Not to be confused with Gigantamix.

Gigantamax (Japanese: キョダイマックス Kyodaimax) is a special kind of Dynamax introduced in Generation VIII. Like other Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing increases a Pokémon's size drastically and its HP in battle. Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax, and when they do, their appearance changes significantly, unlike regular Dynamaxing. As revealed by Professor Magnolia, the Pokémon distorts space to change its size while affecting the world around them while altering their appearance drastically.

There are 32 species of Pokémon that are capable of Gigantamaxing, and there are 32 different Gigantamax forms; Flapple and Appletun share a Gigantamax form, and Urshifu has two Gigantamax forms depending on its form (though Alcremie and Toxtricity have one Gigantamax form regardless of their form).


Gigantamax, as a type of Dynamax, originated from Eternatus, who provides the Galar region with Power Spots where Dynamax can be triggered. The Galar Particles left by Eternatus affected the Pokémon living in Galar, giving a few of them the Gigantamax Factor needed for transformation. These Pokémon may only be found in Pokémon Dens. As a type of Dynamax, a Wishing Star and Dynamax Band are required to use the Gigantamax transformation.

Rose implemented Dynamax and Gigantamax in Gym battles.[1]

At some point, another method of obtaining the Gigantamax Factor was accidentally discovered by Honey while developing the Max Soup out of Max Mushrooms.

Although Dynamax and Gigantamax are only known to occur in the Galar region, Melmetal's Gigantamax form is a legend in a land distant from Galar.

Gigantamax Factor

Even within species that are capable of Gigantamaxing, only certain individuals can Gigantamax. Pokémon that can Gigantamax are said to have the Gigantamax Factor.[2] Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor can be seen having the   symbol next to their name on the summary screen.

When a Pokémon Dynamaxes, if it has the Gigantamax Factor and is of a species that has a Gigantamax form (Japanese: キョダイマックスのすがた), it will turn into its Gigantamax form. If it does not have the Gigantamax Factor it will simply Dynamax as normal; if it has the Gigantamax Factor but does not have its own Gigantamax form (e.g. because it evolves into a Pokémon that does), it will also Dynamax as normal.

Unlike others of their species, Pikachu, Meowth, and Eevee with the Gigantamax Factor cannot evolve. They are also blocked from transfer to games other than Pokémon Sword and Shield to prevent them from evolving in other games.


In Pokémon Sword and Shield, wild Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor can only be caught in Max Raid Battles, but have a rare encounter rate and typically a lower catch rate. If the wild Pokémon that has a Gigantamax Form has the Gigantamax Factor, it will appear in its Gigantamax form in the Max Raid Battle. Pokémon encountered in Max Raid Battles that do not have a Gigantamax form will not have the Gigantamax Factor, with the exception of certain Wild Area News Max Raid Battles.

Some Pokémon can only have the Gigantamax Factor in Max Raid Battles exclusive to limited-time Wild Area News. In addition, Machamp and Coalossal with the Gigantamax Factor are exclusive to Pokémon Sword, and Gengar and Lapras with the Gigantamax Factor are exclusive to Pokémon Shield. Players with the opposite game may still join Max Raid Battles or use Max Soup to obtain these forms.

Pikachu, Eevee, and Kanto starter Pokémon can be obtained with the Gigantamax Factor as gift Pokémon. Meowth with the Gigantamax Factor was first distributed via Mystery Gift. Melmetal with the Gigantamax Factor can only be obtained via Mystery Gift in Pokémon HOME.

Bred Pokémon cannot inherit the Gigantamax Factor. The Kanto starter Pokémon, their secondary evolved forms, Milcery, and Hattrem are the only Pokémon without a Gigantamax form that can have the Gigantamax Factor; Kanto starter Pokémon as a gift Pokémon, their secondary evolved forms by evolving them, and Milcery and Hattrem from Wild Area News-exclusive Max Raid Battles.

By drinking Max Soup, introduced in The Isle of Armor expansion, certain Pokémon which were previously incapable of Gigantamaxing can gain the Gigantamax Factor. All Pokémon with Gigantamax forms, with the exception of Melmetal, can drink Max Soup to gain the Gigantamax Factor. If a Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor drinks Max Soup, it will lose its Gigantamax Factor. Three bundles of Max Mushrooms are required to make the Max Soup. Uniquely, Max Honey can also be used with the Max Mushroom to unlock the Gigantamax Factor for Urshifu.


