Pokémon Sword and Shield Gigantamaxing

You’ve heard of Dynamax Pokémon, now get ready for Gigantamaxing! Like the previously revealed feature, Gigantamaxing makes your Pokémon grow in size. However, it also changes their appearance. In this way, it seems a little closer to the abandoned Mega Evolution feature from past games. Game Freak released a trailer today that shows off the new feature in the context of gym battles. Additionally, the trailer introduces some new Pokémon from the Galar Region, as well as some new gym leaders. Click below to check it out!

New Pokémon: Sword and Shield trailers

If that first trailer wasn’t enough to excite you, Game Freak released a second in Japan. This lengthier trailer goes over much of the same information, but it gives us more fresh footage of Galar and its inhabitants. You can see some of the newly-introduced Pokémon out in the wild in their natural habitats. There’s also a lot more time spent on these new gym leaders and their battles. Finally, it gives us another look at Gigantamaxing at the end. Check it out below!

Gigantamaxing

The Pokémon Company International followed up these trailers by revealing additional info in a press release. The press released clarified that Gigantamaxing is a rare feat that only certain species of Pokémon can pull off. However, those who can use the new technique will gain a powerful “G-Max Move” unique to its species. So far we only know that Drednaw, Corviknight, and the newly-revealed Alcremie are capable of this. Here’s what Game Freak has to say about them in their new forms:

Gigantamax Drednaw
Type: Water/Rock
Height: 78’9″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Strong Jaw / Shell Armor

The power of Gigantamaxing has allowed Drednaw to stand on its hind legs and become bipedal. From its standing position, it can come crashing down on opposing Pokémon and crush them with its massive body. Drednaw normally keeps its neck retracted within its shell, but when it attacks, it can rapidly shoot its neck out. Its jaws are also incredibly strong and can easily bite through huge metal towers. The strength of its jaws combined with the force of its neck gives Drednaw the power to punch a hole through a rocky mountain in a single strike. Water-type moves used by Gigantamax Drednaw will change to G-Max Stonesurge. G-Max Stonesurge doesn’t just deal damage to an opponent—it will scatter sharp rocks around the opponent and cause Pokémon entering the battlefield to take damage.

Gigantamax Corviknight
Type: Flying/Steel
Height: 45’11″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Pressure/Unnerve

Corviknight uses its massive wings to catch updrafts created by Gigantamax energy to hover in the air while it battles. The armor on its body has been reinforced, so attacks from Pokémon on the ground barely have any effect. Gigantamax energy has caused the armor covering Corviknight’s wings to separate and become blade birds, capable of flying independently. Flying-type moves used by Gigantamax Corviknight will change to G-Max Wind Rage, which removes any effects of moves like Reflect, Light Screen, Spikes, and Electric Terrain that the opponents may have.

Gigantamax Alcremie
Type: Fairy
Height: 98’5″+
Weight: Unknown
Ability: Sweet Veil

The cream pouring out of its body hardens when subjected to impacts—the stronger the impact, the harder it becomes—giving Alcremie an impressive resistance to physical attacks. Additionally, the giant “Berry” decorations on Alcremie’s body are as hard as diamonds, and it’s said that most attacks won’t even be able to leave a scratch. Alcremie will launch high-calorie cream missiles around itself to attack its opponents. Any Pokémon that touches this cream will be filled with energy and euphoria but at the same time will fall into a state of complete confusion. Fairy-type moves used by Gigantamax Alcremie will change to G-Max Finale, which will heal all Pokémon on Alcremie’s side while dealing damage to an opponent.

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Ben Lamoreux
Nintendo Enthusiast's Managing Editor. I grew up on Super Nintendo and never stopped playing. Been writing video game news, opinions, reviews, and interviews professionally for over a decade. Favorite franchises include Zelda, Metroid, and Mother.

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