List of generation VIII Pokémon

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The eighth generation (Generation VIII) of the Pokémon franchise features the addition of at least 15 (as of July 8, 2019) fictional species of creatures to the core video game series in the 2019 Nintendo Switch games Pokémon Sword and Shield so far, which take place in the Galar region. The starter Pokémon of the generation were the first Pokémon revealed for the generation: the Grass-type Grookey; the Fire-type Scorbunny; and the Water-type Sobble. Other Pokemon have been added as well.

Design and development[edit]

Development of Pokémon Sword and Shield began in 2016, immediately following the development period of Pokémon Sun and Moon. The conceptual phase lasted approximately a year and the debugging process continued into 2019.[1] With the Galar region based on the United Kingdom, the native Pokémon draw inspiration from English fauna, folklore, and mythology. The legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta are wolf-like creatures, drawing inspiration from wolves that frequently appear in English mythology.[2] Design of the starter Pokémon revolved around the area in which they would be encountered by the player character.[1]

List of Pokémon[edit]

List of Pokémon species introduced in Generation VIII (2019)
Name National Pokédex
number[nb 1]
Type(s) Evolves into Notes
English Japanese Primary Secondary
Grookey Sarunori (サルノリ) N/A Grass N/A The Grass-type starter in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Grookey are mischievous and curious monkey-like Pokémon.[3] It carries a special stick from the forests where its species live. Using energy from the sun transferred through Grookey, this stick can revitalize plants in the area where Grookey uses it as a drumstick.[4] In a poll held by The Pokémon Company International's official Twitter account, Grookey was the least popular of the three starters, receiving only 25 percent of the vote.[5]
Scorbunny Hibanī (ヒバニー) N/A Fire N/A The Fire-type starter in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Scorbunny are energetic rabbit-like Pokémon said to always be running.[3] It can run long and fast enough for the soles of its feet to ignite fires. They also have a fire-sac in their chest which becomes more powerful the more Scorbunny runs.[6] In a Twitter poll held by The Pokémon Company on the three starters, Scorbunny came in second receiving 37 percent of the vote, just shy of Sobble.[5]
Sobble Messon (メッソン) N/A Water N/A The Water-type starter in Pokémon Sword and Shield. Sobble are timid, chameleon-like Pokémon that can blend into their surroundings when exposed to water.[3][7] Sobble frequently start crying, which causes those around it to start crying in return, in order to distract opponents and escape conflict; its tears are said to be as potent as 100 onions.[7] In a Twitter poll held by The Pokémon Company on the three starters, Sobble was the most popular, receiving 38 percent of the vote.[5]
Gossifleur Himenka (ヒメンカ) N/A Grass Eldegoss Gossifleur are flower-like Pokémon that can ride wind gusts by spinning their petals. They prefer unpolluted land and their pollen is used in folk medicine and tea.[2]
Eldegoss Watashiraga (ワタシラガ) N/A Grass N/A The evolution of Gossifleur, Eldegoss are dandelion-like Pokémon whose seeds are used as a food source by people and Pokémon.[2]
Wooloo Ūrū (ウールー) N/A Normal N/A Wooloo are peaceful, sheep-like Pokémon whose wool is used in certain Galar towns to create goods. When faced with combat, they tend to simply roll away. Their simple design originates from the abundance of sheep across the United Kingdom.[2] Wooloo proved popular with fans, with many of them creating fan art of it. Michael McWhertor of Polygon described Wooloo as "perfect in every way", while game director Shigeru Ohmori said that "it definitely caught [him] by surprise just how popular it became".[8][9]
Corviknight Āmāgā (アーマーガア) N/A Flying Steel N/A Corviknight are large, raven-like Pokémon who are frequently used to taxi people around the Galar region. Their design draws inspiration from the legend of ravens guarding the Tower of London.[2] Certain Corviknight are capable of Gigantamax and grow to more than 14 m (46 ft) in height. The energy produced by Gigantamax Corviknight causes its steel feather to form "blade birds" that fly around the creature and can be used to attack.[10]
Drednaw Kajirigame (カジリガメ) N/A Water Rock N/A Drednaw are slow, turtle-like Pokémon known for the immense biting power. Their bite is powerful enough to crush rock and iron. They are particularly stubborn and hard to raise, resulting in inexperienced trainers releasing them after capture.[2] Certain Drednaw are capable of Gigantamax and grow to more than 24 m (79 ft) in height. Becoming bipedal in the process, Gigantamax Drednaw use their massive bodies to crush opponents. By rapidly extending its neck, they can punch holes in large metal structures and mountains.[11]
Yamper Wanpachi (ワンパチ) N/A Electric N/A Yamper are corgi-like Pokémon with the unique ability "Ball Fetch" which retrieves lost Pokeballs. Yamper received positive reactions, with critics and fans calling it adorable.[12][13][14] Yamper's design stems from Queen Elizabeth II's fondness for Welsh and Pembroke corgis.[15]
Impidimp Unknown N/A Dark Fairy N/A Impidimp are purple imp-like Pokémon. Ben Reeves of Game Informer criticized the species as a "monstrosity".[12]
Alcremie Mahoippu (マホイップ) N/A Fairy N/A Alcremie are based on a traditional English desert, strawberries and cream. They can produce whipped cream that becomes richer the happier they are.[16] Certain Alcremie are capable of Gigantamax and in combination with a giant cake formed in the process grow to more than 29 m (95 ft) in height. The cake is extremely resistant to attacks. They use "high-calorie cream missiles" to attack opponents.[17] Critics and fans praised Alcremie's design as cute. Writers of Eater and Time also brought attention to sexual innuendos surrounding the Pokémon's descriptions.[16][14] David Lozada of Game Revolution called Alcremie one of the weirdest Pokémon to date.[18]
Rolycoly Tandon (タンドン) N/A Rock N/A Rolycoly are rock and coal Pokémon that were commonplace in Galar homes up until 100 years before the events of Sword and Shield. The coal that falls off their bodies was used for cooking and heating.[19] David Lozada of Game Revolution described Rolycoly's history as "depressing", and likened their usage to slavery. He also labeled Rolycoly as one of the weirdest Pokémon to date.[18]
Duraludon Jurarudon (ジュラルドン) N/A Steel Dragon N/A Duraludon are alloy Pokémon that are unusually light for their size. Sharing a habitat with Tyranitar, the two species frequently battle for territory. Duraludon are capable of using the fan-named Steel-type move てっていこうせん (Tettei Kо̄sen).[20]
Zacian Zacian (ザシアン) N/A Unknown N/A Zacian is a wolf-like Pokémon that carries a sword in its mouth and fights gracefully.[2] Its sword is capable of cutting through anything.[21] Its design is similar to the Great Grey Wolf Sif from Dark Souls.[2][22] Bandai Namco, the publisher for Dark Souls, acknowledged the similarity soon after the Pokémon's reveal during E3 2019.[23]
Zamazenta Zamazenta (ザマゼンタ) N/A Unknown N/A Zamazenta is a wolf-like Pokémon adorned with a large shield on the front of its body. This shield is capable of repelling any attack.[2][21]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 2019, no official National or Regional Pokédex numbers have been revealed. However, following tradition with six of the seven preceding generations, Grookey and its evolutions are presumed to be 810–812, Scorbunny and its evolutions 813–815, and Sobble and its evolutions 816–818.[3]

References[edit]

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  7. ^ a b "Sobble". The Pokémon of the Galar Region. The Pokémon Company. 2019. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
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