In its Gigantamax form, a Pokémon can use a G-Max Move. Each G-Max Move is exclusive to a specific species of Gigantamax Pokémon. All of a Gigantamax Pokémon's moves of a certain type turn into G-Max Moves instead of their corresponding Max Move. Outside of G-Max Moves, Gigantamax is functionally identical to Dynamax; Pokémon's HP increases according to its Dynamax Level, while all other stats and its Ability remain the same.

The Gigantamax Factor cannot be copied using Transform or Imposter. Even if a Pokémon transforms into a Pokémon that has the Gigantamax Factor, it can still only Dynamax to its standard form.

In the Pokédex, Gigantamax forms are all listed with heights ending in a plus, suggesting that the recorded height is only a minimal estimate, and weights of "???", suggesting that their weights are immeasurable. A Gigantamax Pokémon must be used in battle in order to register the Gigantamax entry in the player's Pokédex; this is in contrast to other form differences, whereby the form difference only has to be seen in order to register the entry as long as at least one of the other forms of the Pokémon is registered as owned.

Gigantamax Pokémon

Introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield v1.0.0

Dex Pokémon Type Before Gigantamax After Gigantamax
Image Height Image Height G-Max Move G-Max Move Type
#0006 Charizard  Fire  Flying    5'07"
(1.7 m)
(28.0+ m)
G-Max Wildfire  Fire 
#0012 Butterfree  Bug  Flying    3'07"
(1.1 m)
(17.0+ m)
G-Max Befuddle  Bug 
#0025 Pikachu  Electric    1'04"
(0.4 m)
(21.0+ m)
G-Max Volt Crash  Electric 
#0052 Meowth  Normal    1'04"
(0.4 m)
(33.0+ m)
G-Max Gold Rush  Normal 
#0068 Machamp  Fighting    5'03"
(1.6 m)
(25.0+ m)
G-Max Chi Strike  Fighting 
#0094 Gengar  Ghost  Poison    4'11"
(1.5 m)
(20.0+ m)
G-Max Terror  Ghost 
#0099 Kingler  Water    4'03"
(1.3 m)
(19.0+ m)
G-Max Foam Burst  Water 
#0131 Lapras  Water  Ice    8'02"
(2.5 m)
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Resonance  Ice 
#0133 Eevee  Normal    1'00"
(0.3 m)
(18.0+ m)
G-Max Cuddle  Normal 
#0143 Snorlax  Normal    6'11"
(2.1 m)
(35.0+ m)
G-Max Replenish  Normal 
#0569 Garbodor  Poison    6'03"
(1.9 m)
(21.0+ m)
G-Max Malodor  Poison 
#0809 Melmetal  Steel    8'02"
(2.5 m)
(25.0+ m)
G-Max Meltdown  Steel 
#0823 Corviknight  Flying  Steel    7'03"
(2.2 m)
(14.0+ m)
G-Max Wind Rage  Flying 
#0826 Orbeetle  Bug  Psychic    1'04"
(0.4 m)
(14.0+ m)
G-Max Gravitas  Psychic 
#0834 Drednaw  Water  Rock    3'03"
(1.0 m)
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Stonesurge  Water 
#0839 Coalossal  Rock  Fire    9'02"
(2.8 m)
(42.0+ m)
G-Max Volcalith  Rock 
#0841 Flapple  Grass  Dragon    1'00"
(0.3 m)
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Tartness  Grass 
#0842 Appletun  Grass  Dragon    1'04"
(0.4 m)
G-Max Sweetness  Grass 
#0844 Sandaconda  Ground    12'06"
(3.8 m)
(22.0+ m)
G-Max Sandblast  Ground 
#0849 Toxtricity
(Both forms)
 Electric  Poison    5'03"
(1.6 m)
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Stun Shock  Electric 
#0851 Centiskorch  Fire  Bug    9'10"
(3.0 m)
(75.0+ m)
G-Max Centiferno  Fire 
#0858 Hatterene  Psychic  Fairy    6'11"
(2.1 m)
(26.0+ m)
G-Max Smite  Fairy 
#0861 Grimmsnarl  Dark  Fairy    4'11"
(1.5 m)
(32.0+ m)
G-Max Snooze  Dark 
#0869 Alcremie
(Any form)
 Fairy    1'00"
(0.3 m)
(30.0+ m)
G-Max Finale  Fairy 
#0879 Copperajah  Steel    9'10"
(3.0 m)
(23.0+ m)
G-Max Steelsurge  Steel 
#0884 Duraludon  Steel  Dragon    5'11"
(1.8 m)
(43.0+ m)
G-Max Depletion  Dragon 

