Can You Breed Gigantamax Pokémon in Sword & Shield?

Dejan Cvetnarevic
Dejan Cvetnarevic

Updated · Mar 27, 2023


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If questions such as  “Can you breed Gigantamax Pokémon?” and “What are G-Max moves” are on your mind after getting Pokémon Sword and/or Shield, we got the answers.

Unfortunately, Gigantamax breeding is impossible, and you can only capture these wild and rare Pokémon in five-star Max Raid Battles in the Wild Area.

Find out which Pokémon have the Gigantamax Factor below!

What Is Pokémon Sword & Shield?

Pokémon Sword & Shield is the shared name of two separate role-playing games: Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, which started the eighth generation of Pokémon video game titles when they were released for the Nintendo Switch in 2019.

By June 2022, Nintendo sold almost 25 million copies of the games, making them the second-most-successful entry in the series and huge contributors to the highest-grossing media franchise in history ($118.5 billion as of November 2022).

However, in reality, both games are two variants of the same title since they are identical in everything except the exclusive Pokémon monsters they come with.

Since there’s no reason to purchase both, get the one with the exclusives you like and trade for the other rare monsters with players that get the other version.

Ultimately, both versions come with co-op raids and Gigantamaxing—some of the most popular features implemented in the series in recent years. But, best of all, you may even be able to play the games on your phone with an emulator if you don’t have a Switch. 

pokemon sword and shield artwork cover


What Are Gigantamax Pokémon in Sword and Shield?

Gigantamax Pokémon are the bigger and stronger transformations of normal Pokémon, and they come with a different appearance and an exclusive G-Max Move.

However, before Gigantamaxing, you must be able to Dynamax your Pokémon (with a Dynamax Band) in certain Power Spots—a stage before Gigantamax that sees your Pokémon grow in size (up to 15 times) and get a 50% health boost.

On top of that, your Pokémon can transform only if it has the Gigantamax Factor and belongs to one of 32 species with their own Gigantamax forms. So, while every Pokémon can Dynamax, only very special and rare monsters can go that one step further.

Pokémon that successfully Gigantamax look drastically different from their normal form and their Dynamax one as well, as seen in the image below.

Charizard in its normal and Dynamax form and Gigantamax form

source:—Charizard in its normal and Dynamax form (left) and Gigantamax form (right)

Can You Breed Gigantamax Pokémon?

Eager to have a powerful Pokémon army, many players were wondering whether or not breeding Gigantamax Pokémon is even possible via the series’ breeding mechanics.

However, while you can leave such Pokémon in the nursery for eggs to be hatched, their Gigantamax gene will not be passed down to the offspring since all Gigantamax Pokémon are found in the Galar wilds (the Sword & Shield world).

However, the Galar Pokédex includes about 400 Pokémon (including all Gen VII Pokémon)—less than half the full number of over 900 different catchable monsters.

Where to Catch Gigantamax Pokémon

Even if you cannot raise your own Gigantamax monsters, you may still be able to catch and befriend some once you find them in their respective dens and via other events:

  • Max Raid Battles—the main approach to catching these wild Pokémon is to find one in the Wild Area dens, come out victorious, and catch it with an extra large Poké Ball; however, the encounter and catch rates are very slim;
  • Online Events—connecting to the internet (via Nintendo Switch Online) will help you find a Gigantamax faster since Nintendo organizes regular online events during which the chances to encounter a specific monster are bumped up to 50%.
  • Promotional Gifts—some specific Pokémon that can Gigantamax were/are given out as gifts; for instance, Pikachu and Eevee can be claimed from the Wild Area Station as long as you have the save data from Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu!

If you are on the hunt for a specific Gigantamax Pokémon but its den is inactive, you can reactive it with a Wishing Piece and initiate a Max Raid Battle there.

Another method to get your hands on a Gigantamax is to have your Pokémon drink Max Soup, which gives them the transformation factor as long as they have such a form.

