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Artwork of a Dynamaxed Pangoro in a Max Raid Battle

Dynamax (Japanese: ダイマックス Daimax) is a temporary transformation affecting Pokémon that was introduced in and is exclusive to the Generation VIII games Pokémon Sword and Shield.


A Pokémon under the effects of Dynamax may have "Dynamax" in front of their species name e.g. "Dynamax Bulbasaur". The process itself always describes the Pokémon as having "Dynamaxed" in past tense, or will "Dynamax" in future tense. Pokémon actively undergoing Dynamax are described as "Dynamaxing".


The Dynamax mechanic was inspired by the Nintendo Switch's TV Mode, which can be used to display the game on a much larger screen, and would therefore better accommodate large Pokémon.[1] Battles between Dynamaxed Pokémon and the Pokémon Dens in which Dynamax Pokémon reside were both inspired by the Giant's Causeway, a collection of basalt columns in Northern Ireland believed to be created by a giant in Celtic mythology.[2]

In the core series games

A Dynamaxed Pikachu

Trainers who obtain a Dynamax Band are able to Dynamax their Pokémon. According to Professor Magnolia, the Pokémon distorts space to change its size while affecting the world around them.[3] This transformation has another special variant known as Gigantamax.


After its defeat thousands of years ago by Zacian and Zamazenta, Eternatus's energy leaked out during its slumber in the form of Galar particles. This resulted in the creation of Power Spots, where Trainers can trigger the Dynamax transformation. Some Power Spots had Gym Stadiums built over them, and others in the Wild Area became Pokémon Dens, where Max Raid Battles take place. Parts of Eternatus's body, known as Wishing Stars, rained across Galar, allowing whoever found them to Dynamax their Pokémon when at a Power Spot. Dynamax Bands were later created by Oleana to help anyone fully utilize the transformation there. Dynamax was later implemented into the Galar League's Gym Battles by Rose who had most of the Gyms built atop of the Power Spots.[4] Max Mushrooms and Max Honey are grown and created exclusively on the Isle of Armor due to the Dynamax phenomenon affecting the flora and Vespiquen producing it.


Dynamaxing increases a Pokémon's size drastically, as well as changing the moves of the Pokémon and increasing their max and current HP in battle according to their Dynamax level (except for Shedinja), but can only be used once during a battle, and ends after three turns or if the Pokémon is switched out. In addition, it can only be performed in areas known to have Power Spots, such as Galar's Gym Stadiums, Battle Court, and Battle Tower. When Dynamaxed, all of the Pokémon's moves will turn into Max Moves that correspond to those moves' types and categories. Like with Mega Evolution, Dynamax is activated at the start of the turn before all other moves are executed. If a Dynamax Pokémon runs out of PP of one move, it still can be selected but fails; if it is unable to use any moves (e.g., running out of PP), it will use Struggle.

In a Max Raid Battle, the wild Pokémon is a Dynamax Pokémon for the entire duration of the battle. Only one of the Trainers' Pokémon can Dynamax during a Max Raid Battle, and only for the standard three turns. The first Trainer with the chance to Dynamax is the host, with the chance passing to the next player who joined until it returns to the first player.

Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus, including Pokémon transformed into one of these, cannot Dynamax.


Main article: Gigantamax

If a Pokémon has the Gigantamax Factor, it can undergo Gigantamax, a special kind of Dynamax that results in a different appearance to its regular form in addition to being larger. Only specific individual members of a select group of species can Gigantamax. Each Gigantamax Pokémon has an exclusive Max Move known as a G-Max Move. Other than having a G-Max Move, Gigantamax is functionally identical to a Dynamax.

Dynamax Level and HP

Dynamaxing provides Pokémon with an increase to its maximum and current HP (with the exception of Shedinja) by the same factor. The amount of HP gained depends on the Pokémon's Dynamax Level, which can be increased with Dynamax Candy. At Dynamax Level 0, a Pokémon will gain 50% more HP. For every Dynamax Level above that, the Pokémon will gain 5% more HP, up to a 100% HP increase at Dynamax Level 10. All other stats, as well as its Ability and held item, remain the same.

Whenever a Pokémon enters into or reverts from Dynamax, its current HP is adjusted to retain the same percentage of HP remaining, the Pokémon's HP will be rounded up to the nearest whole number if the Pokémon's HP is not already a whole number. For instance, if a Pokémon at Dynamax Level 10 has 100/200 HP remaining, then upon Dynamaxing, its HP will be adjusted to 200/400. Conversely, if the same Pokémon has 101/400 HP in Dynamax form, then when its Dynamax expires, its HP will be adjusted down to 50.5/200 then be rounded up to 51/200.

HP-based effects

When calculating changes in HP (damage or restoration) based on the percentage of a Pokémon's maximum HP, the Dynamax Pokémon's non-Dynamax HP is used. For example:

  • Super Fang inflicts damage to a Dynamax Pokémon equal to 50% of its non-Dynamax HP.
  • A held Figy Berry will restore HP equal to 1/3 of the Dynamax Pokémon's non-Dynamax maximum HP.
  • Endeavor inflicts damage equal to the amount that the target's non-Dynamax HP exceeds the user's non-Dynamax HP.
  • Pain Split averages the two Pokémon's non-Dynamax HP, calculates the signed difference between that average and each Pokémon's non-Dynamax HP, then changes each Pokémon's HP by that signed difference.

