What is Dynamax?
Dynamax is a new gameplay mechanic introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield. This mechanic allows a Pokemon to swiftly grow to humongous proportions during a battle.
Once you Dynamax a Pokemon, not only will it turn gigantic, but is will also have a pinkish glow around its body. All their normal moves will be inaccessible and will be replaced with special Max Moves once they are in the Dynamax state. However, the Pokemon will go back to its normal states after three turns.
Max Moves are powerful attacks or buffs exclusive to Dynamaxed Pokemon. The moves given are determined by what kind of moves your Pokemon has in its arsenal. For example, if your Pokemon has a type-specific move like Razor Leaf, it will be replaced with a Grass-type Max Move (Max Overgrowth). Max Guard replaces buff/debuff moves like Growl or Taunt, and normal moves like Scratch is switched with Max Strike.
Max Strike has a special ability of decreasing the Speed stats of the target enemy Pokemon.
The player can only access the phenomenon if he or she has the Dynamax Band.
It is currently unknown who gives the player the Dynamax Band, but speculations indicate that it might be Professor Magnolia.
It is also interesting to note that it can produce a giant Pokeball to capture wild Dynamax Pokemon. Not much is known about the capture mechanic of the band, but expect more info to be revealed before the game’s release.
Max Raid Battles
Speaking of wild Dynamax Pokemon, you can battle them in specific areas in the map which are indicated by their pinkish glow. These giant Pokemon will retain their giant state for the entire battle, making it a troublesome fight if you are alone.
Luckily, you can invite up to three friends to join you in defeating the wild Pokemon. You can also Dynamax a Pokemon in this battle, but only one trainer can access it.
The wild giant Pokemon you and your friends will face depends on the area’s terrain as well as its weather. Some Pokemon will only appear when it’s sunny, and a few when it’s rainy.
Pokemon Sword and Shield releases on November 15, 2019 exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
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