Pokemon Sword and Shield - Latest Pokemon Direct Reveals New Gigantamax Forms

Nintendo's latest Pokemon Direct event shows off new Gigantamax forms for Rillaboom, Cinderace, Inteleon, and first generation Pokemon to be added in Pokemon Sword and Shield's upcoming expansion.

Pokemon Sword and Shield - New Gigantamax Forms

New Gigantamax Forms

Pokemon Sword and Shield’s upcoming major expansion was announced in Nintendo’s latest Pokemon Direct event on January 9th. A myriad of new content will be added in the two-part DLC, including new characters, items, story events, and Pokemon. Also among the features to debut in the expansion are new Gigantamax forms of starter Pokemon, Venusaur, and Blastoise.

The first part of the DLC called The Isle of Armor is set for launch in June this year. The Crown Tundra expansion, meanwhile, will be released in Fall.

Gigantamax Rillaboom

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Gigantamax Rillaboom

When Gigantamaxed, Rillaboom gains a bigger set of drums that more closely resemble those seen in rock bands. The Pokemon also sprouts two pairs of grass-like “wings”, allowing it to hold more sticks and play more intensely.

The power of Gigantamax Rillaboom’s drumming is said to reach across oceans and to other regions beyond it. This causes those who hear it to dance uncontrollably to a rhythm that wells up inside them.

Gigantamax Cinderace

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Gigantamax Cinderace

Gigantamax Cinderace’s ball grows to a massive orb of flame that is even bigger than the Pokemon itself. Cinderace’s ears, meanwhile, extend to a greater length and its legs become even stronger to perform extremely powerful kicks.

Cinderance’s fighting spirit is transferred to the pyro ball when the Pokemon kicks it. The ball then relentlessly pursues it target as if it were alive.

Gigantamax Inteleon

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Gigantamax Intelleon

Upon Gigantamaxing, Inteleon’s tail becomes so long that it allows the Pokemon to be elevated high up in the air. When positioned in this vantage point, Inteleon will form in its fingertips what appears to be a sniper rifle. This strongly gives it the appearance of a secret agent poised to take out its target.

Along with the enhancements mentioned above, Inteleon’s already-sharp eyes become more sensitive to changes in temperature, air pressure, and humidity. The Pokemon becomes an even more incredible sharpshooter and can score hits over very long distances.

Gigantamax Venusaur and Blastoise

Images of what are likely the Gigantamax forms of Venusaur and Blastoise were also featured in the Pokemon Direct video. With Charizard having already assumed the form in the base game, all starter Pokemon from the first generation will effectively have Gigantamax versions in the upcoming expansion.

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Gigantamax Venusaur

The petals of the flower-like structure on Venusaur’s back grow significantly larger upon Gigantamaxing. Because of their size, Venusaur almost appears to have some sort of rafflesia-like canopy above its head. This feature is somewhat similar to that found in Vileplume.

Pokemon Sword and Shield - Gigantamax Venusaur

Gigantamax Blastoise, meanwhile, has noticeable changes on its back. While previously possessing only two hydro cannons in its regular form, Blastoise will gain multiple ones all around its shell. Its back vaguely resembles the deck of a battleship upon Gigantamaxing.

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