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What Are Dynamax And Gigantamax?

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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)!

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Two New Battle Systems

Your Pokemon Become Huge!

Gigantamax Corviknight

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

DynamaxGigantamax
AppearanceOnly Size ChangesAppearance Changes
Special MovesMax MovesG-Max Moves
Capable PokemonAll PokemonOnly Some Pokemon

What Is Dynamaxing?

Grow In Size And Strength

Dynamaxing, Dynamaxed Pikachu

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

Dynamax Band Item

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.

Dynamax Limitations

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 Moves Grookey

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

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

Gigantamax Drednaw

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

Pokemons Caught In Raids Mostly Can Gigantamax
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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

Alcremie Regular and Gigantamax
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Unlike Dynamax Pokemon, Gigantamax Pokemon will change their appearance entirely!

Use G-Max Moves

Gigantamax Corviknight G-Max

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

PokemonDescription
Gigantmax DrednawGigantmax DrednawG-Max Stonesurge
Deal damage and scatter sharp rocks around opponent.
Gigantamax CorviknightGigantamax CorviknightG-Max Wind Rage
Deal damage and remove any effects of opponent (ex. Reflect, Light Screen).
Gigantamax AlcremieGigantamax AlcremieG-Max Finale
Deal damage to your opponent and heal all Pokemon on your side.
Gigantamax PikachuGigantamax Pikachu G-Max Volt Crash
Paralyzes all opponents.
Gigantamax CharizardGigantamax Charizard G-Max Wildfire
All non-fire types take damage for four turns.
Gigantamax EeveeGigantamax Eevee G-Max Cuddle
Opposite gender opponents become infatuated.
Gigantamax MeowthGigantamax Meowth G-Max Gold Rush
Confuses all targets and earns an in-game cash bonus.
Gigantamax ButterfreeGigantamax ButterfreeG-Max Befuddle
Causes poison, paralysis, or asleep status.
Check Out How To Get Gigantamax Pokemon here!

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

Fight Gigantamax Butterfree
ScheduleNovember 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!

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