Introduced in The Isle of Armor

Dex Pokémon Type Before Gigantamax After Gigantamax
Image Height Image Height G-Max Move G-Max Move type
#0003 Venusaur  Grass  Poison    6'07"
(2.0 m)
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Vine Lash  Grass 
#0009 Blastoise  Water    5'03"
(1.6 m)
(25.0+ m)
G-Max Cannonade  Water 
#0812 Rillaboom  Grass    6'11"
(2.1 m)
(28.0+ m)
G-Max Drum Solo  Grass 
#0815 Cinderace  Fire    4'07"
(1.4 m)
(27.0+ m)
G-Max Fireball  Fire 
#0818 Inteleon  Water    6'03"
(1.9 m)
(40.0+ m)
G-Max Hydrosnipe  Water 
#0892 Urshifu
(Single Strike Style)
 Fighting  Dark    6'03"
(1.9 m)
(29.0+ m)
G-Max One Blow  Dark 
(Rapid Strike Style)
 Fighting  Water    6'03"
(1.9 m)
(26.0+ m)
G-Max Rapid Flow  Water 

In other games

Pokémon Masters EX

Main article: Dynamax#Pokémon Masters EX

Certain sync pairs are capable of Gigantamaxing, including some Trainers that do not have Dynamax Bands in the core series. All attacking Max Moves have 400-540 power and can only be used once per battle.

In the anime

Main series

Gigantamaxing debuted in Mind-Boggling Dynamax!, where Ash and Goh witnessed a Snorlax undergo the phenomenon in the Wild Area and had to figure out a way to stop an incoming train from colliding with it.

In Flash of the Titans!, Leon's Charizard was shown to Gigantamax against Lance's Gyarados during the World Coronation Series finals. In the same episode, a wild Gigantamax Drednaw also appeared. It reappeared in the next episode.

In The Climb to Be the Very Best!, Ash's Pikachu Gigantamaxed into Gigantamax Pikachu for the first time.

In Toughing It Out!, Raihan Gigantamaxed his Duraludon during his battle against Leon.

In Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!, Doug's Centiskorch, nicknamed Centy, Gigantamaxed and went on a rampage.

In Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!, a Coalossal got hit by a beam of Dynamax energy, causing it to end up Gigantamaxing and start attacking the rough terrain area unexpectedly. Also, in the same episode, one of Oleana's subordinates Gigantamaxed his Garbodor during his battle against Goh's Raboot.

In Sword and Shield: "From Here to Eternatus!", Meowth was hit by Eternatus's Dynamax Cannon, which caused him to Gigantamax.

In The Sweet Taste of Battle!, Opal Gigantamaxed her Alcremie during her battle against Ash.

In A Battle of Mega Versus Max!, Bea Gigantamaxed her Machamp during her World Coronation Series match against Ash.

In The Winding Path to Greatness!, Ash's Gengar Gigantamaxed into Gigantamax Gengar for the first time after drinking the Max Soup made by Allister.

In Battling Turned Up to Eleven!, Marnie Gigantamaxed her Grimmsnarl during her World Coronation Series match against Ash.

In Curtain Up! Fight the Fights!, Leon Gigantamaxed his Rillaboom against Alain's Chesnaught during their Masters Eight Tournament battle.

In Partners in Time!, after Eternatus granted both Ash and Leon a second use of Dynamax during their battle in the Masters Eight Tournament finals, Leon Gigantamaxed his Cinderace to face Ash's Gigantamax Pikachu.


Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Gordie's Gigantamax Coalossal and Melony's Gigantamax Lapras both appeared in Assistant.

Raihan's Gigantamax Duraludon and Leon's Gigantamax Charizard both appeared in Sky.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Sword & Shield chapter

Gigantamaxing debuted in Splish Splash!! Gigantamax Battle, where Nessa's Drednaw Gigantamaxed during her battle against Henry and later Casey.

In Gulp Gulp!! Pokémon, Kabu's Centiskorch Gigantamaxed during its battle against Casey.

