Case 027: Pokgaymon Pridefiled June 30, 2020
To close out Pride month, the Games and Recreation Department at The InQueery has teamed up with Game Freak and Nintendo for another covert collaboration: a Max Raid Battle featuring the Gigantamax (G-Max) version of everyone’s favorite out ‘mon, Giggletwinx. Max Raid Battles are a special mode in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield where four gaymers can team up and fight an enormous, superpowered foe.
G-Max forms are largely cosmetic changes, but also bestow Pokémon with powerful movesets. This volcano-birthed, glitter
-winged version of Giggletwinx features one of the game’s most powerful movesets to date: G-Max Pride. This move summons Fairy Pokémon from each prior generation. Their combined energy produces a rainbow-plasma forcefield shielding the Pokémon from attack for three turns.
There is a considerable hurdle to catching this beast: by November, one million players in the United States must win the fight against Gigantamax Giggletwinx AND register to vote, participate in protests, contribute to a bail fund, and personally commit to active anti-racism—all while looking cute on command. If they succeed, players will be rewarded with a new president and a Shiny Giggletwinx via Mystery Code.
The first truly gay pokemon in eight generations has become a fan favorite, creating a surge of Tumblr fan art and rabid discussions on the r/pokemon subreddit. “Gaymers across the globe have organized on social media asking for this Pokémon’s G-Max treatment, and we’re happy to meet the community’s demands this June,” said Yuna Nakamura, Game Freak’s partnership liaison.
“Shiny Giggletwinx’s arrival activates a special cutscene showing this pink Pokémon’s backstory starring Honey, the island’s local Carmela Soprano-inspired matriarch,” Nakamura added. “No spoilers, but I think gaymers will appreciate the unabashed queer content.”
This update is now available for purchase with the Isle of Armor Expansion Pass DLC in the Nintendo eShop.
*Hannah Choi has requested her fee for this project be donated to the Ali Forney Center. The InQueery has made an additional donation of $200.