Generation VIII

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Generation VIII
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Title screen of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
Debut EN November 15, 2019
JA November 15, 2019
Pokémon 898 (89 new, 664 available)SwSh
898 (493 available)BDSP
901 (3 new; Unknown amount available)LA
Main games Sword and Shield (Expansion Pass)
Region introduced Galar
Other RPGs Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Legends: Arceus
Contains remakes of Generation IV
Storage games HOME
Current length EN 1005 days
JA 1005 days

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.

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.

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.

Since February 11, 2020, players have been 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, paid DLC for Pokémon Sword and Shield introducing new content to the games. Its first part, The Isle of Armor, was released on June 17, 2020, while its second part, The Crown Tundra, was released on October 22, 2020. Physical bundles of each game with its expansion pass were announced on September 29, 2020 and released on November 6, 2020.

In Pokémon Presents on February 26, 2021, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, remakes of the Generation IV games Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, were announced, and they were released on November 19, 2021 worldwide. Pokémon Legends: Arceus was also announced during the same Pokémon Presents, slated to be released on January 28, 2022 worldwide.

Connectivity

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.

Advances in gameplay

Alterations from Generation VII

Further additions in Sword and Shield updates

Version 1.1.0

The Isle of Armor (Version 1.2.0)

The Crown Tundra (Version 1.3.0)

Further additions in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Further additions in Legends: Arceus

Region

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.

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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
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Milo
ヤロー Yarrow
Turffield
ターフタウン
Turf Town
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Grass
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Grass Badge
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Nessa
ルリナ Rurina
Hulbury
バウタウン
Bow Town
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Water
40px
Water Badge
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Kabu
カブ Kabu
Motostoke
エンジンシティ
Engine City
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Fire
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Fire Badge
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Bea
サイトウ SaitōSw
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Allister
オニオン OnionSh
Stow-on-Side
ラテラルタウン
Lateral Town
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Fighting
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Ghost
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Fighting Badge
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Ghost Badge
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Opal
ポプラ Poplar
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Bede
ビート Beet
Ballonlea
アラベスクタウン
Arabesque Town
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Fairy
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Fairy Badge


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


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

Sinnoh

Main article: Sinnoh

Sinnoh was featured in Generation VIII in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, which are remakes of the Generation IV games Diamond and Pearl.

Starter Pokémon

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.

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Turtwig
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Chimchar
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Piplup
Grass Fire Water
Grotle Grotle Monferno Monferno Prinplup Prinplup
Grass Fire Fighting Water
Torterra Torterra Infernape Infernape Empoleon Empoleon
Grass Ground Fire Fighting Water Steel

Gym Leaders

Sinnoh League
Generation VIII Region: Sinnoh
Gym Leader
Japanese
Location
Japanese
Type Badge
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Roark
ヒョウタ Hyouta
Oreburgh City
クロガネシティ
Kurogane City
Rock 40px
Coal Badge
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Gardenia
ナタネ Natane
Eterna City
ハクタイシティ
Hakutai City
Grass 40px
Forest Badge
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Maylene
スモモ Sumomo
Veilstone City
トバリシティ
Tobari City
Fighting 40px
Cobble Badge
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Crasher Wake
マキシマム仮面 Maximum Mask
Pastoria City
ノモセシティ
Nomose City
Water 40px
Fen Badge
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Fantina
メリッサ Melissa
Hearthome City
ヨスガシティ
Yosuga City
Ghost 40px
Relic Badge
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Byron
トウガン Tougan
Canalave City
ミオシティ
Mio City
Steel 40px
Mine Badge
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Candice
スズナ Suzuna
Snowpoint City
キッサキシティ
Kissaki City
Ice 40px
Icicle Badge
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Volkner
デンジ Denzi
Sunyshore City
ナギサシティ
Nagisa City
Electric 40px
Beacon Badge

Hisui

Main article: Hisui

Hisui will be introduced in Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It is what the Sinnoh region used to be called before gaining its current name.

Starter Pokémon

The starter Pokémon featured in the game follow the series' usual Grass/Fire/Water setup. The player is given a choice between Rowlet, Cyndaquil, or Oshawott.

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Rowlet
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Cyndaquil
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Oshawott
Grass Flying Fire Water
Dartrix Dartrix Quilava Quilava Dewott Dewott
Grass Flying Fire Water
Decidueye Decidueye Typhlosion Typhlosion Samurott Samurott
Grass Ghost Fire Water


Title screens

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Reason: Japanese SwSh Champion title screens; Japanese BDSP title screens, English SP title screen

English title screens

Pokémon Sword Pokémon Shield
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Pokémon Sword
(After defeating Leon)
Pokémon Shield
(After defeating Leon)
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Pokémon Brilliant Diamond
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Japanese title screens

Pokémon Sword Pokémon Shield
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Trivia

  • Generation VIII is the first generation:
  • Generation VIII is the only generation to feature a remake of a spin-off game, namely Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX.
    • It is also the only generation to feature more than one remake.
  • 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 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 between two core series games in the same generation.



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)
Brilliant Diamond & Shining PearlLegends: Arceus
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