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GENERATION 8: Gigantamaxed! Should we call this Kaijuumon now? Pt. 5 March 19, 2020

Filed under: ~Teh Pokemon: 8th Gen~ — solarblade @ 3:36 am

Alright time to talk about the biggest addition to the game and I mean BIGGEST!  So in the region’s lore, it seems this Dynamaxing (and Gigantamaxing) is a phenomenon in Galar due to Eternatus.  Dynamaxing is pretty much the ability all Pokémon have to grow huge (basically in battles, it grows and can be it for 3 turns before returning to its original size).  Gigantamaxing turns certain Pokémon to a new form (in battles, the same as Dynamaxing, but it comes with a unique move) though Pokémon who can Gigantamax can also Dynamax but not both (unless you train in the Armor of Isle DLC).  It’s a mix of Gen 6’s Mega Evolution & Gen 7’s Z-moves, so I suppose it’s OK but made Sw/Sh a lot easier than it should.  So shall we see these Gigantamax forms?

Gigantamax Charizard

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When Gigantamaxing was first announced, we had 6 Pokémon show off this feature (Charizard, Pikachu, Eevee, Meowth, Corviknight, and Drednaw).  Seeing Charizard getting it (and Meowth as I mention later on the post) made me feel like Gamefreak was pandering too much to these two, but they’re popular Pokémon so yah.  I think what made me a little more frustrated was that Blastoise and Venusaur were left behind (well until the DLC announcement).  So about them, a lot of these Gigantamax forms are for Pokémon under gym leaders, Elite 4, and the Champion himself, Leon who actually owns said Charizard.  It’s also one of the first Post-Game Pokémon you get is gifted Charmander from Leon who can evolve with the ability to Gigantamax which is pretty awesome I’d say and it looks cool with it’s flamed wings.  Cool, but man does GF love Charizard a LOT!

Gigantamax Butterfree

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Yeah, Butterfree got one (maybe to even it after Mega Beedrill became a thing lol).  I have to say the green wings was an interesting choice, but I also kind of dig the falling scales despite that.  I think out of all G-max forms, Butterfree is simple but workable but also kind of not exciting at the same time!

Gigantamax Pikachu

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Lord they brought in fat Pikachu as its Gigantamax form?  I guess it’s nice nostalgic feels when I get to see this and it’s neat to see especially with it’s tail being more ridiculous and lightning-like.  Though this (and Eevee) are kind of unique as they are currently not found by Raid Battles (fights against both Dynamaxed & Gigantamaxed Pokémon in the Wild Area).  Instead you find them right before the Wild Area when you enter the train station and talk to one of the two characters.  It’s basically available if you have either Let’s Go Pikachu! or Eevee! save data.  So unsurprisingly, I don’t own either of them, but the G-Max move is pretty cool.  I think it’s OK…pandering once again for Pikachu but I mean could you blame them?

Gigantamax Meowth

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So it wasn’t enough that Meowth got a Galarian variant, but the original Kanto form gets a Gigantamax version and it’s based off a meme?  Yeah, maybe this was a bit too much pandering for this one in this game and it’s also an event inclusion that happened at launch (though it did end on January 15th) making it hard to find nowadays in which I don’t think is possibly currently.  It’s OK and its cry is hilarious to hear ~MEOW MEOW MEOW~ xD.  Not bad I guess.

Gigantamax Machamp

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So like I said with Charizard, many of the Gigantamax forms are due to them being the main Pokémon used by Gym Trainers (with the exception to Piers because his gym lacks a Gigantamax field).  Anyways, Machamp is actually Bea’s main Pokémon (Bea is one of the Sword exclusives gym leaders).  Despite what you might think, they don’t change typings so Machamp’s look of Fighting/Fire is not the case.  It would’ve been cool and explains the lava-esque orane in its arms, though why were pants added?   Seems absurd when Pokémon just gains clothes for an evolution or form changes such as these.  Neat, but eh at the same time.

