A popular Pok\u00e9mon trainers may seek out to bolster their roster in\u00a0Pok\u00e9mon Sword\u00a0and\u00a0Shield\u00a0is Toxtricity, an Electric and Poison-type that comes with a hefty special attack stat. \n\n\n\nThe powerhouse Pok\u00e9mon has a new Gigantamax form releasing on Feb. 6 and is available until March 6. \n\n\n\nHow to acquire Toxtricity\n\n\n\nTo acquire this Pok\u00e9mon, you need to ensure you have an internet connection on your Nintendo Switch, and you have access to\u00a0Pok\u00e9mon Sword and Shield's online service. If you don't have access to an internet connection, you won't be able to acquire Toxtricity because you need the Wild Area den spawns to refresh, making the new Pok\u00e9mon available. Following the brief update, visit Pok\u00e9mon dens found throughout the Wild Area and start hunting for this Pok\u00e9mon. \n\n\n\nFor those having trouble locating a Gigantamax Toxtricity, you can increase your chances of encountering one by clearing out all of the Pok\u00e9mon Dens in the Wild Area or by using a Wishing Piece on any of the empty dens. You can receive a Wishing Piece by speaking to any of the Watt Vendors. You need to make sure you have 3,000 Watts available to purchase them.\n\n\n\nIs the Gigantamax form worth using?\n\n\n\nLet\u2019s set aside for a moment that depending on your event, it will likely be banned. Dynamax, in general, is somewhat controversial and was banned from SMogon\u2019s actual tournaments pretty early on.\n\n\n\nToxtricity's powerful Punk Rock ability makes it worth asking about having it turn into its Gigantaxmax form. The Punk Rock ability boosts the power the Pok\u00e9mon's sound-based attacks by 30 percent, and it takes half damage from any sound-based move. While in the Gigantaxmax form, it should still take less damage from anything sound-based, but it loses the damaging ability. However, it does gain the G-Max Stun Shock, which has the chance to stun and poison any target hit by its attack. \n\n\n\nBoomburst is already a downgrade when Dynamaxing; the move\u2019s base power is 140 (boosted to 182 with Punk Rock), Max Strike caps out at 140 and lowers the opposing Pok\u00e9mons\u2019 speed stage by 1, which isn\u2019t a great trade.\n\n\n\nIn short, while Gigantamaxing Toxtricity is unlikely to result in a significant damage increase, the addition of status effects and the added bulk in fights (especially in double battles) might be worth it. Regardless, those on the lookout to acquire a Gigantamax-capable Toxtricity can certainly start hunting for this Pok\u00e9mon to add to their collection. \n\n\n\nThe Gigantamax Toxtricity becomes available on Feb. 8 until March 6.