New Gigantamax Pokemon Revealed for Sword and Shield

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The Official Pokémon YouTube channel posted a video early Wednesday morning announcing more Gigantamax forms that will appear in the upcoming Pokémon: Sword and Shield titles. The Pokémon revealed include Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard, Butterfree, and Meowth, adding on to Corviknight, Drednaw, and Alcremie, which were shown off earlier this year.

Like Mega Evolutions in X and Y and Z-Moves in Sun and Moon, Gigantamaxing and Dynamaxing are new battle mechanics being introduced to spice up gameplay in the latest generation. According to IGN, while any Pokemon can Dynamax, only specific members of a Pokemon species can Gigantamax, which changes the Pokemon’s size, appearance, stats, and adds a special G-Max move.

The G-Max moves each Pokemon gains essentially takes an already-existing move in the Pokemon world and makes it more powerful with a different name. For example, Pikachu has G-Max Volt Crash, which can paralyze all opponents on the battlefield at once. Similarly, Charizard has G-Max Wildfire, which deals damage to all non-fire opponents for four turns, while Eevee’s G-Max Cuddle infatuates all opponents of the opposite gender.

Meowth, of course, has G-Max Gold Rush, an upgraded version of Pay Day, causing confusion and an in-game cash bonus after the battle. The only G-Max move with unclear dynamics was Butterfree’s, G-Max Befuddle, which causes poison, sleep, or paralysis to all opposing enemies, but the video did not explain if the status effect is chosen by the player or randomly chosen by the game itself.

Unfortunately, no details were given about how to obtain a Gigantamaxed Charizard or Butterfree in this morning’s video. However, to receive a Gigantamaxed Pikachu or Eevee, the game will need to check your play records of Let’s Go: Pikachu or Let’s Go: Eevee, meaning that if you didn’t buy and play last year’s games, you’ll have to pick them up if you want those Gigantamaxed forms in November. Additionally, if you want a Gigantamaxed Meowth, you’d better plan on buying Sword or Shield early – it’s an exclusive early-purchase bonus for fans who buy the game before January 15, 2020.

The Pokémon Sword and Shield titles hit shelves on November 15, 2019.