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Not to be confused with gigantic Pokémon.
If you were looking for the temporary Pokémon tranformation state introduced in Generation VIII, see Dynamax
If you were looking for the variation of Dynamax, see Gigantamax.

Giant Pokémon, while rarely playing a large part in terms of plot, are nonetheless a recurring theme in the Pokémon anime. There are several episodes that have a plot revolving around unusually large Pokémon, such to the point that it seems to be a rather common mutation for Pokémon to go through. All Totem Pokémon shown in the anime have been giant so far.


In the anime

Pokémon Trainer First appearance
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Gary Oak Mystery at the Lighthouse
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None Mystery at the Lighthouse
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None Tentacool & Tentacruel
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None The Kangaskhan Kid
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Bruno To Master the Onixpected!
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None The Joy of Pokémon
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Mayor of Trovitopolis, Nurse Joy The Mystery Menace
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None Bound For Trouble
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None Bound For Trouble
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None Charizard's Burning Ambition
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Cyrus Grin to Win!
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Egan Some Like it Hot
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None Enlighten Up!
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Professor Jacuzzi Gulpin' it Down
Whiscash "Nero"
None Whiscash and Ash
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Winona Who's Flying Now?
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None Claydol Big and Tall
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Old man Steamboat Willies!
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None Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 2
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Claw Fossil
Byron Ancient Family Matters!
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None To Top a Totem!
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Alolan Raticate
None A Team-on-Team Tussle!
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None Big Sky, Small Fry!
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None Currying Favor and Flavor!
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None Family Determination!
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Greedy Rapooh
Acerola Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?
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Alolan Sandshrew
None Not Caving Under Pressure!
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Alolan Sandslash
None Not Caving Under Pressure!
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None A Timeless Encounter!
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Shiny Guzzlord
None Z-Move Showdown!
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Goh JN014
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Goh JN024

Ancient giant Pokémon

Several ancient giant Pokémon appeared in the The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis. These Pokémon were all covered in tattoo-like marks. Gengar emerged from a black vajra-like artifact, Alakazam emerged from a spoon-like artifact, and Jigglypuff emerged from an ancient bell.

Pokémon Trainer First appearance
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None The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis
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None The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis
None The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis

Temporary giant Pokémon

Pokémon Trainer First appearance
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Ash Ketchum Gulpin' it Down
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Zander Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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Zander Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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Zander Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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Jessie Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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James Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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Pikachu, Piplup, and Croagunk
Ash Ketchum, Dawn, and Brock Malice In Wonderland!
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Zoroark (Illusion)
None The Island of Illusions!
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Heatmor (Zoroark's Illusion)
None The Island of Illusions!
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Meowth (Zoroark's Illusion)
None The Island of Illusions!
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Sophocles Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids!

In the games

In the core series

In Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, there are two men living in Sootopolis City who respectively want the player to bring them large specimens of Barboach and Shroomish. Likewise, in Pokémon Emerald, the same two men want the player to bring them large specimens of Lotad and Seedot.

In Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Totem Pokémon are a type of Pokémon variant that appear at the end of Alola's island trials. Due to the influence of the energy emanated from Ultra Wormholes, these Pokémon appear larger and weigh approximately two to four times as much as other Pokémon of the same species. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon the player can obtain Pokémon the size of Totems by collecting Totem Stickers and presenting them to Samson Oak at Heahea Beach.

In Sword and Shield, a phenomenon known as Dynamax can make a Pokémon temporarily grow to giant size, upgrading its moves into Max Moves in the process.

In the spin-off games

In Pokémon GO, Raid Bosses are giant Pokémon with stats that are higher than that of regular Pokémon. Once defeated, they will shrink down to normal size and can be captured.

In Hey You, Pikachu! one of the activities involves Pikachu fishing, and it is possible to fish Pokémon much larger than average. There is also an Oddish that, instead of evolving, grows larger when it is watered, until it is at least ten times Pikachu's size.

In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Hocus attacks the player with a giant Crobat when he is faced in the Sky Fortress.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the player can be temporarily large by eating the Super Mushroom. Jigglypuff's Final Smash, Puff Up can make Jigglypuff gigantic temporarily, plus knocking out any opponent near it.

In the manga

The Black Fog, a giant Haunter in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

In Haunting My Dreams, Sabrina was attacked by a giant Haunter called the Black Fog. The Black Fog was an unusually large Haunter, which had lived in Lavender Town since ancient times, and had a Dream Eater attack powerful enough to suck out one's soul. Ancient people had treated it like a god, and due to this, it eventually chose to kill itself with Self-Destruct rather than be caught by Ash.

Ash caught a giant Slowpoke in Ash vs. Gary, but gave it to Gary soon after in exchange for a photo of his sister, May Oak. After being traded, it evolved into a Slowbro.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

In A Huge Mysterious Tree!!, Gold encountered a giant Sudowoodo blocking Route 36. However, it soon turned out that Sudowoodo only seemed giant due to the multiple layers of mud it had gathered on itself, and once those were removed, all that was left was a normal-sized Sudowoodo.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Dragonite are generally shown larger than they usually are, as with some other Pokémon.

In Make Way for Magikarp, a giant wild Onix was used by Bruno as a battlefield in his battle against Bill and Lt. Surge on Cerise Island. This particular Onix is much longer than normal, allowing it to be used as a stone bridge.

Other appearances

Detective Pikachu

In Detective Pikachu, Tim, Pikachu, and Lucy encounter several genetically modified Torterra that have grown to the size of small mountains.

See also