Gigantamax

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gigantamax Pokémon

Introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield v1.0.0

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

Introduced in The Isle of Armor

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

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!, 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 JN082, Opal Gigantamaxed her Alcremie during her battle against Ash.

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 chapter

Gigantamaxing debuted in PASS09, where Nessa's Drednaw Gigantamaxed during her battle against Henry and later Casey.

In PASS11, Kabu's Centiskorch Gigantamaxed during its battle against Casey.

In PASS13, Allister's Gengar Gigantamaxed during its battle against Henry.

In PASS16, Opal's Alcremie Gigantamaxed during its battle against Henry.

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

Both Gordie and Melony Gigantamaxed their Coalossal and Lapras, respectively, during their battles against Marnie and Hop.

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Gigantamaxing debuted in JNM02, where a Snorlax was seen Gigantamaxing.

In JNM04, Leon's Charizard Gigantamaxed during a battle against Lance's Gyarados. In the same chapter, a Drednaw Gigantamaxed.

Raihan's Duraludon Gigantamaxed during a battle against Leon's Charizard in JNM10.

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
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
Pokémon 
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
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
 


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
  Brazilian Portuguese Gigamax
  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 transformations
Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond PhenomenonUltra BurstDynamax (Gigantamax)


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