Pokemon Sword and Shield is out now, and trainers are enjoying their journey through the Galar region, encountering Gigantamax Pokemon along the way.
The Galar region is a mythical place where the Dynamax and Gigantamax phenomenons are at the forefront. While all species are capable of Dynamaxing, only a select few have the ability to Gigantamax.
In total, only 26 Pokemon are capable of Gigantamaxing — which isn't a lot when you compare it to the 400 strong Gen 8 Pokedex.
Those 26 each have their individual G-Max moves, too. As the name suggests they are unique to Gigantamaxed Pokemon. They deal damage as well as providing a unique additional effect.
List of Gigantamax Pokemon and G-Max Moves
All these Pokemon and their respective G-Max moves are listed below:
|Gengar||Ghost||G-Max Terror - Prevents Pokemon from fleeing or switching out|
|Charizard||Fire||G-Max Wildfire - Inflicts damage to non-Fire Pokemon for five turns|
|Meowth||Normal||G-Max Gold Rush - Confuses opponent and earns extra money after battle|
|Eevee||Normal||G-Max Cuddle - Infatuates all opponents|
|Pikachu||Electric||G-Max Volt Crash - Paralyzes all opponents|
|Butterfree||Bug||G-Max Befuddle - Inflicts, poison, paralysis, or sleep conditions on all opponents|
|Corviknight||Flying||G-Max Wind Rage - Removes effects like reflect and light Screen|
|Alcremie||Fairy||G-Max Finale - Heals all allies|
|Drednaw||Water||G-Max Stonesurge - Places stealth rocks on the field|
|Garbordor||Poison||G-Max Malodor - Poisons all opponents|
|Daruludon||Dragon||G-Max Depletion - Decreases PP of last move opponent used|
|Hatterene||Fairy||G-Max Smite - Confuses all opponents|
|Copperajah||Steel||G-Max Steelsurge - Places spikes on the field|
|Kingler||Water||G-Max Foam Burst - Decreases opponent's speed|
|Centiskorch||Fire||G-Max Centiferno - Traps opponents in flames for five turns|
|Melmetal||Steel||G-Max Meltdown - Opponent can't use the same move twice in a row|
|Appletun||Grass||G-Max Sweetness - Heals status conditions of allies|
|Grimmsnarl||Dark||G-Max Snooze - Puts opponents to sleep on the next turn|
|Flapple||Grass||G-Max Tartness - Decreases opponents evasiveness|
|Sandaconda||Ground||G-Max Sandblast - Traps opponents in raging standstorm for five turns|
|Coalossal||Rock||G-Max Vocalith - Deals damage to opponents for four turns|
|Orbeetle||Psychic||G-Max Gravitas - Increases gravity for five turns|
|Toxitricity||Electric||G-Max Stun Shock - Paralyzes or poisons opponent|
|Snorlax||Normal||G-Max Replenish - Restores berries that have been eaten|
|Lapras||Ice||G-Max Resonance - Reduces damage received for five turns|
|Machamp||Fighting||G-Max Chi Strike - Increases critical hit chances|
Do your best to become familiar with these G-Max Moves as they will likely play an important role in the competitive battling for Pokemon Sword and Shield.
Rarer than Dynamax
Dynamax Pokemon are found in Max Raid battles but occasionally a Gigantamax Pokemon will appear instead. These are much rarer and will appear just a fraction of the time.
Specific Gigantamax species will appear more than others in specific time periods. Until "early" January 2020, Butterfree will be appearing more frequently.
It looks like this will be an updated feature throughout 2020 — who knows what other surprises may come!