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Top 5 Pokemon to Gigantamax in Sword and Shield

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Gigantamaxing is a unique ability available only to selected species Pokemon.

Although the only changes that usually occur when Dynamaxing is an increased HP status and a change of strong moves for each type, Gigantimaxing goes a step further by having a unique and even stronger move for each type Pokemon. So when evaluating Gigantimaxed Pokemon, the effects and strength of their moves are essential.

Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the writer.


What are the best Pokemon for Gigantamax in Pokemon Sword and Shield?

# 5 – Meowth

Gigantamax Meowth (picture via The Pokemon Company)
Gigantamax Meowth (picture via The Pokemon Company)

This is a weird but incredibly useful choice for Gigantamax Pokemon. Meowth that Gigantamax can sacrifice his ability to evolve into a much more capable of fighting Persians, but gets an incredible boon in the form of the G-Max Gold Rush.

This move replaces all normal Meowth moves. Whether it is special or physical, it changes in motion. G-Max Gold Rush is used in combat to damage and confuse the opponent, which is already a good effect.

However, the true potential of this move exclusive to Gigantamax is revealed after the battle is over. Because the amount earned depended on a variety of factors, G-Max Gold Rush provides the player with a small fortune of Poke after the battle (maximum 99,999 for each battle). This also applies to amulet coins and other similar effects, resulting in the player receiving inappropriate amounts of cash.


# 4 – Hatterene

Gigantamax Hatterene (Picture via Pinterest)
Gigantamax Hatterene (Picture via Pinterest)

Hatterene is both a popular and decently capable Pokemon, making its Gigantamax the main candidate. His signature, however, is what puts him ahead of other Pokemon in this place.

The G-Max Smite is already defeating, hitting for great damage based on Hatterene’s already terrifying moves and crippling a special attack (usually). However, if the opposing Pokemon manages to survive Hatterene’s attack, then he will find himself confused.

The confusion isn’t that good in Generation VII onwards because the chance of the Pokemon hitting itself is reduced. However, it is still an exhausting effect that can be matched with other status effects and change the tide of battle in favor of the player.


# 3 – Drednaw

Gigantamax Drednaw (Picture via Pokemon.com)
Gigantamax Drednaw (Picture via Pokemon.com)

Drednaw is unexpectedly high on this list due to G-Max’s moves, the G-Max Stonesurge. Despite its name, this move replaces all of Drednaw’s water-type moves, not Rock-type moves.

While it will inflict significant damage on an opponent’s Pokemon as a move by G-max, the true goal of using G-Max Stonsurge is to inflict damage while setting up free Stealth Rock. If Drednaw manages to call an opponent with this move, it means that the opponent will immediately switch to the Stealth Rock laden field with no chance to remove it.

Under the right circumstances (and hopefully the lack of opposing Grass-type Pokemon), the Gigantamax Drednaw can be a surprisingly devastating threat.


# 2 – Gengar

Gigantamax Gengar (Image via NintendoSoup)
Gigantamax Gengar (Image via NintendoSoup)

Gengar is the only Pokemon on this list who was chosen solely for his merits, not for his G-max move.

Gengar is a phenomenal Pokemon that has been consistently good in all eight generations. He was among the first to receive the Mega-Evolution before receiving the Gigantamax form just as the Mega-Evolutions were inserted.

Although Gigantamax Gengar does not present the same absurd statistics as Mega-Gengar, it is still a threat to beware of.


# 1 – Cinderace

Gigantamax Cinderace (Picture via hakuginnosor on Danboor)
Gigantamax Cinderace (Picture via hakuginnosor on Danboor)

All three starters from the Galar region acquired excellent Gigantamax forms when the DLC Isle of Armor was released. Each of their G-Max moves shares the same effect, but from three starters, Cinderace is the one who emerged as the strongest.

Cinderace is already a terrifying Pokemon, it has speed and attack that can amaze even the best opponents. However, his G-Max move, the G-Max Fireball, puts him at the top in strength.

For starters, no matter which move you use as a base, the G-Max Fireball will always have 160 power. On top of that, the G-Max Fireball ignores abilities that could normally affect its damage, such as thick grease or Flash Fire.

Posted March 19, 2021, 5:35 AM IST


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