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A Max Move (Japanese: ダイマックスわざ Daimax Move) is a special type of move introduced in Generation VIII. While Dynamaxed, all of a Dynamax Pokémon's moves are replaced by their corresponding Max Moves. Max Moves are more powerful than regular moves.

The Max Moves that a Dynamax Pokémon knows depend on the moves its knew before Dynamaxing. The Max Move that a damaging move becomes depends on its type; status moves instead all become Max Guard. For Gigantamax Pokémon, damaging moves of a certain type become its exclusive G-Max Move instead of the normal corresponding Max Move; the type of moves affected depends on the Gigantamax Pokémon's species.

Damaging Max Moves cannot be fully protected against by protection moves (such as Protect and Spiky Shield), except by the Max Move Max Guard.

List of Max Moves

Max Move Type Additional effect Image
Max Guard Normal Protects from all moves, including Max Moves SwSh Prerelease Max Guard.png
Max Strike Normal Decreases the Speed of the target by one stage SwSh Prerelease Max Strike.png
Max Knuckle Fighting Increases the Attack of the user and its allies by one stage SwSh Prerelease Max Knuckle.png
Max Airstream Flying Unknown
Max Rockfall Rock Creates a sandstorm SwSh Prerelease Max Rockfall.png
English name unknown Ghost Unknown SwSh Prerelease Ghost Max Move.png
Max Steelspike Steel Unknown
Max Flare Fire Creates harsh sunlight SwSh Prerelease Max Flare.png
Max Geyser Water Creates rain SwSh Prerelease Max Geyser.png
Max Overgrowth Grass Unknown SwSh Prerelease Max Overgrowth.png
Max Lightning Electric Creates Electric Terrain SwSh Prerelease Max Lightning.png
English name unknown Ice Creates hail SwSh Prerelease Ice Max Move.png
Max Darkness Dark Unknown
Max Starfall Fairy Unknown

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 極巨招式 Gihkgeuih Jīusīk
Mandarin 極巨招式 / 极巨招式 Jíjù Zhāoshì
France Flag.png French Capacité Dynamax
Germany Flag.png German Dynamax-Attacke
Italy Flag.png Italian Mossa Dynamax
South Korea Flag.png Korean 다이맥스기술 Daimax Gisul
Russia Flag.png Russian Максимальные атака Maksimal'nyye ataka
Spain Flag.png Spanish Movimiento Dinamax

See also


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