Effects that vary based on the percentage of HP a Pokémon has remaining use the Dynamax Pokémon's Dynamax HP. For example:

  • Emergency Exit activates when the Dynamax Pokémon's current Dynamax HP falls to 50% or less of its maximum Dynamax HP.
  • A Pokémon will consume its held Figy Berry when its HP falls to 25% or less of its maximum Dynamax HP.
  • Brine's power is increased if a target Dynamax Pokémon's current Dynamax HP is 50% or less of its maximum Dynamax HP.

The moves Dynamax Cannon, Behemoth Blade, and Behemoth Bash do double damage against a Dynamax Pokémon.


Dynamax Pokémon are immune to flinching. Fake Out can still damage a Dynamax Pokémon, but will have no secondary effect.

Dynamax Pokémon are unaffected by moves affected by weight (such as Low Kick and Heavy Slam), one-hit knockout moves, and Destiny Bond.

Moves and Abilities that replace the target's Ability with the user's (such as Skill Swap, Entrainment, and Wandering Spirit) have no effect on Dynamax Pokémon. However, moves that change or suppress the Dynamax Pokémon's Ability altogether (such as Gastro Acid and Worry Seed) still work.

Dynamax Pokémon cannot be switched out by the effects of moves that switch the target out (like Roar and Whirlwind). Circle Throw and Dragon Tail will still damage Dynamax Pokémon without switching it out. Red Card also fails to switch out a Dynamax Pokémon, but is still activated and consumed. Dynamax Pokémon can still be forced out by their own Abilities or items, such as Emergency Exit or an Eject Button. If a Dynamax Pokémon has Magic Bounce and is targeted by Parting Shot, the move will be reflected and force the Dynamax Pokémon to switch out (the owner of the Dynamax Pokémon is still able to choose the Pokémon that it is replaced with).

Dynamax Pokémon cannot be affected by Disable or Cursed Body. A Max Move or G-Max Move can still be used if its base move was disabled prior to Dynamax. Dynamax Pokémon are also immune to Encore, Torment, and Instruct. Choice Band, Choice Scarf, Choice Specs, Gorilla Tactics, and Sheer Force temporarily stop working (including the stat boosts) if the holder is Dynamaxed. However, Assault Vest still works accordingly and prevents the holder from using Max Guard.

In addition to the above, there are certain moves that will fail if used during a Max Raid Battle, but will work against a Dynamax Pokémon otherwise.

See also: Max Raid Battle → Battle

Effects on Transformed Pokémon

If Transform or Imposter is used against a Dynamax Pokémon, only its base form and base moves will be copied, and the user can Dynamax separately. The Gigantamax Factor, however, is not copied at all; instead, the user can only achieve the standard Dynamax form. Additionally, if a Pokémon incapable of Dynamax (e.g., Zacian) is copied, then the user will not be able to Dynamax afterwards. If a Pokémon attempts to copy a Max Move (e.g., using Copycat), it will copy the base move of that Max Move.

Move animations

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All moves used on Dynamaxed Pokémon have generic animations. These depend on type if the move is a damaging move, but all status moves use one of two different animations: either when the move targets the user (which is only possible for bosses in Max Raid Battles), or when the move targets another Pokémon.

This does not affect the animations for Behemoth Blade, Behemoth Bash, Future Sight, Max Moves, or G-Max Moves. For moves with a charging turn, the animation for the charging turn only is not replaced.



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Concept art from Sword and Shield

In the spin-off games

Pokémon Masters EX

Gigantamax Pikachu using G-Max Volt Crash in Pokémon Masters EX

Certain sync pairs are capable of Dynamaxing, including some Trainers that do not have Dynamax Bands in the core series. Most sync pairs Gigantamax their Pokémon instead, with Sygna Suit Leon being the only one to Eternamax. All attacking max moves have 400-540 power range. The max move can be used once per battle.

