G-Max Move

A G-Max Move (Japanese: キョダイマックスわざ Kyodaimax Move) is a special type of move introduced in Generation VIII. G-Max Moves are special Max Moves that are exclusive to Gigantamax Pokémon.


For Gigantamax Pokémon, damaging moves of a certain type become its exclusive G-Max Move instead of the normal corresponding Max Move. Each species of Gigantamax Pokémon has its own unique G-Max Move, and vice versa. Like Max Moves, the damage category and base power of most G-Max Moves are taken from that of the compatible base move (G-Max Drum Solo, G-Max Fireball, and G-Max Hydrosnipe, the Galar starters' G-Max Moves released with the Isle of Armor expansion being the exceptions, with a 160 fixed base power whatever the base move is), and cannot be fully protected against by protection moves (such as Detect and King's Shield), except by the Max Move Max Guard. Most G-Max Moves use the same power as their Max Move counterparts (except the three ones listed previously), thus the only difference between a G-Max Move and a Max Move of the same type is its secondary effect.

See more: Max Move→Power

List of G-Max Moves

Max Move Gigantamax Pokémon Type Additional effect Image
G-Max Vine Lash   Venusaur Grass Inflicts damage for four turns on non-Grass-type opponents  
G-Max Wildfire   Charizard Fire Inflicts damage for four turns on non-Fire-type opponents  
G-Max Cannonade   Blastoise Water Inflicts damage for four turns on non-Water-type opponents  
G-Max Befuddle   Butterfree Bug Inflicts poison, paralysis, or sleep on all opponents  
G-Max Volt Crash   Pikachu Electric Paralyzes all opponents  
G-Max Gold Rush   Meowth Normal Scatters coins on the ground that are picked up afterwards and confuses all opponents
Value is equal to 100 × the user's level (200 × user's level with an Amulet Coin)
G-Max Chi Strike   Machamp Fighting Pumps up the user and its allies, raising the chance of critical hits by one stage.
Stacks with itself and moves like Focus Energy, unlike other critical hit sources
G-Max Terror   Gengar Ghost Prevents the opponent from escaping or being recalled
Same effect as Mean Look
G-Max Foam Burst   Kingler Water Lowers the Speed of all opponents by two stages  
G-Max Resonance   Lapras Ice Lowers damage from both Physical and Special moves for five turns
Same effect as Aurora Veil, though it does not require hail.
G-Max Cuddle   Eevee Normal Opponents of the opposite gender of the user become infatuated  
G-Max Replenish   Snorlax Normal 50% chance of restoring user or ally's used Berries
Similar effect to Recycle when it works
G-Max Malodor   Garbodor Poison Poisons all opponents  
G-Max Meltdown   Melmetal Steel Makes opponents incapable of using the same move twice in a row
Same effect as Torment
G-Max Drum Solo   Rillaboom Grass Moves can be used regardless of abilities. Power is always 160, regardless of base move.
Works like Mold Breaker
G-Max Fireball   Cinderace Fire Moves can be used regardless of abilities. Power is always 160, regardless of base move.
Works like Mold Breaker
G-Max Hydrosnipe   Inteleon Water Moves can be used regardless of abilities. Power is always 160, regardless of base move.
Works like Mold Breaker
G-Max Wind Rage   Corviknight Flying Removes the effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and terrain from the opponents' side of the field.
Works like Defog, but does not lower evasiveness.
G-Max Gravitas   Orbeetle Psychic Intensifies gravity for five turns
Same effect as Gravity
G-Max Stonesurge   Drednaw Water Creates Stealth Rock on the opponents' side of the field  
G-Max Volcalith   Coalossal Rock Inflicts damage for four turns on non-Rock-type opponents  
G-Max Tartness   Flapple Grass Lowers the evasiveness of all opponents by one stage  
G-Max Sweetness   Appletun Grass Cures the user and its allies of their status conditions
Only affects allies on the field
G-Max Sandblast   Sandaconda Ground Traps the target in Sand Tomb for four to five turns  
G-Max Stun Shock   Toxtricity Electric Inflicts poison or paralysis on all opponents  
G-Max Centiferno   Centiskorch Fire Traps the target in Fire Spin for four to five turns  
G-Max Smite   Hatterene Fairy Inflicts confusion on all opponents  
G-Max Snooze   Grimmsnarl Dark 50% chance of making the target drowsy, causing it to fall asleep at the end of the next turn
Same effect as Yawn when it works.
G-Max Finale   Alcremie Fairy Heals the user and its allies by 1/6 their maximum HP  
G-Max Steelsurge   Copperajah Steel Scatters sharp spikes around the field
Works like Stealth Rock, though it checks the effectiveness of Steel against the target instead of Rock
G-Max Depletion   Duraludon Dragon Takes away 2 PP from the last move the target used
Less potent version of Spite's effect.
G-Max One Blow   Urshifu (Single Strike) Dark Hits the target even if it is protected by a protection move, including Max Guard
Works like Feint
G-Max Rapid Flow   Urshifu (Rapid Strike) Water Hits the target even if it is protected by a protection move, including Max Guard.
Works like Feint

