Giant Pokémon

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Not to be confused with gigantic Pokémon.
If you were looking for the temporary Pokémon tranformation state introduced in Generation VIII, see Dynamax.
If you were looking for the variation of Dynamax, see Gigantamax.
If you were looking for the variation of alpha Pokémon introduced in Generation VIII, see Alpha Pokémon.

Giant Pokémon, while rarely playing a large part in terms of plot, are nonetheless a recurring theme in the Pokémon anime and games. 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 are giant Pokémon.

Pokémon at Pokémon Land in Island of the Giant Pokémon are not listed here, despite the episode name, because these were robots created for the amusement park and not organic in any biological way.

In the anime

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Known move(s)
Krabby
Krabby
1'04" (0.4 m)
Gary Krabby.png
Gary Oak's Krabby
Mystery at the Lighthouse None
Dragonite
Dragonite
7'03" (2.2 m)
Giant Dragonite.png
Wild Dragonite
Mystery at the Lighthouse None
Tentacruel
Tentacruel
5'03" (1.6 m)
Giant Tentacruel.png
Wild Tentacruel
Tentacool & Tentacruel None
Kangaskhan
Kangaskhan
7'03" (2.2 m)
Giant Kangaskhan.png
Wild Kangaskhan
The Kangaskhan Kid Dizzy Punch
Onix
Onix
28'10" (8.8 m)
Bruno Onix.png
Bruno's Onix
To Master the Onixpected! Dig
Tackle
Magikarp
Magikarp
2'11" (0.9 m)
Giant Magikarp.png
Wild Magikarp
The Joy of Pokémon Tackle
Bulbasaur
Bulbasaur
2'04" (0.7 m)
Nurse Joy Bulbasaur.png
Nurse Joy's Bulbasaur
The Mystery Menace Vine Whip
Pidgeot
Pidgeot
4'11" (1.5 m)
Giant Pidgeot.png
Wild Pidgeot
Bound For Trouble None
Rhydon
Rhydon
6'03" (1.9 m)
Giant Rhydon.png
Wild Rhydon
Bound For Trouble None
Charizard
Charizard
5'07" (1.7 m)
Giant Charizard.png
Wild Charizard
Charizard's Burning Ambition Flamethrower
Sunflora
Sunflora
2'07" (0.8 m)
Cyrus Dorabelle.png
Cyrus's Dorabelle
Grin to Win! None
Magcargo
Magcargo
2'07" (0.8 m)
Egan Magcargo.png
Egan's Magcargo
Some Like it Hot Flamethrower
Body Slam
Rock Slide
Goldeen
Goldeen
2′00″ (0.6 m)
Giant Goldeen.png
Wild Goldeen
Enlighten Up! None
Gulpin
Gulpin
1'04" (0.4 m)
Giant Gulpin.png
Professor Jacuzzi's Gulpin
Gulpin' it Down Sludge
Stockpile
Spit Up
Whiscash
Whiscash
2'11" (0.9 m)
Nero.png
Wild Whiscash "Nero"
Whiscash and Ash Water Pulse
Earthquake
Water Gun
Skarmory
Skarmory
5'07" (1.7 m)
Winona Skarmory.png
Winona's Skarmory
Who's Flying Now? Steel Wing
Drill Peck
Claydol
Claydol
4'11" (1.5 m)
Giant Claydol.png
Wild Claydol
Claydol Big and Tall Hyper Beam
Ice Beam
Rapid Spin
Psychic
Mantine
Mantine
6'11" (2.1 m)
Old man Mantine.png
Old man's Mantine
Steamboat Willies! None
Staraptor
Staraptor
3'11" (1.2 m)
Kellyn Staraptor.png
Wild Staraptor
Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 2 None
Anorith
Anorith
2'04" (0.7 m)
DP107 size.png
Byron's Claw Fossil
Ancient Family Matters! None
Gengar
Gengar
4'11" (1.5 m)
Acerola Greedy Rapooh.png
Acerola'a Greedy Rapooh
Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? Shadow Ball
Shadow Punch
Thief
Sandshrew
Sandshrew
2'04" (0.7 m)
Mount Lanakila Sandshrew.png
Wild Alolan Sandshrew
Not Caving Under Pressure! Metal Claw
Rapid Spin
Sandslash
Sandslash
3'11" (1.2 m)
Mount Lanakila Sandslash.png
Wild Alolan Sandslash
Not Caving Under Pressure! Metal Claw
Rapid Spin
Guzzlord
Guzzlord
18'01" (5.5 m)
Giant Shiny Guzzlord anime.png
Wild Shiny Guzzlord
Z-Move Showdown! None
Golurk
Golurk
9'02" (2.8 m)
Goh Golurk.png
Goh's Golurk
Raid Battle in The Ruins! Hammer Arm
Flash Cannon
Magikarp
Magikarp
2'11" (0.9 m)
Goh giant Magikarp.png
Goh's Magikarp
A Little Rocket R & R! Splash
Shieldon
Shieldon
1'08" (0.5 m)
Pewter Museum Shieldon.png
Pewter Museum of Science's Shieldon
Restore and Renew! None
 

Totem Pokémon

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Known move(s)
Gumshoos
Gumshoos
2'04" (0.7 m)
Totem Gumshoos.png
Totem Gumshoos
To Top a Totem! Sand Attack
Frustration
Raticate
Raticate
2'04" (0.7 m)
Totem Alola Raticate.png
Totem Alolan Raticate
A Team-on-Team Tussle! Tail Whip
Hyper Fang
Hyper Beam
Wishiwashi
Wishiwashi
26'11" (8.2 m)
Totem Wishiwashi.png
Totem Wishiwashi
Big Sky, Small Fry! None
Lurantis
Lurantis
2'11" (0.9 m)
Totem Lurantis.png
Totem Lurantis
Currying Favor and Flavor! Petal Blizzard
Solar Blade
Synthesis
Kommo-o
Kommo-o
5'03" (1.6 m)
Totem Kommo-o.png
Totem Kommo-o
Family Determination! Clanging Scales
Trevenant
Trevenant
4'11" (1.5 m)
Totem Trevenant.png
Totem Trevenant
A Timeless Encounter! None

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.

