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Pokémon Sword and Shield Gigantamax Pokémon explained - including G-Max moves and possible Gigantamax locations explained

Everything you need to know about Gigantamax Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield.

Gigantamax Pokémon are special Pokémon that, when they Dynamax in Pokémon Sword and Shield, have their appearance completely changed.

Each Gigantamax Pokémon also has its own, unique, G-Max move, which it can use to turn the battle in its favour.

Even though Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor are incredibly rare, some do have specific locations in the Wild Area where they have a higher chance of appearing.

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What are Gigantamax Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Gigantamax Pokémon are Pokémon that, when they Dynamax, not only grow in size, but change form completely.

Your Alcremie, for example, will go from being a cute little blob of sentient cream to a towering cake monstrosity.

Only a specific list of Pokémon have the ability to Gigantamax. You'll know if you've caught a Pokémon with the Gigantamax factor, because, when you look at its summary, there will be a special red X symbol between its name and the picture of the Poké Ball it lives in.

If a Pokémon has a red X, then it has the ability to Gigantamax.

Due to this each Gigantamax form has its own entry in the Pokédex, through, thankfully, these entries are not required for completing the Pokédex.

Like Dynamaxing, Gigantamaxing will only last for three turns, but the Gigantamax Pokémon will also be able to use a unique move, called a G-Max move, that have a number of special effects.

Finally, it's important to note that, while you can breed Pokémon that have the Gigantamax factor with other Pokémon, both Gigantamax and not, the baby Pokémon they create won't be able to Gigantamax.

Sadly, you can't breed your Gigantamax Pokémon army.

What are limited release Gigantamax Pokémon in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Limited release Gigantamax Pokémon are special Gigantamax Pokémon that aren't usually available in the games and only appear during specific dates.

Instead of being able to track them down in the Wild Area , you'll have to wait for them to be added to the spawn table.

You can regularly update your Wild Area spawn table by connecting your Nintendo Switch to the Internet or by getting the latest Wild Area new via the Mystery Gift function.

These special Gigantamax Pokémon will never be locked behind any difficulty ranking, which means you don't need the eighth gym badge to battle them.

Which Gigantamax Pokémon are available in Max Raids?

Currently, there is only one limited release Gigantmax Pokémon available:

  • Gigantamax Toxtricity - Thursday 6th February to Sunday 8th March

Which Pokémon have the Gigantamax Factor in Pokémon Sword and Shield?

Here is a complete list of all the Pokémon that currently have the ability to Gigantamax in Pokémon Sword and Shield in order of their national Pokédex number:

National Pokédex NumberGigantamax PokémonLocation
6CharizardPokémon Dens and trained from the Charmander Leon gifts you in the post-game
12ButterfreePokémon Dens
25PikachuLet's Go Pikachu reward found in the Wild Area train station
52MeowthFree gift Meowth from early purchases obtained via Mystery Gift
68MachampPokémon Dens
94GengarPokémon Dens
99KinglerPokémon Dens
131LaprasPokémon Dens
133EeveeLet's Go Eevee reward found in the Wild Area train station
143SnorlaxLimited release Gigantamax Pokémon between Wednesday 4th December to early January 2020
569GarbodorPokémon Dens
823CorviknightPokémon Dens
826OrbeetlePokémon Dens
834DrednawPokémon Dens
839CoalossalPokémon Dens
841FlapplePokémon Dens
842AppletunPokémon Dens
844SandacondaPokémon Dens
849ToxtricityLimited release Gigantamax Pokémon between Thursday 6th February to Sunday 8th March
851CentiskorchPokémon Dens
858HatterenePokémon Dens
861GrimmsnarlPokémon Dens
869AlcremiePokémon Dens
879CopperajahPokémon Dens
884DuraludonPokémon Dens

With the announcement of the Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass, also came the reveal of a new selection of Gigantamax Pokémon. These Pokémon will be released as part of the DLC.

