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Everything we know about Gigantamaxing in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Published: 9/Jul/2019 10:08 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 10:39

by Paul Cot

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Lots more information has been revealed for the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield games, with none more poignant than the new mechanic of Gigantamaxing.

Gigantamax Pokemon

Much has been made of the new Dynamaxing mechanic in Pokemon Sword and Shield, but a new feature has also been announced – Gigantamaxing.

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While regular Dynamax Pokemon increase in size, Gigantamaxed Pokemon also change their appearance. This allows them to show off their characteristics in new ways.

In addition to changing appearance, each Gigantamax Pokemon has a unique G-Max Move. In comparison regular Dynamax Pokemon can’t use G-Max moves at all.

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These Pokemon can be caught in Max Raid Battles but they are very rare. Just how rare they are, in comparison to their Dynamax counterparts, remains to be seen but if they are significantly more powerful then they could be few and far between.

Only certain Pokemon can Gigantamax and of those particular Pokemon only rare “specimens” can do so. The specimens presumably refers to a Pokedex entry. So, for example, not all Corviknight will be able to Gigantamax but certain specimens can.

Which Pokemon can Gigantamax?

So far, three Pokemon capable of Gigantamaxing have been confirmed: Drednaw, Corviknight and Alcremie.

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PokemonYou’ll need to worry about more than a bite when battling a Gigantamax Drednaw…
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Drednaw

The water/rock-type Pokemon grows to over 25 times its original size when it Gigantamaxes.

If only its bite was a problem before, when Gigantamaxed, it can now crush opponents with its body. That’s not all though, it can also punch holes through walls with the description from the official Pokemon Sword and Shield website suggesting it does so with its head.

Its G-Max Move is called Stonesurge which as the name suggests is a rock-type move. It will deal damage and scatter rocks around the playing field resulting in Pokemon entering to take damage.

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PokemonDon’t choose a ground-type Pokemon against a Gigantamaxed Corviknight…
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Corviknight

The Gigantamaxed version of Corviknight grows to over 45 feet tall. Its reinforced body armor means it is almost impervious to ground-attacks perhaps exaggerating its type advantage over ground Pokemon.

Its G-Max Move is called Wind Rage which deals damage and removes the effects from various moves such as Reflect and Light Screen.

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PokemonAlcremie is one unique Pokemon…
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Alcremie

Just what on Earth is an Alcremie? The new, unique Pokemon has caused quite a stir online but it is also capable of Gigantamaxing.

Coming in at nearly 100 feet tall, it is a monster of a Pokemon, despite being relatively friendly looking.

Much like Drednaw, Alcremie’s Gigantamax status increases its defense – in this case it is strongly resistant to physical attacks. Its other inherent move is super-high calorie cream missiles, which if an opponent touches will become in a state of confusion.

Its G-Max Move is Finale – this will heal all Pokemon on Alcremie’s team while dealing damage.

There’s still lots to learn about Gigantamaxing, but it appears type advantages will play a huge role in defeating them. No doubt we will learn more, along with which other Pokemon can Gigantamax, in the coming weeks and months.

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Pokemon Go November Community Day rumors: Who will headline?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 14:59

by Paul Cot

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The Pokemon Go November Community Day is still a good month away, but that hasn’t stopped trainers speculating as to what the headliner could be.

November is of course the penultimate Pokemon Go Community Day of the year. It is also the last one in which Pokemon fans will try to predict the headliner.

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That is because the December CD is traditionally a mega Community Day of sorts. It brings the previous headliners from that year and makes them all available in one event.

Presumably, it will be the same for 2020. It is a day in which Pokemon Go trainers of all levels do their best to make sure they don’t miss out on!

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Before we get there though, we still need to find out what the 10th headliner of 2020 will be. That isn’t a typo, as there will only be 11 in total this year because March’s CD was canceled due to the global health crisis – you may have heard about it.

No vote for November?

Niantic have made it a habit of letting us decide which Pokemon headline Community Days in 2020. In fact, 5 of the 10 from 2020 have been decided via vote.

The latest two votes however, have decided the following two Community Days. With October already in place with Charmander, there is only November to decide.

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While that doesn’t rule out another vote entirely, it would seemingly make it less likely November’s would be decided by one.

Snivy

So, if it isn’t to be decided by us, who are the contenders. The one that first comes to mind is Snivy.

Ever since Piplup headlined in January, we haven’t had another starter, at least a new one. At the time it was expected Snivy would be the featured ‘mon for March, which would have been in line with Niantic’s pattern of alternating between starter and non-starters.

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Snivy may have been delayed because the Pokemon Go developers realized they were running out of starter ‘mons to use. Of the released Pokemon in the mobile game, it is only the Gen 5 starters that haven’t headlined, although Gen 6’s introduction is expected soon. So, 10 months on from the last one, it could be time for the Unova grass-type starter.

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Snivy would seemingly be the leading contender for the November CD…

Deino or Gible?

Deino and Gible are two of the more popular Pokemon in the entire franchise and have been rumored as headliners. Unfortunately, that is why either of them making an appearance may be wishful thinking.

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Both are super rare spawns and putting them as a featured Pokemon for a Community Day would certainly take away from their current allure. Besides, Niantic likely knows they can rely on them to boost other events, even if they do remain rare spawn rates.

Hopefully, they will headline a Community Day at some point in the future but 2020 seems unlikely at best.

Other contenders

The other most likely candidates for November are Exeggcute and Starly. Both were previously revealed to be included in another vote which never materialized.

Bulbasaur and Magikarp were also in there but the latter has already headlined in 2020, and Bulbasaur seems an unlikely option outside of a vote.

The Pokemon Go CD will likely take place in the second half of November. The 22nd seems the most likely day as this would keep distance between the previous one and adhere to alternating Saturday and Sundays.