Meowth, Charizard, and Eevee Gigantamax in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Best answer: In Pokémon Sword and Shield, a Pokémon who Gigantamaxes grows to a humungous size during battle. This transformation changes the look of the Pokémon, increases the stats, and allows them to use a special G-Max Move. However, only some Pokémon can Gigantamax.

Dynamaxing vs. Gigantamaxing: What’s the difference?

Dynamax: In specific areas of the Galar region, Pokémon can temporarily transform into a colossal version of themselves during battle. This transformation changes the Pokémon’s moves and increases their stats. However, it can only be used once during the battle. It’s important to note that the effects of Dynamaxing only last for three turns and then a Pokémon turns back to normal. Every Pokémon has the ability to Dynamax.

Gigantamax: As with Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing makes your Pokémon grow larger and increases their stats. However, it also changes the appearance of your Pokémon. The thing to keep in mind is that only certain species have the ability to Giganamax, and only certain individuals within that species can Gigantamax. For example, Charizard is a Pokémon that can Giganamax, but only a special Charizard will actually be able to do it. A Pokémon that can Gigantamax also gets a powerful G-Max Move specific to its species.

Which Pokémon species can Gigantamax in Sword and Shield?

Remember that only some species of Pokémon are capable of Gigantamaxing, and even then, it’s only special Pokémon within that species that can do it. Here’s every Pokémon species that we currently know of that has the potential to Gigantamax.


When a Charizard Gigantamaxes, it becomes a colossal beast. A mantle of fiery wings rests on its shoulders, and the tips of its horns flicker with flame.

G-Max Move: G-Max Wildfire


Butterfree’s wings grow exceptionally large and change colors during Gigantamaxing. Additionally, Butterfree’s main body becomes more rotund, and the face shape changes slightly.

G-Max Move: G-Max Befuddle


The tail of a Pikachu that Gigantamaxes turns into a large bolt of electricity that extends far above the shocking creature’s head. Pikachu’s body also becomes quite a bit chunkier.

G-Max Move: G-Max Volt Crash


When these sassy cats Gigantamax they develop a symbol on the coin that rests on their heads, their stomachs become elongated, and their eyes glow yellow.

G-Max Move: G-Max Gold Rush


As far as looks go, a Gigantamax Eevee looks pretty much the same, aside from the cream-colored fur being far poofier than normal.

G-Max Move: G-Max Cuddle


When this bird Gigantamaxes, it gains magenta highlights along its wings. The spiky crown of feathers on its head becomes longer as well.

G-Max Move: G-Max Wind Rage


Drednaw changes from standing on all fours to standing on his hind legs when Gigantamaxing. His head is tucked into his shell, and the horn on his head becomes longer. Additional horns appear on his arms and legs.

G-Max Move: G-Max Stonesurge


When Gigantamaxing, Alcremie sprouts a multilayered cake beneath its feet, a large bow appears on Alcremies chest, and the whip topping hairdo changes to look like swirling bangs.

G-Max Move: G-Max Finale

Pokémon Titans

Since Gigantamaxing is only possible for certain Pokémon, it’s a lot more exciting when you find a Pokémon that can actually do it. If nothing else, it’s sure to give you an edge in battle.

We’re super stoked to get a hold of these games and to test out these new battle mechanics. If you’re excited as well, you should make sure to pre-order one of the Gen 8 games. Pokémon Sword and Shield release on November 15, 2019.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield

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These games take place in the Galar region, which is inspired by the UK, features three new starters, and brings back gym battles. Some Pokémon from previous games appear in this game as well, so you’ll see some of your favorites.

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