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New Gigantamax Pokémon, Toxtricity, coming to Sword and Shield

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Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Ahead of the Pokémon Day 2020 celebration, The Pokémon Company announced a Gigantamax form for Pokémon Sword and Shield’s punk rock lizard, Toxtricity. The electric- and poison-type Pokémon is the next in line to get a Gigantamax form; it’ll be available to find in Max Raid Battles beginning Feb. 6. The Max Raid Battle event will end March 8.

Gigantamax Toxtricity stands a whopping 78 feet tall and uses G-Max Stun Shock in place of its electric moves. The move will deal damage and poison or paralyze its opponents.

Dynamax and Gigantamax forms are new to Sword and Shield. All Pokémon have Dynamax forms, which just make Pokémon very big while powering the up for three turns. Gigantamax does the same thing, but these Pokémon have distinct visual changes, too. Pokémon caught in the wild can’t Gigantamax — they must be caught in Max Raid Battles or received in other ways, like through a gift or event.

Pokémon Day 2020 is coming on Feb. 27. The Pokémon Company has a whole slew of events planned, including the announcement of a new Mythical Pokémon. The new Mythical Pokémon will eventually be added to Sword and Shield, as well as star in an upcoming Pokémon animated film.

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