Gigantamax

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Not to be confused with Gigantamix.

Gigantamax (Japanese: キョダイマックス Kyodaimax) is a special kind of Dynamax introduced in Generation VIII. Like other Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing increases a Pokémon's size drastically and its HP in battle. Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax, and when they do, their appearance changes significantly, unlike regular Dynamaxing. As revealed by Professor Magnolia, the Pokémon distorts space to change its size while affecting the world around them while altering their appearance drastically.

There are 32 species of Pokémon that are capable of Gigantamaxing, and there are 32 different Gigantamax forms.

History

Gigantamax, as a type of Dynamax, originated from Eternatus, who provides the Galar region with Power Spots where Dynamax can be triggered. The Galar Particles left by Eternatus affected the Pokémon living in Galar, giving a few of them the Gigantamax Factor needed for transformation. These Pokémon may only be found in Pokémon Dens. As a type of Dynamax, a Wishing Star and Dynamax Band are required to use the Gigantamax transformation.

Rose implemented Dynamax and Gigantamax in Gym battles.[1]

At some point, another method of obtaining the Gigantamax Factor was accidentally discovered by Honey while developing the Max Soup out of Max Mushrooms.

Gigantamax Factor

Even within species that are capable of Gigantamaxing, only certain individuals can Gigantamax. Pokémon that can Gigantamax are said to have the Gigantamax Factor.[2] Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor can be seen having the Dynamax icon.png symbol next to their name on the summary screen.

When a Pokémon Dynamaxes, if it has the Gigantamax Factor and is of a species that has a Gigantamax form (Japanese: キョダイマックスのすがた), it will turn into its Gigantamax form. If it does not have the Gigantamax Factor it will simply Dynamax as normal; if it has the Gigantamax Factor but does not have its own Gigantamax form (e.g. because it evolves into a Pokémon that does), it will also Dynamax as normal.

Unlike others of their species, Pikachu, Meowth, and Eevee with the Gigantamax Factor cannot evolve.

Acquisition

In Pokémon Sword and Shield, wild Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor can only be caught in Max Raid Battles, but have a rare encounter rate and typically a lower catch rate. If the wild Pokémon that has a Gigantamax Form has the Gigantamax Factor, it will appear in its Gigantamax form in the Max Raid Battle. Pokémon encountered in Max Raid Battles that do not have a Gigantamax form will not have the Gigantamax Factor, with the exception of certain Wild Area News Max Raid Battles.

Some Pokémon can only have the Gigantamax Factor in Max Raid Battles exclusive to limited-time Wild Area News. In addition, Machamp and Coalossal with the Gigantamax Factor are exclusive to Pokémon Sword, and Gengar and Lapras with the Gigantamax Factor are exclusive to Pokémon Shield. Players with the opposite game may still join Max Raid Battles or use Max Soup to obtain these forms.

Pikachu, Eevee, and Kanto starter Pokémon can be obtained with the Gigantamax Factor as gift Pokémon. Meowth with the Gigantamax Factor was first distributed via Mystery Gift.

Bred Pokémon cannot inherit the Gigantamax Factor. The Kanto starter Pokémon, their secondary evolved forms, Milcery, and Hattrem are the only Pokémon without a Gigantamax form that can have the Gigantamax Factor; Kanto starter Pokémon as a gift Pokémon, their secondary evolved forms by evolving them, and Milcery and Hattrem from Wild Area News-exclusive Max Raid Battles.

By drinking Max Soup, introduced in The Isle of Armor expansion, certain Pokémon which were previously incapable of Gigantamaxing can gain the Gigantamax Factor. All Pokémon with Gigantamax forms, with the exception of Melmetal, can drink Max Soup to gain the Gigantamax Factor. If a Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor drinks Max Soup, it will lose its Gigantamax Factor. Three bundles of Max Mushrooms are required to make the Max Soup. Uniquely, Max Honey can also be used with the Max Mushroom to unlock the Gigantamax Factor for Urshifu.

Effects

In its Gigantamax form, a Pokémon can use a G-Max Move. Each G-Max Move is exclusive to a specific species of Gigantamax Pokémon. All of a Gigantamax Pokémon's moves of a certain type turn into G-Max Moves instead of their corresponding Max Move. Outside of G-Max Moves, Gigantamax is functionally identical to Dynamax; Pokémon's HP increases according to its Dynamax Level, while all other stats and its Ability remain the same.

The Gigantamax Factor cannot be copied using Transform or Imposter. Even if a Pokémon transforms into a Pokémon that has the Gigantamax Factor, it can still only Dynamax to its standard form.

