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Pokémon: Sword & Shield


Ben Chard
Vincent Lau

(1 of 2) Gigantamax Drednaw.

Gigantamax Drednaw. (left), Gigantamax Corviknight. (right)

To mix things up, some Pokémon have exclusive Gigantamax Forms. When one of these Pokémon Dynamaxes, their appearance will change and one of their Max Moves will be replaced with a unique G-Max Move. Otherwise, they function the same as Dynamaxed Pokémon (so they don’t have better stats or anything). Gigantamax Form Pokémon can be obtained via certain Max Raid Battles or events.

Pokémon G-Max Move Type Secondary Effect
"Orbeetle" IconOrbeetle G-Max Gravitas Psychic Creates stronger gravity for 5 turns.
"Butterfree" IconButterfree G-Max Befuddle Bug Causes enemy team to be poisoned, paralysed or asleep.
"Corviknight" IconCorviknight G-Max Wind Rage Flying Removes field effects such as Reflect and Light Screen.
"Drednaw" IconDrednaw G-Max Stonesurge Rock Places Stealth Rock, damaging switch-ins.
"Kingler" IconKingler G-Max Foam Burst Water Reduces enemy team’s Speed by 2 stages.
"Machamp" IconMachamp G-Max Chi Strike Fighting Increases ally team’s critical hit chance.
"Gengar" IconGengar G-Max Terror Ghost Prevents opponents from escaping.
"Garbodor" IconGarbodor G-Max Malodor Poison Causes enemy team to be poisoned.
"Centiskorch" IconCentiskorch G-Max Centiferno Fire Traps enemy team in Fire Spin.
"Coalossal" IconCoalossal G-Max Volcalith Rock Enemy team receives residual damage for 4 turns.
"Meowth" IconMeowth G-Max Gold Rush Normal Causes the enemy team to be confused; receive extra money.
"Alcremie" IconAlcremie G-Max Finale Fairy Restores ally team’s HP.
"Pikachu" IconPikachu G-Max Volt Crash Electric Causes enemy team to be paralysed.
"Eevee" IconEevee G-Max Cuddle Normal Causes enemy team to be infatuated if opposite gender.
"Flapple" IconFlapple G-Max Tartness Grass Reduces enemy team’s evasion.
"Appletun" IconAppletun G-Max Sweetness Grass Cures ally team’s status conditions.
"Grimmsnarl" IconGrimmsnarl G-Max Snooze Dark Causes enemy team to fall asleep on the next turn.
"Hatterene" IconHatterene G-Max Smite Fairy Causes enemy team to be confused.
"Snorlax" IconSnorlax G-Max Replenish Normal May restore ally team’s consumed berries.
"Copperajah" IconCopperajah G-Max Steelsurge Steel Places Spikes, damaging switch-ins.
"Toxtricity" IconToxtricity G-Max Stun Shock Electric Causes the enemy team to be poisoned or paralysed.
"Sandaconda" IconSandaconda G-Max Sandblast Ground Traps enemy team in Sand Tomb.
"Lapras" IconLapras G-Max Resonance Water Triggers Aurora Veil, halving damage received, for 5 turns.
"Duraludon" IconDuraludon G-Max Depletion Dragon Reduces enemy team’s PP, for their last move used.
"Charizard" IconCharizard G-Max Wildfire Fire Enemy team receives residual damage for 4 turns.
"Melmetal" IconMelmetal G-Max Meltdown Steel Members of enemy team can’t use the same move twice in a row.
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    Pokemon Company International
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    15 November 2019
  • Last Updated
    21 March 2024
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Welcome to our comprehensive strategy guide for Pokémon: Sword and Shield, the latest entries in the Pokémon video game franchise. Our guide also incorporates all the DLC, including the Isle of Armor and brand new Crown Tundra DLC.

In Sword and Shield, you explore the Galar region, based on the United Kingdom, alongside rivals Hop, Bede and Marnie, with the aim to dethrone the Pokémon League Champion.

The games introduce several new features such as Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing, functions that increase size and change forms of certain Pokémon; the Wild Area, a large open world with free camera movement; and raids with co-op battling. They also reintroduce features previously seen in Sun and Moon and Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!, such as regional variants and roaming Pokémon depicted in the overworld.

Brand New October 2020:

Version 1.2

  • A Complete Walkthrough of the Isle of Armor.
  • Details of all 16 new Wild Areas, including Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All the new Max Raid Dens: Locations and Featured Pokémon.
  • Images and Locations of All 150 of the Missing Diglett.
  • The Isle of Armor Pokédex (featuring 100 Returning Pokémon).
  • Recipes for the Cram-o-matic.
  • A Full Walkthrough featuring Pokémon encounter rates.
  • All Gym Encounters and Strategies.
  • New Items: Mints & Natures Explained.
  • Post Game content including Champion Cup.
  • Dynamaxing and Gigantamaxing.
  • The Galar Region Pokédex (featuring 400 Pokemon).

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