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The Dynamax phenomenon is one of the reasons why major battles and raids in Pokémon Sword and Shield get an extra feeling of epic. By synching with a trainer’s Dynamax Band, any Pokémon can become gigantic and even more powerful for three turns of a battle. However, during this transformation, certain species of Pokémon can undergo what is known as a Gigantamax transformation, which also changes their appearance.
Many Pokémon species already have the ability to Gigantamax in the game, and on 4 December 2019, Snorlax will join them in its new, even lazier form.
Gigantamax Snorlax coming to Sword and Shield
The video below shows Pokémon’s announcement of the Gigantamax Snorlax, but if you’re still quite early in the game, don’t watch beyond the 43-second mark as it does contain spoilers.
It’s hard to believe that the sleep-loving Snorlax would be able to summon the energy to undergo such an epic transformation, but Snorlax will be joining the list of Gigantamaxing species in Pokémon Sword and Shield.
The Gigantamax form of Snorlax features a large amount of grass on its belly, with a big berry tree sitting in the middle. This is said to be the result of rocks and berry seeds having been embedded in its fur and then undergoing the same explosive growth as Snorlax during the Gigantamaxing phenomenon.
All Gigantamaxed Pokémon receive specialised and powerful Gigantamax moves, with Snorlax’s being G-Max Replenish. The move deals damage to your opponent and it also restores any berries that your other Pokémon have eaten over the course of the battle. Snorlax then eats berries.
So, give each of your team members healing berries, such as the Oran Berry, Sitrus Berry, Figy Berry, Wiki Berry, Mago Berry, or Iapapa Berry. If the berries are consumed before Snorlax arrives and Gigantamaxes, the massive normal-type Pokémon will be able to restore some health by using G-Max Replenish and without wasting one of its three moves.
How to find and catch Gigantamax Snorlax
The ability to Gigantamax isn’t shared by every individual Pokémon of a species, with only Gigantamax-enabled Pokémon being able to undergo the transformation. Snorlax will be one such Pokémon from 4 December 2019.
The individual Pokémon that can undergo a Gigantamax transformation can be found in Max Raid Battles, but they have proven to be rare. To increase the chances of trainers meeting a Gigantamax Pokémon, the developers have announced events during which specific Pokémon are more likely to be encountered in their Gigantamax forms in Max Raid Battles.
As shown on the Sword and Shield website, Gigantamax Butterfree is more prevalent in Max Raid Battles from launch to January 2020. Over this same spell, Pokémon Shield players are increasingly likely to find a Gigantimax Corviknight, while Pokémon Sword players may find themselves a Gigantimax Drednaw.
When Gigantamax Snorlax is released upon the Galar region in Pokémon Sword and Shield on 4 December, it too will appear in Max Raid Battles. The Gigantamax Snorlax event is said to only run until early January.
In preparation, train your star fighting-type Pokémon as fighting-type moves are super effective against normal-type Pokémon. Also, you may want to consider stacking up your Heavy Ball collection, what with you only having one shot at catching a Gigantamax Snorlax and it being an absurdly weighty Pokémon.
How to get more Heavy Balls in Pokémon Sword and Shield
In Pokémon Sword and Shield, you only get given one Heavy Ball as the story unfolds, being given it by the Ball Guy mascot at Stow-on-Side Stadium. If you defeat the game’s equivalent of the Pokémon League and Elite Four, the Champion Cup, for a second time, you can return to the Ball Guy mascot to get a random Poké Ball.
The Poké Ball that you receive from the Ball Guy is random every time. So, you can pull off the old trick of saving the game just before you enter the room to get repeat chances at landing a Heavy Ball.
To do this, you’ll need to turn off auto-save in the settings menu and switch to manual save. Then, when you know where the Ball Guy is, go into the next room, save the game, re-enter the room and speak to the Ball Guy.
If they don’t give you a Heavy Ball, come out to the Nintendo Switch home screen, close the game, and go back in to try again. It’s a lengthy process, especially if you want more than one as you’ll need to win the Champion Cup again, but the Heavy Ball is the smart play if you want to catch a Gigantamax Snorlax.
Gigantamax Snorlax will become more prevalent in Max Raid Battles from 4 December, so make sure that you’re ready to catch the classic Pokémon in its new form.
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