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Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass: How to make Max Soup and teach your Pokémon to Gigantamax

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass Max Soup
Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass Max Soup (Image credit: iMore)

The Pokémon Sword and Shield Expansion Pass has taught us that certain Pokémon only need to eat Max Soup in order to Gigantamax. This special dish is made up of Max Mushrooms, which players can collect within the Isle of Armor. If you're looking to make your favorite Pokémon more powerful, then you're definitely going to want to feed them Max Soup.

In this guide, we'll go over how to find Max Mushrooms, how to feed your Pokémon Max Soup so they learn to Gigantamax, and we'll also supply a list of Pokémon who can learn how to Gigantamax.

What are Max Mushrooms and Max Soup?

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass Max Mushrooms

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass Max Mushrooms (Image credit: iMore)

Max Mushrooms are a Battle Item found on the Isle of Armor. When consumed in battle, they boost all of a Pokémon's stats. Outside of battle, they can also be used to create Max Soup, a special dish that causes certain Pokémon species that already have the potential to Gigantamax to learn how to actually Gigantamax.

Warning: It should be noted that if a Pokémon that already knows how to Gigantamax eats Max Soup that they will regress into only knowing how to Dynamax.

How to make Max Soup and give it to a Pokémon

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass Max Soup

Pokemon Sword Shield Expansion Pass Max Soup (Image credit: iMore)

In order to make Max Soup, players will first need to complete Dojo Master Mustard's second trial, where he asks you to gather three Max Mushrooms. Once that's done, players will be able to find Max Mushrooms on the Isle of Armor. They typically can be found in moist, shaded areas like the Warm-up Tunnel or the Forest of Focus.

Once you've gathered three Max Mushrooms, return to the dojo and speak with the young man in the kitchen. He will then create the dish and will allow you to feed it to one of your Pokémon.

Pokémon with the potential to G-Max

Gigantamax Meowth Pokemon Sword and Shield

Gigantamax Meowth Pokemon Sword and Shield (Image credit: iMore)

Every Pokémon can Dynamax, but only come species have the potential to Gigantamax. Here are all of the Pokémon that can eat Max Soup and learn to Gigantamax.

  • Venusaur
  • Charizard
  • Blastoise
  • Rillaboom
  • Cinderace
  • Inteleon
  • Butterfree
  • Pikachu
  • Meowth
  • Machamp
  • Gengar
  • Lapras
  • Eevee
  • Snorlax
  • Garbodor
  • Drednaw
  • Corviknight
  • Toxtricity
  • Alcremie
  • Duraludon
  • Orbeetle
  • Coalossal
  • Sandaconda
  • Grimmsnarl
  • Flapple
  • Appletun
  • Hatterene
  • Copperajah
  • Kingler
  • Centiskorch
  • Urshifu (Single-Strike Form)
  • Urshifu (Rapid-Strike Form)

Gigantor Pokémon

Now you've learned all there is to know about Max Mushrooms, Max Soup, and teaching a Pokémon how to Gigantamax. I hope you're able to find all of the mushrooms you want and can get a crazy powerful group of Pokémon on your team. Good luck exploring the Isle of Armor.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

Gaming aficionado Rebecca Spear is iMore's dedicated gaming editor with a focus on Nintendo Switch and iOS gaming. You’ll never catch her without her Switch or her iPad Air handy. If you’ve got a question about Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, or just about any other Nintendo series check out her guides to help you out. Rebecca has written thousands of articles in the last six years including hundreds of extensive gaming guides, previews, and reviews for both Switch and Apple Arcade. She also loves checking out new gaming accessories like iPhone controllers and has her ear to the ground when it comes to covering the next big trend.