Trainer Before Dynamax After Dynamax Moves
VSRoxie Sygna Masters.png
Sygna Suit Roxie
Amped Form
Gigantamax Toxtricity
PoisonIC Masters.png Sludge WaveMax Ooze
StatusIC.png Electric TerrainMax Guard
ElectricIC Masters.png OverdriveG-Max Stun Shock
VSBlue Classic Masters.png
Blue (Classic)
N/A FireIC Masters.png Heat WaveMax Flare*
FireIC Masters.png Flare BlitzMax Flare*
FireIC Masters.png Neo Blast BurnMax Flare*
VSElesa Classic Masters.png
Elesa (Classic)
N/A ElectricIC Masters.png Thunder ShockMax Lightning*
ElectricIC Masters.png NuzzleMax Lightning*
StatusIC.png Light ScreenMax Guard
VSGiovanni Sygna Masters.png
Sygna Suit Giovanni
N/A GroundIC Masters.png Mega KickMax Quake
SteelIC Masters.png Iron TailMax Steelspike
PoisonIC Masters.png Poison JabMax Ooze
VSRed Masters.png
Gigantamax Snorlax
NormalIC Masters.png Body SlamG-Max Replenish
FightingIC Masters.png Rock SmashMax Knuckle
VSRed Sygna Thunderbolt Masters.png
Sygna Suit Red (Thunderbolt)
Gigantamax Pikachu
ElectricIC Masters.png Thunder ShockG-Max Volt Crash*
StatusIC.png Electric TerrainMax Guard
ElectricIC Masters.png Origin Volt TackleG-Max Volt Crash*
VSRed Masters.png
N/A GrassIC Masters.png Razor LeafMax Overgrowth*
GrassIC Masters.png Frenzy PlantMax Overgrowth*
VSWallace New Year 2024 Masters.png
Wallace (New Year's 2024)
N/A GhostIC Masters.png Shadow BallMax Phantasm
FireIC Masters.png Mind BlownMax Flare
VSGloria Dojo Uniform Masters.png
Gloria (Dojo Uniform)
Rapid Strike Style
0892Urshifu-Gigantamax Rapid Strike.png
Gigantamax Urshifu
Rapid Strike Style
WaterIC Masters.png Surging StrikesG-Max Rapid Flow
SteelIC Masters.png Iron HeadMax Steelspike
FightingIC Masters.png Close CombatMax Knuckle
VSGloria Alt 2 Masters.png
Gloria (Alt. 2)
Gigantamax Cinderace
FireIC Masters.png Pyro BallG-Max Fireball
FlyingIC Masters.png BounceMax Airstream
FightingIC Masters.png High Jump KickMax Knuckle
VSLeon Masters.png
Gigantamax Charizard
FlyingIC Masters.png HurricaneMax Airstream
GroundIC Masters.png EarthquakeMax Quake
FireIC Masters.png InfernoG-Max Wildfire
VSLeon Sygna Masters.png
Sygna Suit Leon
Eternamax Eternatus
DragonIC Masters.png Dynamax CannonEternabeam
VSLeon Alt Masters.png
Leon (Alt.)
N/A DragonIC Masters.png Dragon DartsMax Wyrmwind
StatusIC.png Will-O-WispMax Guard
DragonIC Masters.png Slashing Breaking SwipeMax Wyrmwind
VSRaihan Anniversary 2022 Masters.png
Raihan (Anniversary 2022)
N/A DragonIC Masters.png TwisterMax Wyrmwind
FireIC Masters.png Fire SpinMax Flare
StatusIC.png SandstormMax Guard
VSAllister Masters.png
Gigantamax Gengar
GhostIC Masters.png Shadow BallG-Max Terror
FightingIC Masters.png Drain PunchMax Knuckle
PoisonIC Masters.png Sludge BombMax Ooze
VSBede Masters.png
Gigantamax Hatterene
FairyIC Masters.png Dazzling GleamG-Max Smite
FireIC Masters.png Mystical FireMax Flare
PsychicIC Masters.png PsybeamMax Mindstorm
VSGordie Masters.png
Gigantamax Coalossal
RockIC Masters.png Rock Tomb G-Max Volcalith
FireIC Masters.png Flame ChargeMax Flare
StatusIC.png Tar ShotMax Guard
VSMelony Masters.png
Gigantamax Lapras
IceIC Masters.png Ice BeamG-Max Resonance
StatusIC.png SafeguardMax Guard
StatusIC.png SingMax Guard
VSVictor Masters.png
Gigantamax Rillaboom
GrassIC Masters.png Drum BeatingG-Max Drum Solo
GroundIC Masters.png High HorsepowerMax Quake
VSVictor Masters.png
N/A GhostIC Masters.png Shadow BallMax Phantasm
GroundIC Masters.png Mud ShotMax Quake
StatusIC.png HazeMax Guard
VSAnabel Masters.png
Gigantamax Snorlax
NormalIC Masters.png HeadbuttG-Max Replenish
StatusIC.png ReflectMax Guard
StatusIC.png ProtectMax Guard
VSRose Masters.png
Gigantamax Copperajah
SteelIC Masters.png Iron HeadG-Max Steelsurge
RockIC Masters.png Stone EdgeMax Rockfall
GroundIC Masters.png High HorsepowerMax Quake
VSOleana Masters.png
Gigantamax Garbodor
PoisonIC Masters.png Gunk ShotG-Max Malodor
StatusIC.png Venom DrenchMax Guard
VSPaulo Masters.png
Dusk Form
N/A RockIC Masters.png Stone EdgeMax Rockfall
RockIC Masters.png AccelerockMax Rockfall
StatusIC.png HowlMax Guard
VSPalmer Masters.png
N/A NormalIC Masters.png Crush GripMax Strike
NormalIC Masters.png G Giga ImpactMax Strike
VSArgenta Masters.png
N/A SteelIC Masters.png Metal ClawMax Steelspike
StatusIC.png Swords DanceMax Guard
VSRiley Masters.png
N/A FightingIC Masters.png Close CombatMax Knuckle
SteelIC Masters.png Iron TailMax Steelspike
VSDahlia Masters.png
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N/A WaterIC Masters.png Muddy WaterMax Geyser
StatusIC.png Teeter DanceMax Guard
GrassIC Masters.png Razor LeafMax Overgrowth

