Dynamaxing is commonplace in the Galar Region, which means that every Pokémon can grow to massive proportions. But only a select few species will be able to Gigantamax in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
Gigantamaxing is more like a cross between Mega Evolution and Dynamaxing, where certain Pokémon will change forms once it taps into the mysterious powers that allow them to grow. This phenomenon is being studied by several characters in the game, so it is likely we will learn more about it during the story.
Now that the games are released, we know of all the current Pokémon that can achieve a Gigantamax form, which also gives them access to a special move specific to their species. So as the information starts to roll out for the eighth generation, here is a list of every Pokémon that can be Gigantamaxed.
Every Gigantamax form revealed for Pokémon Sword and Shield
|Pokémon||Special Move||Move Effect|
|Alcremie||G-Max Finale||Inflicts damage and heals the user and its allies.|
|Butterfree||G-Max Befuddle||Inflicts damage to the target and causes poison, paralysis, or sleep to all opponents.|
|Charizard||G-Max Wildfire||Inflicts damage and continues to inflict damage for four turns to non-Fire-type Pokémon.|
|Corviknight||G-Max Wind Rage||Inflicts damage and removes the effects of moves such as Reflect, Light Screen, Aurora Veil, Spikes, and Electric Terrain.|
|Drednaw||G-Max Stonesurge||Inflicts damage and creates Stealth Rock on the target’s side of the field.|
|Eevee||G-Max Cuddle||Inflicts damage and all opponents of the opposite gender of the user become infatuated.|
|Meowth||G-Max Gold Rush||Inflicts damage, confuses the opponent, and scatters coins on the ground. These coins are picked up afterwards.|
|Pikachu||G-Max Volt Crash||Inflicts damage and paralyzes all opponents.|
|Machamp||G-Max Chi Strike||Inflicts damage and raises the chance of critical hits.|
|Gengar||G-Max Terror||Inflicts damage and prevents the opponent from escaping.|
|Coalossal||G-Max Volcalith||Inflicts damage and continues to deal damage to opponents for four turns.|
|Sandaconda||G-Max Sandblast||Inflicts damage and traps the opponent in a damaging sandstorm for four to five turns.|
|Centiskorch||G-Max Centiferno||Inflicts damage and traps opponents in flames for four to five turns.|
|Grimmsnarl||G-Max Snooze||Inflicts damage and puts the opponent to sleep on the next turn.|
|Hatterene||G-Max Smite||Inflicts damage and confuses the opponent’s Pokémon.|
|Copperajah||G-Max Steelsurge||Inflicts damage and sets up Spikes on the field.|
|Duraludon||G-Max Depletion||Inflicts damage and lowers the PP of the last move used by the opponent.|
|Flapple||G-Max Tartness||Inflicts damage and reduces the opponents’ evasiveness|
|Appletun||G-Max Sweetness||Inflicts damage and heals the status conditions of allies.|
|Orbeetle||G-Max Gravitas||Inflicts damage and changes gravity for five turns.|
|Garbodor||G-Max Malodor||Inflicts damage and poisons opponents.|
|Kingler||G-Max Foam Burst||Inflicts damage and harshly lowers the Speed of opponents.|
|Lapras||G-Max Resonance||Inflicts damage and reduces the damage received for five turns.|
|Melmetal||G-Max Meltdown||Inflicts damage and makes opponents incapable of using the same move twice in a row.|
|Toxtricity||G-Max Stun Shock||Inflicts damage and either poisons or paralyzes opponents.|
Some Pokémon that Gigantamax look a lot like popular monsters from Japanese media, such as Butterfree looking very similar to Mothra in some ways, but there are also a few callbacks. Specifically, Pikachu takes on the appearance of his original design from back in the Red, Blue, and Yellow days.
If we compare this list to the number of Pokémon that could achieve Mega Evolution when Pokémon X and Y launched, there were 28 species—if you count Charizard and Mewtwo both receiving version exclusive Mega Stones.
Pokémon Sword and Shield are out now for Nintendo Switch.