Gigantamax Pokemon : Pokemon Sword and Shield Wiki Guide

Blastoise is a commonly beloved Pokemon, thanks to its status as one of the original three Kanto Starter Pokemon. Blastoise was the face of Pokemon Blue Version, and it has held a place on many Pokemon teams thanks to its strong defensive capabilities. In Pokemon X and Y, Blastoise even received a Mega Evolution. Now, in Pokemon Sword and Shield, Blastoise is one of a small handful of Pokemon capable of carrying the Gigantamax Factor.

Gigantamax Blastoise

What's a Gigantamax Blastoise?

The Gigantamax Factor is an ability some Pokemon can have, which allows them to take on huge forms with different moves than regular Dynamax Pokemon. Gigantamax Pokemon also take on a special appearance that’s different from other Pokemon of that species. In Pokemon Sword and Shield, the only Kanto starter capable of carrying the Gigantamax Factor was originally Charizard; however, it’s now possible to get Gigantamax Blastoise in the Isle of Armor DLC. 

Gigantamax Blastoise takes on the appearance of a massive fortress, with large turrets all over its shell, and special markings on its limbs. Gigantamax Blastoise can also use the unique move G-Max Cannonade.

What's a Gigantamax Blastoise

How to get Gigantamax Blastoise?

To get Gigantamax Blastoise, players must purchase the Isle of Armor DLC for Pokemon Sword and Shield. After their purchase, players will receive the Armor Pass in their game, which will allow them to travel to the Isle of Armor.

After a brief story sequence, the player will have to chase down and defeat three wild Slowpoke. After the player finishes battling the Slowpoke, they may return to the dojo, where Honey will give players the option to take either Squirtle or Bulbasaur with them on their journey. Both gift Pokemon will have the Gigantamax Factor; however, players may only choose either Squirtle or Bulbasaur.

How to get Gigantamax Blastoise

Gigantamax Blastoise - Abilities

Blastoise can possess one of two different abilities:

  1. Torrent: When HP is below 1/3rd its maximum, power of Water-type moves is increased by 50%.

  1. (Hidden Ability) Rain Dish: If Heavy Rain weather is in effect, recovers 1/16th max Hit Points at the end of the turn.

Gigantamax Blastoise - Abilities

Gigantamax Blastoise - Weaknesses & Resistances

Blastoise’s Water typing gives it good defense against Fire, Water, Ice, and Steel type moves. However, Blastoise is weak to Electric and Grass type attacks.

Gigantamax Blastoise - Weaknesses & Resistances

Gigantamax Blastoise - Evolution Line

Blastoise has two pre-evolutions: 

  1. Squirtle evolves into Wartortle at level 16.

  1. Wartortle evolves into Blastoise at level 36.

Gigantamax Blastoise - Evolution Line

Blastoise - Base Stats

Blastoise’s stats make it a durable defender, with high Defense and Special Defense stats.

HPAttackDefenseSp. AttackSp. DefenseSpeedTotal

Gigantamax Blastoise - Moves

LevelMove NameTypeCategoryPowerAcc.PPEffect %
0Flash CannonSteelSpecial801001010
The user gathers all its light energy and releases it all at once. This may also lower the target's Sp. Def stat.

A physical attack in which the user charges and slams into the target with its whole body.

0Tail WhipNormalStatus--10030--
The user wags its tail cutely, making opposing Pokémon less wary and lowering their Defense stats.

0Water GunWaterSpecial4010025--
The target is blasted with a forceful shot of water.

The user withdraws its body into its hard shell, raising its Defense stat.

9Rapid SpinNormalStatus5010040100
A spin attack that can also eliminate such moves as Bind, Wrap, and Leech Seed. This also raises the user's Speed stat.

A wondrous wall of light is put up to reduce damage from special attacks for five turns.The target is bitten with viciously sharp fangs. This may also make the target flinch.

15Water PulseWaterSpecial601002020
The user attacks the target with a pulsing blast of water. This may also confuse the target.

This move enables the user to protect itself from all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.

25Rain DanceWaterStatus--1015--
The user damages opposing Pokémon by emitting a powerful flash.The user summons a heavy rain that falls for five turns, powering up Water-type moves. It lowers the power of Fire-type moves.

30Aqua TailWaterPhysical909010--
The user attacks by swinging its tail as if it were a vicious wave in a raging storm.

35Shell SmashNormalStatus--10115--
The user breaks its shell, which lowers Defense and Sp. Def stats but sharply raises its Attack, Sp. Atk, and Speed stats.

42Iron DefenseSteelStatus--10115--
The user hardens its body's surface like iron, sharply raising its Defense stat.

49Hydro PumpWaterSpecial110805--
The target is blasted by a huge volume of water launched under great pressure.

56Skull BashNormalPhysical13010010100
The user tucks in its head to raise its Defense stat on the first turn, then rams the target on the next turn.

Gigantamax Blastoise - Special G-Max Move

LevelMove NameTypeCategoryPowerAcc.PPEffect %
AnyG-Max CannonadeWaterPhysical/Special130(Phy)/150(Spe)10110--
A Water-type attack that Gigantamax Blastoise use. This move continues to deal damage to opponents for four turns.


What type is Gigantamax blastoise?

  1. Blastoise retains its Water typing when it transforms into Gigantamax Blastoise

Can you get both Gigantamax Squirtle and Bulbasaur?

  1. During the Isle of Armor story sequence, players get the opportunity to choose either Gigantamax Squirtle or Gigantamax Bulbasaur. The only way to get both in one game is to trade.

Final Words

Blastoise has been a fan favorite of the Pokemon series for decades. We’re glad that it appears once again in Pokemon Sword and Shield, this time with its own Gigantamax Form. Add Gigantamax Blastoise to your party today!

Let’s Go Blastoise!

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