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This article lists all the Max Moves that are found in the game Pokemon Sword and Shield, with information about the varying power of Max Moves.

What are Max Moves?

Max Moves are a new kind of move exclusive to Dynamax Pokemon.

When a Pokemon is Dynamaxed, its damaging moves will change temporarily into the Max Move of the corresponding type, and its status moves will change temporarily into Max Guard. The power and PP of these moves are based on those of the original move. However, they will be stronger, and each move features a unique effect.

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Are Max Moves Physical or Special?

All Max Moves can be either Physical (dealing damage based on user's Attack and opponent's Defense) or Special (dealing damage based on user's Special Attack and opponent's Special Defense). When a Physical move changes into a Max Move, the Max Move will deal Physical damage. On the other hand, when a Special move changes into a Move Move, the Max Move will deal Special damage.

Power of Max Moves

The power of each Max Move is determined by the power of the base move, adjusted according to the table below. Note that Max Knuckle and Max Ooze use a different table than other Max Moves, with a significantly decreased power.

Power of Original Move Power of Max Move
Other Max Moves Max Knuckle, Max Ooze
10-40 90 70
45-50 100 75
55-60 110 80
65-70 120 85
75-100 130 90
110-140 140 95
150-250 150 100

Note that other moves, such as multi-hit moves, set damage moves, and moves with varying power will have power determined individually move by move. See each Max Move's individual page for information on the damage yielded by each base move.

List of Max Moves

Move Type Effect
Max Airstream Pokemon Flying Image This is a Flying-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This raises ally Pokémon's Speed stats.
Max Darkness Pokemon Dark Image This is a Dark-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This lowers the target's Sp. Def stat.
Max Flare Pokemon Fire Image This is a Fire-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. The user intensifies the sun for five turns.
Max Flutterby Pokemon Bug Image This is a Bug-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This lowers the target's Sp. Atk stat.
Max Geyser Pokemon Water Image This is a Water-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. The user summons a heavy rain that falls for five turns.
Max Guard Pokemon Normal Image This move enables the user to protect itself from all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
Max Hailstorm Pokemon Ice Image This is an Ice-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. The user summons a hailstorm lasting five turns.
Max Knuckle Pokemon Fighting Image This is a Fighting-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This raises ally Pokémon's Attack stats.
Max Lightning Pokemon Electric Image This is an Electric-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. The user turns the ground into Electric Terrain for five turns.
Max Mindstorm Pokemon Psychic Image This is a Psychic-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. The user turns the ground into Psychic Terrain for five turns.
Max Ooze Pokemon Poison Image This is a Poison-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This raises ally Pokémon's Sp. Atk stats.
Max Overgrowth Pokemon Grass Image This is a Grass-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. The user turns the ground into Grassy Terrain for five turns.
Max Phantasm Pokemon Ghost Image This is a Ghost-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This lowers the target's Defense stat.
Max Quake Pokemon Ground Image This is a Ground-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This raises ally Pokémon's Sp. Def stats.
Max Rockfall Pokemon Rock Image This is a Rock-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. The user summons a sandstorm lasting five turns.
Max Starfall Pokemon Fairy Image This is a Fairy-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. The user turns the ground into Misty Terrain for five turns.
Max Steelspike Pokemon Steel Image This is a Steel-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This raises ally Pokémon's Defense stats.
Max Strike Pokemon Normal Image This is a Normal-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This lowers the target's Speed stat.
Max Wyrmwind Pokemon Dragon Image This is a Dragon-type attack Dynamax Pokémon use. This lowers the target's Attack stat.

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