In the anime

G-Max Moves were introduced in Flash of the Titans!. In The Climb to Be the Very Best!, Leon further explained how Gigantamax Pokémon have their own signature G-Max Moves, as opposed to just regular Max Moves.

List of G-Max Moves used

Pokémon G-Max Move Image Debut
  Leon's Charizard G-Max Wildfire  
Flash of the Titans!
  Drednaw G-Max Stonesurge  
The Climb to Be the Very Best!
  Ash's Pikachu G-Max Volt Crash  
The Climb to Be the Very Best!
  Doug's Centy G-Max Centiferno   Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!
  Coalossal G-Max Volcalith   Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!
  Subordinate's Garbodor G-Max Malodor   Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!
  Meowth of Team Rocket G-Max Gold Rush   Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!
  Opal's Alcremie G-Max Finale   The Sweet Taste of Battle!
  Bea's Machamp G-Max Chi Strike   JN086

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

List of G-Max Moves used

Pokémon Max Move Image Debut
  Nessa's Drednaw G-Max Stonesurge  
  Allister's Gengar G-Max Terror   PASS13
  Opal's Alcremie G-Max Finale   PASS16
  Casey's Tera G-Max Stun Shock   PASS18


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 超極巨招式 Chīu Gihkgeuih Jīusīk
Mandarin 超極巨招式 / 超极巨招式 Chāo Jíjù Zhāoshì
  French Capacité Gigamax
  German Gigadynamax-Attacke
  Italian Mossa Gigamax
  Korean 거다이맥스기술 Geodai Max Gisul
  Russian Приём G-Макс Priyom G-Maks
  Spanish Movimiento Gigamax

See also

Max Moves
Max StrikeMax KnuckleMax AirstreamMax OozeMax Quake
Max RockfallMax FlutterbyMax PhantasmMax Steelspike
Max FlareMax GeyserMax OvergrowthMax LightningMax Mindstorm
Max HailstormMax WyrmwindMax DarknessMax StarfallMax Guard
G-Max Moves
G-Max Vine LashG-Max WildfireG-Max CannonadeG-Max Befuddle
G-Max Volt CrashG-Max Gold RushG-Max Chi StrikeG-Max Terror
G-Max Foam BurstG-Max ResonanceG-Max CuddleG-Max Replenish
G-Max MalodorG-Max MeltdownG-Max Drum SoloG-Max Fireball
G-Max HydrosnipeG-Max Wind RageG-Max GravitasG-Max Stonesurge
G-Max VolcalithG-Max TartnessG-Max SweetnessG-Max Sandblast
G-Max Stun ShockG-Max CentifernoG-Max SmiteG-Max SnoozeG-Max Finale
G-Max SteelsurgeG-Max DepletionG-Max One BlowG-Max Rapid Flow

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