Pokémon expansion pass brings Gigantimax forms for starters

They can be unlock on the Isle of Armor in the game’s first expansion.

Pokémon Sword and Shield Gigantimax inteleon

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The upcoming Expansion Pass for Pokémon Sword and Shield will present a number of new features and introduce Pokémon from games of old, but there’s also going to be a bunch of new Pokémon in form of new Gigantimax versions, and new ones for each of the three starter Pokémon have been revealed.

The new forms for Rillaboom, Inteleon, and Cinderace were revealed during Nintendo’s Direct Mini, which was broadcast earlier today. Their Gigantimax moves were also shown in the presentation.

Rillaboom’s Gigantimax ramps up his drum kit aesthetic, bringing the whole band out to play as his special move takes a drum solo to the next level.

Inteleon grows a huge serpent pillar, where is it is then able to angle down and snipe the opponent Pokémon from above.

Cinderace is a little simpler as he will stand on top of a giant fireball and attack by using this as his soccer ball to smash toward the enemy.

All attacks follow the rules of Gigantimax attacks, ignoring abilities and dealing more damage than Dynamax moves.

The new expansion pass is set to introduce two new islands for players to explore, with the Isle of Armor set to release in June and the Crown Tundra is set for the end of the year. The new forms for the three starter Pokémon can be utilized on these new islands after you unlock them on the Isle of Armor.