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Known move(s)
Gengar
Gengar
4'11" (1.5 m)
Giant Gengar.png
Wild Gengar
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Night Shade
Lick
Alakazam
Alakazam
4'11" (1.5 m)
Giant Alakazam.png
Wild Alakazam
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Psybeam
Teleport
Jigglypuff
Jigglypuff
1'08" (0.5 m)
Bigglypuff.png
Wild Jigglypuff
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Sing
 

Temporary giant Pokémon

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Cause
Treecko
Treecko
1'08" (0.5 m)
Ash Treecko giant.png
Ash's Treecko
Gulpin' it Down Professor Jacuzzi's Mach III Particle Cannon malfunctioning
Caterpie
Caterpie
1'00" (0.3 m)
Zander Caterpie.png
Zander's Caterpie
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
Metapod
Metapod
2'04" (0.7 m)
Zander Metapod.png
Zander's Metapod
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
Butterfree
Butterfree
3'07" (1.1 m)
Zander Butterfree.png
Zander's Butterfree
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
Dustox
Dustox
3'11" (1.2 m)
Jessie Dustox giant.png
Jessie's Dustox
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
Cacnea
Cacnea
1'04" (0.4 m)
James Cacnea giant.png
James's Cacnea
Caterpie's Big Dilemma Dr. Gordon's Mystery Candy Complete
Pikachu
Pikachu
1'04" (0.4 m)

Piplup
Piplup
1'04" (0.4 m)

Croagunk
Croagunk
2'04" (0.7 m)
DP043 Giants.png
Ash's Pikachu, Dawn's Piplup, and Brock's Croagunk
Malice In Wonderland! A wild Mismagius's illusions
Zoroark
Zoroark
5'03" (1.6 m)
Grand Spectrala Islet Zoroark Illusion.png
Wild Zoroark (Illusion)
The Island of Illusions! A wild Zoroark's illusions
Heatmor
Heatmor
4'07" (1.4 m)
Grand Spectrala Islet Heatmor Illusion.png
Wild Heatmor
The Island of Illusions! A wild Zoroark's illusions
Meowth
Meowth
1'04" (0.4 m)
Grand Spectrala Islet Meowth Illusion.png
Wild Meowth
The Island of Illusions! A wild Zoroark's illusions
Togedemaru
Togedemaru
1'00" (0.3 m)
Sophocles Togedemaru giant.png
Sophocles's Togedemaru
Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids! Faba's Super Duty Tidy-Up Faba Deluxe malfunctioning
 

In the games

In the core series

In Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver Versions, although no giant Pokémon make a direct appearance, a legend stated that a 100 foot tall Bellsprout formed the basis for the central pillar of Sprout Tower.

In Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, there are two men living in Sootopolis City who 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, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra 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 Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon the player can obtain Pokémon the size of Totems by collecting Totem Stickers and presenting them to Samson Oak at Heahea Beach.

In Sword and Shield, a phenomenon known as Dynamax can make a Pokémon temporarily grow to giant size, upgrading its moves into Max Moves in the process.

In Legends: Arceus, there is a variation of Pokémon known as alpha Pokémon. These Pokémon are known to be larger, stronger, and more aggressive than normal Pokémon and have red eyes. The Noble and Ride Pokémon the player encounters as part of the game's story are also bigger than other Pokémon of their kin. Additionally, all Pokémon come in various sizes with some being dramatically larger than others of their species.

In Scarlet and Violet, there is a variation of Pokémon known as Titan Pokémon that are considerably larger and stronger than normal Pokémon.

In the side series

In Pokémon GO, Raid Bosses are giant Pokémon with stats that are higher than that of regular Pokémon. Once defeated, they will shrink down to normal size and can be captured.

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 enlarged 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

The Black Fog, a giant Haunter in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In Haunting My Dreams, Sabrina was attacked by a giant Haunter called the Black Fog. The Black Fog was an unusually large Haunter, which had lived in Lavender Town since ancient times, and had a Dream Eater attack powerful enough to suck out one's soul. Ancient people had treated it like a god, and due to this, it eventually chose to kill itself with Self-Destruct rather than be caught by Ash.

Ash caught a giant Slowpoke in Ash vs. Gary, but gave it to Gary soon after in exchange for a photo of his sister, May Oak. After being traded, it evolved into a Slowbro.

Pokémon Adventures

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

Yellow chapter

In Make Way for Magikarp, a giant wild Onix was used by Bruno as a battlefield in his battle against Bill and Lt. Surge on Cerise Island. This particular Onix is much longer than normal, allowing it to be used as a stone bridge.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

In A Huge Mysterious Tree!!, Gold encountered a giant Sudowoodo blocking Route 36. However, it soon turned out that Sudowoodo only seemed giant due to the multiple layers of mud it had gathered on itself, and once those were removed, all that was left was a normal-sized Sudowoodo.

In The Truth About The Mysterious Whirl Islands!!, Gold encountered a giant, one-hundred-year-old Blastoise at the Whirl Islands. He was forced to defeat it on order to obtain a Silver Wing and meet Lugia.

Other appearances

Detective Pikachu

In Detective Pikachu, Tim, Pikachu, and Lucy encounter several genetically modified Torterra that have grown to the size of small mountains.

See also