Pokémon Mezastar

In the anime

Dynamax Gengar in the anime

Dynamaxing was first featured in Flash of the Titans!, where Lance's Gyarados was shown Dynamaxing during his battle against Leon and his Charizard at the finals of the World Coronation Series, which was held at Wyndon Stadium. Leon Gigantamaxed his Charizard in response to Lance's Dynamax.

In Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!, Ash and Leon headed to battle a Pangoro that had started rampaging after spontaneously Dynamaxing, and successfully defeated it in the next episode. Later in the same episode, Goh Dynamaxed his Raboot to battle Oleana's subordinate, who had sent out a Gigantamax Garbodor in an attempt to stop Sonia and Goh's investigation into the kings of Galar.

In Sword and Shield... The Legends Awaken!, many Pokémon across Galar had Dynamaxed due to the Darkest Day. Once the event was stopped by Ash and Goh, the Dynamaxed Pokémon returned to normal.

In The Winding Path to Greatness!, Ash Dynamaxed his Gengar, finding out that it was unable to Gigantamax. After Allister had made some Max Soup for it, Gengar was able to Gigantamax during the second attempt.

In Chasing to the Finish!, a Dynamax Regigigas was awakened in the Crown Tundra after Project Mew succeeded in gathering all the legendary giants together.

In Pride of a Champion!, Lance Dynamaxed his Dragonite during his Masters Eight Tournament battle against Diantha and her Mega Gardevoir.

In Valor: A Strategic Part of Battling!, Cynthia Dynamaxed her Togekiss during her Masters Eight Tournament battle against Ash and his Lucario.


In the manga

A Dynamax Gurdurr in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Sword & Shield arc

A Dynamax Pokémon first appeared in Zap!! A Rising Beam of Light, where Henry, Casey, and a pair of Team Yell Grunts battled a Dynamax Gurdurr in a Max Raid Battle. After defeating him, Henry was able to catch him, add him to his party, and nickname him Steeler.

Dynamax appeared again Watch Out!! Strong Rivals during Henry's Gym battle against Milo, where the Grass-type Gym Leader Dynamaxed his Eldegoss. Henry responded by doing the same with his Sirfetch'd.

In Splish Splash!! Gigantamax Battle, Henry Dynamaxed his Thwackey during his Gym battle against Nessa.

In Gulp Gulp!! Pokémon, Casey Dynamaxed her Arrokuda during her Gym battle against Kabu.

In Glittering!! The Tapestry in the Vault, Henry Dynamaxed his Oranguru during his Gym battle against Allister.

In Stealth!! Infiltrate the Energy Plant, a Dynamaxed Dracovish was shown in a news article.

In Swaying!! Murky Memories, Marnie Dynamaxed her Scrafty during her battle against Gordie. In the same chapter, Henry and Hop Dynamaxed their Mr. Rime and Pincurchin against Melony in their respective battles.

In Rumble!! The Horrific Darkest Day, multiple Pokémon across Galar started to Dynamax after Chairman Rose started the Darkest Day.

In PASS40 and PASS41, multiple Pokémon across Galar started to Dynamax after the Darkest Day started again.


Pokémon Journeys: The Series

In Flash of the Titans!, Lance's Gyarados Dynamaxed during a battle against Leon's Charizard.


