Giant Pokémon

Not to be confused with gigantic Pokémon.

Giant Pokémon are a recurring theme in the Pokémon world. In the broadest sense, they are Pokémon who are much larger than is typical for their species.

Notable groups of giant Pokémon include Totem Pokémon, alpha Pokémon, noble Pokémon, the Ride Pokémon of Hisui, and Titan Pokémon. Additionally, some Pokémon can become giant temporarily through processes such as Dynamax or Gigantamax.

Note that this page is primarily concerned with large organic Pokémon. Giant artificial structures or robots made in the shape of Pokémon, such as Team Rocket's mechas or the robots at Pokémon Land in Island of the Giant Pokémon, are therefore not listed here.

In the core series games

 
A giant Titan Klawf in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet
Main article: Size and weight variation

Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver, 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 Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, southeast of the Lake of Rage is a house where a Fishing Guru resides. His greatest dream is to see the world's largest Magikarp, and he regularly measures those brought to him in order to realize it. If he is shown a Magikarp, he will calculate its size and give the player an Elixir if it is bigger than the largest one he had seen before. Initially, this record is 3'6" and held by Ralph.

Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire

In Pokémon 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.

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

In Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, on Route 12 lives the youngest of the Fishing Brothers who, after giving the player the Super Rod, requests to see any large Magikarp that the player catches. If the player shows him a Magikarp, he will measure its size and reward the player with a Net Ball. In a house at the northern end of the Water Path, there is a woman who likes big Heracross and wishes to see the "Ultimate Horn". If the player shows her a Heracross, she will measure its size and reward the player with a Nest Ball.

Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum

In Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, on Route 222 lives a Fisherman who dreams that a Trainer would bring him a giant Remoraid, and will give a Net Ball if shown a larger Remoraid than the one listed.

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Totem Pokémon are a type of variant Pokémon 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.

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Pokémon have size variations; Pokémon that are size L and XL are larger than average, though these size differences are not visible.

Pokémon Sword and Shield

In Pokémon 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. Some Pokémon can undergo a related process called Gigantamax, which additionally changes their appearance.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

In Pokémon 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 Pokémon (particularly Avalugg) and Ride Pokémon that 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.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, there is a variation of Pokémon known as Titan Pokémon that are considerably larger and stronger than normal Pokémon. There are also five vehicles called Starmobiles that the player battles during the ★ Starfall Street ★ storyline which are each installed with Revavroom that are larger than others of their species. Additionally, Pokémon once again come in a range of sizes, with some being significantly larger than average.

In the spin-off games

Hey You, Pikachu!

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.

Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs

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

Super Smash Bros. series

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

Pokémon GO

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. Also, as in recent core series games, Pokémon vary in size; Pokémon that are sizes XL and XXL are significantly larger than average for their species.

Pokemon Sleep

In Pokémon Sleep, each Snorlax can grow to be quite large as it is raised throughout the week. Snorlax all start at the same size while at Normal ranking, growing larger twice as they reach Great and Ultra, finally reaching their maximum size when they achieve the Master ranking.

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon series prior to Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, each species of Pokémon is assigned a fixed body size from 0 to 4. When taking a team into a dungeon, the combined body size of the Pokémon in the team may not exceed a certain amount (at most of any dungeon, 6). Note that certain dungeons may restrict this further, and may also restrict the sheer number of Pokémon allowed in the dungeon.

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, the body size system was revised: each Pokémon species is either of standard size (occupying one tile), or is a gigantic Pokémon (occupying nine tiles). Gigantic Pokémon have the additional trait of longer reach with their attacks, and some moves will have completely-different effects when used by a gigantic Pokémon.

In Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, gigantic Pokémon became recruitable, with the same traits as they had in Gates to Infinity. However, only up to one Gigantic Pokémon may be included in a team when entering a dungeon.

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's 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
 
Arboliva
4'07" (1.4 m)
 
Lucius's Arboliva
Arboliva's Forest None
 
Lapras
8'02" (2.5 m)
 
Lucius's Lapras
Song Within the Mist Mist
Ice Beam

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
Disable*
 
Alakazam
4'11" (1.5 m)
 
Wild Alakazam
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Psybeam
Teleport
Disable*
 
Jigglypuff
1'08" (0.5 m)
 
Wild Jigglypuff
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Sing

Temporary giant Pokémon

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Cause
 
Treecko
1'08" (0.5 m)
 
Ash's Treecko
Gulpin' it Down Professor Jacuzzi's Mach III Particle Cannon malfunctioning
 
Caterpie
1'00" (0.3 m)
 
Zander's Caterpie
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
 
Metapod
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Zander's Metapod
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
 
Butterfree
3'07" (1.1 m)
 
Zander's Butterfree
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
 
Dustox
3'11" (1.2 m)
 
Jessie's Dustox
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
 
Cacnea
1'04" (0.4 m)
 
James's Cacnea
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
 
Pikachu
1'04" (0.4 m)

 
Piplup
1'04" (0.4 m)

 
Croagunk
2'04" (0.7 m)
 
Ash's Pikachu, Dawn's Piplup, and Brock's Croagunk
Malice In Wonderland! A wild Mismagius's illusions
 
Zoroark
5'03" (1.6 m)
 
Wild Zoroark (Illusion)
The Island of Illusions! A wild Zoroark's illusions
 
Heatmor
4'07" (1.4 m)
 
Wild Heatmor
The Island of Illusions! A wild Zoroark's illusions
 
Meowth
1'04" (0.4 m)
 
Wild Meowth
The Island of Illusions! A wild Zoroark's illusions
 
Togedemaru
1'00" (0.3 m)
 
Sophocles's Togedemaru
Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids! Faba's Super Duty Tidy-Up Faba Deluxe malfunctioning

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 arc

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 in order to obtain a Silver Wing and meet Lugia.

In other media

 
Giant Torterra in POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

POKÉMON Detective Pikachu

In POKÉMON Detective Pikachu, Tim, Pikachu, and Lucy encountered several genetically modified Torterra that had grown to the size of small mountains, referred to as the "Torterra Garden".

See also


Pokémon forms and variants
Permanent: Shiny Pokémon (GO) • Alternately colored Pokémon (anime)
Gender differences‎Form differences (GO)
Brilliant PokémonAlpha Pokémon
Transformations: Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond PhenomenonUltra Burst
Dynamax (Gigantamax) • EternamaxTerastal phenomenon
Groups: Totem PokémonNoble PokémonTitan Pokémon
Regional forms: AlolanGalarianHisuianPaldean
Analogous: Paradox PokémonEcologically similar Pokémon
Pikachu variants: Surfing PikachuFlying PikachuCosplay PikachuPikachu in a cap
Miscellaneous: Pokémon fusionsGiant PokémonSpiky-eared PichuPartner Pokémon
Side series original: Shadow PokémonShadow Lugia
Spin-off original: Shadow PokémonPrimal DialgaToy Pokémon (Rusty Pokémon)
Shadow MewtwoPokéxelIllumina phenomenon
Anime original: Pink ButterfreeClone PokémonCrystal Onix
Mirage PokémonMeta GroudonGreen-crystal Deoxys
Manga original: Thu-Fi-ZerBlack FogBlack Tyranitar