Giant Pokémon

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Not to be confused with gigantic Pokémon.
If you were looking for the temporary Pokémon tranformation state introduced in Generation VIII, see Dynamax.
If you were looking for the variation of Dynamax, see Gigantamax.

Giant Pokémon, while rarely playing a large part in terms of plot, are nonetheless a recurring theme in the Pokémon anime. There are several episodes that have a plot revolving around unusually large Pokémon, such to the point that it seems to be a rather common mutation for Pokémon to go through. All Totem Pokémon shown in the anime are giant Pokémon.

Pokémon at Pokémon Land in Island of the Giant Pokémon are not listed here, despite the episode name, because these were robots created for the amusement park and not organic in any biological way.

In the anime

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Known move(s)
098
Krabby
1'04" (0.4 m)
200px
Gary Oak's Krabby
Mystery at the Lighthouse None
149
Dragonite
7'03" (2.2 m)
200px
Wild Dragonite
Mystery at the Lighthouse None
073
Tentacruel
5'03" (1.6 m)
200px
Wild Tentacruel
Tentacool & Tentacruel None
115
Kangaskhan
7'03" (2.2 m)
200px
Wild Kangaskhan
The Kangaskhan Kid Dizzy Punch
095
Onix
28'10" (8.8 m)
200px
Bruno's Onix
To Master the Onixpected! Dig
Tackle
129
Magikarp
2'11" (0.9 m)
200px
Wild Magikarp
The Joy of Pokémon Tackle
001
Bulbasaur
2'04" (0.7 m)
200px
Nurse Joy's Bulbasaur
The Mystery Menace Vine Whip
018
Pidgeot
4'11" (1.5 m)
200px
Wild Pidgeot
Bound For Trouble None
112
Rhydon
6'03" (1.9 m)
200px
Wild Rhydon
Bound For Trouble None
006
Charizard
5'07" (1.7 m)
200px
Wild Charizard
Charizard's Burning Ambition Flamethrower
192
Sunflora
2'07" (0.8 m)
200px
Cyrus's Dorabelle
Grin to Win! None
219
Magcargo
2'07" (0.8 m)
200px
Egan's Magcargo
Some Like it Hot Flamethrower
Body Slam
Rock Slide
118
Goldeen
2′00″ (0.6 m)
200px
Wild Goldeen
Enlighten Up! None
316
Gulpin
1'04" (0.4 m)
200px
Professor Jacuzzi's Gulpin
Gulpin' it Down Sludge
Stockpile
Spit Up
340
Whiscash
2'11" (0.9 m)
200px
Wild Whiscash "Nero"
Whiscash and Ash Water Pulse
Earthquake
Water Gun
227
Skarmory
5'07" (1.7 m)
200px
Winona's Skarmory
Who's Flying Now? Steel Wing
Drill Peck
344
Claydol
4'11" (1.5 m)
200px
Wild Claydol
Claydol Big and Tall Hyper Beam
Ice Beam
Rapid Spin
Psychic
226
Mantine
6'11" (2.1 m)
200px
Old man's Mantine
Steamboat Willies! None
398
Staraptor
3'11" (1.2 m)
200px
Wild Staraptor
Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! Part 2 None
347
Anorith
2'04" (0.7 m)
200px
Byron's Claw Fossil
Ancient Family Matters! None
094
Gengar
4'11" (1.5 m)
200px
Acerola'a Greedy Rapooh
Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime? Shadow Ball
Shadow Punch
Thief
027A
Sandshrew
2'04" (0.7 m)
200px
Wild Alolan Sandshrew
Not Caving Under Pressure! Metal Claw
Rapid Spin
028A
Sandslash
3'11" (1.2 m)
200px
Wild Alolan Sandslash
Not Caving Under Pressure! Metal Claw
Rapid Spin
799
Guzzlord
18'01" (5.5 m)
200px
Wild Shiny Guzzlord
Z-Move Showdown! None
623
Golurk
9'02" (2.8 m)
200px
Goh's Golurk
Raid Battle in The Ruins! Hammer Arm
Flash Cannon
129
Magikarp
2'11" (0.9 m)
200px
Goh's Magikarp
A Little Rocket R & R! Splash
410
Shieldon
1'08" (0.5 m)
200px
Pewter Museum of Science's Shieldon
Restore and Renew! None
 

Totem Pokémon

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Known move(s)
735
Gumshoos
2'04" (0.7 m)
200px
Totem Gumshoos
To Top a Totem! Sand Attack
Frustration
020A
Raticate
2'04" (0.7 m)
200px
Totem Alolan Raticate
A Team-on-Team Tussle! Tail Whip
Hyper Fang
Hyper Beam
746Sc
Wishiwashi
26'11" (8.2 m)
200px
Totem Wishiwashi
Big Sky, Small Fry! None
754
Lurantis
2'11" (0.9 m)
200px
Totem Lurantis
Currying Favor and Flavor! Petal Blizzard
Solar Blade
Synthesis
784
Kommo-o
5'03" (1.6 m)
200px
Totem Kommo-o
Family Determination! Clanging Scales
709
Trevenant
4'11" (1.5 m)
200px
Totem Trevenant
A Timeless Encounter! None

Ancient giant Pokémon

Several ancient giant Pokémon appeared in the The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis. These Pokémon were all covered in tattoo-like marks. Gengar emerged from a black vajra-like artifact, Alakazam emerged from a spoon-like artifact, and Jigglypuff emerged from an ancient bell.

