The eighth generation of Pokémon was first mentioned in a tweet from the Pokémon Company on May 29, 2018, later being confirmed on February 27, 2019 with the official announcement of Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Though much is left to discover about this region and its Pokémon, we do know that this region will be the first in which players explore an open world area, called the Wild Area, with Pokémon wandering about in the overworld. It will also be the first main series Pokémon game to include raid battles, and it introduces two new phenomenons known as Dynamax and Gigatamax. Dynamax makes the player's Pokémon can become giant in size, while Gigatamax makes the player's Pokémon not only become giant, but change form as well. Given the popularity of Pokémon in the world now, it is likely this region's Pokémon will get a good amount of merchandise, though only time will tell.
This generation introduced 80 new Pokémon, 13 Regional Variants, and 26 Gigantamax Forms.
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