In the Pokédex, Gigantamax forms are all listed with heights ending in a plus, suggesting that the recorded height is only a minimal estimate, and weights of "???", suggesting that their weights are immeasurable. A Gigantamax Pokémon must be used in battle in order to register the Gigantamax entry in the player's Pokédex; this is in contrast to other form differences, whereby the form difference only has to be seen in order to register the entry as long as at least one of the other forms of the Pokémon is registered as owned.

Gigantamax Pokémon

Introduced in Pokémon Sword and Shield v1.0.0

Pokémon Type Before Gigantamax After Gigantamax
Image Height Image Height G-Max Move G-Max Move Type
Charizard  Fire  Flying  Charizard 5'07"
(1.7 m)
Gigantamax Charizard 91'10"+
(28.0+ m)
G-Max Wildfire  Fire 
Butterfree  Bug  Flying  Butterfree 3'07"
(1.1 m)
Gigantamax Butterfree 55'09"+
(17.0+ m)
G-Max Befuddle  Bug 
Pikachu  Electric  Pikachu 1'04"
(0.4 m)
Gigantamax Pikachu 68'11"+
(21.0+ m)
G-Max Volt Crash  Electric 
Meowth  Normal  Meowth 1'04"
(0.4 m)
Gigantamax Meowth 108'03"+
(33.0+ m)
G-Max Gold Rush  Normal 
Machamp  Fighting  Machamp 5'03"
(1.6 m)
Gigantamax Machamp 82'00"+
(25.0+ m)
G-Max Chi Strike  Fighting 
Gengar  Ghost  Poison  Gengar 4'11"
(1.5 m)
Gigantamax Gengar 65'07"+
(20.0+ m)
G-Max Terror  Ghost 
Kingler  Water  Kingler 4'03"
(1.3 m)
Gigantamax Kingler 62'04"+
(19.0+ m)
G-Max Foam Burst  Water 
Lapras  Water  Ice  Lapras 8'02"
(2.5 m)
Gigantamax Lapras 78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Resonance  Ice 
Eevee  Normal  Eevee 1'00"
(0.3 m)
Gigantamax Eevee 59'01"+
(18.0+ m)
G-Max Cuddle  Normal 
Snorlax  Normal  Snorlax 6'11"
(2.1 m)
Gigantamax Snorlax 114'10"+
(35.0+ m)
G-Max Replenish  Normal 
Garbodor  Poison  Garbodor 6'03"
(1.9 m)
Gigantamax Garbodor 68'11"+
(21.0+ m)
G-Max Malodor  Poison 
Melmetal  Steel  Melmetal 8'02"
(2.5 m)
Gigantamax Melmetal 82'00"+
(25.0+ m)
G-Max Meltdown  Steel 
Corviknight  Flying  Steel  Corviknight 7'03"
(2.2 m)
Gigantamax Corviknight 45'11"+
(14.0+ m)
G-Max Wind Rage  Flying 
Orbeetle  Bug  Psychic  Orbeetle 1'04"
(0.4 m)
Gigantamax Orbeetle 45'11"+
(14.0+ m)
G-Max Gravitas  Psychic 
Drednaw  Water  Rock  Drednaw 3'03"
(1.0 m)
Gigantamax Drednaw 78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Stonesurge  Water 
Coalossal  Rock  Fire  Coalossal 9'02"
(2.8 m)
Gigantamax Coalossal 137'10"+
(42.0+ m)
G-Max Volcalith  Rock 
Flapple  Grass  Dragon  Flapple 1'00"
(0.3 m)
Gigantamax Flapple and Appletun 78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Tartness  Grass 
Appletun  Grass  Dragon  Appletun 1'04"
(0.4 m)
G-Max Sweetness  Grass 
Sandaconda  Ground  Sandaconda 12'06"
(3.8 m)
Gigantamax Sandaconda 72'02"+
(22.0+ m)
G-Max Sandblast  Ground 
Toxtricity
(Both Forms)
 Electric  Poison  Toxtricity 5'03"
(1.6 m)
Gigantamax Toxtricity 78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Stun Shock  Electric 
Centiskorch  Fire  Bug  Centiskorch 9'10"
(3.0 m)
Gigantamax Centiskorch 246'01"+
(75.0+ m)
G-Max Centiferno  Fire 
Hatterene  Psychic  Fairy  Hatterene 6'11"
(2.1 m)
Gigantamax Hatterene 85'04"+
(26.0+ m)
G-Max Smite  Fairy 
Grimmsnarl  Dark  Fairy  Grimmsnarl 4'11"
(1.5 m)
Gigantamax Grimmsnarl 105'00"+
(32.0+ m)
G-Max Snooze  Dark 
Alcremie
(Any form)
 Fairy  Alcremie 1'00"
(0.3 m)
Gigantamax Alcremie 98'05"+
(30.0+ m)
G-Max Finale  Fairy 
Copperajah  Steel  Copperajah 9'10"
(3.0 m)
Gigantamax Copperajah 75'06"+
(23.0+ m)
G-Max Steelsurge  Steel 
Duraludon  Steel  Dragon  Duraludon 5'11"
(1.8 m)
Gigantamax Duraludon 141'01"+
(43.0+ m)
G-Max Depletion  Dragon 

