Generation VIII
Pokémon Sword Logo.png
Pokémon Shield Logo.png
Pokémon Sword and Shield logos
Debut JN November 15, 2019
EN November 15, 2019
Pokémon 898 (89 new)
Region Galar
Date Ended JN Unknown
EN Unknown
Game Information
Main Game(s): Pokémon Sword and Shield
Battle Arena Games: Unknown

Generation VIII (第八(だいはち)世代(せだい) Dai Hachi-sedai) is the eighth instalment of the Pokémon franchise. It was first announced on February 27, 2019 with the announcement of Pokémon Sword and Shield. This generation features the Galar region.


New Pokémon

Dynamax, Gigantamax, & Eternamax

Dynamax and Gigantamax are special phenomenon that can be used by a Pokémon if its Trainer is equipped with a Dynamax Band.

Eternamax is a phenomenon exclusive to the Legendary Pokémon Eternatus. It is only seen during the climax of the story, and cannot be achieved by the player.

Regional variant

Similarly to the Alolan Forms in Sun and Moon, Galar has its own regional form known as Galarian Forms. Unlike Alolan Forms, which are exclusive to Generation I's normal counterparts, Galarian Forms also have their normal counterparts from beyond Generation I. Galarian Forms even have the evolutions that are exclusive to the previous Generations' regional variant counterparts.

Rotom Phone

Similarly to Pokémon Sun and Moon, there is also a Rotom Pokédex, but it instead possesses a phone. The phone can be attached to objects, such as bikes, to upgrade them.

Gym Leaders

Leader Type Badge
Milo Grass Grass Badge
Nessa Water Water Badge
Kabu Fire Fire Badge
Bea (Sword) Fighting Fighting Badge
Allister (Shield) Ghost Ghost Badge
Opal Fairy Fairy Badge
Gordie (Sword) Rock Rock Badge
Melony (Shield) Ice Ice Badge
Piers Dark Dark Badge
Raihan Dragon Dragon Badge


Main series and expansions


Galarian Forms

Gigantamax Forms


  • This is the first Generation to have paid additional content for the core Pokémon series, replacing the usual enhanced versions.
  • The wolf heads on top of the sword and shield represent Zacian, Pokémon Sword, and Zamazenta, Pokémon Shield, respectively. Both Legendary Pokémon are also wielding their represented objects.
  • The Gym Badges are named after the types in this region.
  • It is the first even-numbered generation that didn't introduce a new evolution for Eevee.
    • Through the Crown Tundra expansion, it is also the first generation to add new Legendary Pokémon to an already existing trio.
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