Pokémon Sword & Shield Gigantamax Variants Are Getting Weirder

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It’s official. Here are the Gigantamax versions of Pikachu, Eevee, Charizard, and Meowth. Gigantamaxing bumps up their battle stats, increases their size and changing their appearance, making them all strange, big, and glowy.

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That version of Meowth sure is something! It looks like a nod to the long-cat meme, but glowing and with yellow eyes. But wow, there’s also a chonky Pikachu that apparently has enough electricity to charge a power plant, a Charizard with magma hot wings that can’t be safe, and and giant Eevee with a cuddle attack that does not damage but causes pokémon of the other gender to become infatuated with it. That’s cute!

Previously, we saw the Gigantamax forms of Alcremie, Corviknight, and Drednaw. The long form of Meowth is a “early purchase” bonus for Sword and Shield that players can get by using the Get via Internet option in Mystery Gift from November 15 to January 15. So technically it’s limited time only. Get in on the meme or regret it for the rest of your life, I guess.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

I can’t get excited about Gigantamax because, like Mega Evolution, it’s likely to get left behind once this generation has gone.

Meanwhile, we don’t really know all that much about the new starters. I know some things are better left for discovery, but when most people keep the starter in their team through most of the single-player game...it’d be nice to know what their final type is so I can plan accordingly.