Gigantamax Gengar

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So even though I never got to fight one of these in Sword (it’s the main Pokémon Alister uses in Shield, Ghost gym battle exlusivity), seeing Gigantamax Gengar feels more like an evolution from Mega Gengar ironically!  I really enjoy the fact that Giga Gengar kind of fuses the idea of its Mega look with some Japanese history through it with the gate-like mouth (reminds me of Guzzlord too in that aspect).  Plus once again its shiny look, is cool tooo!

Gigantamax Kingler

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I think of all of the Kanto Pokémon that got a new form, I never thought Kingler would’ve ended up with one.  This one is also kind of not used by anyone important in the game, so it’s kind of pretty nice to see Kingler stand out here.  I mean the bubble beard is probably the oddest look, but to see it become even more crab-like and have that HUGE pincer is scary lol!  Cool look!

Gigantamax Lapras

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Another Shield exclusive gym battle main used by Circhester’s Melony, Lapras got a Giga form and I instantly loved that Lapras got something new.  I mean the main new thing about it is that it’s shell is not like a cruise ship style situation which makes so much sense because Lapras has kind of been known as a carrier in waters (thanks Orange Island league).  The staff/icicle wrap-around is interesting, but it makes it look more majestic in a way.  Very pretty!

Gigantamax Eevee

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I think of the Gigantmaxes, I think I was mostly disappointed with Eevee here due to basically just getting more fluffier and poofy (a slight? nod to its Gen 1 look?).  Regardless, I never got one because I didn’t get Let’s Go Eevee.  I’m slightly surprised it was given one and made more sense than giving any of its evolutions a Giga form.  Yeah, not much interest out of me.

Gigantamax Snorlax

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So in this odd period between the game releasing and the first DLC to be released in June, there were 3 added Gigantamax post-release and Snorlax was one of them.  Now I mean, we’ve had this kind of land on a Pokémon before (Torterra anyone?), but this is HUGE and now Snorlax’s stomach has becomes this park almost lol.  Goofy yet interesting as the first of the three to come out!

Gigantamax Garbodor

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What a surprise that Unova would actually get represented, but how troll-like to choose Garbodor of all Pokémon from Gen 5 to get a Gigantamax for (Garbodor is the main Pokémon used by Oleana).  It really shows how gargantuan and scary these huge Pokémon can get.  Look at Garbodor, I mean it has big toys lodged into its body and just looks demonic.  I haven’t gotten one yet, but it looks neat.

Gigantamax Melmetal

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So the last of the 3 (and currently unreleased Gigantamax), Melmetal gets one and I’m surprised at how alien it looks like at this point.  Considering since Pokémon HOME is available, I’m kind of surprised they haven’t made this possible to get (especially with how difficult it is to get a Melmetal in the first place).  Looks cool, though I can’t wait to see this release because it means I also get a Melmetal!

Gigantamax Corviknight

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Onto the Galar Pokémon, Corviknight was revealed alongside Drednaw with their Giga forms and I really liked Corviknight despite not changing too much about it.  I mean the red is nice, but I really like the bladed birds that surround it makes it much more interesting despite not really utilizing them.  Looks great!

Gigantamax Orbeetle

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Damn, I know that I loved using Orbeetle in the main game, but learning that once it shifts into its Gigantamax form, it’s a UFO of all things is pretty rad of a design, really unique versus many others.  It doesn’t belong to anyone important, but damn this is a pretty awesome Pokémon!

Gigantamax Drednaw

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Like I said above Nessa used a Drednaw in her team, but strangely enough that Drednaw didn’t Gigantamax so we ended up not being able to see this until Max Raid Battles or interestingly enough the rematch with Nessa in the Elite 4.  I mean seeing it the first time eerily reminded me of Blastoise with Bowser colors lol.  I didn’t think too much of Giga Drednaw’s design and even now slightly struggles to pop out at me.

Gigantamax Coalossal

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Ok, so seeing Coalossal getting one (due to being Sword’s Gordie’s main Pokémon), was interesting because while I’m not the biggest fan of Coalossal, seeing its Giga form made so much sense because it’s now burning the coal in its body and looks monstrous (though funny enough reminds me of the Rock Titan from Hercules).  It’s pretty decent overall I’d say!

Gigantamax Flapple / Gigantamax Appletun

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So this was a strange one, despite my excitement that both Flapple & Appletun did get a Gigantamax form, it’s the same between the two sorta?  Ok yeah, that’s a little disappointing, but I mean the candy apple, worm apple thing is looking surprisingly original and awesome.  The only difference between Giga Flapple & Giga Appletun is the Pokémon cries and its G-max move.  Though I think my biggest issue is that you spend this time with the split evolution and then it just comes back to one essentially (and honestly feels like its Applin’s Gigantamax more so than Flapple’s winged look and the apple pie derp Appletun.  Yeah, was really confused by this xD.  Oh yeah, and in Elite 4 rematches, Milo uses both (but chosen randomly).

Gigantamax Sandaconda

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Oh you’re telling me my MVP in Sword also can Gigantamax?  Yeah!  Sandaconda can and while it took me a while to deal with its coiled up look, once it blows up, Sandaconda turns into this coiled up sand twister and I’m loving it as much as the UFO that is Orbeetle.  There’s just something destructive about this guy and while I’m waiting for Armor of Isle to be able to move my MVP into being able to Gigantamax, this looks awesomes!

Gigantamax Toxtricity

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So the 2nd of the 3 post-released added Gigantamax is the breakout star of the game, Toxtricity!  It is a little sad that in its Dex entry it mentions that the poison in its body has taken over its brain and now it’s wild and uncontrollable.  Also, yes both Amped & Low Key end up in this, but it’s not as odd as the Flapple & Appletun situation.  It’s such a badass looking Gigantamax form and the fact that it’s main move makes it pull a bolt out in the shape of a guitar to attack and I LOVE IT!  Crazy, yet epic design!

Gigantamax Centiskorch

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For most (if not all players), the first Gigantamax Pokémon you battle against is owned by the 3rd Gym Leader, Kabu. Just by looking at it, it’s pretty long and a lot more ferocious especially in its animation for its G-Max move making it stiffen up in this wild S-like curl and shoots a fireball, it’s pretty crazy!  I likes it and may want to obtain one for the future because I was so interested in using Centiskorch, but it got knocked out by other more interesting Pokémon.

Gigantamax Hatterene

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So it wasn’t surprising the parallels would get Gigas (this and the one below), but they’re for the side characters, Hatterene is for Bede who kind of takes over Opal’s role, but it’s a mix of his original Psychic team and his later Fairy team.  I never was really intrigued by Hatterene and its Gigantamax doesn’t really help matters either, it just looks like the body is taken over by the hat lol.

Gigantamax Grimmsnarl

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As I said it looks like the hat took over Giga Hatterene, well the same could be said about Giga Grimmsnarl except it’s its hair this time that took over its body.  It looks crazy demonic and surprised it ended up being Marnie’s main choice (and not Piers since he’s the Dark-type gym leader?).  Looks pretty epic, but other than battling it twice, and knowing it’s still a glass cannon makes me not want to really use him heavily or look for its Giga form.

Gigantamax Alcremie

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Of course Opal would have her choice and hers is in Alcremie!  First question I’m sure people would ask, no it doesn’t take into account on whatever form of Alcremie you have all of them end up taking the same looking when it shifts over into Gigantamax form where it literally turns into a towering cake!  I enjoyed how ridiculous it looks, not sure if I’d use it personally though since Alcremie never ended up on my team really.

Gigantamax Copperajah

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I think of the Galarian Pokémon, Copperajah getting a Gigantamax is probably the strangest to get it over some others that probably could’ve used it.  Though at the same time, it is Chairman Rose’s main Pokémon.  Now seeing Copperajah become bipedal and it’s trunk growing into a ridiculous size is just strange.  It’s like a wall with a ramp for a nose almost xD  I think they could’ve done better with this design honestly.

Gigantamax Duraludon

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O…K?  Duraludon (Raihan’s main Pokémon) was of course getting a Gigantamax, but I wasn’t expecting it to literally become a skyscraper of a Pokémon here.  I mean in a way I could see a little of Gen 6’s Prism Tower in this one which makes me chuckle a bit.  In-game, it looks way huge to the point you can’t really see its face anymore, just this huge, towering Steel/Dragon.  I like it though, may have to search for one!

Eternamax Eternatus

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Even the antagonistic Pokémon, Eternatus, comes with it’s Eternamax (named because Eternatus created the phenomenon of Dynamax/Gigantamaxing).  You do battle this at the climax of the arc in the game and it’s stats go way hard (having the highest base stat total essentially)  Though unfortunately you don’t get to use it once you’ve caught Eternatus as it won’t let you change its forms.  I’m kind of wondering if that’ll change once Isle of Armor releases, but whatever.  I kind of like the whole UFO to a giant claw design, it makes it looks more insane (and gives me MAJOR Ultra Beast vibes, but it’s cool, just wish I can use it…

 

PHEW DONE FOR NOW, SEE YOU IN 3 MONTHS OR WHEN ISLE OF ARMOR RELEASES!

 

GENERATION 8: Galarian Forms! The sequal to Alolan Forms! Pt. 4 March 17, 2020

Filed under: ~Teh Pokemon: 8th Gen~ — solarblade @ 4:05 am

So now that we have gotten through the bulk of the Generation, it’s time to tackle the Galarian Forms, new variation takes on older Pokémon, though the difference this time versus Gen 7 is that some of these lines get brand new evolution where the previous ones didn’t (like Hoenn had Zigzagoon & Linoone and now it’s those two plus a second evolution in Obstagoon, so let’s check them out!

076: Galarian Meowth, 077: Perrserker

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Seems like Charizard and Meowth have been getting a lot of pandering and love these last two Generations.  For Alola, we had a Dark Meowth and here in Galar it’s a Steel type which is pretty interesting and happy that Meowth covered both types that were introduced in Gen 2.  Though I wasn’t expecting Meowth’s evolution to be visually different to either of the Persians introducing Perrserker who resembles Meowth more than the aforementioned Pokémon.  I do enjoy that it’s based off of Vikings, but it’s so tiny and easy to find in the game.  Interesting idea, but I think GameFreak could lay off of Meowth for a while…

078: Galarian Ponyta, 079: Galarian Rapidash

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Seems we get some exclusives here, we first get the Shield exclusive in Galarian forms of the Rapidash line.  Going from it’s Kantonian form which were pure Fire-types to this is a BIG change.  Ponyta in Galar are Psychic-type which explains the glowy tail and the unicorn-like appearance.  Once it evolves at lvl. 40, it’ll become the Psychic/Fairy Rapidash and I was kind of hoping for more out of this design, but I suppose sticking to the unicorn look made sense.  It’s interesting and feels a bit more useful than its original Kanto look.

080: Galarian Slowpoke

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So Slowpoke was actually a post-game addition to Sword & Shield (was announced and added to the game when they announced the DLC, so I didn’t know if it should be included in this post, but considering I now own one, I suppose it fits here.  This variation of Slowpoke is different in that it’s now a pure Psychic-type, but also learns Acid which is the only move difference.  With the DLC bringing in Slowbro in Isle of Armor and Slowking in Crown Tundra, we will see what happens!

081: Galarian Farfetch’d, 082: Sirfetch’d

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Sword got their exclusive in Farfetch’d here and it was a long time coming.  I didn’t Farfetch’d itself would get a Galarian form.  It’s now a pure Fighting-type, but it also comes with an evolution in Sirfetch’d which is pretty awesome, though it is of a few odd evolutions with an even weirder way to evolve.  In this case Farfetch’d has to land 3 critical hits in one battle before it can evolve.  The best way early on is to catch it with a Leek (a held item it commonly comes with and fight against a Wobbuffet).  That usually does the trick IMHO.  I do really like Sirfetch’d though and its signature move, Meteor Assault is awesomes!