Introduced in The Isle of Armor

Pokémon Type Before Gigantamax After Gigantamax
Image Height Image Height G-Max Move G-Max Move type
Venusaur  Grass  Poison  Venusaur 6'07"
(2.0 m)
Gigantamax Venusaur 78'09"+
(24.0+ m)
G-Max Vine Lash  Grass 
Blastoise  Water  Blastoise 5'03"
(1.6 m)
Gigantamax Blastoise 82'00"+
(25.0+ m)
G-Max Cannonade  Water 
Rillaboom  Grass  Rillaboom 6'11"
(2.1 m)
Gigantamax Rillaboom 91'10"+
(28.0+ m)
G-Max Drum Solo  Grass 
Cinderace  Fire  Cinderace 4'07"
(1.4 m)
Gigantamax Cinderace 88'07"+
(27.0+ m)
G-Max Fireball  Fire 
Inteleon  Water  Inteleon 6'03"
(1.9 m)
Gigantamax Inteleon 131'03"+
(40.0+ m)
G-Max Hydrosnipe  Water 
Urshifu
(Single Strike Style)
 Fighting  Dark  Urshifu 6'03"
(1.9 m)
Gigantamax Urshifu 95'02"+
(29.0+ m)
G-Max One Blow  Dark 
Urshifu
(Rapid Strike Style)
 Fighting  Water  Urshifu 6'03"
(1.9 m)
Gigantamax Urshifu 85'04"+
(26.0+ m)
G-Max Rapid Flow  Water 

In the anime

Main series

Gigantamaxing debuted in Mind-Boggling Dynamax!, where Ash and Goh witnessed a Snorlax undergo the phenomenon in the Wild Area and had to figure out a way to stop an incoming train from colliding with it.

In Flash of the Titans!, Leon's Charizard was shown to Gigantamax against Lance's Gyarados during the World Coronation Series finals. In the same episode, a wild Gigantamax Drednaw also appeared. It reappeared in the next episode.

In The Climb to Be the Very Best!, Ash's Pikachu Gigantamaxed into Gigantamax Pikachu for the first time.

In Toughing It Out!, Raihan Gigantamaxed his Duraludon during his battle against Leon.

In Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!, Doug's Centiskorch, nicknamed Centy, Gigantamaxed and went on a rampage.

In Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!, Coalossal got hit by a beam of Dynamax energy, causing it to end up Gigantamaxing and start attacking the rough terrain area unexpectedly. Also, in the same episode, one of Oleana's subordinates Gigantamaxed his Garbodor during his battle against Goh's Raboot.

In Sword and Shield: "From Here to Eternatus!", Meowth was hit by Eternatus's Dynamax Cannon, which caused him to Gigantamax.

Gallery

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Gordie's Gigantamax Coalossal and Melony's Gigantamax Lapras both appeared in Assistant.

Raihan's Gigantamax Duraludon and Leon's Gigantamax Charizard both appeared in Sky.

In the manga

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Gigantamaxing debuted in JNM02, where a Snorlax was seen Gigantamaxing.

In JNM04, Leon's Charizard Gigantamaxed during a battle against Lance's Gyarados. In the same chapter, a Drednaw Gigantamaxed.

Raihan's Duraludon Gigantamaxed during a battle against Leon's Charizard in JNM10.

Pokémon Adventures

Sword & Shield chapter

Gigantamaxing debuted in PASS09, where Nessa's Drednaw Gigantamaxed during her battle against Sōdo Tsurugi and later Shirudomiria Tate.

In PASS11, Kabu's Centiskorch Gigantamaxed during its battle against Shirudomiria.

In PASS13, Allister's Gengar Gigantamaxed during its battle against Sōdo.

