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Gigantamaxing in Pokémon
Pokémon Sword and Shield introduce the new Dynamax and Gigantamax mechanics. In gyms and raid battles, any Pokémon can Dynamax into a bigger and stronger version, but only certain species can Gigantamax. To get Gigantamax Pokémon, you'll need to participate in max raids, attend special events, or transfer data from the Let's Go games.
However, Gigantamaxed creatures obtain entirely new designs, and not only do they get better stats, but they also access unique G-Max moves (which prior moves of a certain type become), offering incredible power—which designs reign supreme? These are the ten coolest Gigantamax forms in Pokémon!
G-Max Move: Wind Rage
Corviknight is pretty intimidating in his base form, but he becomes even scarier when he transforms into this gigantic red-tinged mode. For the duration, any damaging Flying-type moves he has become the G-Max technique Wind Rage, dealing damage and eliminating stadium effects like Reflect, Light Screen, and Electric Terrain.
G-Max Move: Befuddle
Gigantamax Butterfree gives me a real Mothra vibe, somehow managing to look both peaceful and powerful. Maybe not a huge change from his base form, but the green glowing wings provide a welcome break from the red hues used in most Gigantamax creatures.
Butterfree's Bug moves become the G-Max Befuddle attack, which deals damage and inflicts either the paralyze, poison, or sleep status, a nice if random added effect.
G-Max Move: Snooze
Grimmsnarl initially appears imp-like, but Gigantamaxing him yields a more-serious looking warrior-like form. Like most of the best Gigantamaxes, I appreciate how it builds upon his prior appearance without completely altering it.
Admittedly, his G-Max Snooze attack isn't my favorite, as its secondary effect takes time to trigger (making the target drowsy and having them fall asleep at the end of the next turn), but Grimmsnarl definitely looks formidable.
G-Max Move: Terror
Gengar's corporeal form gives him leeway for crazy shenanigans like this Gigantamax form, bearing a giant tunnel-like mouth. Foes can't run or hide from his ghostly Terror attack, which prevents foes from retreating while dealing damage.
G-Max Move: Foam Burst
In his base mode, Kingler's left claw is a bit larger than the other, and his Gigantamax form dramatically increases the pincer's size while also adding an interesting sand-like growth from his face. Again, it's a nice upgrade that builds on the original but is still recognizable.
Like other G-Max moves, Kingler's Foam Burst deals damage based upon the Water move it stems from, and its secondary effect reduces opposing speed by two stages.
G-Max Move: Stun Shock
Regular Toxtricity looks a little goofy with his punk-like appearance, but his Gigantamax adopts a sleek and menacing form, especially with those glowing yellow eyes. His Electric Stun Shock attack zaps foes while inflicting either the paralyze or poison condition, a strong albeit chaotic move.
G-Max Move: Replenish
Snorlax's giant form essentially retains his original appearance, but adds growths to his stomach. Pretty hilarious to imagine sleeping so long that an entire ecosystem develops on your belly.
I also like his Normal-type Replenish move; its secondary effect restores an eaten berry. This means Snorlax can awaken from using HP-healing Rest with a Chesto Berry twice per battle, granting him incredible tanking capacity.
G-Max Move: Centiferno
Centiskorch's Gigantamax form extends his body so much that he more resembles a Chinese dragon than an insect, especially with the red and yellow palette. He also wields one of the better G-Max moves: Fire-type Centiferno, whose secondary effect traps foes in flame (preventing escape and damaging them for 4–5 turns).
G-Max Move: Chi Strike
Despite not changing much, Machamp's Gigantamax form looks far more mystical than his base, showing how a few minor tweaks go a long way when done right. He's also got the handy Fighting-type Chi Strike, which permanently raises his critical hit ratio (like the Focus Energy move).
G-Max Move: Wildfire
This awesome upgrade gives even Mega Charizard X a challenge for coolest Charizard alteration. His increased size, sharpened claws, and literal fire wings scream dragon (even if he doesn't actually possess the type). My one design complaint is that his in-game model looks a bit chunky, but it's a nitpick.
Wildfire is an interesting G-Max move, summoning an inferno that damages non-Fire Pokémon for four turns. Not bad, but I prefer Centiferno since it also traps its victim and can last longer.
How Will Gigantamaxing Affect Competitive Pokémon?
Honestly, I'm torn on Gigantamaxing. It sort of combines previous mega evolutions and Z-moves into one package, but the fact that you can only do it in certain areas holds the mechanic back; it's essentially fluff that won't factor into competitive play. Also, it's lame that not every Pokémon can Gigantamax; you need a special raid Charizard, not just your boring old starter, and since the new forms retain their prior types and abilities, they're not as unique as mega evolutions were.
The mechanic has potential but could use some tweaks, and only time will tell whether Gigantamaxing will adapt. But for now, vote for your favorite Gigantamax form and I'll see you at our next Pokémon countdown!
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