Mega Evolution is a game mechanic that was introduced in the main series Pokemon games in Generation VI. It allows certain Pokemon to temporarily transform into a stronger, more powerful form. This mechanic has now been added to Pokemon Go as well, giving players the chance to experience Mega Evolution in a whole new way.
Why Would Anyone Want Mega Evolution?
Mega Evolution offers a significant power boost to Pokemon. When a Pokemon Mega Evolves, it gains a significant increase in its stats, making it much stronger and more formidable in battles. This can make a significant difference in PvP battles, Raids, and Gym battles, allowing players to defeat stronger opponents and earn more rewards.
Mega Evolution offers a way for players to show off their dedication and skill. Obtaining a Mega Evolution requires players to complete specific tasks, such as finding and collecting Mega Energy or participating in Mega Raids. This requires time, effort, and strategy, which can be a source of pride for players who have worked hard to obtain their Mega Evolved Pokemon.
Last but not least, Mega Evolved Pokemon just look super cool.
To Mega Evolve a Pokemon in Pokemon Go, you need to gather Mega Energy. Mega Energy is a special type of energy that you need to Mega Evolve a Pokemon. You can obtain Mega Energy by completing Mega Raids, which are special raids that feature Mega-Evolved Pokemon as the final boss.
You can also obtain Mega Energy as a reward for completing Mega-Evolved Pokemon-related Field Research tasks. Sometimes you can even obtain it through daily research tasks, so be sure to spin those PokeStops!
Mega Raids were introduced in 2020 as a new type of raid that added a new layer of strategy and excitement to the game. Like many other raids, they will appear at gyms but with a distinctive looking Raid Egg to show that it is in fact a mega raid.
During the raid, players must work together to defeat the Mega-Evolved Pokemon, which can be significantly more challenging than regular raid bosses. Mega raids will often be difficult, so be sure you have a party of other players who will raid with you in order to defeat the raid boss. At the end of a mega-raid, you will be given an opportunity to catch the raid boss in its non-mega form. You will also be awarded mega energy.
Tips for Winning Mega Raids
Assemble your team: You will need a team of at least 5-6 players to have a chance of defeating a Mega Raid boss. Mega Raids require a team effort to take down, so it’s important to find other players to join your raid. You can join a public raid by simply tapping on a nearby gym that’s hosting the Mega Raid. Make sure everyone has selected the appropriate Pokemon for the raid.
Choose the right Pokemon: The Mega-Evolved boss will have a large amount of HP, so be prepared for a long and intense battle. The Mega Raid boss will have a specific weakness that you should exploit. Choose Pokemon that have types that are strong against the boss. For example, if the Mega Raid boss is Charizard, use Water, Rock, and Electric type Pokemon.
If you have a Mega-Evolved Pokémon in your team, make sure to use it during the battle. Mega-Evolved Pokémon deal extra damage and can make a big difference.
Use weather boosts: Weather can give you a significant advantage in a Mega Raid. If the weather is favorable, the Pokemon that are boosted by that weather will deal more damage and take less damage.
Dodge attacks: During the Mega Raid, you will need to dodge the boss’s attacks to prevent your Pokemon from fainting. Timing is crucial, so pay attention to the boss’s movements.
Don’t give up! Mega Raids can be tough, and you may not succeed on your first attempt. Keep trying, and with the right team and strategy, you will eventually defeat the boss.
Benefits of Mega-Evolution
Mega Evolution is a powerful and exciting feature in Pokémon Go. It offers many benefits to players who choose to use it, including increased stats, new abilities, type changes, improved appearance, and improved bonding between trainers and their Pokémon.
Increased stats: When a Pokémon Mega Evolves, its stats are greatly boosted. This can make a significant difference in battles, as Mega Evolved Pokémon become much stronger and more durable than their regular counterparts. Watch as your Pokemon’s CP soar and experience the added damage it can dish out as well as take in.
New abilities: Mega Evolved Pokémon gain access to new and more powerful abilities. These abilities can be game-changers in battles, as they can provide new ways to attack or defend.
Type changes: Some Mega Evolved Pokémon have their types changed, which can provide advantages in battle. For example, a Mega Evolved Charizard gains the Dragon type in addition to its usual Fire/Flying types, which can make it more effective against certain types of Pokémon.
Improved appearance: As mentioned earlier, Mega Evolved Pokémon have unique and impressive designs that set them apart from their regular counterparts. This can make battles more exciting, as players get to see their Pokémon in a new and more impressive form. Also, be sure to show them off as your buddy Pokemon!
Is The Mega-Evolved Form Permanent?
As much as we’d like to wish this was the case, the answer is no. Mega Evolution lasts for a limited time period, typically for 4 hours after Mega Evolving a Pokémon. During this period, the Mega Evolved Pokémon will have enhanced stats, such as increased CP and a higher HP, making it more powerful than its normal form. Additionally, some Mega Evolved Pokémon have access to new moves or abilities that can make them even stronger.
It’s important to note that Mega Evolution doesn’t last forever, and once the timer runs out, the Pokémon will revert back to its regular form. However, it’s possible to Mega Evolve the same Pokémon again, as long as you have the necessary Mega Energy and have waited for the required cooldown period.
The cooldown period for Mega Evolution in Pokémon GO is 1 hour, which means that once you have Mega Evolved a Pokémon, you will need to wait for 1 hour before you can Mega Evolve it again. During this time, you can still use the Mega Evolved Pokémon in battles and raids, but it will not have the enhanced stats or moves that come with Mega Evolution.
Mega Evolution will work similarly to Primal Reversion.
Walking Your Pokemon Buddy for Mega Energy
Yes, you can walk your Buddy Pokemon to earn Mega Energy in Pokemon Go. When you walk with your Buddy Pokemon, you earn Candy for that species of Pokemon. However, if that Pokemon can Mega Evolve, you will also earn Mega Energy for that species.
To earn Mega Energy, you need to have already obtained the Mega Evolution for that specific Pokemon. Once you have obtained the Mega Evolution, you can use Mega Energy to Mega Evolve that Pokemon in future battles.
By walking with your Buddy Pokemon and earning Mega Energy, you can eventually accumulate enough Mega Energy to Mega Evolve your Pokemon without spending real money on raid battles or other events. This makes walking with your Buddy Pokemon a more accessible way to obtain Mega Energy and Mega Evolve your Pokemon.
List of All Pokemon that can Mega-Evolve
(As of March 2023)
- Mega Venusaur
- Mega Charizard X
- Mega Charizard Y
- Mega Blastoise
- Mega Houndoom
- Mega Altaria
- Mega Slowbro
- Mega Salamence
- Mega Lopunny
- Mega Gengar
- Mega Steelix
- Mega Latios
- Mega Sceptile
- Mega Alakazam
- Mega Pidgeot
- Mega Kangaskhan
- Mega Glalie
- Mega Blaziken
- Mega Gyarados
- Mega Aerodactyl
- Mega Absol
- Mega Gardevoir
- Mega Beedrill
- Mega Banette
- Mega Scizor
- Mega Manectric
- Mega Swampert
- Mega Aggron
- Mega Latias
- Mega Ampharos
- Mega Abomasnow