Gigantamax

Not to be confused with Gigantamix.

Gigantamax (Japanese: キョダイマックス Kyodaimax) is a special kind of Dynamax in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Artwork of a Gigantamax Pikachu from the Vivid Voltage expansion of the TCG

List of 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
#0006 Charizard  Fire  Flying    5'07"
(1.7 m)
  91'10"+
(28.0+ m)
G-Max Wildfire
#0012 Butterfree  Bug  Flying    3'07"
(1.1 m)
  55'09"+
(17.0+ m)
G-Max Befuddle
#0025 Pikachu  Electric    1'04"
(0.4 m)
  68'11"+
(21.0+ m)
G-Max Volt Crash
#0052 Meowth  Normal    1'04"
(0.4 m)
  108'03"+
(33.0+ m)
G-Max Gold Rush
#0068 Machamp  Fighting    5'03"
(1.6 m)
  82'00"+
(25.0+ m)
G-Max Chi Strike
#0094 Gengar  Ghost  Poison    4'11"
(1.5 m)
  65'07"+
(20.0+ m)
G-Max Terror
#0099 Kingler  Water    4'03"
(1.3 m)
  62'04"+
(19.0+ m)
G-Max Foam Burst
#0131 Lapras  Water  Ice    8'02"
(2.5 m)
  78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Resonance
#0133 Eevee  Normal    1'00"
(0.3 m)
  59'01"+
(18.0+ m)
G-Max Cuddle
#0143 Snorlax  Normal    6'11"
(2.1 m)
  114'10"+
(35.0+ m)
G-Max Replenish
#0569 Garbodor  Poison    6'03"
(1.9 m)
  68'11"+
(21.0+ m)
G-Max Malodor
#0809 Melmetal  Steel    8'02"
(2.5 m)
  82'00"+
(25.0+ m)
G-Max Meltdown
#0823 Corviknight  Flying  Steel    7'03"
(2.2 m)
  45'11"+
(14.0+ m)
G-Max Wind Rage
#0826 Orbeetle  Bug  Psychic    1'04"
(0.4 m)
  45'11"+
(14.0+ m)
G-Max Gravitas
#0834 Drednaw  Water  Rock    3'03"
(1.0 m)
  78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Stonesurge
#0839 Coalossal  Rock  Fire    9'02"
(2.8 m)
  137'10"+
(42.0+ m)
G-Max Volcalith
#0841 Flapple  Grass  Dragon    1'00"
(0.3 m)
  78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Tartness
#0842 Appletun  Grass  Dragon    1'04"
(0.4 m)
G-Max Sweetness
#0844 Sandaconda  Ground    12'06"
(3.8 m)
  72'02"+
(22.0+ m)
G-Max Sandblast
#0849 Toxtricity
(Both forms)
 Electric  Poison    5'03"
(1.6 m)
  78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Stun Shock
#0851 Centiskorch  Fire  Bug    9'10"
(3.0 m)
  246'01"+
(75.0+ m)
G-Max Centiferno
#0858 Hatterene  Psychic  Fairy    6'11"
(2.1 m)
  85'04"+
(26.0+ m)
G-Max Smite
#0861 Grimmsnarl  Dark  Fairy    4'11"
(1.5 m)
  105'00"+
(32.0+ m)
G-Max Snooze
#0869 Alcremie
(Any form)
 Fairy    1'00"
(0.3 m)
  98'05"+
(30.0+ m)
G-Max Finale
#0879 Copperajah  Steel    9'10"
(3.0 m)
  75'06"+
(23.0+ m)
G-Max Steelsurge
#0884 Duraludon  Steel  Dragon    5'11"
(1.8 m)
  141'01"+
(43.0+ m)
G-Max Depletion

Introduced in The Isle of Armor

Dex Pokémon Type Before Gigantamax After Gigantamax
Image Height Image Height G-Max Move
#0003 Venusaur  Grass  Poison    6'07"
(2.0 m)
  78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Vine Lash
#0009 Blastoise  Water    5'03"
(1.6 m)
  82'00"+
(25.0+ m)
G-Max Cannonade
#0812 Rillaboom  Grass    6'11"
(2.1 m)
  91'10"+
(28.0+ m)
G-Max Drum Solo
#0815 Cinderace  Fire    4'07"
(1.4 m)
  88'07"+
(27.0+ m)
G-Max Fireball
#0818 Inteleon  Water    6'03"
(1.9 m)
  131'03"+
(40.0+ m)
G-Max Hydrosnipe
#0892 Urshifu
(Single Strike Style)
 Fighting  Dark    6'03"
(1.9 m)
  95'02"+
(29.0+ m)
G-Max One Blow
Urshifu
(Rapid Strike Style)
 Fighting  Water      85'04"+
(26.0+ m)
G-Max Rapid Flow

In the core series games

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.[citation needed]

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).

A Pokémon under the effects of Gigantamax are distinguished by having "Gigantamax" in front of their species name e.g. "Gigantamax Hatterene". The process itself can describe the Pokémon as having "Gigantamaxed" in past-tense, or will "Gigantamax" in future-tense. Pokémon actively undergoing Gigantamax are described as "Gigantamaxing". However, the terminology used for Dynamaxing can also be used for Gigantamax.

