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

Generation VIII (Japanese: 第8世代) is the third generation of the Pokémon series to be exclusively 3D and the eighth generation overall. It was announced on February 27, 2019 with the announcement of Pokémon Sword and Shield. This generation features the Galar region.


New Pokémon

Dynamax & Gigantamax

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

Regional variant

Similarly to the Alolan forms in Sun and Moon, they have Regional variant in the Galar Region known as the Galarian forms. Unlike Alolan forms, which are exclusive to Generation I’s normal counterparts, Galarian forms also has their normal counterparts from beyond Generation I. Galarian forms even has the evolutions which are exclusive to the previous Generations’ Regional variant counterparts.

Rotom Phone

Similarly to Sun & 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 ??? Badge
Nessa Water ??? Badge
Bea Fighting ??? Badge
Allister Ghost ??? Badge


Main series


  • 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.
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