In the TCG

Dynamax is featured in the Pokémon Trading Card Game as VMAX. 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 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, as well as the possibility of an Ability. One of those attacks is a Max Move, which has no rules inherent to it but starts with the word "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 Dynamaxing 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 green 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 #
AegislashVMAX Metal Vivid Voltage Ultra-Rare Rare 127/185 Amazing Volt Tackle RRR 081/100
Vivid Voltage Rare Secret 190/185 Amazing Volt Tackle HR 115/100
AggronVMAX Metal Brilliant Stars Rare VMAX 097/172 Start Deck 100   300/414
AlcremieVMAX Psychic Champion's Path Rare VMAX 023/073 Legendary Heartbeat RRR 032/076
Shining Fates Rare Rainbow 073/072 Legendary Heartbeat HR 086/076
BlastoiseVMAX Water       Blastoise VMAX Starter Set   002/020
BlazikenVMAX Fire Chilling Reign Rare VMAX 021/198 Peerless Fighters RRR 008/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 200/198 Peerless Fighters HR 085/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 201/198 Peerless Fighters HR 086/070
      VMAX Climax RRR 020/184
      VMAX Climax CSR 217/184
BoltundVMAX Lightning Fusion Strike Rare VMAX 104/264 Fusion Arts RRR 035/100
Fusion Strike Rare Rainbow 267/264 Fusion Arts HR 117/100
ButterfreeVMAX Grass Darkness Ablaze Ultra-Rare Rare 002/189 Explosive Walker RRR 002/070
Darkness Ablaze Rare Secret 190/189 Explosive Walker HR 079/070
CelebiVMAX Grass Chilling Reign Rare VMAX 008/198 Jet-Black Spirit RRR 004/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 199/198 Jet-Black Spirit HR 084/070
CentiskorchVMAX Fire Darkness Ablaze Rare VMAX 034/189 Explosive Walker RRR 017/070
Darkness Ablaze Rare Rainbow 191/189 Explosive Walker HR 080/070
      Shiny Star V RRR 028/190
Shining Fates Rare Shiny VMAX SV109/SV122 Shiny Star V SSR 310/190
      VMAX Climax RRR 023/184
      VMAX Climax CSR 219/184
ChandelureVMAX Fire Fusion Strike Rare VMAX 040/264 Fusion Arts RRR 015/100
Fusion Strike Rare Rainbow 265/264 Fusion Arts HR 116/100
CharizardVMAX Fire Darkness Ablaze Rare VMAX 020/189 Charizard VMAX Starter Set   002/021
Champion's Path Rare Rainbow 074/073 S-P Promotional cards   104/S-P
Shining Fates Rare Shiny VMAX SV107/SV122 Shiny Star V SSR 308/190
      Charizard VMAX Starter Set 2   002/021
CinderaceVMAX Fire Rebel Clash Rare VMAX 036/192 VMAX Rising RRR 017/070
Rebel Clash Rare Rainbow 194/192 VMAX Rising HR 080/070
Shining Fates Rare VMAX 019/072 VMAX Special Set   002/004
CinderaceVMAX Fire Fusion Strike Rare VMAX 045/264 S-P Promotional cards   169/S-P
CoalossalVMAX Fighting Vivid Voltage Rare VMAX 099/185 Legendary Heartbeat RRR 043/076
Vivid Voltage Rare Rainbow 189/185 Legendary Heartbeat HR 087/076
CopperajahVMAX Metal Rebel Clash Rare VMAX 137/192 Rebellion Crash RRR 076/096
Rebel Clash Rare Rainbow 199/192 Rebellion Crash HR 110/096
CorviknightVMAX Metal Battle Styles Rare VMAX 110/163 Rapid Strike Master RRR 056/070
Battle Styles Rare Rainbow 171/163 Rapid Strike Master HR 085/070
      VMAX Climax RRR 116/184
      VMAX Climax CSR 249/184
      Start Deck 100   310/414
CramorantVMAX Colorless Shining Fates Rare VMAX 055/072 VMAX Special Set   004/004
CrobatVMAX Darkness Shining Fates Rare VMAX 045/072 Shiny Star V RRR 109/190
SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH099 Shiny Star V SSR 320/190
DeoxysVMAX Psychic       Deoxys VSTAR & VMAX High-Class Deck   006/020
DhelmiseVMAX Grass Shining Fates Rare VMAX 010/072 VMAX Special Set   001/004
DittoVMAX Colorless Shining Fates Rare VMAX 051/072 Shiny Star V RRR 141/190
Shining Fates Rare Shiny V SV119/SV122 Shiny Star V SSR 324/190
DracozoltVMAX Lightning Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 059/203 Peerless Fighters RRR 024/070
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 210/203 Peerless Fighters HR 087/070
      Start Deck 100   161/414
DragapultVMAX Psychic Rebel Clash Rare VMAX 093/192 Rebellion Crash RRR 050/096
Rebel Clash Rare Rainbow 197/192 Rebellion Crash HR 108/096
      Shiny Star V RRR 089/190
SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH097 Shiny Star V SSR 318/190
DrednawVMAX Water Champion's Path Rare VMAX 015/073 Infinity Zone RRR 027/100
Champion's Path Rare Rainbow 075/073 Infinity Zone HR 111/100
DuraludonVMAX Dragon Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 123/203 Skyscraping Perfection RRR 049/067
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 219/203 Skyscraping Perfection HR 082/067
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 220/203 Skyscraping Perfection HR 083/067
      VMAX Climax RRR 123/184
      VMAX Climax CSR 253/184
      VMAX Climax UR 285/184
EeveeVMAX Colorless SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH087 S-P Promotional cards   101/S-P
EspeonVMAX Psychic Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 065/203 Eevee Heroes VMAX Special Set   004/004
Fusion Strike Rare Rainbow 270/264 S-P Promotional cards   189/S-P
      Start Deck 100   173/414
EternatusVMAX Darkness Darkness Ablaze Rare VMAX 117/189 Infinity Zone RRR 065/100
Darkness Ablaze Rare Rainbow 192/189 Infinity Zone HR 112/100
SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH045 S-P Promotional cards   080/S-P
      Shiny Star V RRR 125/190
Shining Fates Rare Secret SV122/SV122 Shiny Star V UR 328/190
      VMAX Climax RRR 110/184
      VMAX Climax CSR 247/184
FlappleVMAX Grass Battle Styles Rare VMAX 019/163 Single Strike Master RRR 008/070
Battle Styles Rare Rainbow 164/163 Single Strike Master HR 082/070