Gigantamax Pokémon Locations & Their G-Max Moves

Including the Gigantamax Pokémon introduced in the first Sword & Shield expansion (The Isle of Armor), trainers may find a rare Gigantamax monster among 32 species:

Pokémon Species & Type Den Locations G-Max Move & Type Move Description
Alcremie (fairy) Bridge Field Finale (fairy) Restores health
Appletun (grass, dragon) Dappled Grove Sweetness (grass) Heals status conditions
Blastoise (water) Gift in The Isle of Armor Cannonade (water) Inflicts initial damage and applies a DoT effect to non-water-type foes
Butterfree (bug, flying) Rolling Fields Befuddle (bug) Poisons, paralyzes, or puts to sleep an enemy
Centiskorch (fire, bug) Stony Wilderness Centiferno (fire) Damages an enemy for up to 5 turns
Charizard (fire, flying) Lake of Outrage Wildfire (fire) Damages non-fire-type enemies for 4 turns
Cinderace (fire) With Max Soup Fireball (fire) Inflicts damage and ignores the enemy’s ability
Coalossal (rock, fire) Giant’s Seat Volcalith (rock) Damages non-rock-type foes for 4 turns
Copperajah (steel) Stony Wilderness Steelsurge (steel) Releases rocks that damage enemy Pokémon
Corviknight (flying, steel) Giant’s Cap Wind Rage (flying) Nullifies certain spells
Drednaw (water, rock) Giant’s Cap Stonesurge (water) Releases rocks that damage enemy Pokémon
Duraludon (steel, dragon) Giant’s Seat Depletion (dragon) Reduces the Power Point of enemy moves by 2s
Eevee (normal) Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee! Save Data Cuddle (normal) Makes enemies fail 50% of the time
Flapple (grass, dragon) Dappled Grove Tartness (grass) Decreases a foe’s evasiveness
Garbodor (poison) East Lake Axewell Malodor (poison) Poisons enemies
Gengar (ghost, poison) Stony Wilderness Terror (ghost) Stops opponents from switching out
Grimmsnarl (dark, fairy) Dusty Bowl Snooze (dark) Puts an enemy to sleep by the end of the next turn
Hatterene (psychic, fairy) Bridge Field Smite (fairy) Confuses opponents
Inteleon (water) With Max Soup Hydrosnipe (water) Inflicts damage and ignores the enemy’s ability
Kingler (water) West Lake Axewell, South Lake Miloch Foam Burst (water) Decreases a foe's speed
Lapras (water, ice) Giant's Seat Resonance (ice) Reduces the enemy's damage from physical and special moves
Machamp (fighting) Stony Wilderness Chi Strike (fighting)  Increases the cirital hit effectiveness of an ally
Melmetal (steel) Transfer a Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Pokémon Home Meltdown (steel) Inflicts damage and prevents the usage of the same move twice and a row
Meowth (normal) Through a Mystery Gift Gold Rush (normal) Confuses enemies and increases the battle payout
Orbeetle (bug, psychic) Bridge Field, Dappled Grove Gravitas (psychic) Intensifies gravity and eliminates flying moves for five turns
Pikachu (electric) Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! Save Data Volt Crash (electric) Paralyzes enemies
Rillaboom (grass) With Max Soup Drum Solo (grass) Inflicts damage and ignores the enemy’s ability
Sandaconda (ground) Dusty Bowl Sandblast (ground) Damages foes at the end of 4 or 5 turns and stops them from fleeing
Snorlax (normal) In any Wild Area den Replenish (normal) Restores consumed berries
Toxtricity (electric, poison) In any Wild Area den Shock (electric) Inflicts damages and potentially poisons or paralyzes foes
Urshifu (fighting, dark, water) With Max Soup with Max Honey One Blow (dark) & Rapid Flow (water) Attacks the target even if it is protected in any way
Venusaur (grass, poison) Gift in The Isle of Armor Vine Lash (grass) Damages non-grass-type foes for 4 turns

Note that while there are 32 different Gigantamax forms, Urshifu has two separate transformations, whereas Flappe and Appletun share one form. Also, some Gigantamax are game-specific, such as Gengar, which can be found only by Pokémon Shield owners.

As for the G-Max moves, most of them inflict damage in addition to their special effects, but they all come with a unique look and can only be used by Gigantamaxed monsters.

Bottom Line

So, can you breed Gigantamax Pokémon? Sadly, Gigantamax breeding in Pokémon Sword & Shield is not possible since it would give players an unfair advantage and greatly reduce the value of these rare and powerful monsters. 

In any case, you can always look up a specific Pokémon Gigantamax location in the list above and try to capture one the old-fashioned way.


Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.

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