In Glittering!! The Tapestry in the Vault, Allister's Gengar Gigantamaxed during its battle against Henry.

In Rising!! Opal of Ballonlea, Opal's Alcremie Gigantamaxed during its battle against Henry.

In PASS18, Casey's Toxtricity Gigantamaxed during its battle against Opal.

In PASS21, both Gordie and Melony Gigantamaxed their Coalossal and Lapras, respectively, during their battles against Marnie and Hop.

In PASS25, both Bea and Oleana Gigantamaxed their Machamp and Garbodor, respectively, during their battle at Rose Tower.

In PASS26, Leon and Raihan Gigantamaxed their Charizard and Duraludon, respectively, to battle a group of Dynamax Pokémon rampaging due to the Darkest Day. In the same round, a Gigantamax Snorlax was shown to have broken a bridge on Route 10.

In PASS27, Chairman Rose Gigantamaxed his Copperajah to battle against Eternatus.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Gigantamaxing debuted in Being Stalked by a Scorbunny–and Challenging a Snorlax in Dynamax Form?!, where a Snorlax was seen Gigantamaxing.

In Flash of the Titans!, Leon's Charizard Gigantamaxed during a battle against Lance's Gyarados. In the same chapter, a Drednaw Gigantamaxed.

In The Climb to Be the Very Best!, Ash's Pikachu Gigantamaxed to battle the aforementioned Drednaw. Later, he Gigantamaxed again during Ash's battle against Leon.

In Toughing It Out!, Raihan's Duraludon Gigantamaxed during a battle against Leon's Charizard.

In the TCG

Gigantamax is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as  . It was added as a new mechanic to the game in the Sword & Shield expansion (the Sword and Shield sets in Japan).

Released along with the first Pokémon V cards, Pokémon VMAX introduce the Dynamax and Gigantamax mechanics into the Trading Card Game. Pokémon VMAX evolve from their respective Pokémon V, giving them boosted Hit Points (so far, the biggest HPs in a Pokémon card) and more powerful attacks. When a VMAX Pokémon is knocked out, the opponent takes three Prize cards instead of one.

So far, all released VMAX Pokémon have one or two attacks, and sometimes an ability. While keeping the same layout of Pokémon V, VMAX Pokémon cards have a rainbow background and details on the card's bottom, as well its illustration also fading into the top-most area and having the visual aura of Dynamaxing/Gigantamaxing on the Pokémon.

