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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


Pokémon GO has updated information about the December Mega Raid bosses. On Tuesday, December 2, at 6:00 a.m. Japan time, Mega Blastoise, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Pidgeot, and Mega Houndoom will all be leaving Mega Raids.

If you want to Mega Evolve and register them in your Pokédex, you need 100 or 200 Mega Energy per race, and if you don't have enough, you only have a few days left to earn in the mega-raid.

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Mega Evolution in Pokémon Go consumes 100-200 Mega Energy per Pokémon species the first time and 20-40 after the second time (depending on the species).

The main way to obtain Mega Energy is through Mega Raids. If you win a Mega Blastoise, you get Mega Energy for the Blastoise based on the time remaining.

Pokémon Go: How Mega Evolution works, Pokémon that can be Mega Evolved, and how to get Mega Energy

In addition to Mega Raids, you can sometimes get Mega Energy by completing Research Tasks, but it depends on the event and task, so basically, you need to challenge it while the Pokémon you want to Mega Evolve is a Mega Raid Boss and save up the necessary amount of Mega Energy.

You can only register your Pokémon in your Mega Pokédex if you have evolved one. Since Mega Evolution is a temporary change, defeating a Mega Raid Boss does not mean you have a Pokémon in Mega Evolved form, and you can't fill up your Pokédex.

Mega Raid Boss lineup update

Until the early morning of December 2 Japan time: Mega Blastoise, Mega Charizard Y, Mega Pidgeot, and Mega Houndoom

From the early morning of December 2 onwards: Mega Charizard X, Mega Gengar continued, Mega Abomasnow added

If you still have less than 200 Mega Energy for Blastoise and Houndoom and less than 100 Mega Energy for Pidgeot, it will be difficult to Mega Evolve and fill up your Pokédex until the next time they become Mega Raid Bosses again, unless you earn Mega Energy by challenging Mega Raids in the remaining days.

For Mega Charizard X / Y, the only thing you get for defeating either of them is the Charizard's Mega Energy. So even if Y leaves, you can still earn Mega Energy while X is there.

On the other hand, the Mega Charizard requires a total of 400 Mega Energy in X and Y, so if you haven't evolved into either of them yet, it's probably best not to relax and actively earn Mega Energy. (If you evolve once into either X or Y, the other form will not be treated a second time).

Other Mega-Evolution-related adjustments added in the November update include

  • If you walk with a Mega Evolved Pokémon as your partner, you can also get Mega Energy according to the distance

  • If you have a Mega Evolved Pokémon in your hand (Mega Evolution lasts 8 hours), you can get a +1 candy when you capture a Pokémon of the same type or when you capture a Raid Boss of any type

Note that walking to earn Mega Energy is only valid for Pokémon that have once been Mega Evolved. For the first time lifting the ban you still need to earn during a Mega Raid or while the Mega Energy is a reward for an event or task. Walking and accumulation measures for the second time or later when the amount required is lowered.

The candy bonus during Mega Evolution is a mechanism that eventually adds +1 to the number of candy multiplied by events and a Pinap Berry. It always adds only 1, no matter how many bases you have. This bonus is not doubled by using a Pinap Berry in conjunction with it.

The significance of Mega Evolution was that they were strong in battle and could be registered in the drawing book, but this candy bonus gave us a reason to time them to Mega Evolve to coincide with Community Day, Spotlight Hour, Raid Hour, and other times when we wanted candy.

It also gives you an incentive to have more Pokémon that you can Mega Evolve in advance, since their types need to match.

Pokémon Go December events; Kyurem and Mega Abomasnow will be appearing in raids


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.