Max Move

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A Max Move (Japanese: ダイマックスわざ Daimax Move) is a special type of move introduced in Generation VIII. While Dynamaxed, all of a Dynamax Pokémon's moves are replaced by their corresponding Max Moves. For Gigantamax Pokémon some moves become G-Max Move instead. Max Moves are often more powerful than regular moves and all have secondary effects.

Effects

Similar to Z-Moves, the type, damage category and base power of Max Moves that a Dynamax Pokémon knows depend on the moves it knew before Dynamaxing. The exception to this are status moves, which instead all become the Normal-type Max Guard. If the base move's type is changed either by a move's effect or an Ability (e.g. Pixilate, Electrify, or Weather Ball), then the Max Move will also be converted to that of the new type with the same power; however, the move selection screen will still display the Max Move of the original type. For instance, if a Fighting-type Silvally knows Multi-Attack, the Max Move will still display as Max Strike, but when executed it becomes Max Knuckle.

Damaging Max Moves deal 25% of their total damage against targets that use protection moves (such as Protect and Spiky Shield), and secondary effects are still applied. Only the Max Move Max Guard fully protects against Max Moves. Secondary effects of Max Moves may also affect targets and their allies behind a Substitute. Max Moves also never miss, unless the target is semi-invulnerable.

For Gigantamax Pokémon, damaging moves of a certain type become its exclusive G-Max Move instead of the normal corresponding Max Move; the type of moves affected depends on the Gigantamax Pokémon's species. Eternamax Eternatus can also use Max Moves, but this form cannot be obtained by the player.

List of Max Moves

Max Move Type Additional effect Image
Max Strike Normal Decreases the Speed of the target and its allies by one stage Max Strike VIII 2.png
Max Knuckle Fighting Increases the Attack of the user and its allies by one stage Max Knuckle VIII 2.png
Max Airstream Flying Increases the Speed of the user and its allies by one stage Max Airstream VIII.png
Max Ooze Poison Increases the Special Attack of the user and its allies by one stage Max Ooze VIII 2.png
Max Quake Ground Increases the Special Defense of the user and its allies by one stage Max Quake VIII.png
Max Rockfall Rock Creates a sandstorm for five turns. Max Rockfall VIII 2.png
Max Flutterby Bug Decreases the Special Attack of the target and its allies by one stage Max Flutterby VIII 2.png
Max Phantasm Ghost Decreases the Defense of the target and its allies by one stage Max Phantasm VIII.png
Max Steelspike Steel Increases the Defense of the user and its allies by one stage Max Steelspike VIII.png
Max Flare Fire Creates harsh sunlight for five turns. Max Flare VIII.png
Max Geyser Water Creates rain for five turns. Max Geyser VIII.png
Max Overgrowth Grass Creates Grassy Terrain for five turns. Max Overgrowth VIII 2.png
Max Lightning Electric Creates Electric Terrain for five turns. Max Lighting VIII 2.png
Max Mindstorm Psychic Creates Psychic Terrain for five turns. Max Mindstorm VIII.png
Max Hailstorm Ice Creates hail for five turns. Max Hailstorm VIII 2.png
Max Wyrmwind Dragon Decreases the Attack of the target and its allies by one stage Max Wyrmwind VIII 2.png
Max Darkness Dark Decreases the Special Defense of the target and its allies by one stage Max Darkness VIII.png
Max Starfall Fairy Creates Misty Terrain for five turns. Max Starfall VIII.png
Max Guard Normal Protects from all moves, including Max Moves Max Guard VIII.png

Power

The following table shows the power of a Max Move based on its respective base move. The same power values are also used for most G-Max Moves.

