Some new information about the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield was recently revealed, and one such piece of new information is about a new feature called Gigantamaxing, which will build off of the previously revealed Dynamaxing feature.
Gigantamaxing was revealed in a recent video that was uploaded to The Official Pokémon YouTube Channel, with more details given on the franchise’s website. It is explained that while Dynamaxing, which causes Pokémon to grow to enormous sizes and become more powerful, is relatively common in the Galar region, Gigantamaxing can only occur with certain species of Pokémon, and even then not every Pokémon of that species will necessarily be able to Gigantamax.
A Dynamaxed Pokémon will become large, but still keep its general appearance, while the looks of a Gigantamaxed Pokémon will change more drastically. Gigantamaxing will also make a Pokémon more powerful, while also giving them access to a special G-Max Move, which will be different depending on the specific species of Pokémon that has been Gigantamaxed. Gigantamax Pokémon can be found and caught in Max Raid Battles, but will be much more rare than Dynamax Pokémon. Confirmed Pokémon that can potentially Gigantamax include Drednaw, Corviknight, and the newly revealed Alcremie.
Pokémon Sword and Shield will launch for the Nintendo Switch on November 15.