History

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.

Acquisition

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.

Effects

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.

In the spin-off 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.

Pokémon UNITE

During the Pika Party event mode, a Gigantamax Pikachu appears as a boss Pokémon. In the Eevee Appeal-o-rama event mode, a Gigantamax Eevee appears as a boss Pokémon.

Pokémon Mezastar

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.

Gallery

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 arc

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 Chomp!! It's Dracovish, Casey's Toxtricity Gigantamaxed during its battle against Opal.

In Swaying!! Murky Memories, both Gordie and Melony Gigantamaxed their Coalossal and Lapras, respectively, during their battles against Marnie and Hop.

In Rumble!! The Horrific Darkest Day, 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 chapter, a Gigantamax Snorlax was shown to have broken a bridge on Route 10.

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

In PASS29, a Gigantamax Orbeetle appeared amongst the Pokémon Dynamaxed due to the Darkest Day.

In PASS40, a Gigantamax Butterfree and a Gigantamax Corviknight appeared at the Crown Tundra, while a Gigantamax Pikachu appeared on the Isle of Armor, each of them Gigantamaxed due to the rebeginning Darkest Day.

In PASS41, an Eevee, a Meowth, an Orbeetle, a Kingler, and a Sandaconda had Gigantamaxed due to the Darkest Day, with Orbeetle mind-controlling the last two to defend Eternatus in Hammerlocke.

In PASS42, Henry's Rillaboom, Casey's Cinderace, and Marvin's Inteleon Gigantamaxed to fight the Gigantamax Pokémon defending Eternatus, while Bede's Hatterene Gigantamaxed to attack Eternatus directly, forcing it down from the clouds so that Zacian and Zamazenta could attack the Gigantic Pokémon.

In PASS43, Marnie Gigantamaxed her Grimmsnarl during her Champion Cup battle against Hop.

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 Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken! (Part 1) Doug's Centiskorch, nicknamed Centy, and a wild Coalossal, both Gigantamaxed and went on a rampage. In the same chapter, one of Oleana's subordinates Gigantamaxed his Garbodor during his battle against Goh's Raboot.

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 largest HP value on a Pokémon card) and more powerful attacks. When a Pokémon VMAX is knocked out, the opponent takes three Prize cards instead of one.

All released Pokémon VMAX have one or two attacks, and sometimes an Ability. One of those attacks is a G-Max Move, which have no additional rules but always start with the phrase "G-Max". While keeping the same layout of Pokémon V, Pokémon VMAX 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 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
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Pokémon 
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
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    Fusion Strike   045/264 S-P Promotional cards   169/S-P
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
Drednaw    Champion's Path   015/073 Infinity Zone   027/100
Champion's Path   075/073 Infinity Zone   111/100
Duraludon    Evolving Skies   123/203 Skyscraping Perfection   049/067
Evolving Skies   219/203 Skyscraping Perfection   082/067
Evolving Skies   220/203 Skyscraping Perfection   083/067
      VMAX Climax   123/184
      VMAX Climax   253/184
      VMAX Climax   285/184
Eevee          S-P Promotional cards   101/S-P
Flapple          Single Strike Master   008/070
      Single Strike Master   082/070
Garbodor    Evolving Skies   101/203 Skyscraping Perfection   031/067
Evolving Skies   216/203 Skyscraping Perfection   081/067
Gengar    Fusion Strike   157/264 Gengar VMAX High-Class Deck   002/019
Fusion Strike   271/264 Gengar VMAX High-Class Deck   020/019
Grimmsnarl    Darkness Ablaze   115/189 Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set   007/020
      Shiny Star V   322/190
Hatterene    Crown Zenith   066/159 VSTAR Universe   066/172
Crown Zenith   GG47/GG70 VSTAR Universe   224/172
Inteleon    Fusion Strike   079/264 Inteleon VMAX High-Class Deck   006/022
Fusion Strike   266/264 Inteleon VMAX High-Class Deck   023/022
Kingler    Brilliant Stars   029/172 Start Deck 100   081/414
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
Machamp    Astral Radiance   073/189 Time Gazer   033/067
Astral Radiance   194/189 Time Gazer   081/067
Melmetal    Pokémon GO   048/078 Pokémon GO   048/071
Pokémon GO   080/078 Pokémon GO   085/071
Meowth    SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH005 S-P Promotional cards   029/S-P
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
Pikachu          S-P Promotional cards   265/S-P
Rapid Strike Urshifu    Battle Styles   088/163 Rapid Strike Master   051/070
Rillaboom    Fusion Strike   023/264 S-P Promotional cards   171/S-P
Sandaconda    Chilling Reign   090/198 Silver Lance   044/070
Chilling Reign   206/198 Silver Lance   086/070
      Start Deck 100   242/414
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
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
 


Trivia

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

References

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 Pichu
Spin-off original: Shadow Pokémon (GO) • Shadow Lugia
Primal DialgaToy Pokémon (Rusty Pokémon) • Shadow Mewtwo
PokéxelIllumina phenomenon
Anime original: Pink ButterfreeClone PokémonCrystal Onix
Mirage PokémonMeta GroudonGreen-crystal Deoxys
Manga original: Thu-Fi-ZerBlack FogBlack Tyranitar


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