In other games

Pokémon Masters EX

Certain sync pairs are capable of Dynamaxing, including some Trainers that do not have Dynamax Bands in the core series. All attacking max moves have 400-480 power range. The max move can be used once per battle

List of Max Moves

Max Move Type Additional effect Image
Max Knuckle Fighting Raises the Attack of all allied sync pairs by two stat ranks. Max Knuckle Masters.png
Max Ooze Poison Raises the Sp. Atk of all allied sync pairs by two stat ranks. Max Ooze Masters.png
Max Quake Ground Raises the Sp. Def of all allied sync pairs by two stat ranks. Max Quake Masters.png
Max Steelspike Steel Raises the Defense of all allied sync pairs by two stat ranks. Max Steelspike Masters.png
Max Flare Fire Makes the weather sunny. * Max Flare Masters.png
Max Lightning Electric Turns the field of play's terrain into Electric Terrain.*
Max Mindstorm Psychic Turns the field of play’s terrain into Psychic Terrain.*
Max Wyrmwind Dragon Lowers the Attack of all opposing sync pairs by two stat ranks.
Max Guard Normal Applies the Damage Guard Next effect to an ally.* Max Guard Masters.png

In the anime

Max Moves were first featured in the anime in the World Coronation Series finals match between Lance and Leon in Flash of the Titans!.

List of Max Moves used in the anime

Pokémon Max Move Image Debut
Gyarados Lance's Gyarados Max Geyser Lance Gyarados Max Geyser.png Flash of the Titans!
Charizard Leon's Charizard Max Lightning Leon Charizard Max Lightning 1.png
Leon Charizard Max Lightning 2.png
Flash of the Titans!
Gyarados Lance's Gyarados Max Strike Lance Gyarados Max Strike 1.png
Lance Gyarados Max Strike 2.png
Flash of the Titans!
Charizard Leon's Charizard Max Airstream Leon Charizard Max Airstream.png Flash of the Titans!
Gyarados Lance's Gyarados Max Guard Lance Gyarados Max Guard.png Flash of the Titans!
Pikachu Ash's Pikachu Max Steelspike Ash Pikachu Max Steelspike.png The Climb to Be the Very Best!
Drednaw Drednaw Max Rockfall Drednaw Max Rockfall.png The Climb to Be the Very Best!
Pikachu Ash's Pikachu Max Strike Ash Pikachu Max Strike.png The Climb to Be the Very Best!
Duraludon Raihan's Duraludon Max Rockfall Raihan Duraludon Max Rockfall.png Toughing It Out!
Charizard Leon's Charizard Max Knuckle Leon Charizard Max Knuckle.png Toughing It Out!
Duraludon Raihan's Duraludon Max Steelspike Raihan Duraludon Max Steelspike.png Toughing It Out!
Centiskorch Doug's Centy Max Flutterby Doug Centy Max Flutterby.png Sword and Shield, Slumbering Weald!
Raboot Goh's Raboot Max Flare Goh Raboot Max Flare.png Sword and Shield: The Darkest Day!
Garbodor Subordinate's Garbodor Max Steelspike Subordinate Garbodor Max Steelspike.png Sword and Shield: "From Here to Eternatus!"
Raboot Goh's Raboot Max Knuckle Goh Raboot Max Knuckle.png Sword and Shield: "From Here to Eternatus!"
Machamp Bea's Machamp Max Steelspike Bea Machamp Max Steelspike.png A Battle of Mega Versus Max!
Machamp Bea's Machamp Max Strike Bea Machamp Max Strike.png A Battle of Mega Versus Max!
Grimmsnarl Marnie's Grimmsnarl Max Quake Marnie Grimmsnarl Max Quake.png Battling Turned Up to Eleven!
Gengar Ash's Gengar Max Ooze Ash Gengar Max Ooze.png Battling Turned Up to Eleven!
Grimmsnarl Marnie's Grimmsnarl Max Starfall Marnie Grimmsnarl Max Starfall.png Battling Turned Up to Eleven!
Gengar Ash's Gengar Max Hailstorm Ash Gengar Max Hailstorm.png Battling Turned Up to Eleven!
Gengar Ash's Gengar Max Starfall Ash Gengar Max Starfall.png Aim For The Eight!
Rillaboom Leon's Rillaboom Max Airstream Leon Rillaboom Max Airstream.png Curtain Up! Fight the Fights!
Rillaboom Leon's Rillaboom Max Quake Leon Rillaboom Max Quake.png Curtain Up! Fight the Fights!
Dragonite Lance's Dragonite Max Hailstorm Lance Dragonite Max Hailstorm.png Pride of a Champion!
Dragonite Lance's Dragonite Max Strike Lance Dragonite Max Strike.png Pride of a Champion!
Dragonite Lance's Dragonite Max Wyrmwind Lance Dragonite Max Wyrmwind.png Pride of a Champion!
Togekiss Cynthia's Togekiss Max Airstream Cynthia Togekiss Max Airstream.png JN125
Charizard Leon's Charizard Max Rockfall Leon Charizard Max Rockfall.png JN131
Charizard Leon's Charizard Max Wyrmwind Leon Charizard Max Wyrmwind.png JN131

