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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. Unlike previous generations, game updates and DLC were used to introduce new content instead of additional games set in the same region. The games of the eighth generation are presented on 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! and Let's Go, Eevee!, and (in the future) GO to the 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 85 new Pokémon, bringing the total to 894.
- 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 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.
- Fourteen new regional forms, 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.
- 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
- 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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Japanese title screens
- Generation VIII is the first generation:
- 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.