Nintendo’s latest Pokemon Direct on June 5 revealed a bunch of new details for the upcoming Pokemon Sword and Shield games. Among the titles’ new features, one of the notable additions are Dynamax transformations, which increases the physical scale of Pokemon battles to gigantic sizes.
Similarly to Mega Evolutions and Z-Moves, Dynamax transformations are temporary moves you can activate in battle. Doing so grows your Pokemon to giant sizes and boosts their overall power, transforming all their moves into Max Moves. “Max Moves are powerful, and some can even trigger additional effects,” Nintendo wrote in a press release. “For example, the Normal-type Max Move, Max Strike, has the additional effect of lowering the Speed stat of an opponent it hits. The Max Moves the player’s Pokemon can use are determined by the kind and types of moves they knew before Dynamaxing.”
Much like Mega Evolutions, Dynamax transformations can only be activated once per battle. The transformation only lasts for three turns as well, so you’ll need to be strategic in deciding when to activate it. You’re not the only one who can tap into Dynamax’s power either. Gym Leaders will use the transformation on their strongest Pokemon, adding a challenging new hurdle to defeating them in battle. You can also encounter Dynamax Pokemon in Sword / Shield’s new Wild Area–a location where you encounter wild Pokemon in the open world, much like in Pokemon: Let’s Go Pikachu / Eevee.
To battle against these giant wild Pokemon, you and up to three other players (or NPC-controlled trainers) join forces. These new types of battles are called Max Raid Battles, and they’ll see your team of trainers take on a Dynamax Pokemon in a challenging fight that will require coordination. Only one of the trainers in your group will be able to Dynamax their Pokemon to match the wild giant Pokemon, so you’ll have to choose wisely. These wild Dynamax Pokemon vary by area and weather, so you’ll have to explore the entire region to beat and catch ’em all.
In case you missed the Nintendo Pokemon Direct, we’ve compiled all the information in a series of articles, which you can find listed below. Pokemon Sword / Shield is scheduled to release for Nintendo Switch on November 15.