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

List of Max Moves used

Pokémon Max Move Image Debut
Eldegoss Milo's Eldegoss Max Overgrowth Milo Eldegoss Max Overgrowth Adventures.png Watch Out!! Strong Rivals
Sirfetch'd Henry's Lancelot Max Knuckle Henry Lancelot Max Knuckle.png Blinding!! The End of the Battle
Eldegoss Milo's Eldegoss Max Strike Milo Eldegoss Max Strike Adventures.png Blinding!! The End of the Battle
Drednaw Nessa's Drednaw Max Strike Nessa Drednaw Max Strike Adventures.png Splish Splash!! Gigantamax Battle
Gengar Allister's Gengar Max Ooze Allister Gengar Max Ooze Adventures.png Teary!! The Voice of the Master
Oranguru Henry's Fanguru Max Guard Henry Fanguru Max Guard.png Teary!! The Voice of the Master
Oranguru Henry's Fanguru Max Darkness Henry Fanguru Max Darkness.png Teary!! The Voice of the Master
Sirfetch'd Henry's Lancelot Max Steelspike Henry Lancelot Max Steelspike.png PASS17

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 極巨招式 Gihkgeuih Jīusīk
Mandarin 極巨招式 / 极巨招式 Jíjù Zhāoshì
Finland Flag.png Finnish Max-liike
France Flag.png French Capacité Dynamax
Germany Flag.png German Dynamax-Attacke
Italy Flag.png Italian Mossa Dynamax
South Korea Flag.png Korean 다이맥스기술 Daimax Gisul
Poland Flag.png Polish Max Ruch
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Movimento Max
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Técnica Max
Russia Flag.png Russian Максимальные атака Maksimal'nyye ataka
Spain Flag.png Spanish Movimiento Dinamax


See also


Max Moves
Max StrikeMax KnuckleMax AirstreamMax OozeMax Quake
Max RockfallMax FlutterbyMax PhantasmMax Steelspike
Max FlareMax GeyserMax OvergrowthMax LightningMax Mindstorm
Max HailstormMax WyrmwindMax DarknessMax StarfallMax Guard
G-Max Moves
G-Max Vine LashG-Max WildfireG-Max CannonadeG-Max Befuddle
G-Max Volt CrashG-Max Gold RushG-Max Chi StrikeG-Max Terror
G-Max Foam BurstG-Max ResonanceG-Max CuddleG-Max Replenish
G-Max MalodorG-Max MeltdownG-Max Drum SoloG-Max Fireball
G-Max HydrosnipeG-Max Wind RageG-Max GravitasG-Max Stonesurge
G-Max VolcalithG-Max TartnessG-Max SweetnessG-Max Sandblast
G-Max Stun ShockG-Max CentifernoG-Max SmiteG-Max SnoozeG-Max Finale
G-Max SteelsurgeG-Max DepletionG-Max One BlowG-Max Rapid Flow


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