Pokemon Sword and Shield Will Feature Unique Gigantamax Forms for Generation 1 Pokemon
Pokemon Sword and Shield for Nintendo Switch will feature Pokemon that change forms while Gigantamaxing
Game Freak, The Pokemon Company, and Nintendo previously revealed Gigantamaxing, which is an even more powerful form of Pokemon Sword and Shield’s new battle gimmick Dynamaxing. These forms allow certain Pokemon to use a special G-Max move, and today we learned that Gigantamaxing will also change the appearance of some Pokemon drastically. Today’s bunch of Gigantamax reveals were all Generation 1 Pokemon like Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard, Butterfree, and Meowth.
Gigantamax Pikachu is probably my favorite as it is reminiscent of the Pokemon’s original design. Pikachu has been slimmed down in recent years as it has established itself as the series’ mascot, but its Gigantamax form is fatter, just like its original design. Its special move is G-Max Volt Crash, which damages and paralyzes any Pokemon that it hits. That being said, this version of Pikachu can only be obtained if there is save data for Pokemon: Let’s Go! Pikachu on the system. Conversely, having Pokemon: Let’s Go! Eevee data on your Switch will net you an Eevee that can Gigantamax into a unique form and use G-Max Cuddle to damage and infatuate its opponents.
Next up is Gigantamax Charizard, who looks more dragon-like than ever and has the move G-Max Wildfire that deals continuous damage for four turns to Pokemon that aren’t Fire-type. Then there’s Gigantamax Buterfree. This Pokemon looks more elegant than before and can use G-Max Befuddle. That move will cause the target Pokemon to get poisoned, paralyzed, or fall asleep in addition to doing damage.
Finally, we have the abomination that is the Gigantamax form of Meowth, as someone thought it’d be a good idea to stretch that Pokemon’s body out. It has the move G-Max Gold Rush, which does damage and increases how much money trainers get from battle. This version of Meowth will only be available via Mystery Gift until January 15, 2020. Below, you can see some new art and screenshots of these forms: