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?
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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).
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!