FlareonVMAX Fire Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 018/203 Eevee Heroes VMAX Special Set   001/004
SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH180 S-P Promotional cards   186/S-P
      Start Deck 100   052/414
Flying PikachuVMAX Lightning Celebrations Rare VMAX 007/025 25th Anniversary Collection RRR 024/028
Galarian DarmanitanVMAX Water Vivid Voltage Rare VMAX 037/185 Amazing Volt Tackle RRR 024/100
Vivid Voltage Rare Rainbow 187/185 Amazing Volt Tackle HR 113/100
Galarian SlowkingVMAX Darkness Chilling Reign Rare VMAX 100/198 Peerless Fighters RRR 047/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 207/198 Peerless Fighters HR 088/070
      Start Deck 100   259/414
GarbodorVMAX Darkness Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 101/203 Skyscraping Perfection RRR 031/067
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 216/203 Skyscraping Perfection HR 081/067
GardevoirVMAX Psychic Champion's Path Rare VMAX 017/073 Explosive Walker RRR 031/070
Champion's Path Rare Rainbow 076/073 Explosive Walker HR 081/070
GengarVMAX Darkness Fusion Strike Rare VMAX 157/264 Gengar VMAX High-Class Deck   002/019
Fusion Strike Rare Rainbow 271/264 Gengar VMAX High-Class Deck   020/019
GlaceonVMAX Water Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 041/203 Eevee Heroes RRR 025/069
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 208/203 Eevee Heroes HR 090/069
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 209/203 Eevee Heroes HR 091/069
      Start Deck 100   104/414
GreedentVMAX Colorless Fusion Strike Rare VMAX 218/264 Fusion Arts RRR 086/100
Fusion Strike Rare Rainbow 272/264 Fusion Arts HR 120/100
GrimmsnarlVMAX Darkness Darkness Ablaze Ultra-Rare Rare 115/189 Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set   007/020
      Shiny Star V SSR 322/190
GyaradosVMAX Water Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 029/203 Blue Sky Stream RRR 021/067
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 207/203 Blue Sky Stream HR 081/067
HattereneVMAX Psychic Crown Zenith Rare VSTAR 066/159 VSTAR Universe RRR 066/172
Crown Zenith GGU GG47/GG70 VSTAR Universe SAR 224/172
HeatranVMAX Fire Astral Radiance Ultra-Rare Rare 026/189 Space Juggler RRR 015/067
Astral Radiance Rare Rainbow 191/189 Space Juggler HR 080/067
Ice Rider CalyrexVMAX Water Chilling Reign Rare VMAX 046/198 Silver Lance RRR 028/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 202/198 Silver Lance HR 084/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 203/198 Silver Lance HR 085/070
      VMAX Climax RRR 044/184
Astral Radiance Rare Ultra TG15/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 221/184
Astral Radiance Rare Secret TG29/TG30 VMAX Climax UR 278/184
      Start Deck 100   126/414
InteleonVMAX Water Rebel Clash Rare VMAX 050/192 VMAX Rising RRR 023/070
Rebel Clash Rare Rainbow 195/192 VMAX Rising HR 081/070
InteleonVMAX Water Fusion Strike Rare VMAX 079/264 Inteleon VMAX High-Class Deck   006/022
Fusion Strike Rare Rainbow 266/264 Inteleon VMAX High-Class Deck   023/022
JolteonVMAX Lightning Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 051/203 Eevee Heroes VMAX Special Set   003/004
SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH184 S-P Promotional cards   188/S-P
KinglerVMAX Water Brilliant Stars Rare VMAX 029/172 Start Deck 100   081/414
KyuremVMAX Water       Lost Abyss RRR 030/100
LaprasVMAX Water Sword & Shield Rare VMAX 050/202 Sword RRR 015/060
Sword & Shield Rare Rainbow 203/202 Sword HR 069/060
      Shiny Star V RRR 032/190
Shining Fates Rare Shiny VMAX SV111/SV122 Shiny Star V SSR 312/190
LeafeonVMAX Grass Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 008/203 Eevee Heroes RRR 003/069
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 204/203 Eevee Heroes HR 088/069
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 205/203 Eevee Heroes HR 089/069
      Start Deck 100   018/414
LycanrocVMAX Fighting Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 092/203 Skyscraping Perfection RRR 025/067
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 213/203 Skyscraping Perfection HR 080/067
      Start Deck 100   235/414
MachampVMAX Fighting Astral Radiance Ultra-Rare Rare 073/189 Time Gazer RRR 033/067
Astral Radiance Rare Rainbow 194/189 Time Gazer HR 081/067
MalamarVMAX Darkness Rebel Clash Rare VMAX 122/192 Rebellion Crash RRR 071/096
Rebel Clash Rare Rainbow 198/192 Rebellion Crash HR 109/096
MelmetalVMAX Metal Pokémon GO Ultra-Rare Rare 048/078 Pokémon GO RRR 048/071
Pokémon GO Rare Rainbow 080/078 Pokémon GO HR 085/071
MeowthVMAX Colorless SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH005 S-P Promotional cards   029/S-P
MetagrossVMAX Metal Chilling Reign Rare VMAX 113/198 Jet-Black Spirit RRR 050/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 208/198 Jet-Black Spirit HR 087/070
MewVMAX Psychic Fusion Strike Rare VMAX 114/264 Fusion Arts RRR 040/100
Fusion Strike Rare Rainbow 268/264 Fusion Arts HR 118/100
Fusion Strike Rare Rainbow 269/264 Fusion Arts HR 119/100
      VMAX Climax UR 280/184
MimikyuVMAX Psychic Brilliant Stars Rare VMAX 069/172 VMAX Climax RRR 077/184
Brilliant Stars Rare Ultra TG17/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 234/184
MorpekoVMAX Lightning Sword & Shield Rare VMAX 080/202 Shield RRR 020/060
Sword & Shield Rare Rainbow 204/202 Shield HR 069/060
Shining Fates Rare VMAX 038/072 VMAX Special Set   003/004
OrbeetleVMAX Grass Vivid Voltage Rare VMAX 021/185 Amazing Volt Tackle RRR 009/100
Vivid Voltage Rare Rainbow 186/185 Amazing Volt Tackle HR 112/100
      VMAX Climax RRR 011/184
      VMAX Climax CSR 215/184