Related cards
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Aegislash    Vivid Voltage   127/185 Amazing Volt Tackle   081/100
Vivid Voltage   190/185 Amazing Volt Tackle   115/100
Alcremie    Champion's Path   023/073 Legendary Heartbeat   032/076
      Legendary Heartbeat   086/076
Blastoise          Blastoise VMAX Starter Set   002/020
Butterfree    Darkness Ablaze   002/189 Explosive Walker   002/070
Darkness Ablaze   190/189 Explosive Walker   079/070
Centiskorch    Darkness Ablaze   034/189 Explosive Walker   017/070
Darkness Ablaze   191/189 Explosive Walker   080/070
      Shiny Star V   028/190
      Shiny Star V   310/190
Charizard    Darkness Ablaze   020/189 Charizard VMAX Starter Set   002/021
Champion's Path   074/073 S-P Promotional cards   104/S-P
      Shiny Star V   308/190
      Charizard VMAX Starter Set 2   002/021
Cinderace    Rebel Clash   036/192 VMAX Rising   017/070
Rebel Clash   194/192 VMAX Rising   080/070
      VMAX Special Set   002/004
Coalossal    Vivid Voltage   099/185 Legendary Heartbeat   043/076
Vivid Voltage   189/185 Legendary Heartbeat   087/076
Copperajah    Rebel Clash   137/192 Rebellion Crash   076/096
Rebel Clash   199/192 Rebellion Crash   110/096
Corviknight          Rapid Strike Master   056/070
      Rapid Strike Master   085/070
Cramorant          VMAX Special Set   004/004
Crobat          Shiny Star V   109/190
      Shiny Star V   320/190
Dhelmise          VMAX Special Set   001/004
Ditto          Shiny Star V   141/190
      Shiny Star V   324/190
Dragapult    Rebel Clash   093/192 Rebellion Crash   050/096
Rebel Clash   197/192 Rebellion Crash   108/096
      Shiny Star V   089/190
      Shiny Star V   318/190
Drednaw    Champion's Path   015/073 Infinity Zone   027/100
Champion's Path   075/073 Infinity Zone   111/100
Eevee          S-P Promotional cards   101/S-P
Eternatus    Darkness Ablaze   117/189 Infinity Zone   065/100
Darkness Ablaze   192/189 Infinity Zone   112/100
SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH045 S-P Promotional cards   080/S-P
      Shiny Star V   125/190
      Shiny Star V   328/190
Flapple          Single Strike Master   008/070
      Single Strike Master   082/070
Galarian Darmanitan    Vivid Voltage   037/185 Amazing Volt Tackle   024/100
Vivid Voltage   187/185 Amazing Volt Tackle   113/100
Gardevoir    Champion's Path   017/073 Explosive Walker   031/070
Champion's Path   076/073 Explosive Walker   081/070
Grimmsnarl    Darkness Ablaze   115/189 Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set   007/020
      Shiny Star V   322/190
Inteleon    Rebel Clash   050/192 VMAX Rising   023/070
Rebel Clash   195/192 VMAX Rising   081/070
Lapras    Sword & Shield   050/202 Sword   015/060
Sword & Shield   203/202 Sword   069/060
      Shiny Star V   032/190
      Shiny Star V   312/190
Malamar    Rebel Clash   122/192 Rebellion Crash   071/096
Rebel Clash   198/192 Rebellion Crash   109/096
Meowth    SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH005 S-P Promotional cards   029/S-P
Morpeko    Sword & Shield   080/202 Shield   020/060
Sword & Shield   204/202 Shield   069/060
      VMAX Special Set   003/004
Orbeetle    Vivid Voltage   021/185 Amazing Volt Tackle   009/100
Vivid Voltage   186/185 Amazing Volt Tackle   112/100
Pikachu    Vivid Voltage   044/185 Amazing Volt Tackle   031/100
Vivid Voltage   188/185 Amazing Volt Tackle   114/100
      S-P Promotional cards   123/S-P
Rapid Strike Urshifu    Battle Styles   088/163 Rapid Strike Master   051/070
Rillaboom    Rebel Clash   018/192 VMAX Rising   009/070
Rebel Clash   193/192 VMAX Rising   079/070
      Shiny Star V   010/190
      Shiny Star V   305/190
Salamence    Darkness Ablaze   144/189 Infinity Zone   081/100
Darkness Ablaze   194/189 Infinity Zone   114/100
Scizor    Darkness Ablaze   119/189 Infinity Zone   067/100
Darkness Ablaze   193/189 Infinity Zone   113/100
Single Strike Urshifu    Battle Styles   086/163 Single Strike Master   037/070
Snorlax    Sword & Shield   142/202 Shield   046/060
Sword & Shield   206/202 Shield   070/060
Stonjourner    Sword & Shield   116/202 Sword   035/060
Sword & Shield   205/202 Sword   070/060
Tapu Koko          Single Strike Master   018/070
      Single Strike Master   083/070
Togekiss    Vivid Voltage   141/185 Legendary Heartbeat   059/076
Vivid Voltage   191/185 Legendary Heartbeat   088/076
Toxtricity    Rebel Clash   071/192 Rebellion Crash   037/096
Rebel Clash   196/192 Rebellion Crash   037/096
      Shiny Star V   060/190
      Shiny Star V   315/190
Venusaur          Venusaur VMAX Starter Set   002/021
Victini          Rapid Strike Master   013/070
      Rapid Strike Master   082/070


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 超極巨化 Chīu Gihkgeuihfa
Mandarin 超極巨化 / 超极巨化 Chāo Jíjùhuà
  Finnish Gigantamax
  French Gigamax
  German Gigadynamax
  Italian Gigamax
  Korean 거다이맥스 Geodaimax
  Polish Gigantamax
Portuguese   Brazil Gigamax
  Portugal Gigantamax
  Russian Гигантамакс Gigantamaks
  Spanish Gigamax
  Thai กิกะแมกซ์ Gigamax

Gigantamax Factor

Language Title
  French Gène Gigamax
  German Gigadynamax-Faktor
  Italian Fattore Gigamax
  Spanish Factor Gigamax


See also

Pokémon transformations
Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond Phenomenon
Ultra BurstDynamax (Gigantamax) • Eternamax
Terastal phenomenon

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