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Pokemon Sword and Shield: How to Get Gigantamax Toxtricity

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Gigantamax Toxtricity is the latest addition to the endgame raiding rotation of Pokémon Sword and Shield. This massive electric-type beast is a rather interesting, and somewhat strange-looking, addition to the roster. With Electric and Poison-type attacks, you’re going to want to be prepared to take these on and tank through the damage if you want to beat the Raid.

How to get Gigantamax Toxtricity

Gigantamax Toxtricity is found just like any other Gigantamax Pokemon. Go through the Wild Areas,  and look for the Raid Den light pillars. You need to be online and have an active Nintendo Switch Online account to take part in raids though. Jus visit Pokémon dens found throughout the Wild Area and join Raids once you find one that has the Pokemon you want in it.

The new form of the Pokemon launched February 6 and is available until March 6.

Should I use Gigantamax Toxtricity?

In its Gigantamax form, any Electric type moves that Toxtricity uses will turn into G-Max Stun Shock. This ultra-powerful move can stun an entire enemy team with paralysis or chip away at them with poison depending on which status procs. And that’s not all either. Toxtricity has two different forms, – Amped Form and Low-Key Form – depending on which game you have, If you have Sword you will have an option to go for the Amped form, while Shield users get Low-Key.

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If you want both forms, it’s pretty simple to get them, all any player needs to do is join a Max Raid Battle hosted by a user with the other version of the game from them. In other words, if you have Shield and want to get the Amped variant of Gigantamax Toxtricity, just join a Max Raid hosted by a Sword player.

Considering this, let’s take a look at Toxtricity and its various abilities.

Toxtricity has a unique ability called Punk Rock which boosts the Power of all Sound-based moves by 30%. This means the Pokemon itself takes half damage from any sound-based. As a hard counter against, or paired with, moves like Boomburst, this could make for interesting combos. The Power 30% boost isn’t game-breaking, only boosted by about 40 from this move’s base Power.

This means that even though Gigantamax Toxtricity has very powerful one-shot statuses from G-Max Stun Shock, this isn’t that incredible compared to the minor damage boost that Punk Rock offers. There’s not really enough synergy here to unbalance the competitive meta-game, so use of Gigantamax Toxtricity seems very situational.

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