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ERAS | Eight Generations of Pokemon

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One can split the 25 year old franchise into eras known as "generations". There are currently eight generations of Pokémon as of 2021 and the beginning of a given generation begins with the release of main series games that introduces a new region. Generation I began with the release of Pokémon Red & Green (1996) which take place in the Kanto region; Generation II is marked by Pokémon Gold & Silver (1999) which take place in Johto; Generation III is marked by Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire (2002) in HoennGeneration IV is marked by Pokémon Diamond & Pearl (2006) in Sinnoh; Generation V is marked by Pokémon Black & White (2010) in Unova; Generation VI is marked by Pokemon X & Y (2013) in Kalos; Generation VII is marked by Pokémon Sun & Moon (2016) in Alola; and Generation VIII is marked by Pokémon Sword & Shield (2019) in Galar.

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Generation I of Pokémon began with the Japanese release of Pokémon Red & Green in 1996. The main series Generation I games are Red & Green as well as the North American Pokémon Blue released in 1996 and Pokémon Yellow, an enhanced version of the games loosely based on the Pokémon anime, released in 1998. The Kanto starter Pokémon introduced in Generation I are the Grass-Poison type Bulbasaur, the Fire type Charmander, and the Water type Squirtle; which have their final forms as the Grass-Poison type Venusaur, the Fire-Flying type Charizard, and the Water type Blastoise respectively. The starter of Pokémon Yellow is the Electric type Pikachu, which happens to be the starter Pokémon of anime protagonist Ash Ketchum. Generation I introduced 151 new species of Pokémon, 15 Pokémon types (Normal, Fire, Water, Grass, Electric, Ice, Fighting, Poison, Ground, Flying, Psychic, Bug, Rock, Ghost, Dragon), 5 stats Pokémon can possess (HP, Attack, Defense, Special, Speed), 165 unique moves, a PC-based Pokémon storage system that is able to store 240 Pokémon in 12 boxes that can hold 20 Pokémon each, a means of trading and battling Pokémon between players, a means of capturing Pokémon using 5 types of Poké Balls (Poké Ball, Great Ball, Ultra Ball, Master Ball, Safari Ball), a villainous team that served as the antagonists of the playthrough (Team Rocket), and a Pokémon League. The Pokémon League involves defeating eight leaders of Pokémon Gyms that specialized in a Pokémon type, the Elite Four, and the Pokémon Champion to in order to become Champion.

Generation II of Pokémon began with the release of Pokémon Gold & Silver in 1999. The main series Generation II games consist of Gold & Silver, and Pokémon Crystal (2000). The Johto starter Pokémon introduced in Generation II are the Grass type Chikorita, the Fire type Cyndaquil, and the Water type Totodile; which have their final forms as the Grass type Meganium, the Fire type Typhlosion, and the Water type Feraligatr respectively. Generation II introduced 100 new species of Pokémon (bringing the total to 251), 86 new moves (bringing the total to 251), 2 new Pokémon types (Dark and Steel), 7 new types of Poké Ball (Fast Ball, Level Ball, Lure Ball, Heavy Ball, Love Ball, Friend Ball, Moon Ball, Sport Ball), 2 additional boxes in the Pokémon Storage System (bringing the total number of Pokémon able to be stored to 280), genders for Pokémon and the ability for Pokémon to breed, a built-in clock, Shiny Pokémon, Baby Pokémon and eggs, Friendship as a stat for all Pokémon, the addition of a stat-boosting Pokérus, the replacement of the Town Map with the Pokégear, and the split of the Special Stat into two stats (Special Attack and Special Defense).

Generation III of Pokémon began with the release of Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire in 2002. The main series Generation III games consist of Ruby & Sapphire, Pokémon Emerald (2004), and Pokémon FireRed & LeafGreen (2004)—remakes of Pokémon Red & Green. The Hoenn starter Pokémon introduced in Generation III are the Grass type Treecko, the Fire type Torchic, and the Water type Mudkip; which have their final forms as the Grass type Sceptile, the Fire-Fighting type Blaziken, and the Water-Ground type Swampert respectively. Generation III introduced 135 new species of Pokémon (bringing to total to 386), 103 new moves (bringing the total to 354), 7 new types of Poké Ball (Net Ball, Nest Ball, Repeat Ball, Timer Ball, Luxury Ball, Premier Ball, Dive Ball), 10 extra spaces per Box in the Pokémon Storage system (bringing the total number of Pokémon able to be stored to 420), Pokémon Contests, Double Battles, 76 Abilities that Pokémon are able to have, 25 possible Natures that Pokémon are able to have, Berries that can be picked and given to Pokémon, individual personality values for Pokémon, and 2 villianous teams (Team Aqua and Team Magma).

Generation IV of Pokémon began with the release of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl in 2006. The main series Generation IV games consist of Diamond & Pearl, Pokémon Platinum (2008), and Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver (2009)—remakes of Pokémon Gold & Silver. The Sinnoh starter Pokémon introduced in Generation IV are the Grass type Turtwig, the Fire type Chimchar, and the Water type Piplup; which have their final forms as the Grass-Ground type Torterra, the Fire-Fighting type Infernape, and the Water-Steel type Empoleon respectively. Generation IV introduced 107 new species of Pokémon (bringing the total to 494), 113 new moves (bringing the total to 467), 47 new Abilities (bringing the total to 123), 4 more boxes in the Pokémon Storage System (bringing the total number of Pokémon able to be stored to 540), 5 new types of Poké Ball (Dusk Ball, Heal Ball, Quick Ball, Cherish Ball, Park Ball), and a new villainous team (Team Galactic).

Generation V of Pokémon began with the release of Pokémon Black & White in 2010. The main series Generation V games consist of Black & White and Pokémon Black 2 & White 2 (2012)—the sequels to Pokémon Black & White. The Unova starter Pokémon introduced in Generation V are the Grass type Snivy, the Fire type Tepig, and the Water type Oshawott; which have their final forms as the Grass type Serperior, the Fire-Fighting type Emboar, and the Water type Samurott respectively.

Generation VI of Pokémon began with the release of Pokémon X & Y in 2013. The main series Generation VI games consist of X & Y and Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire (2014)—remakes of Pokémon Ruby & Sapphire. The Kalos starter Pokémon introduced in Generation VI are the Grass type Chespin, the Fire type Fennekin, and the Water type Froakie; which have their final forms as the Grass-Fighting type Chesnaught, the Fire-Psychic type Delphox, and the Water-Dark type Greninja respectively.

Generation VII of Pokémon began with the release of Pokémon Sun & Moon in 2016. The main series Generation VII games consist of Sun & Moon, Pokémon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon (2017), and Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu & Eevee (2018)—remakes of Pokémon Yellow. The Alola starter Pokémon introduced in Generation VII are the Grass type Rowlet, the Fire type Litten, and the Water type Popplio; which have their final forms as the Grass-Ghost type Decidueye, the Fire-Dark type Incineroar, and the Water-Fairy type Primarina respectively.

Generation VIII of Pokémon began with the release of Pokémon Sword & Shield in 2019. The main series Generation VIII games will consist of Sword & Shield, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond & Shining Pearl (2021)—remakes of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus (2022). The Galar starter Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII are the Grass type Grookey, the Fire type Scorbunny, and the Water type Sobble; which have their final forms as the Grass type Rillaboom, the Fire type Cinderace, and the Water type Inteleon respectively.
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I'm not one hundred percent sure but I thought I saw somewhere that Legends Arceus was a main line series game which might make it Gen 9
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It is mainline but generations only change with new regions, not old.

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I like how you did your system of Pokemon episodes.