Pokemon Sword & Shield Show Off Fat Pikachu, Long Meowth, And More Gigantamax Forms

Pikachu, Charizard, Meowth, and more can take on new forms in Sword and Shield.


The Pokemon Company has shared a new trailer for Pokemon Sword and Shield. This video gives us our first look at a handful of new Gigantamax forms that some classic Gen 1 Pokemon like Pikachu, Meowth, and Charizard will be able to take on in the upcoming Switch games.

The trailer begins with Pikachu, which resembles its original, chubby incarnation when it Gigantamaxes. In this form, its Electric-type attacks become G-Max Volt Crash, a move that dishes out damage and also paralyzes all opponents.

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The other starter from the Pokemon Let's Go games, Eevee, will also be able to Gigantamax in Sword and Shield. When it transforms, the fur around its neck becomes extra fluffy, and its Normal-type attacks turn into G-Max Cuddle. In addition to dealing damage, this move causes Pokemon of the opposite gender to become infatuated, which may prevent them from attacking.

Other classic Pokemon that can take on new forms when they Gigantamax include Butterfree, Charizard, and Meowth. Butterfree's wings expand to Mothra-like proportions, while Charizard's wings are formed out of flames. Meowth, meanwhile, is hilariously elongated. You can take a look at all the new Gigantamax Pokemon in the trailer above.

New Gigantamax Pokemon

  • Pikachu
  • Eevee
  • Charizard
  • Butterfree
  • Meowth

As previously confirmed, Pokemon that are capable of Gigantamaxing will be hard to find in Sword and Shield, but you'll be able to get three of the newly revealed Pokemon for free. If you've played either Let's Go Pikachu or Eevee, you'll receive a Pikachu or Eevee that can Gigantamax from the Wild Area Station, while all players who purchase the game by January 15, 2020 will be able to download a Meowth that can Gigantamax as a Mystery Gift. None of these special Pokemon are able to evolve, however.

Pokemon Sword and Shield launch for Switch on November 15. You can take a look at all the new Gen 8 Pokemon revealed so far in our gallery. And if you're looking to secure a copy ahead of their release, be sure to check out our Pokemon Sword and Shield pre-order guide.

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