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 and games. 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)
1'04" (0.4 m)
Gary Oak's Krabby
Mystery at the Lighthouse None
7'03" (2.2 m)
Wild Dragonite
Mystery at the Lighthouse None
5'03" (1.6 m)
Wild Tentacruel
Tentacool & Tentacruel None
7'03" (2.2 m)
Wild Kangaskhan
The Kangaskhan Kid Dizzy Punch
28'10" (8.8 m)
Bruno's Onix
To Master the Onixpected! Dig
2'11" (0.9 m)
Wild Magikarp
The Joy of Pokémon Tackle
2'04" (0.7 m)
Nurse Joy's Bulbasaur
The Mystery Menace Vine Whip
4'11" (1.5 m)
Wild Pidgeot
Bound For Trouble None
6'03" (1.9 m)
Wild Rhydon
Bound For Trouble None
5'07" (1.7 m)
Wild Charizard
Charizard's Burning Ambition Flamethrower
2'07" (0.8 m)
Cyrus's Dorabelle
Grin to Win! None
2'07" (0.8 m)
Egan's Magcargo
Some Like it Hot Flamethrower
Body Slam
Rock Slide
2′00″ (0.6 m)
Wild Goldeen
Enlighten Up! None
1'04" (0.4 m)
Professor Jacuzzi's Gulpin
Gulpin' it Down Sludge
Spit Up
2'11" (0.9 m)
Wild Whiscash "Nero"
Whiscash and Ash Water Pulse
Water Gun
5'07" (1.7 m)
Winona's Skarmory
Who's Flying Now? Steel Wing
Drill Peck
4'11" (1.5 m)
Wild Claydol
Claydol Big and Tall Hyper Beam
Ice Beam
Rapid Spin
6'11" (2.1 m)
Old man's Mantine
Steamboat Willies! None
3'11" (1.2 m)
Wild Staraptor
Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 2 None
2'04" (0.7 m)
Byron's Claw Fossil
Ancient Family Matters! None
4'11" (1.5 m)
Acerola's Greedy Rapooh
Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? Shadow Ball
Shadow Punch
2'04" (0.7 m)
Wild Alolan Sandshrew
Not Caving Under Pressure! Metal Claw
Rapid Spin
3'11" (1.2 m)
Wild Alolan Sandslash
Not Caving Under Pressure! Metal Claw
Rapid Spin
18'01" (5.5 m)
Wild Shiny Guzzlord
Z-Move Showdown! None
9'02" (2.8 m)
Goh's Golurk
Raid Battle in The Ruins! Hammer Arm
Flash Cannon
2'11" (0.9 m)
Goh's Magikarp
A Little Rocket R & R! Splash
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)
2'04" (0.7 m)
Totem Gumshoos
To Top a Totem! Sand Attack
2'04" (0.7 m)
Totem Alolan Raticate
A Team-on-Team Tussle! Tail Whip
Hyper Fang
Hyper Beam
26'11" (8.2 m)
Totem Wishiwashi
Big Sky, Small Fry! None
2'11" (0.9 m)
Totem Lurantis
Currying Favor and Flavor! Petal Blizzard
Solar Blade
5'03" (1.6 m)
Totem Kommo-o
Family Determination! Clanging Scales
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)
4'11" (1.5 m)
Wild Gengar
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Night Shade
4'11" (1.5 m)
Wild Alakazam
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Psybeam
1'08" (0.5 m)
Wild Jigglypuff
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Sing

Temporary giant Pokémon

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

1'04" (0.4 m)

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

In the games

In the core series

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 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 Pokémon 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 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.

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 (especially Avalugg) 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 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, like in Legends: Arceus, all Pokémon once again come in a range of sizes, with some being significantly larger than average.

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