Read this article to learn more about Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, Max Moves and G-Max Moves, and the Dynamax Band in Pokemon Sword and Shield (SWSH)!Check Out Beginner's Guide & Tips!
Two New Battle Systems
Your Pokemon Become Huge!
The two new battle transformations in Pokemon Sword & Shield are called Dynamax and Gigantamax. Both of them let your Pokemon become massive, increase their power, and give them new abilities.
Differences And Similarities
|Appearance||Only Size Changes||Appearance Changes|
|Special Moves||Max Moves||G-Max Moves|
|Capable Pokemon||All Pokemon||Only Some Pokemon|
What Is Dynamaxing?
Grow In Size And Strength
Dynamaxing is a phenomenon where a Pokemon can become huge and improve its power. The Pokemon's appearance does not change very much, it simply becomes bigger and stronger! Your Pokemon's moves will also change.
The Dynamax Band Is Required
In order to Dynamax your Pokemon, you will need to have an item called the Dynamax Band! This will be given to you after the tutorial.
Dynamaxing can only be done in certain specific areas (such as a Gym Leader Battles or Max Raid Battles!) Also, the effect will only last three turns. After that, your Pokemon returns to normal!Check out Max Raid Battles Guide here!
Use Max Moves
Dynamax Pokemon can use Max Moves, which are boosted moves that are based on the moves your Pokemon already knows. These moves are not only stronger, but might have additional effects.Find Out What Other Max Moves Can Do Here!
Increase Dynamax Levels For Higher HP
Trainers can increase their Pokemon's Dynamax Level by feeding them a Dynamax Candy. Increasing their Dynamax Level will give them higher HP during Dynamax.Check Out How To Increase Dynamax Level!
What Is Gigantamaxing?
A Stronger, Rare Version of Dynamaxing
While every Pokemon is able to Dynamax, only a limited number of Pokemon are able to Gigantamax! Also, not every member of a species can Gigantamax. This means such Pokemon will be very rare.Check Out All Gigantamax Pokemon Here!
How To Check If Pokemon Can Gigantamax
Only specific Pokemons have the ability to Gigantamax, even if its the same Pokemon species. Which Pokemons has this ability can be checked in the Summary, with a red X symbol on the top right.
Appearance Totally Changes
Unlike Dynamax Pokemon, Gigantamax Pokemon will change their appearance entirely!
Use G-Max Moves
Another big difference is that Gigantamax Pokemon have a special "G-Max Move" which is unique to each species of Pokemon.
Known G-Max Moves List
|Gigantmax Drednaw||G-Max Stonesurge|
Deal damage and scatter sharp rocks around opponent.
|Gigantamax Corviknight||G-Max Wind Rage|
Deal damage and remove any effects of opponent (ex. Reflect, Light Screen).
|Gigantamax Alcremie||G-Max Finale|
Deal damage to your opponent and heal all Pokemon on your side.
|Gigantamax Pikachu||G-Max Volt Crash|
Paralyzes all opponents.
|Gigantamax Charizard||G-Max Wildfire|
All non-fire types take damage for four turns.
|Gigantamax Eevee||G-Max Cuddle|
Opposite gender opponents become infatuated.
|Gigantamax Meowth||G-Max Gold Rush|
Confuses all targets and earns an in-game cash bonus.
|Gigantamax Butterfree||G-Max Befuddle|
Causes poison, paralysis, or asleep status.
Catch Them In The Wild Area
Gigantamax Pokemon will be available to catch in Max Raid Battles, which you can find in the Wild Area. They will be very rare, so good luck!Learn More About Max Raid Battles Here
Special Butterfree Event
|Schedule||November 15, 2019 ~ early January 2020|
When the game launches, players will have a slightly higher than usual chance of encountering a Gigantamax Butterfree. Take advantage of this and try to catch one before the event finishes next year!Check Out the Max Raid Battle Event Schedule Here!