There are the upcoming Gigantamax Pokémon we know about so far:

  • Rillaboom - G-Max Drum Solo
  • Cinderace - G-Max Fireball
  • Inteleon - G-Max Hydrosnipe
  • Urshifua

How to find Gigantamax Pokémon in the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon with the Gigantamax factor are incredibly rare and can only be found in five-star Max Raids, which occur in the Wild Area.

Five-star Max Raids will only start appearing once you earn the Dragon Badge, the eighth and last gym badge in Pokémon Sword and Shield. These raids are usually marked by having a pillar of swirling, dark purple, energy emerging from the Pokémon Den, though can appear in Dens with light red pillars too.

After you've defeated all the Galar gym leaders - it's time to go Gigantamax hunting!

Be prepared for this to be a long hunt, because, without boosted spawn rates, there is only a 5% chance of a Gigantamax Pokémon making an appearance.

Look for the Pokémon Den's with the swirling purple energy.

You can increase your chances of encountering a Gigantamax Pokémon by using a Wishing Piece on a Pokémon Den. This will attract with a Dynamax or Gigantamax Pokémon to that Pokémon Den.

Just remember - while you can use as many Wishing Pieces as you like each day, if you use a piece on a Pokémon Den that already has a Pokémon in it, this will force that current Pokémon out. If you want to fight that Pokémon, make sure you do it before using a Wishing Piece.

It's also a good idea to defeat all the Pokémon in every Den each day. If you do this, the Dens will reset and your chance of encountering a rare Pokémon will increase.

Finally, using the Wild Area News function in Mystery Gift will update your Pokémon Den spawn tables. This will give you a chance of encountering a Gigantamax Pokémon that is only available for a limited time.

Occasionally this will also increase the likelihood of a certain Gigantamax Pokémon appearing. When this happens, this Gigantamax Pokémon will be removed from the five-star / eighth badge restriction, giving any player the chance to hunt down this rare Pokémon.

Gigantamax Pokémon locations in the Wild Area in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Each Gigantamax Pokémon can only be found in a specific Pokémon Den in the Wild Area.

Visiting one of these Dens does not guarantee you an encounter with a Gigantamax Pokémon, but, if you are after a specific Gigantamax Pokémon, then it's a good idea to know which Den they can appear in. That way you know where to toss your Wishing Pieces.

Below you'll find a list of the Gigantamax Pokémon and the location of their specific Pokémon Dens within the Wild Area:

PokémonLocation of Pokémon Den
AlcremieBridge Field
AppletunDappled Grove (only in Pokémon Shield)
ButterfreeRolling Fields - two separate locations
CentiskorchStony Wilderness
CharizardLake of Outrage
CoalossalGiant's Seat (only in Pokémon Sword)
CopperajahStony Wilderness
CorviknightGiant's Cap
DrednawGiant's Cap
DuraludonGiant's Seat
FlappleDappled Grove (only in Pokémon Sword)
GarbodorEast Lake Axewell
GengarStony Wilderness (in Pokémon Shield)
GrimmsnarlDusty Bowl
HattereneBridge Field
KinglerWest Lake Axewell
South Lake Miloch
LaprasGiant's Seat (only in Pokémon Shield)
MachampStony Wilderness (in Pokémon Sword)
OrbeetleBridge Field
Dappled Grove
SandacondaDusty Bowl - two separate locations

Gigantamax Pokémon you can receive in Pokémon Sword and Shield

Throughout your travels in the Galar region, you will be gifted a couple of Pokémon that have the Gigantamax factor.

The first requires you to have a saved file for either Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu! or Let's Go Eevee!

When you reach the Meetup Spot in the Wild Area, you'll be able to find two people who will give you either a Pikachu or Eevee depending on which version of the game you played.

Both Pikachu and Eevee have the Gigantamax factor.

After you've completed the main storyline of the game, you should return to Leon and Hop's home in Postwick.

Head upstairs to Leon's room and, in the middle of the floor, you'll find a Poké Ball containing a Charmander.

Train this Charmander and, once it's evolved into Charizard, you'll be able to use Gigantamax Charizard.

Finally, you'll occasionally be able to download certain Gigantamax Pokémon through Mystery Gift.

