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Fat Pikachu Is Back for Pokemon Sword and Shield Trailer and We’re All Ec-Static

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A beloved Pikachu design is making its way into Pokemon

Sword and Shield through a Gigantamax transformation, a special kind form that gives certain Pokemon a unique design and move. Sure, Gigantamax forms for Charizard, Eevee, and Meowth were also revealed, but we’re just here for Pikachu. Why? Because it’s fat Pikachu.
Watch the new Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer below; the chonkster Pikachu appears at the 00:23 mark:This wonderfully nostalgic design for Gigantamax Pikachu is far closer to how the iconic Pokemon looked at the start of the series. As shown in the art on the 1999 calendar and the two figures from the late 90s below, Pikachu took on more of a round mouse shape rather than its more slender form we see today. Pikachu also has a much longer, thinner tail which is also featured in its Gigantamax form.

Gigantamax Pikachu in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Gigantamax Pikachu in Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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Fat Pikachu toys based on the classic, 1990s design. This design has resurfaced in Sword and Shield. (From the collection of Miranda Sanchez).

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The 1999 Pokemon calendar features a fat Pikachu. Glorious!

Over the years, Pikachu has only gotten slimmer, though we have seen designs similar to the original Pikachu from time to time with specialty merchandise lines like the Sepia Graffiti series that are unfortunately only sold in Japan.

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The adorable design isn’t the only thing that’s special to Gigantamax Pikachu, of course. Like the other Gigantamax Pokemon, it gets a special moved called G-Max Volt Crash that deals damage and paralyzes all opponents on the field. According to the Pokemon website, Gigantamax Pikachu “can produce enough electricity to rival a power plant.” Phew. This Pikachu can’t evolve either.

The Gigantamax Pikachu is only available to players who have play records from Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! It’s not clear whether or not save data from the demo will count towards this. For more on Pokemon Sword and Shield, be sure to check out our Sword vs. Shield version differences page and see our list of all known Galarian form Pokemon.

Miranda Sanchez is an executive editor at IGN. You can chat with her about video games and anime on Twitter.



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