Everything you need to know about Gen 8 in Pokmon Go.

Gen 8 includes 89 new Pokémon which will be gradually released into Pokémon Go.

Unlike previous generations – Gen 1, Gen 2, Gen 3, Gen 4, Gen 5 and Gen 6 – Pokémon from Gen 8, such as Perrserker and Sirfetch’d, were released into Pokémon Go before the official release of the generation.

Gen 8 made its arrival into the Pokémon universe with the release of Pokémon Sword and Shield for the Nintendo Switch, with new Pokémon for this generation being introduced through the DLC – The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra – for these games.

Similar to Gen 7, this generation is a mixture of original creatures and Galarian variants, which are new forms of Pokémon from past generations.

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Battling and catching Gen 8 Legendary Zacian, released August 2021 in Pokémon Go.

Which Gen 8 Pokémon are in Pokémon Go so far

While Gen 8 will be releasing the majority of its Pokémon in stages, similar to the past generations like Gen 5 and Gen 6, a number of creatures, such as Sirfetch’d and Runerigus, are already in Pokémon Go.

These Pokémon are obtained by evolving the Galarian forms of Pokémon from past generations – Galarian Meowth, for example, evolves into Perrserker – so, if you wish to add them to your Pokédex, you must obtain that specific Galarian form first.

Below you can find the Gen 8 Pokémon which are currently available in Pokémon Go:

August 2021 (7 released):

Here are the Gen 8 Pokémon released into Pokémon Go during August 2021:

December 2020 (1 released):

Below you can find the Gen 8 Pokémon released during December 2020:

No. Pokémon Type, Evolution and Debut Method
866 Mr. Rime
Ice / Psychic
Evolves from Galarian Mr. Mime using 50 Mr. Mime Candy in Pokémon Go
Debuted as part of the paid Tap… Tap… Tappity-Tap Special Research quest
Evolving Galarian Mr. Mime into Mr. Rime in Pokémon Go

October 2020 (2 released):

Here are the Gen 8 Pokémon released into Pokémon Go during October 2020:

No. Pokémon Type, Evolution and Debut Method
865 Sirfetch’d
Pokemon_Sirfetch_d
Fighting
Evolves from Galarian Farfetch’d using 50 Farfetch’d Candy and making 10 Excellent Throws with Galarian Farfetch’d as your buddy in Pokémon Go
Debutted as part of The Crown Tundra Event
867 Runerigus
Pokemon_Runerigus
Ground / Ghost
Evolves from Galarian Yamask using 50 Yamask Candy and winning 10 raids in Pokémon Go
Debuted as part of the Halloween 2020 event

June 2020 (2 released):

Below you can find the Gen 8 Pokémon released during June 2020:

No. Pokémon Type, Evolution and Debut Method
862 Obstagoon
Pokemon_Obstagoon
Dark / Normal
Evolves from Galarian Linoone using 100 Zigzagoon Candy in Pokémon Go
Debuted as part of the Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 event
863 Perrserker
Pokemon_Perrserker
Steel
Evolves from Galarian Meowth using 50 Meowth Candy in Pokémon Go
Debuted as part of the Throwback Challenge Champion 2020 event

What we know about the Gen 8 Pokémon

Originating from the Galar regions, which was inspired by the British Isle, Gen 8 originally introduced 80 and, upon the release of the DLCs for Pokémon Sword and Shield – The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra – this was increased to 89 Pokémon. This collection includes new legendaries, the three starter Pokémon and Galar variants.

Below you can find some interesting facts which help make Gen 8 unique amongst the other Pokémon generations:

Pokemon_Appletun
Appletun.
  • Gen 8 introduces a number of unique evolution methods – from spinning your avatar to evolve a Milcery into Alcremie to activating Sinistea’s evolution by giving it a special pot.
  • With 70 different options, Alcremie currently has the most forms out of any Pokémon in the National Pokédex.
  • Gen 8 is the first appearance of the Dynamax ability and Gigantamax Pokémon, which change their appearance upon Dynamaxing.
  • Like Gen 7’s Alolan Pokémon, Gen 8 introduces the Galar variants for a number of Pokémon from past generations. Some of these Galarian Pokémon take inspiration from the British Isle, such as Galarian Weezing referencing the Industrial Revolution to Galarian Rapidash resembling a unicorn, which is Scotland’s national animal.
  • Unlike the Alolan variants, a number of the Galarian variants evolve exclusively into new Gen 8 Pokémon. You can only obtain an Obstagoon, for example, by evolving a Galarian Linoone.
Pokemon_Greedent
There’s no light in Greedent’s eyes…
  • Aside from the Galar variants, a number of Gen 8 Pokémon also take inspiration from the British Isle. This includes Duraludon, which resembles The Shard in London, and Appletun, which was clearly inspired by the apple pies sold in Greggs.
  • Gen 8 is the first generation to not introduce a new Pokémon whose typing is normal and flying-type.
  • Unlike past generations, Gen 8’s fossil Pokémon are revived by combining two different fossils. Unlike past generations, none of these new fossil Pokémon have rock included in their typing.
  • For some reason I find Greedent unsettling.




The Season of Discovery is here!

Current events, include Season 8 of the Go Battle League, the addition of Raid Achievements and the Ultra Unlock 2021: Sword and Shield event.

During this event, you can battle Zacian in five-star raids and catch new Gen 8 Pokémon, including Falinks, Wooloo and Skwovet.

Meanwhile, the last major update saw a level cap increase – including the addition of XL Candy, boosts to some XP sources and the addition of Platinum Medals.



Pokémon Go Gen 8 Pokémon list

While the majority of Gen 8 evolutions in Pokémon Go will, like previous generations such as Gen 6, require a specific amount of candy, this generation is known for having a number of unique evolution methods.

We’ve already seen some of these methods with the exclusive Galarian form evolutions; while some, such as Galarian Slowpoke, simply require candy, others involve fulfilling a specific requirement, such as winning 10 raids with Galarian Yamask as your buddy to evolve it into Runerigus.

It’s also important to note that a non-Galarian version of a Pokémon will not have the option to evolve into the specific Galarian evolution. This means, for example, you can’t evolve a Kanto Meowth into a Perrserker.

Aside from the Galarian forms, Pokémon like Applin or Sinistea require you to use specific items in Pokémon Sword and Shield to trigger their evolution. In Pokémon Go, this could be translated into the use of a stone, similar to the Sinnoh or Unova Stones, the trading mechanic or, possibly, a brand new mechanic. We’ll have to wait and see!

Below you can find the complete list of Gen 8 Pokémon:

Good luck completing the Galar Pokédex!


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