Pokémon Sword and Shield: more Gigantamax Pokémon revealed

As announced yesterday, The Pokémon Company have shared the latest set of details for Pokémon Sword and Shield today. This time, the focus is specifically on Gigantamax Pokémon!

Here’s the latest trailer (English and Japanese versions):

But before we dive into the details proper, here’s some Pokémon distribution news:

  • players with save data for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! on their Nintendo Switch will be able to get a special Pikachu that can use Gigantamax
  • players with save data for Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! on their Nintendo Switch will be able to get a special Eevee that can use Gigantamax
  • any players will be able to get a special Meowth that can use Gigantamax if they get the game before January 15th and claim it via Mystery Gift before that date.

Next, here’s details about the new Gigantamax Pokémon revealed today:

Gigantamax Pikachu

  • Type: Electric
  • Height: 68’11″+
  • Weight: ???
  • Ability: Static

The electricity generated in the sacs in its cheeks is stored in its tail. In battle, it will strike opponents with its tail and send a jolt of electricity through them as great as any lightning strike. Gigantamax Pikachu has become so powerful that it can produce enough electricity to rival a power plant. However, using this electricity to help power people’s homes seems difficult, as Pikachu can only remain Gigantamaxed for a short time. Electric-type attacks used by Gigantamax Pikachu will change to G-Max Volt Crash, which not only deals damage but also paralyzes all opponents.

Gigantamax Charizard

  • Type: Fire/Flying
  • Height: 91’10″+
  • Weight: ???
  • Ability: Blaze

The flames inside its body have become stronger, and now fire erupts from its mouth and horns in addition to its tail. It seems that the strength of the flames increases when Gigantamax Charizard roars. Charizard’s flames have become enhanced with Gigantamax power and now form wings on its back. These wings are hotter than magma, and Charizard can fire them off to scorch its opponents. Fire-type attacks used by Gigantamax Charizard will change to G-Max Wildfire. G-Max Wildfire doesn’t just deal damage to an opponent when it hits—it will also continue to deal damage for four turns to any Pokémon that isn’t Fire type.

Gigantamax Eevee

  • Type: Normal
  • Height: 59’1″+
  • Weight: ???
  • Ability: Run Away / Adaptability

The fur around its neck has become extra fluffy and luxurious thanks to Gigantamax power. Any opponent caught in this fur becomes enamored with Eevee and loses the will to fight. Gigantamaxing has caused Eevee to become more rambunctious than ever, and it will attempt to play with any opponent. However, it often ends up crushing its opponent due to its massive size. Normal-type attacks used by Gigantamax Eevee will change to G-Max Cuddle. G-Max Cuddle doesn’t only deal damage when it hits—any opponent that is the opposite gender of Eevee will become infatuated.

Gigantamax Meowth

  • Type: Normal
  • Height: 108’3″+
  • Weight: ???
  • Ability: Pickup/Technician

Gigantamaxing has caused Meowth’s body to stretch to astounding lengths, and the coin on its head has also become massive. The giant coin can emit a torrent of Gigantamax power, filling the surrounding area with a powerful golden gleam. Meowth loves shiny objects, and when it sees skyscrapers lined with glass, it won’t be able to resist the urge to sharpen its claws on them. This behavior can cause considerable damage, such as wearing down the exterior walls and breaking windows. Normal-type attacks used by Gigantamax Meowth will change to G-Max Gold Rush. G-Max Gold Rush deals damage to opponents and also scatters coins all over the area, giving Trainers a considerable in-game cash bonus after the battle.

Gigantamax Butterfree

  • Type: Bug/Flying
  • Height: 55’9″+
  • Weight: ???
  • Ability: Compound Eyes

Its most notable feature is its blinding wings, which have grown to gigantic proportions. The light of Gigantamax Butterfree’s wings comes from its scales, which can inflict paralysis, poisoning, or sleep on its opponents. These scales are Butterfree’s most effective weapons. Its vast wings can stir up a wind strong enough to lift a 10-ton truck, just by flapping. This wind also scatters poisonous scales around the area, so simply being near this Pokémon is very dangerous. Bug-type attacks used by Gigantamax Butterfree will change to G-Max Befuddle. G-Max Befuddle doesn’t only deal damage—it will also scatter scales around opponents and cause them to become poisoned, become paralyzed, or fall asleep.

Pokémon Sword and Shield (Switch) comes out on November 15th worldwide.

Source: The Pokémon Company PR



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