'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Gigantamaxing: Everything We Know So Far

There was a lot of news in the latest Pokémon Sword and Shield trailer, most notably the introduction of Gigantamaxing.

Dynamax is the new Gen 8 battle gimmick, but Game Freak and The Pokémon Company are taking it a step further with Gigantamax. While some examples of this new mechanic were shown in the trailer, players may still not understand what this phenomenon in the Galar region is or how it works in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Here's everything we know about Gigantamaxing in Pokémon Sword and Shield ... so far.

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Dynamaxing is the process of a Pokémon growing larger in battle, which increases their power for three turns. As long as a trainer has the Dynamax Band any Pokémon in the Galar region can Dynamax.

Gigantamax is different. It's a form of Dynamax that also makes the Pokémon bigger and increases their strength, but it changes their appearance.

This process, however, also gives Pokémon access to a special G-Max Move normal Dynamax Pokémon can't use. Each G-Max Move is particular to a specific species of Gigantamax Pokémon.

Only certain species of Pokémon can Gigantamax - and even among such species, only rare specimens will be able to Gigantamax. This means that Drednaw can Gigantamax, but only special Drednaw can actually undergo the process in battle.

It's not exactly clear how you'll identify those Pokémon, but the official Sword and Shield site states that trainers can find these special Pokémon by participating in Max Raid Battles. These Pokémon are rare, however.


The latest Sword and Shield trailer confirmed a handful of Pokémon that can Gigantamax. Here's the list of confirmed Pokémon that can Gigantamax:

  • Drednaw
  • Corviknight
  • Alcreamie

There will be many more in Sword and Shield, obviously, and a previous leak confirms a few. In a leaked postfrom back in May, an anonymous poster wrote the following in regards to Gigantamax and what can players expect.

Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing are new dynamics that will supersize pokemon in specific areas. Gigantamaxing is different from dynamax as it changes what the Pokémon looks like. Meowth looks like long cat. Lapras gets layers like musical bars to its shell and musical notes. Pikachu looks like retro fat Pikachu.

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The powerful attacks used by Gigantamax Pokémon are called G-Max Moves and they really differentiate which species of Pokémon can go through the process. The latest Sword and Shield trailer revealed three G-Max Moves with their effects.

Here's every G-Max Move confirmed so far:

  • G-Max Stone Surge - Water-type moves used by Gigantamax Drednaw will change to G-Max Stonesurge. G-Max Stonesurge doesn't just deal damage to an opponent—it will scatter sharp rocks around the opponent and cause Pokémon entering the battlefield to take damage.
  • G-Max Wind Rage - Flying-type moves used by Gigantamax Corviknight will change to G-Max Wind Rage. G-Max Wind Rage deals damage to an opponent, but that's not all—it will also remove any effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and Electric Terrain that the opponents may have.
  • G-Max Finale - Fairy-type moves used by Gigantamax Alcremie will change to G-Max Finale. G-Max Finale will heal all Pokémon on Alcremie's side while dealing damage to an opponent.

Pokémon Sword and Shield will release November 15.

What do you think of the Gigantamax feature? Which Pokémon do you hope gets a Gigantamax form? Let us know in the comments section below.