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New Isle of Armor Gigantamax Venusaur and Blastoise forms are a huge buff

Gigantamax Charizard has been a very popular Pokemon on the Battle Tower ladder since the beginning of Sword and Shield. This is thanks to the incredible passive damage from its Gigantamax move G-Max Wildfire. With the imminent release of the Isle of Armor expansion, Venasaur and Blastoise will soon be getting their own Gigantamax forms complete with their own versions of G-Max Wildfire. Seeing that Gigantamax Charizard is one of the most common Gigantamax Pokemon on the ladder, it’s pretty safe to say this will be a huge buff for Venasaur and Blastoise. 

To give a better idea of how devastating the passive damage is, remember that it deals damage to both opposing Pokemon equal to ⅙ their max health for four turns. That means that in total it will have dealt more than enough damage to knock out one full health Pokemon. Of course, that damage is spread out over the opponent’s team, but for just being passive damage that’s very impressive. 

Let’s quickly go over Venusaur and Blastoise’s role in the current metagame, and discuss how suited for their respective G-Max moves. they both are.

Venusaur

Speed may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you look at this chunky, grass dinosaur. However, Venusaur becomes blazing fast when it’s ability Chlorophyll is activated. Because of this, Venusaur has become the most popular of all the original starter Pokemon. It’s ability to outspeed nearly any threat and put them to sleep is too good to pass up. Venusaur can also go on the offensive when called to. 

With its new Gigantamax form giving it access to G-Max Vine Lash, Venasaur will surely be something to fear in the Isle of Armor expansion. Given it’s decent bulk and speed, it’s likely going to be very difficult to stop Venusaur from getting this move off. 

Blastoise

Blastoise has long lived in the shadow of its fellow starters, at least competitively speaking. When it is run, it’s usually as a support Pokemon. It fills this role quite well, with access to moves like Fake Out, Yawn, Haze, Life Dew, and Icy Wind. However, Sword and Shield gifted Blastoise a move fans have been begging for it to receive for years — Shell Smash. This move gives Blastoises’s normally lackluster offense a huge boost at the price of lowered defense. 

With the Isle of Armor expansion, Blastoise is getting one of the most intimidating Gigantamax forms to date, and opponent’s have good reason to be scared of this walking fortress. Blastoise’s newfound offensive prowess makes it a great Dynamax candidate. The defense lost from Shell Smash can be offset with a White Herb or the increased health from Dynamaxing. You don’t want to be on the receiving end when this thing fires off its new G-Max move — G-Max Cannonade. It’s going to hurt, and continue to hurt for four turns.

There are a lot of new exciting things coming to in the Isle of Armor expansion. However, I think the new forms for these classic starters may be my favorite part.

The Kanto starters aren’t the only ones getting Gigantamax forms. You can see what we have to say about the Gigantamax forms for the upcoming Galarian starters here as well.

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Will Newhouse

Currently enjoying being the 2nd player on my wife's Animal Crossing island and falling down the Pokemon Battle Tower ranks.
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