A Dynamax Raichu.

Dynamax (ダイマックス Daimax) is a new game mechanic in Pokémon Sword and Shield. It can be used with the Dynamax Band item, and allows a Pokémon to grow in size. It lasts for 3 turns after going away and can only be used once per battle, similarly to Z-Moves. There also a different variant of Dynamax called Gigantamax and the exclusive Eternamax, which not only increases their size but their appearance as well, thus making both Gigantamax and Eternamax work in a manner similar to Mega Evolution.

A Dynamax Band.

Upon being Dynamaxed, their attacks are Dynamaxed as well, which is known as Max Moves, becoming different and more powerful. They change depending on their type and what they do.

Dynamaxed Pokémon can also appear through Max Raid Battles. These Pokémon appear at Pokémon Dens and the player can battle them alongside three other Trainers.


Goh's Dynamax Raboot

Dynamax was first seen in "Mind-Boggling Dynamax!," where Ash and Goh witnessed a Snorlax Gigantamaxing in the Wild Area and had to figure out a way to stop an incoming train from colliding with it.

In "Flash of the Titans", Lance Dynamax his Gyarados during the finals of the World Coronation Series, when he went up against Leon and his Gigantamax Charizard.

In PJ040, Goh Dynamax his Raboot when he went up against a Gigantamax Garbordor at Stow-on-Side.


  • Dynamax Battles were inspired by The Giant's Causeway.
  • Zacian, Zamazenta, and Eternatus are the only Pokémon to be unable to Dynamax.
  • Unlike other Pokémon, when Calyrex Dynamaxes, instead of the usual purple aura that would surround a Dynamaxed or Gigantamaxed Pokémon, it yields off a blue aura. Calyrex is the only Pokémon to do this.




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