How To Gigantamax Your Pokémon In Pokémon Sword And Shield

Looking for a way to step up in your Pokémon battles? Feel like your Pokémon’s regular moves aren’t doing enough damage? Well, good thing you came here. In this guide, we’ll show you how you can Gigantamax your Pokémon in Sword and Shield.


The new series of Pokémon games introduced a lot of new features. One of these new features is Gigantamaxing. This is a new feature that gives Pokémon a totally new form apart from their standard evolutions.

What is Gigantamax? 

Gigantamax is a special kind of Dynamax only featured in Pokémon Sword and Shield. This allows your Pokémon to not only increase in size, it will also get a distinct new appearance plus an entirely new moveset. Pokémon that Gigantamax will also get an increase in all their other stats, most notably their HP. Think of it as a new version of the Mega Evolution introduced in previous Pokémon games.

How is it Different from Dynamax?

While Dynamax will only increase your Pokémon’s size, Gigantamax will drastically change your Pokémon’s appearance. It almost feels like a new evolution. If you Dynamax your Pokémon, they’ll get new versions of their moves called Max Moves. While, if you Gigantamax your Pokémon, they’ll get better and stronger moves called G-Max Moves. These are very powerful moves that are exclusive to specific species of Gigantamax Pokémon. Another key difference is that not all Pokémon can Gigantamax. 

Which Pokémon Can Gigantamax?

Gigantamax is a very special ability. Only certain Pokémon who possess the Gigantamax Factor can Gigantamax. Sometimes in Max Raids, you’ll encounter wild Pokémon who already possess the ability to Gigantamax. You’ll see a symbol next to their name on the summary screen that will tell you if a Pokémon can Gigantamax.

Here is the complete list of every Pokémon that has a Gigantamax form:

  • Charizard
  • Pikachu
  • Eevee
  • Butterfree
  • Meowth
  • Corviknight
  • Alcremie
  • Drednaw
  • Gengar
  • Sandaconda
  • Centiskorch
  • Machamp
  • Coalossal
  • Grimmsnarl
  • Duraludon
  • Hatterene
  • Copperajah
  • Appletun
  • Flapple
  • Orbeetle
  • Kingler
  • Lapras
  • Garbodor

Any other Pokémon not mentioned in this list, can only Dynamax and has no capability to Gigantamax. So let’s say you’ve acquired a Pokémon who can Gigantamax, can you just activate it in battle like Dynamaxing? Well, yes but it’s a little more complicated than that. If your Pokémon can Gigantamax but doesn’t have the Gigantamax Factor yet, you need to feed them a special item called Max Soup.

How Do You Get Max Soup?

Getting Max Soup is pretty simple. Much like how Mario increases in size by eating mushrooms, you’ll also need a special shroom that only grows in certain areas in the Isle of Armor to make your Max Soup. These are called Max Mushrooms. They can be commonly found in the Courageous Cavern, Brawlers’ Cave, Forest of Focus, and the Warm-up Tunnel. Keep in mind, Max Mushrooms only spawn in these areas after you’ve completed three Max Raid Battles. 

To make Max Soup, you’ll need to gather three Max Mushrooms. Once you have the required materials, speak to the Dojo Member located in the kitchen area of the Master Dojo. He’ll make as much Max Soup you need as long as you have the ingredients.

Once you have your Max Soup, just give it to your Pokémon with the potential to Gigantamax and you’re done. You can now Gigantamax your Pokémon in your battles.

Fun Facts

  1. If you give a Pokémon with the Gigantamax Factor some Max Soup, they’ll regress into having a Dynamax form instead. So, be careful! Don’t worry though, you can still give them Max Soup so that their Gigantamax Factor will be restored.
  2. Pikachu, Meowth, and Eevee with the Gigantamax Factor cannot evolve. 
  3. While a bred Pokémon can inherit moves from its parents, it won’t inherit the Gigantamax Factor. You need to go the usual route and feed it Max Soup once it reaches its evolution that can Gigantamax.

So there you have it! Everything you need to know about how to Gigantamax your Pokémon. Be sure to check with us again for the latest guides and tips on your favorite video games. Have fun!