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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. Max Moves are often more powerful than regular moves and all have secondary 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
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 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
In the manga
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
List of Max Moves used in the Pokémon Adventures manga
In other languages
|| 極巨招式 Gihkgeuih Jīusīk
|| 極巨招式 / 极巨招式 Jíjù Zhāoshì
|| Capacité Dynamax
|| Mossa Dynamax
|| 다이맥스기술 Daimax Gisul
|| Максимальные атака Maksimal'nyye ataka
|| Movimiento Dinamax