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance Known move(s)
094
Gengar
4'11" (1.5 m)
200px
Wild Gengar
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Night Shade
Lick
065
Alakazam
4'11" (1.5 m)
200px
Wild Alakazam
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Psybeam
Teleport
039
Jigglypuff
1'08" (0.5 m)
200px
Wild Jigglypuff
The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis Sing
 

Temporary giant Pokémon

Species Giant Pokémon First appearance
252
Treecko
1'08" (0.5 m)
200px
Ash's Treecko
Gulpin' it Down
010
Caterpie
1'00" (0.3 m)
200px
Zander's Caterpie
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
011
Metapod
2'04" (0.7 m)
200px
Zander's Metapod
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
012
Butterfree
3'07" (1.1 m)
200px
Zander's Buttefree
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
269
Dustox
3'11" (1.2 m)
200px
Jessie's Dustox
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
331
Cacnea
1'04" (0.4 m)
200px
James's Cacnea
Caterpie's Big Dilemma
025
Pikachu
1'04" (0.4 m)
200px
Ash's Pikachu, Dawn's Piplup, and Brock's Croagunk
Malice In Wonderland!
571
Zoroark
5'03" (1.6 m)
200px
Wild Zoroark (Illusion)
The Island of Illusions!
631
Heatmor
4'07" (1.4 m)
200px
Wild Heatmor (Zoroark's Illusion)
The Island of Illusions!
052
Meowth
1'04" (0.4 m)
200px
Wild Meowth (Zoroark's Illusion)
The Island of Illusions!
777
Togedemaru
1'00" (0.3 m)
200px
Sophocles's Togedemaru
Dummy, You Shrunk the Kids!
 

In the games

In the core series

In Gold, Silver, Crystal, HeartGold, and SoulSilver Versions, although no giant Pokémon make a direct appearance, a legend stated that a 100 foot tall Bellsprout formed the basis for the central pillar of Sprout Tower.

In Ruby, Sapphire, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, there are two men living in Sootopolis City who respectively want the player to bring them large specimens of Barboach and Shroomish. Likewise, in Pokémon Emerald, the same two men want the player to bring them large specimens of Lotad and Seedot.

In Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, Totem Pokémon are a type of Pokémon variant that appear at the end of Alola's island trials. Due to the influence of the energy emanated from Ultra Wormholes, these Pokémon appear larger and weigh approximately two to four times as much as other Pokémon of the same species. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon the player can obtain Pokémon the size of Totems by collecting Totem Stickers and presenting them to Samson Oak at Heahea Beach.

In Sword and Shield, a phenomenon known as Dynamax can make a Pokémon temporarily grow to giant size, upgrading its moves into Max Moves in the process.

In the side series

In Pokémon GO, Raid Bosses are giant Pokémon with stats that are higher than that of regular Pokémon. Once defeated, they will shrink down to normal size and can be captured.

In the spin-off games

In Hey You, Pikachu! one of the activities involves Pikachu fishing, and it is possible to fish Pokémon much larger than average. There is also an Oddish that, instead of evolving, grows larger when it is watered, until it is at least ten times Pikachu's size.

In Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs, Hocus attacks the player with a giant Crobat when he is faced in the Sky Fortress.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the player can be temporarily enlarged by eating the Super Mushroom. Jigglypuff's Final Smash, Puff Up can make Jigglypuff gigantic temporarily, plus knocking out any opponent near it.

In the manga

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The Black Fog, a giant Haunter in The Electric Tale of Pikachu

The Electric Tale of Pikachu

In Haunting My Dreams, Sabrina was attacked by a giant Haunter called the Black Fog. The Black Fog was an unusually large Haunter, which had lived in Lavender Town since ancient times, and had a Dream Eater attack powerful enough to suck out one's soul. Ancient people had treated it like a god, and due to this, it eventually chose to kill itself with Self-Destruct rather than be caught by Ash.

Ash caught a giant Slowpoke in Ash vs. Gary, but gave it to Gary soon after in exchange for a photo of his sister, May Oak. After being traded, it evolved into a Slowbro.

Pokémon Adventures

In Pokémon Adventures, Dragonite are generally shown larger than they usually are, as with some other Pokémon.

In Make Way for Magikarp, a giant wild Onix was used by Bruno as a battlefield in his battle against Bill and Lt. Surge on Cerise Island. This particular Onix is much longer than normal, allowing it to be used as a stone bridge.

Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys

In A Huge Mysterious Tree!!, Gold encountered a giant Sudowoodo blocking Route 36. However, it soon turned out that Sudowoodo only seemed giant due to the multiple layers of mud it had gathered on itself, and once those were removed, all that was left was a normal-sized Sudowoodo.

Other appearances

Detective Pikachu

In Detective Pikachu, Tim, Pikachu, and Lucy encounter several genetically modified Torterra that have grown to the size of small mountains.

See also