Giant Pokémon

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.
If you were looking for the variation of alpha Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII, see Alpha Pokémon.

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 are giant Pokémon.

Pokémon at Pokémon Land in Island of the Giant Pokémon are not listed here, despite the episode name, because these were robots created for the amusement park and not organic in any biological way.

In the anime

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Known move(s)
 
Krabby
1'04" (0.4 m)
 
Gary Oak's Krabby
Mystery at the Lighthouse None
 
Dragonite
7'03" (2.2 m)
 
Wild Dragonite
Mystery at the Lighthouse None
 
Tentacruel
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Wild Tentacruel
Tentacool & Tentacruel None
 
Kangaskhan
7'03" (2.2 m)
 
Wild Kangaskhan
The Kangaskhan Kid Dizzy Punch
 
Onix
28'10" (8.8 m)
 
Bruno's Onix
To Master the Onixpected! Dig
Tackle
 
Magikarp
2'11" (0.9 m)
 
Wild Magikarp
The Joy of Pokémon Tackle
 
Bulbasaur
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Nurse Joy's Bulbasaur
The Mystery Menace Vine Whip
 
Pidgeot
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Wild Pidgeot
Bound For Trouble None
 
Rhydon
6'03" (1.9 m)
 
Wild Rhydon
Bound For Trouble None
 
Charizard
5'07" (1.7 m)
 
Wild Charizard
Charizard's Burning Ambition Flamethrower
 
Sunflora
2'07" (0.8 m)
 
Cyrus's Dorabelle
Grin to Win! None
 
Magcargo
2'07" (0.8 m)
 
Egan's Magcargo
Some Like it Hot Flamethrower
Body Slam
Rock Slide
 
Goldeen
2′00″ (0.6 m)
 
Wild Goldeen
Enlighten Up! None
 
Gulpin
1'04" (0.4 m)
 
Professor Jacuzzi's Gulpin
Gulpin' it Down Sludge
Stockpile
Spit Up
 
Whiscash
2'11" (0.9 m)
 
Wild Whiscash "Nero"
Whiscash and Ash Water Pulse
Earthquake
Water Gun
 
Skarmory
5'07" (1.7 m)
 
Winona's Skarmory
Who's Flying Now? Steel Wing
Drill Peck
 
Claydol
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Wild Claydol
Claydol Big and Tall Hyper Beam
Ice Beam
Rapid Spin
Psychic
 
Mantine
6'11" (2.1 m)
 
Old man's Mantine
Steamboat Willies! None
 
Staraptor
3'11" (1.2 m)
 
Wild Staraptor
Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 2 None
 
Anorith
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Byron's Claw Fossil
Ancient Family Matters! None
 
Gengar
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Acerola'a Greedy Rapooh
Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? Shadow Ball
Shadow Punch
Thief
 
Sandshrew
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Wild Alolan Sandshrew
Not Caving Under Pressure! Metal Claw
Rapid Spin
 
Sandslash
3'11" (1.2 m)
 
Wild Alolan Sandslash
Not Caving Under Pressure! Metal Claw
Rapid Spin
 
Guzzlord
18'01" (5.5 m)
 
Wild Shiny Guzzlord
Z-Move Showdown! None
 
Golurk
9'02" (2.8 m)
 
Goh's Golurk
Raid Battle in The Ruins! Hammer Arm
Flash Cannon
 
Magikarp
2'11" (0.9 m)
 
Goh's Magikarp
A Little Rocket R & R! Splash
 
Shieldon
1'08" (0.5 m)
 
Pewter Museum of Science's Shieldon
Restore and Renew! None
 

Totem Pokémon

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Known move(s)
 
Gumshoos
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Totem Gumshoos
To Top a Totem! Sand Attack
Frustration
 
Raticate
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Totem Alolan Raticate
A Team-on-Team Tussle! Tail Whip
Hyper Fang
Hyper Beam
 
Wishiwashi
26'11" (8.2 m)
 
Totem Wishiwashi
Big Sky, Small Fry! None
 
Lurantis
2'11" (0.9 m)
 
Totem Lurantis
Currying Favor and Flavor! Petal Blizzard
Solar Blade
Synthesis
 
Kommo-o
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Totem Kommo-o
Family Determination! Clanging Scales
 
Trevenant
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Totem Trevenant
A Timeless Encounter! None

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.

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Known move(s)
 
Gengar
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Wild Gengar
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Night Shade
Lick
 
Alakazam
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Wild Alakazam
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Psybeam
Teleport
 
Jigglypuff
1'08" (0.5 m)
 
Wild Jigglypuff
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Sing
 

Temporary giant Pokémon

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance
 
Treecko
1'08" (0.5 m)
 
Ash's Treecko
Gulpin' it Down
 
Caterpie
1'00" (0.3 m)
 
Zander's Caterpie
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
 
Metapod
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Zander's Metapod
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
 
Butterfree
3'07" (1.1 m)
 
Zander's Buttefree
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
 
Dustox
3'11" (1.2 m)
 
Jessie's Dustox
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
 
Cacnea
1'04" (0.4 m)
 
James's Cacnea
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
 
Pikachu
1'04" (0.4 m)
 
Ash's Pikachu, Dawn's Piplup, and Brock's Croagunk
Malice In Wonderland!
 
Zoroark
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Wild Zoroark (Illusion)
The Island of Illusions!
 
Heatmor
4'07" (1.4 m)
 
Wild Heatmor (Zoroark's Illusion)
The Island of Illusions!
 
Meowth
1'04" (0.4 m)
 
Wild Meowth (Zoroark's Illusion)
The Island of Illusions!
 
Togedemaru
1'00" (0.3 m)
 
Sophocles's Togedemaru
Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids!
 

In the games

In the core series

In Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver Versions, although no giant Pokémon make a direct appearance, a legend stated that a 100 foot tall Bellsprout formed the basis for the central pillar of Sprout Tower.

In Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, there are two men living in Sootopolis City who 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 Legends: Arceus, there is a variation of Pokémon known as alpha Pokémon. These Pokémon are known to be larger, stronger, and more aggressive than normal Pokémon and have red eyes. The Noble and Ride Pokémon the player encounters as part of the game's story are also bigger than other Pokémon of their kin. Additionally, all Pokémon come in various sizes with some being dramatically larger than others of their species.

In the side series

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 the spin-off games

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 enlarged 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

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

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.

Pokémon Adventures

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

Yellow chapter

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.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

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 Truth About The Mysterious Whirl Islands!!, Gold encountered a giant, one-hundred-year-old Blastoise at the Whirl Islands. He was forced to defeat it on order to obtain a Silver Wing and meet Lugia.

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