PikachuVMAX Lightning Vivid Voltage Rare VMAX 044/185 Amazing Volt Tackle RRR 031/100
Vivid Voltage Rare Rainbow 188/185 Amazing Volt Tackle HR 114/100
SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH062 S-P Promotional cards   123/S-P
      25th Anniversary Golden Box   006/015
      VMAX Climax RRR 046/184
      VMAX Climax CSR 223/184
      VMAX Climax UR 279/184
PikachuVMAX Lightning       S-P Promotional cards   265/S-P
Rapid Strike UrshifuVMAX Fighting Battle Styles Rare VMAX 088/163 Rapid Strike Master RRR 051/070
Battle Styles Rare Rainbow 169/163 Rapid Strike Master HR 083/070
Battle Styles Rare Rainbow 170/163 Rapid Strike Master HR 084/070
      VMAX Climax RRR 095/184
Brilliant Stars Rare Ultra TG21/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 241/184
Brilliant Stars Rare Secret TG30/TG30 VMAX Climax UR 283/184
RayquazaVMAX Dragon Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 111/203 Blue Sky Stream RRR 047/067
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 217/203 Blue Sky Stream HR 082/067
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 218/203 Blue Sky Stream HR 083/067
      VMAX Climax RRR 120/184
      VMAX Climax CSR 252/184
      VMAX Climax UR 284/184
RegielekiVMAX Lightning Silver Tempest Rare VMAX 058/195 Paradigm Trigger RRR 034/098
Silver Tempest Rare Rainbow 198/195 Paradigm Trigger HR 115/098
RillaboomVMAX Grass Rebel Clash Rare VMAX 018/192 VMAX Rising RRR 009/070
Rebel Clash Rare Rainbow 193/192 VMAX Rising HR 079/070
      Shiny Star V RRR 010/190
Shining Fates Rare Shiny VMAX SV106/SV122 Shiny Star V SSR 305/190
RillaboomVMAX Grass Fusion Strike Rare VMAX 023/264 S-P Promotional cards   171/S-P
SalamenceVMAX Colorless Darkness Ablaze Rare VMAX 144/189 Infinity Zone RRR 081/100
Darkness Ablaze Rare Rainbow 194/189 Infinity Zone HR 114/100
SandacondaVMAX Fighting Chilling Reign Rare VMAX 090/198 Silver Lance RRR 044/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 206/198 Silver Lance HR 086/070
      Start Deck 100   242/414
ScizorVMAX Metal Darkness Ablaze Rare VMAX 119/189 Infinity Zone RRR 067/100
Darkness Ablaze Rare Rainbow 193/189 Infinity Zone HR 113/100
Shadow Rider CalyrexVMAX Psychic Chilling Reign Rare VMAX 075/198 Jet-Black Spirit RRR 037/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 204/198 Jet-Black Spirit HR 085/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 205/198 Jet-Black Spirit HR 086/070
      VMAX Climax RRR 083/184
Astral Radiance Rare Ultra TG18/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 236/184
Astral Radiance Rare Secret TG30/TG30 VMAX Climax UR 281/184
      Start Deck 100   204/414
Single Strike UrshifuVMAX Fighting Battle Styles Rare VMAX 086/163 Single Strike Master RRR 037/070
Battle Styles Rare Rainbow 167/163 Single Strike Master HR 084/070
Battle Styles Rare Rainbow 168/163 Single Strike Master HR 085/070
      VMAX Climax RRR 093/184
Brilliant Stars Rare Ultra TG19/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 239/184
Brilliant Stars Rare Secret TG29/TG30 VMAX Climax UR 282/184
SnorlaxVMAX Colorless Sword & Shield Rare VMAX 142/202 Shield RRR 046/060
Sword & Shield Rare Rainbow 206/202 Shield HR 070/060
StonjournerVMAX Fighting Sword & Shield Rare VMAX 116/202 Sword RRR 035/060
Sword & Shield Rare Rainbow 205/202 Sword HR 070/060
Surfing PikachuVMAX Lightning Celebrations Rare VMAX 009/025 25th Anniversary Collection RRR 022/028
SylveonVMAX Psychic Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 075/203 Eevee Heroes RRR 041/069
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 211/203 Eevee Heroes HR 092/069
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 212/203 Eevee Heroes HR 093/069
      VMAX Climax RRR 075/184
Brilliant Stars Rare Ultra TG15/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 232/184
      Start Deck 100   192/414
Tapu KokoVMAX Lightning Battle Styles Rare VMAX 051/163 Single Strike Master RRR 018/070
Battle Styles Rare Rainbow 166/163 Single Strike Master HR 083/070
      Start Deck 100   150/414
TogekissVMAX Colorless Vivid Voltage Rare VMAX 141/185 Legendary Heartbeat RRR 059/076
Vivid Voltage Rare Rainbow 191/185 Legendary Heartbeat HR 088/076
TornadusVMAX Colorless Chilling Reign Rare VMAX 125/198 Silver Lance RRR 058/070
Chilling Reign Rare Rainbow 209/198 Silver Lance HR 087/070
ToxtricityVMAX Lightning Rebel Clash Rare VMAX 071/192 Rebellion Crash RRR 037/096
Rebel Clash Rare Rainbow 196/192 Rebellion Crash HR 107/096
      Shiny Star V RRR 060/190
Shining Fates Rare Shiny VMAX SV113/SV122 Shiny Star V SSR 315/190
TrevenantVMAX Grass Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 014/203 Blue Sky Stream RRR 008/067
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 206/203 Blue Sky Stream HR 080/067
      Start Deck 100   029/414
UmbreonVMAX Darkness Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 095/203 Eevee Heroes RRR 048/069
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 214/203 Eevee Heroes HR 094/069
Evolving Skies Rare Rainbow 215/203 Eevee Heroes HR 095/069
      VMAX Climax RRR 101/184
Brilliant Stars Rare Ultra TG23/TG30 VMAX Climax CSR 245/184
VaporeonVMAX Water Evolving Skies Rare VMAX 030/203 Eevee Heroes VMAX Special Set   002/004
SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH182 S-P Promotional cards   187/S-P
VenusaurVMAX Grass SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH102 Venusaur VMAX Starter Set   002/021
VictiniVMAX Fire Battle Styles Rare VMAX 022/163 Rapid Strike Master RRR 013/070
Battle Styles Rare Rainbow 165/163 Rapid Strike Master HR 082/070
      Start Deck 100   060/414
ZeraoraVMAX Lightning       Zeraora VSTAR & VMAX High-Class Deck   006/020


