Pokemon GO
Pokemon GO

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

As announced, Pokémon GO has released a new element, Mega Evolution.

It's a different system than the Mega Evolution in the main Pokémon game, in which certain Pokémon temporarily change shape and become dramatically more powerful.

How Mega Evolution works in Pokémon GO

The Basics of Mega Evolution

Let's start with the basics. In the original Pokémon, you could only transform once during a single battle, but in Pokémon Go, you can let that Pokémon participate in multiple battles for a certain amount of time and take a GO Snapshot.

  • Mega Evolution is a specific Pokémon that has temporarily changed its shape and become more powerful.

  • In Raids, they’ll give an attack boost to all other Pokémon of participating teammates.

  • Each species of Pokémon consumes a different Mega Energy to Mega Evolution.

  • Mega Energy can be obtained more if you win the newly established Mega Raids faster.

  • Mega Evolution's page has also been added to the Pokédex. It will be a new collection element.

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Pokemon GO

Pokémon that can be Mega Evolved

  • Only certain Pokémon can be Mega Evolved. The ban is lifted in stages.

  • The ban has been lifted for Pokémon that show Mega Evolution on the Pokémon detail screen.

  • 4 types and 5 forms of debut at the same time as the release of Mega Evolution
    Mega Venusaur

    Mega Charizard X and Y

    Mega Blastoise

    Mega Beedrill

Requirements and methods of doing Mega Evolution

  • Each type of Pokémon requires a different Mega Energy. Special candy-like things.

  • A lot of mega-energy is needed to lift the ban the first time, but the amount is reduced after the second time.
    (For example, Mega Charizard would require 200 the first time, but 50 the second time after returning to Charizard over time.)

  • By swiping on the Pokémon detail screen, you can consume Mega Energy to Mega Evolve the Pokémon.

  • Mega Evolved Pokémon return to their original state in a certain amount of time. The remaining time is displayed on the Pokémon detail screen.

How to get Mega Energy

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Pokemon GO

  • Get it in the Mega Raids Battle against a Mega Evolved Raid boss.

  • The amount of mega-energy increases the faster you beat a Mega Raids boss.
    You can get a certain amount within the time limit, even if it's slow. Current reports range from 50 fastest to about 30 minimum.

  • Also available as a special research reward

Effects of Mega Evolution

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Pokemon GO

  • A big change in appearance

  • Ability values and CP have been greatly improved

  • Some Pokémon change their type

  • During Raid Battles, other Pokémon on the team has increased Attack Power

    During Raid Battles, the power of the same type of Pokémon's attack increases as the Mega Evolved Pokémon

Other specifications of Mega Evolution

  • Only one of them can be Mega Evolved at the same time

    When you Mega Evolve another Pokémon, the one that was previously Mega Evolved reverts back to normal.

  • Shadow Pokémon and Copy Pokémon are not allowed to be Mega Evolve

  • Mega Evolved Pokémon can be used in: Battle in raids, Battle in Gyms (Attacker), Trainer Battles with friends, Battle Team GO Rocket.

  • Cannot be used: GO Battle League, Gym Defense

    (The GO Battle League may change this in the future.)

  • A "Mega" page has been added to the Pokédex. Every time you Mega Evolve a Pokémon, it fills up.

  • You can also take GO snapshots.

There are about 50 different Pokémon that have been able to Mega Evolve in the main Pocket Monsters throughout all generations.

Pokémon Go has motivated players to capture and collect more variations of the same type of Pokémon through the addition of different colors, versions with accessories, and the acquisition of limited moves.

The addition of Mega Evolution means that even if you weren't really interested in the strength of the game in battle, you'll be able to start visiting Mega Raids to fill out new diagrams and obtain Mega Energy.

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.