Later, Opal's Alcremie Gigantamaxed during its battle against Sōdo.

Later, Shirudomiria's Toxtricity Gigantamaxed during its battle against Opal.

In the TCG

Gigantamax 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 (so far, the biggest HPs in a Pokémon card) and more powerful attacks. When a VMAX Pokémon is knocked out, the opponent takes three Prize cards instead of one.

So far, all released VMAX Pokémon have one or two attacks, and sometimes an ability. While keeping the same layout of Pokémon V, VMAX Pokémon 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/Gigantamaxing 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 silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
Rarity #
PokémonVMAX
Card Type English
Expansion
Rarity # Japanese
Expansion
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
AlcremieVMAX Psychic Champion's Path Ultra-Rare Rare 023/073 Legendary Heartbeat RRR 032/076
      Legendary Heartbeat HR 086/076
BlastoiseVMAX Water       Blastoise VMAX Starter Set   002/020
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
CentiskorchVMAX Fire Darkness Ablaze Ultra-Rare Rare 034/189 Explosive Walker RRR 017/070
Darkness Ablaze Rare Secret 191/189 Explosive Walker HR 080/070
      Shiny Star V RRR 028/190
      Shiny Star V SSR 310/190
CharizardVMAX Fire Darkness Ablaze Ultra-Rare Rare 020/189 Charizard VMAX Starter Set   002/021
Champion's Path Rare Secret 074/073 S-P Promotional cards   104/S-P
      Shiny Star V SSR 308/190
      Charizard VMAX Starter Set 2   002/021
CinderaceVMAX Fire Rebel Clash Ultra-Rare Rare 036/192 VMAX Rising RRR 017/070
Rebel Clash Rare Secret 194/192 VMAX Rising HR 080/070
      VMAX Special Set   002/004
CoalossalVMAX Fighting Vivid Voltage Ultra-Rare Rare 099/185 Legendary Heartbeat RRR 043/076
Vivid Voltage Rare Secret 189/185 Legendary Heartbeat HR 087/076
CopperajahVMAX Metal Rebel Clash Ultra-Rare Rare 137/192 Rebellion Crash RRR 076/096
Rebel Clash Rare Secret 199/192 Rebellion Crash HR 110/096
CorviknightVMAX Metal       Rapid Strike Master RRR 056/070
      Rapid Strike Master HR 085/070
CramorantVMAX Colorless       VMAX Special Set   004/004
CrobatVMAX Darkness       Shiny Star V RRR 109/190
      Shiny Star V SSR 320/190
DhelmiseVMAX Grass       VMAX Special Set   001/004
DittoVMAX Colorless       Shiny Star V RRR 141/190
      Shiny Star V SSR 324/190
DragapultVMAX Psychic Rebel Clash Ultra-Rare Rare 093/192 Rebellion Crash RRR 050/096
Rebel Clash Rare Secret 197/192 Rebellion Crash HR 108/096
      Shiny Star V RRR 089/190
      Shiny Star V SSR 318/190
DrednawVMAX Water Champion's Path Ultra-Rare Rare 015/073 Infinity Zone RRR 027/100
Champion's Path Rare Secret 075/073 Infinity Zone HR 111/100
EeveeVMAX Colorless       S-P Promotional cards   101/S-P
EternatusVMAX Darkness Darkness Ablaze Ultra-Rare Rare 117/189 Infinity Zone RRR 065/100
Darkness Ablaze Rare Secret 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
      Shiny Star V UR 328/190
FlappleVMAX Grass       Single Strike Master RRR 008/070
      Single Strike Master HR 082/070
Galarian DarmanitanVMAX Water Vivid Voltage Ultra-Rare Rare 037/185 Amazing Volt Tackle RRR 024/100
Vivid Voltage Rare Secret 187/185 Amazing Volt Tackle HR 113/100
GardevoirVMAX Psychic Champion's Path Ultra-Rare Rare 017/073 Explosive Walker RRR 031/070
Champion's Path Rare Secret 076/073 Explosive Walker HR 081/070
GrimmsnarlVMAX Darkness Darkness Ablaze Ultra-Rare Rare 115/189 Grimmsnarl VMAX Starter Set   007/020
