royals
- SOS Battles
- Mega Evolution, Primal Reversion, Z-Moves, and Ultra Burst
- Rotom Powers
- Berry growth
- Island Scan
- The island challenge has been replaced by the Gym Challenge.
- The Elite Four is replaced by the Champion Cup.
- Poké Pelago is replaced by Poké Jobs.
- Pokémon Refresh is replaced by Pokémon Camp.
- The Festival Plaza is replaced by the Y-Comm.
- Trainer Cards are replaced by League Cards.
- 12 Pokémon from the previous generations receive new Egg Groups, in addition to the Egg Groups they already had.
- 2 Pokémon receive new Abilities.
- Repels no longer prevent symbol encounters from appearing.
- The nickname of an outsider Pokémon can now be changed if the Pokémon does not already have a nickname, though it still cannot be changed otherwise.
- Wild Pokémon in the overworld can no longer appear shiny.
- Foreign language Pokémon now retain their original language game's name when evolving.
- Badges are now required to catch Pokémon of a certain level.
Further additions in Sword and Shield updates
The Isle of Armor (Version 1.2.0)
- The addition of:
- Three new Pokémon (the Legendary Pokémon Kubfu, Urshifu and the Mythical Pokémon Zarude), bringing the total to 893.
- A new area to explore, the Isle of Armor based on the Isle of Man.
- 22 new moves, some available exclusively as tutor moves, bringing the total to 818.
- Two new Abilities, Quick Draw and Unseen Fist, bringing the total to 260.
- Seven new Gigantamax forms, bringing the total to 32.
- Max Soup, which allows the player to add or remove the Gigantamax Factor to Pokémon they own.
- A former Champion who was previously a Fighting-type Gym Leader.
- The introduction of the regional form for Slowbro.
- The return of:
The Crown Tundra (Version 1.3.0)
- 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:
Further additions in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
- The reintroduction of Pokémon Super Contests and Ball Capsules.
- The reintroduction of the Underground, now knowns as the Grand Underground.
- The reintroduction of the Union Room as a hub for communication.
Further additions in Legends: Arceus
- Three new Pokémon (Wyrdeer, Basculegion, and Kleavor), bringing the total to 901.
- A new area to explore Hisui which is the Sinnoh region in the bygone era.
- The introduction of the regional forms for Growlithe, Zorua, Zoroark and Braviary.
- Main article: Galar
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.
|Generation VIII||Region: Galar|
- Main article: Sinnoh
The starter Pokémon featured in the remakes are the same as the original Generation IV titles, following the series' usual Grass/Fire/Water setup. The player is given a choice between Turtwig, Chimchar, or Piplup.
|Generation IV||Region: Sinnoh|
マキシマム仮面 Maximum Mask
- Main article: Hisui
English title screens
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(After defeating Leon)
(After defeating Leon)
Japanese title screens
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- Generation VIII is the first generation:
- To have a Mythical Pokémon as a game mascot for a core series game.
- To have a core series game with no game mascot.
- To not have the mascot Legendary Pokémon appear in the title screen.
- To not have the region's Pokémon Professor introduce the world of Pokémon to the player. Instead the role was done by Rose.
- The choosing of the player's gender and appearance as soon as you start up the game, rather than having the Pokémon Professor ask for it.
- To have a Pokémon Professor be a colleague to one from a spinoff game.
- To not have its main paired releases compatible with the entirety of the Pokémon species and moves existing as of its release.
- To introduce Fossil Pokémon that are genderless, cannot breed, and are not Rock-type.
- Unlike other fossil Pokémon, they can be restored using two different fossils and they are caught in the wild.
- To not introduce a Normal/Flying-type Pokémon.
- To introduce a non-Legendary pure Flying-type Pokémon.
- To not introduce a Pokémon with Flying as its secondary type.
- To introduce a Gym Leader specializing in Dark-type Pokémon.
- To not introduce any dual-typed evolved forms of starter Pokémon since Generation II.
- To lower the base stat total of a pre-existing Pokémon.
- Where Pokémon can no longer lose access to moves by evolving.
- To put old Pokémon in new Egg Groups.
- To have paid DLC for its main paired releases.
- To have no Pokémon that appear in the anime before its start.
- To introduce new members to an existing trio.
- To introduce no new Mythical Pokémon at the time of its debut.
- To have new regional forms introduced in two different regions instead of just one.
- To have a core series game cover to not include game mascot.
- In which Pokémon can learn most, if not all, moves that were previously event-exclusive to them without transferring them from previous generations, e.g. False Swipe on Swablu (as a reference to Pokémon Box Ruby & Sapphire's Swablu Egg).
- To not introduce a Pokémon that can have Sturdy as its Ability, barring volatile changes in battle.
- To not introduce an Elite Four member.
- Generation VIII is the only generation in which there are more than one remake.
- It is also the first generation to feature a remade side series game.
- Generation VIII has both the longest and shortest gaps between core series games in the same generation.
- At 735 days, the time between Pokémon Sword and Shield and Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl is the longest gap in-between two core series games in the same generation.
- At 70 days, the time between Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl and Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the shortest gap in-between two core series games in the same generation.
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