083: Galarian Weezing

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Only a couple lines were like a few in Alola where not the entire line gets a new form in this case Koffing wasn’t touched, but instead Weezing was the one that got the change.  Though seeing as its type was changed to Poison/Fairy left me rather intrigued and I’m surprisingly happy with this new look because it’s humorous and it’s new moveset is nice, despite still having Explosion in its arsenal (especially trying to catch it late-game), it’s pretty decent!

084: Galarian Mr. Mime, 085: Mr. Rime

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Like I said above, not all Galarian formed lines all had the change.  In this case, Mime Jr. didn’t get the change, but now Mime Jr. with the help of knowing the move, Mimic, in Galar, will evolve to the now Ice/Psychic Galarian form, Mr. Mime.  At first I kind of wonder if it was to kind of cover up the fact Jynx probably won’t get one, but if you train it to level 42, it’ll evolve once again to Mr. Rime.  This was a surprisingly interesting line and Mr. Rime really sticks out because it has 4 eyes (2 on his face and two on his jacket (chest?) that looks a little bit like Mime Jr.  Strange, but I guess it works?

086: Galarian Corsola, 087: Cursola

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So Shield users had another exclusive in the form of a new variant of Corsola.  Though it’s pretty tragic because it’s based off of bleached coral (dead coral basically).  That said, Corsola’s new type is pure Ghost which is such a different feeling than its original Water/Rock type.  At level 38, it’ll evolve into the new Cursola and it’s even more interesting because it breaks from the coral and now is like ectoplasm.  Very unique and just cool, something I had missed out on, but I do enjoy using mine now!

088: Galarian Zigzagoon, 089: Galarian Linoone, 090: Obstagoon

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When the Galarian forms were introduced (to no one’s surprise), we knew we were going to get some interesting Pokémon from it and the Alolan forms previous did that (albeit to only Gen 1 Pokémon).  Seems Gamefreak decided to make the leap and make non-Gen 1 Pokémon with the introduction to Hoenn’s Linoone line which was given a pretty badass black & white look (the reminds me of KISS, who…well weren’t British.  Though another new thing happened where these Galarian forms can have a brand new evolution only set for the Galarian variants like for example Obstagoon!  All 3 had become Dark/Normal type and you could only get Obstagoon by getting it to level 35 during the night hours.

091: Galarian Darumaka, 092: Galarian Darmanitan

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For Sword users, we got the Galarian Darmanitan line.  Another choice from Unova, the Darmanitan switched types to be a pure Ice-type and looks ridiculously funky at the same time.  I do think Darumaka is really cute though, but Darmanitan looks weird with the giant bubble head.  Still, it was a rather solid design.

Just like in Unova, we also get Zen Mode Darmanitan and yeah, what an odd change it is with getting a fiery snowman which yes, means it’s the first Ice/Fire type we’ve gotten in the series.  Little strange is that we can only kind of obtain it through just raid battles currently, but it looks pretty neat and IMO is WAY better than Unovian ZM Darmanitan.

093: Galarian Yamask, 094: Runerigus

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Another great choice from Unova to have been given a new look, Yamask here instead of taking over a mask takes over now a piece of a dragon rune here.  Add on that it’s a Ground/Ghost type (something that I actually was originally hoping Unovian Yamask was going to have).  Though I think the evolution process to get it’s new evolution Runerigus is rather strange and yet unique (though makes me wonder how they’ll work around this in later generations). What I mean is that you have to have Yamask lose 49 HP (in battle) and then take it to a certain arch in the Dusty Bowl (in the Wild Area) to get it to evolve…yeah, slightly convoluted.  Still, it’s a really solid Pokémon and surprised to see how big Runerigus actually is.

095: Galarian Stunfisk

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Last, but not least we have Stunfisk which is probably my WTF choice here in this game and it takes the role of the (fake Pokeball, surprise battle) situation.  Changing it to Ground/Steel, it makes sense because Stunfisk looks like an actual bear trap.  I dig it, but I never really used it on my team, just because there was others that were better.  I don’t know if it stacks up against the original’s Ground/Electric-type, but I guess it’s ok.

 

NEXT TIME: GIGANTAMAX BABYYYY!