      Shiny Star V SSR 322/190
InteleonVMAX Water Rebel Clash Ultra-Rare Rare 050/192 VMAX Rising RRR 023/070
Rebel Clash Rare Secret 195/192 VMAX Rising HR 081/070
LaprasVMAX Water Sword & Shield Ultra-Rare Rare 050/202 Sword RRR 015/060
Sword & Shield Rare Secret 203/202 Sword HR 069/060
      Shiny Star V RRR 032/190
      Shiny Star V SSR 312/190
MalamarVMAX Darkness Rebel Clash Ultra-Rare Rare 122/192 Rebellion Crash RRR 071/096
Rebel Clash Rare Secret 198/192 Rebellion Crash HR 109/096
MeowthVMAX Colorless SWSH Black Star Promos   SWSH005 S-P Promotional cards   029/S-P
MorpekoVMAX Lightning Sword & Shield Ultra-Rare Rare 080/202 Shield RRR 020/060
Sword & Shield Rare Secret 204/202 Shield HR 069/060
      VMAX Special Set   003/004
OrbeetleVMAX Grass Vivid Voltage Ultra-Rare Rare 021/185 Amazing Volt Tackle RRR 009/100
Vivid Voltage Rare Secret 186/185 Amazing Volt Tackle HR 112/100
PikachuVMAX Lightning Vivid Voltage Ultra-Rare Rare 044/185 Amazing Volt Tackle RRR 031/100
Vivid Voltage Rare Secret 188/185 Amazing Volt Tackle HR 114/100
      S-P Promotional cards   123/S-P
Rapid Strike UrshifuVMAX Fighting Battle Styles Ultra-Rare Rare 088/163 Rapid Strike Master RRR 051/070
RillaboomVMAX Grass Rebel Clash Ultra-Rare Rare 018/192 VMAX Rising RRR 009/070
Rebel Clash Rare Secret 193/192 VMAX Rising HR 079/070
      Shiny Star V RRR 010/190
      Shiny Star V SSR 305/190
SalamenceVMAX Colorless Darkness Ablaze Ultra-Rare Rare 144/189 Infinity Zone RRR 081/100
Darkness Ablaze Rare Secret 194/189 Infinity Zone HR 114/100
ScizorVMAX Metal Darkness Ablaze Ultra-Rare Rare 119/189 Infinity Zone RRR 067/100
Darkness Ablaze Rare Secret 193/189 Infinity Zone HR 113/100
Single Strike UrshifuVMAX Fighting Battle Styles Ultra-Rare Rare 086/163 Single Strike Master RRR 037/070
SnorlaxVMAX Colorless Sword & Shield Ultra-Rare Rare 142/202 Shield RRR 046/060
Sword & Shield Rare Secret 206/202 Shield HR 070/060
StonjournerVMAX Fighting Sword & Shield Ultra-Rare Rare 116/202 Sword RRR 035/060
Sword & Shield Rare Secret 205/202 Sword HR 070/060
Tapu KokoVMAX Lightning       Single Strike Master RRR 018/070
      Single Strike Master HR 083/070
TogekissVMAX Colorless Vivid Voltage Ultra-Rare Rare 141/185 Legendary Heartbeat RRR 059/076
Vivid Voltage Rare Secret 191/185 Legendary Heartbeat HR 088/076
ToxtricityVMAX Lightning Rebel Clash Ultra-Rare Rare 071/192 Rebellion Crash RRR 037/096
Rebel Clash Rare Secret 196/192 Rebellion Crash HR 037/096
      Shiny Star V RRR 060/190
      Shiny Star V SSR 315/190
VenusaurVMAX Grass       Venusaur VMAX Starter Set   002/021
VictiniVMAX Fire       Rapid Strike Master RRR 013/070
      Rapid Strike Master HR 082/070
 


Trivia

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 超極巨化 Chīu Gihkgeuihfa
Mandarin 超極巨化 / 超极巨化 Chāo Jíjùhuà
Finland Flag.png Finnish Gigantamax
France Flag.png French Gigamax
Germany Flag.png German Gigadynamax
Italy Flag.png Italian Gigamax
South Korea Flag.png Korean 거다이맥스 Geodaimax
Brazil Flag.png Brazilian Portuguese Gigamax
Russia Flag.png Russian Гигантамакс Gigantamaks
Spain Flag.png Spanish Gigamax
Thailand Flag.png Thai กิกะแมกซ์ Gigamax


Gigantamax Factor

Language Title
France Flag.png French Gène Gigamax
Germany Flag.png German Gigadynamax-Faktor
Italy Flag.png Italian Fattore Gigamax
Spain Flag.png Spanish Factor Gigamax


References

See also



Pokémon transformations
Mega EvolutionPrimal ReversionBond PhenomenonUltra BurstDynamax (GigantamaxEternamax)


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