This includes Pokémon like Gigantamax Meowth, which was downloadable between Friday November 15th 2019 to Wednesday 15h January 2020.


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G-Max Moves in Pokémon Sword and Shield explained

G-Max moves are special moves that can only be used by Gigantamax Pokémon when they're in their Gigantamax form.

Each Gigantamax Pokémon has their own G-Max, which has a variety of effects. This can be anything from changing the battlefield to healing certain status conditions.

Below you'll find a list of all the current Gigantamax Pokémon and their G-Max moves in Pokémon Sword and Shield:

PokémonMove NameType Effect
AlcremieG-Max FinaleFairyRestores 1/6 of ally Pokémon's health.
AppletunG-Max SweetnessGrassHeals the status conditions of all ally Pokémon.
ButterfreeG-Max BefuddleBugInflicts either poison, paralysis or sleep status conditions on all opposing Pokémon.
CentiskorchG-Max CentifernoFireInflicts damage equal to 1/8 of opponent's max HP for 4 to 5 turns.
Opponents can't flee or be switched out of battle.
CharizardG-Max WildfireFireDamages all non-fire-type opponents equal to 1/6 max HP for 4 turns.
CoalossalG-Max VolcalithRockDamages all non-rock-type opponents equal to 1/6 max HP for 4 turns.
CopperajahG-Max SteelsurgeSteelReleases rocks that will damage Pokémon as they're released on the opponents side.
Move is subjective to the strengths and weaknesses of steel-type Pokémon.
CorviknightG-Max Wind RageFlyingNullifies, on the opponent's side, Aurora Veil, Light Screen, Mist, Reflect and Safeguard.
Nullifies, on both sides of the battlefield, Spikes, Stealth Rock, Sticky Web and Toxic Spikes.
DrednawG-Max StonesurgeWaterReleases rocks that will damage Pokémon as they're released on the opponents side.
Move is subjective to the strengths and weaknesses of rock-type Pokémon.
DuraludonG-Max DepletionDragonReduces the PP of the moves used by all opposing Pokémon by 2.
EeveeG-Max CuddleNormalEvery opponent becomes infatuated with Eevee, which causes them to fail 50% of the time.
FlappleG-Max TartnessGrassOpponent's evasiveness decreases by 1 stage.
GarbodorG-Max MalodorPoisonInflicts poison on all opposing Pokémon.
GengarG-Max TerrorGhostPrevent opponent's from fleeing or switching out during Pokémon battle.
GrimmsnarlG-Max SnoozeDarkUnless target switches out, sleep status will be inflicted upon them by the under of the next turn.
HattereneG-Max SmiteFairyAll opposing Pokémon confused.
KinglerG-Max Foam BurstWaterDecreases opponent's Speed by 2 stages.
LaprasG-Max ResonanceIceReduces damage from physical and special moves for 5 turns.
MachampG-Max Chi StrikeFightingIncreases critical hit rates of ally Pokémon by 2 stages.
MeowthG-Max Gold RushNormalMakes all opponent's confused.
Increases the payout at the end of the battle, depending on both the user's level and the number of time, up to three, the move was used:
First use: £100 x level
Second use: £200 x level
Third use: £300 x level
OrbeetleG-Max GravitasPsychicAll of the following effects last for five turns.
Airborne Pokémon are grounded.
Ground-type move now hit Pokémon, which are normally immune to them.
Prevents use of Bounce, Fly, Flying Press, High Jump Kick, Magnet Rise and Splash.
Raises accuarcy of all Pokémonin battle.
PikachuG-Max Volt CrashElectric Inflicts paralysis on all opposing Pokémon.
SandacondaG-Max SandblastGroundDamage equal to 1/8 of max HP to all opponents at the end of 4 to 5 turns.
Opponents cannot flee or be switched out during these turns.
SnorlaxG-Max ReplenishNormalRestores any berries that Snorlax or its allies have consumed in battle
ToxtricityG-Max Stun ShockElectric / PoisonDamages opponent with a chance of either poisoning or paralysing them

We also have a guide on Dynamax Pokémon, which you might find useful.

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