The ninth generation Pokémon already have a name: Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet. Last February’s Pokémon Presents was the chosen event to showcase Game Freak’s new Pokémon; an announcement that caught us all off guard, in full digestion of the famous Pokémon Legends Arceus.
The truth is that there will be new main video games at the end of 2022, exclusively for Nintendo Switch. So, we say goodbye to Generation VIII and enter Generation IX, which will introduce a slew of new Pokemon, but how many main games and new species have there been in each generation? We take a look at the current Pokédex and how we arrived at the 908 Pokemon in existence so far.
Generation I (Kanto)
- Video games: Pokémon Blue, Green, Red, Yellow.
- New Pokemon: 151.
Where it all started, with the red and green version in Japan; then Blue, which are the cartridges on which the western versions of Red and Blue were based. The first generation bid farewell to Pokémon Yellow for Game Boy, the title that gave Pikachu all the limelight and went all out with references to the anime’s first season. From Bulbasaur to Mew, the first generation we remember fondly.
Generation II (Johto)
- Video games: Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal.
- New Pokemon: 100.
After the first installments that delighted half the world, the second generation took us to the region bordering Kanto from the west, Johto. Not much can be said about Gold and Silver at this point, and the phenomenal Crystal as an upgraded version. It was the last major game of the Game Boy era, exclusive to Game Boy Color. This generation added a total of 100 new species.
Generation III (Hoenn)
- Video games: Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, LeafGreen.
- New Pokemon: 135.
Hoenn is one of the most beloved regions in the Pokémon universe. A tropical archipelago full of aquatic areas where we first dived and introduced new gameplay features that remain up to date. Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald are the titles that made up Generation Three, which brought the total Pokémon roster to 386 with its 135 new additions to the Pokédex. To these games must be added the remakes of Red and Green: Fire Red and Leaf Green, which added the novelties of Generation III.
Generation IV (Sinnoh)
- Video games: Pokémon Pearl, Diamond, Platinum, HeartGold, SoulSilver.
- New Pokemon: 107.
Sinnoh is the most recent region in our memory after the remakes of Pearl and Diamond and Pokémon Legends Arceus, based on Hisui, the ancestral name of Sinnoh. The fourth generation was the first on Nintendo DS with Pearl, Diamond and Platinum versions; while Gold and Silver returned with their standout remakes, HeartGold and SoulSilver. A golden age was experienced with Generation IV, which introduced 107 new species.
Generation V (Unova)
- Video games: Pokemon White, Black, White 2, Black 2.
- New Pokemon: 156.
The fifth generation is not only known for having two of the most brilliant games in the history of the saga and an unforgettable story, but also for being the generation with the most new species added: 156. Black and White has us taken to Unova, the first canonical generation not based in Japanese territory (it is based in New York). Less than two years later we had White 2 and Black 2, a big surprise that broke with the predictable: no Gray Pokémon, but some sequels. Generation V is brilliant as a whole. The end of the 2D era.
Generation VI (Kalos)
- Video games: Pokemon X/Y.
- New Pokemon: 72.
It’s the start of the 3D era, one of the shortest generations in terms of mainline games, since we only had Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, with 72 new species, plus the remakes of Ruby and Sapphire: Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. A lot has changed with the switch to Nintendo 3DS, not just the design of three-dimensional environments. For the first time, we had less than a hundred new Pokemon (72), but the Mega Evolutions arrived… And neither Pokemon Z nor a DLC arrived, instead, Generation VI told the see you sooner than expected.
Generation VII (Alola)
- Video games: Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, Ultra Moon, Let’s Go.
- New Pokemon: 88.
The farewell to Kalos had a reason: Alola. Three years after X and Y we embarked on the journey to the Alola archipelago with Sun and Moon, a region without Arenas and with a somewhat atypical Pokémon League – like the rest of the adventure. Fresh on all fronts (regional forms have arrived) with a pair of titles that have won the affection of fans over the years. A year later, in 2017, we had Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, the second version, with new features and an occasional new creature. The seventh generation said goodbye with Pokémon Let’s Go, Pikachu/Eevee for Nintendo Switch, the first HD games. This reimagining of Yellow introduced two new species, Meltan and Melmetal, bringing the number to 88 Pokémon.
Generation VIII (Galar)
- Video Games: Pokémon Sword, Shield (+ Expansion Pack with The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra), Brilliant Diamond, Shining Pearl, Pokémon Legends Arceus.
- New Pokemon: 96.
The eighth generation has grown in importance over time. Galar promised a lot and delivered some truly momentous new features for the present and future of Pokémon, starting with the first large open area in series history. Sword and Shield did not have a third version, but an Expansion Pass consisting of two DLC adventures: The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra. Without a doubt, a decision that stands out for its originality and what they have added to these versions, which are among the most complete in the saga with this Expansion Pass. The eighth generation also had the Sinnoh remakes with Brilliant Diamond or Shining Pearl, the first canonical games not developed by Game Freak, but ILCA. Some time later we understood why, with the announcement of Pokémon Legends Arceus, the first ARPG of the saga. A total of 96 new Pokémon came to bring the figure to 905 Pokémon by adding new regional and legendary forms.
Generation IX (scarlet/purple)
- Video games: Pokémon Scarlet and Purple.
- New Pokemon: so far 3.
We come to the ninth generation, the one that will be released at the end of 2022 on Nintendo Switch. This region based on the Iberian Peninsula (predictably Spain as the main source of inspiration) still doesn’t have a name, but we do know that it will be the first game in Pokémon history to be fully open world. With Game Freak spearheading the project, will the new playable features of Arceus Legends be added? We can only hope to have more details in the coming months.
All Pokémon games (main line) in chronological order
- Pokémon Red and Blue – 1998, Game Boy
- Pokémon Yellow – 1999, Game Boy
- Pokémon Gold and Silver – 2000, Game Boy
- Pokémon Crystal – 2001, Game Boy Color
- Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire – 2003, Game Boy Advance
- Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen – 2004, Game Boy Advance
- Pokémon Emerald – 2005, Game Boy Advance
- Pokémon Pearl and Diamond – 2007, Nintendo DS
- Pokémon Platinum – 2009, Nintendo DS
- Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver – 2010, Nintendo DS
- Pokémon Black and White – 2011, Nintendo DS
- Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 – 2012, Nintendo DS
- Pokemon X and Y – 2013, Nintendo 3DS
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – 2014, Nintendo 3DS
- Pokemon Sun and Moon – 2016, Nintendo 3DS
- Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon – 2017, Nintendo 3DS
- Pokemon Let’s Go, Pikachu!/Eevee! – 2018, Nintendo Switch
- Pokémon Sword and Shield – 2019, Nintendo Switch
- Pokémon Shining Diamond and Shining Pearl – 2021, Nintendo Switch
- Pokemon Legends Arceus – 2022, Nintendo Switch
- Pokémon Scarlet and Violet – 2022, Nintendo Switch