Pokémon Sword and Shield have added a new gameplay mechanic called Dynamax. It also leads to Gigantimax. Here’s the list of Pokémon that support this form.
Pokemon Sword and Shield offers a lot of new fighting tactics for combat, but the most important of them is Dynamax. Any Pokemon can be enlarged through Dynamax. It is possible to enlarge only one Pokemon with Dynamax in a battle. When the Pokemon is enlarged its power and moves also change into max range with different strong types of attacks.
A pokemon can enlarge three times in a battle by the Dynamax mechanic. For instance, Dynamax can make Machop’s Brick Break transforms into Max Knuckle. This move will not only deal more damage but will also increase the attack of all the accomplices in battle by one stage. The defending moves will transform into Max Guard, which will defend you from all the damage for one turn.
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By using Max moves, it will deploy weather or terrain effects or raise or lower stats. Dynamax is a very powerful tool for difficult battles like gym battles or raids. This is not the only addition in Sword and Shield as there is one additional aspect to consider for some of the special Pokemon.
There is another layer of Dynamax known as Gigantimaxing. It is only available for some of the Pokemon that are tagged for Gigantimaxing as they can use this technique. This technique can’t be received through breeding. You can usually find the tagged Pokemon through special events or raids.
Which Pokémon Can Use Gigantimax Form In Sword and Shield
Following is the list of the Pokemon that can use Gigantimax and their G-Max Moves.
- G-Max Wildfire (Fire): Target suffers damage for 4 additional turns.
- G-Max Befuddle (Bug): Target is randomly poisoned, put to sleep, or paralyzed.
- G-Max Volt Crash (Electric): Target is paralyzed.
- G-Max Gold Rush (Normal): Target is confused, and additional money is obtained post-battle.
- G-Max Chi Strike (Fighting): Increases critical hit chance.
- G-Max Terror (Ghost): Target can no longer switch out, or flee from battle.
- G-Max Resonance (Ice): Allies take reduced damage for 5 turns.
- G-Max Cuddle (Normal): Target is infatuated, regardless of gender.
- G-Max Replenish (Normal): Eaten Berries are restored.
- G-Max Malodor (Poison): Target is poisoned.
- G-Max Stonesurge (Water): Scatters sharp rocks around the opponent (Stealth Rock effect).
- G-Max Wind Rage (Flying): Removes Reflect and Light Screen effects.
- G-Max Stun Shock (Electric): Poisons or paralyzes the target.
- G-Max Finale (Fairy): Heals all allies.
- G-Max Depletion (Dragon): Reduces PP of last move the target used.
- G-Max Gravitas (Psychic): Inflicts Gravity status for 5 turns.
- G-Max Volcalith (Rock): Target suffers damage for 4 additional turns.
- G-Max Sand Blast (Ground): Traps opponents in a sandstorm for 4 to 5 turns.
- G-Max Snooze (Dark): Inflicts Yawn status on all opponents (Afflicted Pokemon will fall asleep one turn later.)
- G-Max Tartness (Grass): Reduces opponents’ evasiveness.
- G-Max Sweetness (Grass): Cures all status conditions on allies.
- G-Max Smite (Fairy): Inflicts confusion on the target.
- G-Max Steelsurge (Steel): Scatters spikes around the opponents (Spikes effect).
- G-Max Meltdown (Steel): Target cannot use the same move twice in a row.
- G-Max Foamburst (Water): Reduces targets’ speed by two stages.
- G-Max Centiferno (Fire): Traps opponents in a firestorm for 4 to 5 turns.
That should cover the Pokemon supporting Gigantimax forms and their special G-Max moves. You can read more on the starter Pokemon, game length or the version difference between Sword and Shield.