Giant Pokémon

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Giant Pokémon, while rarely playing a large part in terms of plot, are nonetheless a recurring theme in the Pokémon anime. There are several episodes that have a plot revolving around unusually large Pokémon, such to the point that it seems to be a rather common mutation for Pokémon to go through. All Totem Pokémon shown in the anime have been giant so far.

In the anime

Pokémon Trainer First appearance
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Gary Oak Mystery at the Lighthouse
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None Mystery at the Lighthouse
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None Tentacool & Tentacruel
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None The Kangaskhan Kid
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Bruno To Master the Onixpected!
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None The Joy of Pokémon
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Nurse Joy, Mayor of Trovitopolis The Mystery Menace
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None Bound For Trouble
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None Bound For Trouble
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None Charizard's Burning Ambition
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Cyrus Grin to Win!
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Egan Some Like it Hot
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None Enlighten Up!
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Professor Jacuzzi Gulpin' it Down
Whiscash "Nero"
None Whiscash and Ash
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Winona Who's Flying Now?
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None Claydol Big and Tall
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Old man Steamboat Willies!
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None Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 2
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Claw Fossil
Byron Ancient Family Matters!
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None To Top a Totem!
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Alolan Raticate
None A Team-on-Team Tussle!
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None SM033
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None SM035

Ancient giant Pokémon

Several ancient giant Pokémon appeared in the The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis. These Pokémon were all covered in tattoo-like marks. Gengar emerged from a black vajra-like artifact, Alakazam emerged from a spoon-like artifact, and Jigglypuff emerged from an ancient bell.

Pokémon Trainer First appearance
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None The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis
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None The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis
None The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis

Temporary giant Pokémon

Pokémon Trainer First appearance
Togepi Misty Address Unown!
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Ash Ketchum Gulpin' it Down
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Xander Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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Xander Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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Xander Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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Jessie Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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James Caterpie's Big Dilemma
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Pikachu, Piplup, and Croagunk
Ash Ketchum, Dawn, and Brock Malice In Wonderland!
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Zoroark (Illusion)
None The Island of Illusions!
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Heatmor (Zoroark's Illusion)
None The Island of Illusions!
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Meowth (Zoroark's Illusion)
None The Island of Illusions!

In the games

In the core series

In Ruby and Sapphire, there are two men living in Sootopolis City who respectively want the player to bring them large specimens of Barboach and Shroomish. Likewise, in Pokémon Emerald, the same two men want the player to bring them large specimens of Lotad and Seedot.

In Sun and Moon, Totem Pokémon are a type of Pokémon variant that appear at the end of Alola's island trials. Due to the influence of the energy emanated from Ultra Wormholes, these Pokémon appear larger and weigh approximately two to four times as much as other Pokémon of the same species.

In the spin-off games

In Hey You, Pikachu! one of the activities involves Pikachu fishing, and it is possible to fish Pokémon much larger than average. There is also an Oddish that, instead of evolving, grows larger when it is watered, until it is at least ten times Pikachu's size.

In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Hocus attacks the player with a giant Crobat when he is faced in the Sky Fortress.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the player can be temporarily large by eating the Super Mushroom. Jigglypuff's Final Smash, Puff Up can make Jigglypuff gigantic temporarily, plus knocking out any opponent near it.

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga

The giant Haunter Black Fog

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu, Sabrina is attacked by a giant Haunter called Black Fog in Haunting My Dreams. Black Fog is an unusually large Haunter, that was unusual in its density and its ability to use two moves simultaneously. It destroyed itself rather than be captured by Ash.

Ash caught a giant Slowpoke in Ash vs. Gary. He later gave it to Gary in exchange for a picture of his sister, May Oak.

In the Pokémon Gold and Silver: The Golden Boys manga

In Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys, a giant Sudowoodo blocks Route 36. It turns out that the Sudowoodo is giant because of dried mud covering its body.

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Dragonite are generally shown larger than they usually are, as with some other Pokémon.


See also