  • Jigglypuff's Final Smash, Puff Up, appears similar to Dynamax, as both feature a Pokémon temporarily growing to a much larger size. Dynamax would not appear until 2019, over eleven years past the release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, in which Final Smashes debuted.
  • When Calyrex Dynamaxes, it is surrounded by a blue aura. All other Dynamaxed or Gigantamaxed Pokémon yield red auras. It is never explained in game why this is the case.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 極巨化 Gihkgeuihfa
Mandarin 極巨化 / 极巨化 Jíjùhuà
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Dynamax
Finland Flag.png Finnish Dynamax
France Flag.png French Dynamax
Germany Flag.png German Dynamax
India Flag.png Hindi डायनामैक्स Dynamax
Italy Flag.png Italian Dynamax
South Korea Flag.png Korean 다이맥스 Daimax
Poland Flag.png Polish Dynamax
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Dinamax
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Dynamax
Russia Flag.png Russian Динамакс Dinamaks
Spanish CELAC Flag.png Latin America Dynamax
Spain Flag.png Spain Dinamax
Tamil Flag.png Tamil டைனமேக்ஸ் Dynamax
India Flag.png Telugu డైనమ్యాక్స్ Dynamax
Thailand Flag.png Thai ไดแมกซ์ Daimax
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Dymax


  1. プロジェクトストーリー1|採用情報|GAME FREAK 株式会社ゲームフリーク
  2. Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Galar Expedition Guide, page 8
  3. Trainer Tips: The Dynamax phenomenon is caused by a special power that originates from within Pokémon, warping the space around them and making them appear far larger than they truly are. (Pokémon Sword and Shield)
  4. https://swordshield.pokemon.com/en-us/story/pokemon-league/

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 PichuPartner Pokémon
Side series original: Shadow PokémonShadow Lugia
Spin-off original: Shadow PokémonPrimal DialgaToy Pokémon (Rusty Pokémon)
Shadow MewtwoPokéxelIllumina phenomenon
Anime original: Pink ButterfreeClone PokémonCrystal Onix
Mirage PokémonMeta GroudonGreen-crystal Deoxys
Manga original: Thu-Fi-ZerBlack FogBlack Tyranitar

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